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The Joy of Motoring
Wednesday, 18th February 2009
9pm to 10pm
Tristram Hunt pootles here, there and everywhere in search of an answer to what lies at the heart of The Joy of Motoring. This is a romantic, nostalgic hour full of thundering old honking classics with impressive engines, which handled wrongly, could do you some serious harm.
At the beginning cars were the playthings of the rich and privileged. Hunt’s thesis is the motorcar had first been an individualising object of liberation, opening up parts of the country not covered by the rail network that had previously been unvisited. But the sheer numbers of cars transformed what was once a vehicle of leisure into one of misery-provoking convenience.
Towns and cities were redesigned with the car in mind, motorways were built, car parks, and slowly the hell of the daily commute and the bottleneck took shape. Now driving isn’t fun but a chore, the road isn’t the open road of romantic yore but a clogged and dangerous artery, rife with bad tempers, bad driving and accidents waiting to happen. Hunt is depressed by this transformation, but adds that no matter how much cynicism and bad press now surrounds the car, people still want to believe that it is a vehicle of liberation. This is perfectly polite history, but as a polemic it needs a bit more petrol in the tank.
=== File Information ===
File Name: The Joy of Motoring.avi
Duration: 00:58:47 (88,169 fr)
File Size: 465 MB (or 476,430 KB or 487,864,320 bytes) bytes
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