Episodes
Whether you’re kicking up dust on your favorite dirt bike, or screaming a crotch rocket down the 101 at midnight, there’s nothing on earth like riding a motorcycle. But Harley Davidson bikes are a little different. Maybe it’s their sound, maybe it’s their mystique, maybe it’s a century’s worth of market dominance. But how did the hogs get their start? What led to the company’s meteoric rise in automotive culture? And where does H-D stand today? Strap on your saddlebags. This week on Past Gas,...
Published 01/23/23
Published 01/16/23
Alain Prost was a fiery Frenchman, and an elite driver known for dominating the track like no driver before him. But along with his unrivaled success, The Professor had an extremely combustible personality and made more than one enemy on his path to glory. But how did this son of a small-town handyman become an F1 driver in the first place? What led to Prost’s legendary personal feud with Ayrton Senna? And how does Alain’s legacy stand up against recent greats like Schumacher and Hamilton?...
Published 01/16/23
Twenty years before the launch of YouTube, tuning shops partnered with tuner magazines and illegal street racers in Japan to produce one of the most legendary viral car videos in history. The video would go on to cement careers, create massive media franchises, and ultimately resulted in an entirely new motorsport. And it was all done with one of the most unlikely cars anyone could have imagined at the time - the Toyota AE86. Who is “The Drift King” Keiichi Tsuchiya? How did drifting go from...
Published 01/09/23
Bernie Ecclestone: a name more commonly spit out than spoken. How did the son of a fisherman, born into poverty, come to be a billionaire? How does a man go from living in the northern English countryside to jet-setting with a string of new wives over the course of his life? What kind of person could have such an incredible hero’s journey, only to end up the villain in the eyes of the public? Today on Past Gas - the story of the notorious and controversial Bernie Ecclestone. More about...
Published 01/02/23
December, 2022. Everywhere, work is winding down for the holidays. Everywhere, except of course, the Past Gas Studio. After a year of epic and inspiring stories, producers Kristina and Gavin are wringing their hands, anxious because the upcoming episode list is looking thinner than Ken Miles after 24 hours of Le Mans. That's when Kristina has a brilliant idea. "Dear Santa, what I would like more than anything in this world is some banger ass ideas for our podcast.” Then, without warning, the...
Published 12/26/22
On November 7th, 2021, Vin Diesel, the executive producer and star of the Fast and Furious franchise decided to post a public message on Instagram to the biggest action star in the world, Dwayne Johnson. The co-stars had been making snarky comments about each other in interviews or saying cryptic things on social media for years. For a while, it seemed like they had let bygones be bygones. Yet with the tenth iteration of the franchise about to start production, Diesel decided to create some...
Published 12/19/22
After Rob Cohen read the article, “Racer X,” about an underground New York world of street racing he couldn’t stop thinking about its potential. He had to see it for himself. So his friend and auto journalist R.J. de Vera brought him to a race. The experience left him hooked. He knew he had a story. The only question was, could he sell it? Who started modern urban street racing and why did they love imported cars? Are cars cool enough to be the stars of a movie franchise? Why didn’t the...
Published 12/13/22
In 2009, Ross Brawn bought the ENTIRE Honda F1 team for a SINGLE British pound. What came next was a season that went down as the most remarkable David and Goliath story in Formula One history. How did Brawn GP beat other teams, that had been established for decades? What’s the team’s legacy in F1? And how does an F1 team get sold for the price of a candy bar? Today on Past Gas, the incredible story of Brawn GP, a single-season F1 team that never should have existed in the first place. More...
Published 12/05/22
The Baja 1000 is an arduous 1000-mile drive through the remote and desolate Baja Peninsula. For many, it wasn’t a question of when you finished, but if you’d finish at all. The route is treacherous, and so is the weather. Drivers face flash floods and fog. Scorching heat and freezing cold. Rocks and boulders and unpredictable herds of animals. And if one broke down or got injured… the journey might cost a driver their life. How did a publicity stunt organized by a Hollywood stuntman grow into...
Published 11/28/22
Porsche has such panache that it’s easy to assume they’ve been a rock-solid luxury import since the beginning. They’re owned by Volkswagen, they have a stellar racing resume, and they’re one of the most respected brands by aficionados and casual drivers alike. But it wasn’t always that way. Porsche has been on the brink of bankruptcy not once, but three times, since they began production. How did they survive?! Today, on Past Gas – the story of how Porsche has gone from penthouse to outhouse...
Published 11/21/22
In the autumn of 1975, Graham Hill was in a new phase of his life. He had just retired from Formula One as a two-time World Champion, as well as the only driver in history to win the F1 championship, Indianapolis 500, and 24h of Le Mans. From cinematic near-death experiences to triumphant comebacks, Graham Hill was a living legend. But on a cold and foggy November evening in 1975, Graham’s heroic life came to a sudden and tragic end, leaving his family both broken and broke, with his only son...
Published 11/14/22
It’s no secret that the global auto industry was turned on its head during World War II. From Subaru to Chrysler, nearly every major car company stopped in their tracks to help their respective nations during the horrifying conflict. But which companies were the biggest players? What instruments of war did these industrial bohemothes create? And when the dust settled, how did these automakers recover? Today on Past Gas, we’re taking a look at some of the car companies that made a massive...
Published 11/07/22
Catch our episode of the Sultan of Brunei yet again, on this exclusive episode revisit (with a quick message from Joe!) Today on Past Gas-- the Sultan of Brunei, owner of the largest, most expensive car collection of all time. For decades, the Sultan had a shadowy but significant influence on the automotive industry, ordering one-of-a-kind supercars ranging from Ferraris to Aston Martins. Why did the Sultan choose to spend his vast fortune on thousands of cars, worth billions of...
Published 10/31/22
Australian motorsport legend Peter Brock spent years driving for Holden, an Australian subsidiary of General Motors. But when he became a little too interested in New Age theory in the late 1980s, he not only destroyed his longtime business partnership with Australia’s largest automaker, but nearly killed his illustrious career in motorsports. How did Peter Brock, a true wrencher, come to embrace the New Age? Why did this racing legend, who had spent a lifetime gaining the trust and loyalty...
Published 10/24/22
Ahhhh, the glorious open road. Cruisin’ USA. In America, the road trip is a rite of passage, a tradition passed down from generation to generation, and it wouldn’t be possible without the American Interstate Highway system, one of the greatest public works projects ever executed in this country. How long did such a behemoth task take to complete? How many roads were constructed? Who paid for it? How did it affect American culture and industry? And maybe most importantly, what’s the friggin’...
Published 10/17/22
Before 2020, Suzuki hadn’t taken home a MotoGP championship in two decades. But then one young Mallorcan rider turned it all around… for a single season. Today on Past Gas – How did Suzuki switch from building looms to crafting some of the best motorcycles on the planet? Why did they pull their cars from the US market? And are they getting out of racing, for good? More about Show: Follow Nolan on IG and Twitter @nolanjsykes.   Follow Joe on IG and Twitter @joegweber. Follow Donut...
Published 10/10/22
Parnelli Jones is a living legend with the literal track record to prove it. But how did Parnelli achieve that kind of status? What impact did he have on the world of racing, including the cars themselves? And what kind of legacy does the Parnelli Jones name carry, on and off the track? Today on Past Gas, we talk about the unstoppable Parnelli Jones. More about Show: Follow Nolan on IG and Twitter @nolanjsykes.   Follow Joe on IG and Twitter @joegweber. Follow Donut @donutmedia, and...
Published 10/03/22
Professional racecar driver Juan Manuel Fangio was eager to meet up with his friends and soak up the beautiful February evening in downtown Havana. After winning his fourth consecutive Formula One Drivers’ Championship, Fangio had been invited to Cuba by the president himself. But Fidel Castro’s comrades from the 26th of July movement had other plans. How did Juan Manuel Fangio go from his modest upbringing to become one of the most famous sports figures in the world? What makes his career in...
Published 09/26/22
At hour 23 of the 24h of Le Mans, Dick Barbour Racing was in the lead. But there was a problem - something was wrong with the left front wheel. As driver Rolf Stommelen eased the Porsche into the pits, his teammate, Paul Newman, scampered out with the crew to -– wait what? Paul Newman? Butch Cassidy Paul Newman? He was a driver at Le Mans? How the heck did a pretty-boy actor manage to gain the respect of the racing world? How did he START his racing career in his mid-40s, and not only...
Published 09/19/22
Today on Past Gas is the insidious story of how GM scientists developed a type of gasoline that caused insanity, sickness, and maybe even murder. This story is so devious that it might feel like a cheap dime store novel, but everything we’re going to tell you is true. Why was lead added to fuel in the first place? Who was the scientist behind it? How did the American government let this happen? And did leaded fuel actually lead to an increase in serial killers?! Let’s find out. More about...
Published 09/12/22
It’s 1903, and an out-of-work doctor, Horatio Nelson Jackson, is fiercely defending the world’s most exciting invention – the automobile – against a group of men who are POSITIVE that the car was just a fad. Jackson was so sure of himself that he bet $50 that he could take a car from San Francisco to New York City… a feat that had never been done before. Yes, he was going to embark on a road trip at a time when there were no highways, no road maps, no street signs, no gas stations, and no Red...
Published 09/05/22
Frank Williams is a legendary figure in the world of Formula One racing. But how did Frank go from being too broke for a room in a “motorsports frat house” to building one of the most enduring teams in Formula One history? When was the moment that finally turned Frank’s luck around? And how, after a life-altering accident, did Frank Williams keep going? Today on Past Gas, the story of the legendary Frank Williams. More about Show: Follow James on IG and Twitter @jamespumphrey.   Follow...
Published 08/29/22
Tony Stewart was about to run his first Indy 500. It should have been the best day of his life.. but he was the only star who showed up. That fateful day is now known in racing lore as part of “The Split.” But how did open-wheel racing get to that point? What exactly is the difference between CART and IndyCar and Champ Car and all the other names we call this sport? And why does it always seem to be in turmoil? Today on Past Gas, it’s a brief history of the many dramatic twists and turns in...
Published 08/22/22
Jeremy Clarkson is one of the world’s most famous authorities on cars. As Top Gear’s most notorious host, Clarkson has been a major part of car culture since he first started hosting the show in 1988. But to many outside of the car community, he’s despised for his offensive and controversial opinions. How did it come to this? Why is Jeremy Clarkson so revered by car enthusiasts, yet reviled by almost everyone else? Are we able to separate the art from the artist, or are his actions...
Published 08/15/22