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Motormania - Episode Two Television (Full Length Episode) – 1998 Documentary

Motormania - Episode Two

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1998 Documentary

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In this second part of a documentary on Kiwis and cars, host Rita Te Wiata explores motoring in the latter half of the 20th Century. She begins in Christchurch where Ford V8s were a vehicle for post-war romance, then heads to Tahuna for beach racing. Te Wiata pockets the licence she supposedly got in part one and heads to Raglan to look at the car-enabled freedom of the 60s and 70s: surfing, fishing, caravans. While downsides are mentioned (motorways, pollution, accidents), mostly it’s a paean to petrolhead passion. The tour ends with a cruise up Queen St in a muscle car.

Boiling oil, boiling water, burning rubber...salt...just unique.
– Michael Stephens on beach racing at Tahuna in the late 1940s