Wide Open Road

This is the three part TV history of Australia via the cars we drove - how we became a car nation. Throughout the 20th Century the car has been tangled up in the social, political and economic fabric of Australia. It conquered the interior, shaped the design of our cities, was the basis of our manufacturing industry for many years, and created some of our best-loved heroes. The car is embedded in our culture and our psyche: let's face it, Australians are just a bunch of rev heads. Featuring interviews with Sir Jack Brabham, Allan Moffat, Colin Bond, Bev Brock, Vince Sorrenti, Jean Kittson, Steve Bisley, Reg Mombassa and Paul Keating. Featuring music by John Barry, Ennio Morricone, The Saints, The Seekers, The Stranglers, David Bowie, Ed Kuepper and Lobby Loyde.

Ep 1 - Here Come the Petrolheads Cars united the nation and created some of our first national heroes. Once the US giants General Motors Holden and Ford started manufacturing cars in Australia, and particularly with the arrival of the Holden FX, cars became affordable, gave Australian families a new level of freedom - and shaped our cities.

Ep 2 - Dream Machines Cars quickly became integral to every aspect of our lives. By the end of the 1950s most parents experienced the world through the windscreen and most kids watched it go by from the back seat upon which many of them were spawned. By the 1960s the baby boomers had their own cars, often mum and dad's hand-me-downs that had been hotted up. They couldn't drive as fast as their hero, racing car champion Jack Brabham, but they felt like they could.

Ep 3 - Car Wars The 1970s was a period of great social upheaval in Australia – and it wasn't all peace and love. Inner-city trendies faced off against suburban gangs, Peter Brock and Allan Moffat intensified the rivalry between Holden and Ford, politicians were under siege by car lovers and it was a battle to stay alive on the roads because speed, youth and alcohol is a volatile cocktail.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Production Year: 
2011
Duration: 
3 x 55 mins
Series Episode
Standard $275
Schools $198
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