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Donut Media brings you some of the craziest stories from all of automotive history in their new podcast "Past Gas!". Hosts James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes walk you through incredible stories behind your favorite cars and manufacturers, like underground Japanese racing clubs, bitter racing rivalries and how some of your favorite classic cars came to be. Remember, it's about cars, not about farts. Link to survey: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4.
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Past Gas by Donut Media Studio71

    • Automotive
    • 5.0 • 341 Ratings

Donut Media brings you some of the craziest stories from all of automotive history in their new podcast "Past Gas!". Hosts James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes walk you through incredible stories behind your favorite cars and manufacturers, like underground Japanese racing clubs, bitter racing rivalries and how some of your favorite classic cars came to be. Remember, it's about cars, not about farts. Link to survey: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4.
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    How Hot Wheels Forged Drag Racing’s Greatest Rivalry

    How Hot Wheels Forged Drag Racing’s Greatest Rivalry

    Remember toy fads like pogs and silly bandz? The ’60s version was Snake and Mongoose, two real life drag racers who got immortalized in diecast form by Mattel. Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen were elite drag racers, but they also became pop culture icons as drag racing reached peak popularity. Who won more races? Why were people going so far as to get Snake and Mongoose tattoos? And how did they help put Hot Wheels on the map? All that and more, on today’s Past Gas!
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Bertha Benz: Was This The First Road Trip Ever?

    Bertha Benz: Was This The First Road Trip Ever?

    Back in the 1870s, Bertha Benz was married to a penniless engineer named Karl Benz. What happened to Karl is now part of German automotive legend-- but Bertha had a crazy part to play in the Benz saga. Today on Past Gas, the story of Bertha Benz’s Big Ride, a 65 mile trek on a Benz Patent Motorwagen through the rugged, treacherous terrain of the Rhine Valley. Along the way, Bertha addressed mechanical issues on the fly, even originating a braking innovation that’s still in use today. It’s the story of the OG road trip-- driven by a fearless woman who put Benz on the map.
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    • 59 min
    Colin McRae Pt.2: A Death That Shocked the World

    Colin McRae Pt.2: A Death That Shocked the World

    Colin McRae’s motto was “if in doubt, flat out.” This week on Past Gas, we’ll talk about what came next for Colin McRae after winning the WRC, as he continued to race rally, helped launch the most popular rally video game ever, and helped build a legacy that would one day come to an abrupt and tragic end. As a testament to his life, James, Joe, and Nolan will answer the question, once and for all--is Colin McRae the best rally driver of all time? All those answers and more, on today’s episode of Past Gas.
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    • 1 hr
    Colin McRae Pt. 1: Rally's Reckless Messiah

    Colin McRae Pt. 1: Rally's Reckless Messiah

    Colin McRae’s motto was “if in doubt, flat out.” Today on Past Gas, we take a look at the Flying Scotsman and how he ruthlessly applied a “flat out” strategy to rally racing, transforming the sport and winning himself millions of fans. Why did Colin get into a shouting match with Subaru teammates on the cusp of winning a world title? What were the most spectacular wipeouts from a driver who was sometimes known as “Colin McCrash”? How did Colin revitalize the sport in the post-Group B era? James, Joe, and Nolan have all those answers and more on today’s episode.
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    • 53 min
    Hitler’s Racing Program

    Hitler’s Racing Program

    Just a year before WWII, a 28 year old German driver named Bernd Rosemeyer crashed while driving over 260 miles per hour on a public road, killing him instantly. Just a few years earlier, Rosemeyer had been a humble mechanic, working at his dad’s garage. But now, he was part of a Hitler-funded racing program-- a violent effort to make Nazis the fastest drivers in the world. Today on Past Gas, the dark origins of Mercedes’ and Audi’s racing programs. How did these teams get started? What was their link to the Nazis? And why were some of the drivers not even Germans?
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    • 59 min
    The Greatest Race Ever Happened in 1905

    The Greatest Race Ever Happened in 1905

    Join Nolan, James and Joe as they explore one of the earliest and most dangerous races to ever exist - a race halfway across the globe, through countless countries and environments. From the muddy mountains of China to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, and that's only the start of it! How they survived, we know not. What we do know is that this is one of the craziest stories ever told.
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    • 57 min

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5.0 out of 5
341 Ratings

341 Ratings

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PLEASE make an episode on Jim Clark

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Lots of laughs.

Loving this don’t know why I didn’t Listen to it since last year but have now listened to 3 months in 5 days.

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Best motoring podcast by far

Anything and everything the donut guys do is amazing and would recommend to anyone who loves cars/motors and anyone who is starting to get into cars/motors.

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