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Cars on Camera: Automotive Movies & TV Part IV

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With so many options available on TV, Netflix, and other streaming services, it can be overwhelming to try and find something to watch. From comedies, to dramas, to action-packed movies and reality TV shows, the choices are endless. Whether you're a car buff, or you're just looking for something different to watch, these Cars on Camera are sure to keep your interest.


Based on the TV series from the late 1960's, Speed Racer is a film about a young driver who aspires to be champion of The Crucible, a cross country racing rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer. In the film, Speed is loyal to the family business run by his parents. He uncovers a secret that top corporate interests are fixing races and cheating to gain profit. One of these interests, Royalton, wants to ensure that Speed will not win any races. With the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 race car, Speed enters The Crucible with his one-time rival, Racer X, and seeks to rescue the family business and the sport of racing itself.  Emile Hirsch stars as Speed in this 2008 action film. Find Speed Racer on Amazon Video. With a PG rating, it's a great option for the kids too.


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From 2002 to 2007, the TV series Monster Garage, starring Jesse James, aired on the Discovery Channel. Throughout the Reality show, James, a noted builder of custom motorcycles in Southern California, and his crew turned ordinary cars into extraordinary machines. Watch as they convert a VW Beetle into a swamp boat and a stretch limo into a fire truck. With 89 episodes to keep you busy, you may never leave the couch. Monster Garage can be streamed on Amazon Video.


Overhaulin' is a documentary/Reality TV series starring automobile designer Chip Foose and his A-Team. The crew tricks unsuspecting car owners into thinking their car was towed or stolen, and then secretly fix them up. The week-long rebuild is filled with pranks and angry owners, who will be rewarded when given back their car. You can catch new episodes of Overhaulin' on TLC or stream the 126 older episodes on Amazon Video.


Mastermind Richard Rawlings and mechanical whiz kid Aaron Kaufmann search for beat up, classic cars they can restore in the TV series, Fast N' Loud.  At their home base, Gas Monkey Garage, in Dallas, the two do whatever they can to finish their cars and make auction. They're hoping their blood, sweat, and tears will translate into cold hard cash. Currently airing on Discovery Channel, Fast N' Loud is a great way to spend an hour chillin' out. You can catch up on older episodes on Amazon Video too.


Take a night to enjoy your favorite action-packed car movie or television series to appreciate the unique vehicles that take the stage, and don't forget to take care of your own vehicle by maintaining it regularly. Your car may not be the star of the show, but it plays a pretty important role in your life. Stop into your local AAA Car Care Center for a thorough inspection.


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