How moonshiners led to the birth of the muscle car - (ft the abandoned North Wilkesboro Speedway)

29 jan 2020
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NASCAR and muscle cars are two cornerstones of American automotive culture, but where did the story of American muscle begin? We sent Mike Fernie to the stunning state of North Carolina to trace back the history of NASCAR and the American performance car, both of which spawned from thirsty Americans during the Prohibition Era.
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  • Visited this town yesterday, the track is looking a right mess

    9000rpm9000rpm3 mánuðum síðan
  • Born in Wilkesboro, and lived there for 14 years. While I love where I live in the middle of the state, I miss the mountains now and then

    Devilbat223Devilbat2236 mánuðum síðan
  • 🔥🔥🔥 🏁🏁🏁you have to look all the way🏎️🏎️🏎️ 1:40 💚🧡 👇👇

    Josh KhanJosh Khan8 mánuðum síðan
  • First NASCAR race was in Charlotte in 1949, damn this guy is an idiot.

    D CD C8 mánuðum síðan
  • European cornering and USA goes straight, both kind of sportcars are nice, cool and dreaming.

    Kike SantillanKike Santillan9 mánuðum síðan
  • These are pony cars. Muscle cars are like the Chevelle SS, Chrysler 300, Challenger w/440 or hemi 428 Hertz Shelby’s. People would rent them for the day and take the engine out and swap in a regular one. I know- people are evil and pieces of shit.

    Chloe HennesseyChloe Hennessey9 mánuðum síðan
  • hang on, the first GP race was held in turin, not the first f1 race. there is a difference between f1 and GP and f1 only took on the GP badge because GP was already well established as a racing term.

    random personrandom person9 mánuðum síðan
  • Felt like less than half a video to me!!

    Douglas J MorrisDouglas J Morris9 mánuðum síðan
  • I’d love to see some more long form content, around the 20min mark? Bit in the style of Car Throttle.

    Jan PruijserJan Pruijser9 mánuðum síðan
  • I wonder if these NASCAR tracks will be open to the public. Probably not.

    Alex PaumenAlex Paumen9 mánuðum síðan
  • stock car racing is so fucking stupid. It's losing popularity for a reason

    Camden OsbornCamden Osborn9 mánuðum síðan
  • god damn you have 1m subs figure out how to properly pace a video

    HK 47HK 4710 mánuðum síðan
  • Brits: whas so ehppealing bout goin round en cirkulls?

    John SlaterJohn Slater10 mánuðum síðan
  • You guys should ask Amazon to give a car show to Mike!

    David FariaDavid Faria10 mánuðum síðan
  • NC isn’t the ‘deep south’ it’s the south east. Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are the Deep South.

    Thomas YoungThomas Young10 mánuðum síðan
  • "Revenuers" and Alcohol Tax Stamp is downright un-American.

    jarroyolawjarroyolaw10 mánuðum síðan
  • Worse presenter of any car channel out there. Not watching. Bye

    VoloKin ProjectVoloKin Project10 mánuðum síðan
  • I'd love to hear the story of the Canadian moonshine runners in the Rockies - using McLaughlin automobiles fitted with Buick engines IIRC. McLaughlin/GM Canada is a fascinating story, well worthy of the Drivetribe treament.

    Richard WintleRichard Wintle10 mánuðum síðan
  • You guys really need to get in contact with Cleetus McFarland from ISworlds ASAP. He just bought a an abandoned speedway, and is starting a powerhouse production movement we haven't seen since the days of Top Gear. Unchained testosterone and Freedom.

    The ThomasThe Thomas10 mánuðum síðan
  • And yet you use a man that does not speak clearly. Learn to enunciate.

    SpatialDragonSpatialDragon10 mánuðum síðan
  • There's a muscle car named "Kamaru"???

    Mr. JMr. J10 mánuðum síðan
  • People used to rent the hertz mustangs, swap the motors and suspension into regular mustangs and return them. They also used to put in roll cages and other requirements to race them, cut the cages out, and then return the car.

    Keon R.Keon R.10 mánuðum síðan
  • Ain't no replacement for displacement.

    Steve SmithSteve Smith10 mánuðum síðan
  • ummm, that was a good intro to ???

    Varmint243 DaveVVarmint243 DaveV10 mánuðum síðan
  • Boring commercial Where is top gear/grand tour spirit?

    Андрій КожакАндрій Кожак10 mánuðum síðan
  • There is nothing more exciting than watching a car going in circles. (tongue in cheek) Americans can only race in two directions circular or straight line.

    Doug BorrettDoug Borrett10 mánuðum síðan
  • Enjoyed the video, but early on it was suggested that Wilkesboro was in the "Deep South". It's in Appalachia, which is definitely in no way the "Deep South". Moonshiners, banjo-pickers, er, *mountains*? None of these things exist in the Deep South. "Hillbillies" was a term deployed largely by the denizens of the lowland South (think plantations and Gone with the Wind, etc etc.) as a term of derision for the inhabitants of the upland South (think Dukes of Hazard, Justified, etc etc.) May seem like I'm picking nits, but I'd imagine it's much like suggesting that Leeds or York is in Scotland.

    Matthew ColemanMatthew Coleman10 mánuðum síðan
  • I need subtitles for this accent.

    Carlos PCarlos P10 mánuðum síðan
  • Why didn't they do a second cut when he added a "d" at the end of Demon?

    Markus HMarkus H10 mánuðum síðan
  • i kinda wish this was hammond

    Hai Hoe gaat etHai Hoe gaat et10 mánuðum síðan
  • The new Camaro looks like trash the older gen looked better

    loucasloucas10 mánuðum síðan
  • just learned that NASCAR stands for North American Stock Car Auto Racing

    QPQP10 mánuðum síðan
  • literally none of those cars are Muscle Cars they are all classified as Pony Cars

    PMAR PRJPMAR PRJ10 mánuðum síðan
  • Can't see Mustang or Camaro as muscle cars. Small and light, with relatively small engines as standard, they are pony cars.

    Todd MercureTodd Mercure10 mánuðum síðan
  • Hmm.... Hotrodding is not the same thing as the birth of the muscle car lol

    paladain55paladain5510 mánuðum síðan
  • 6.2 ltr convertible, nice

    GG AviationGG Aviation10 mánuðum síðan
  • How did the moonshiners soup up their cars? What sort of cars were used?

    henryhol8538henryhol853810 mánuðum síðan
    • First modifications were the installation of a much larger radiator as the early moonshine motors were prone to overheating, the cops chasing them took a while to catch on to this upgrade,their cars usually expiring in clouds of steam during a chase, after that anything to make them go faster ,then probably bragging rights as to who had the fastest wheels, then I suppose the organised racing.

      Michael SherwinMichael Sherwin10 mánuðum síðan
  • The Camaro and Mustang were considered Pony cars. The Dodge Charger was a muscle car as well as the Roadrunner, Satellite, Impala SS.

    Peter PPeter P10 mánuðum síðan
  • What is going on with your audio?!

    BIG LeddsBIG Ledds10 mánuðum síðan
  • Wow. I've never heard so many half-truths knitted together to appear factual. Camaros and Mustangs weren't/aren't muscle cars and had zero to do with NASCAR until about 3 years ago. I'm insulted that they think this can be passed off as true for the sake of an ad. Shame on Hertz and DriveTribe.

    Ryan NormanRyan Norman10 mánuðum síðan
  • Make a Video like this about jdm please 🥰 Supra, rx7, gtr?

    FulltimeGamerFulltimeGamer10 mánuðum síðan
  • Nice ad 👍

    Funking PrinkFunking Prink10 mánuðum síðan
  • The remakes are never as good...

    Joshua SnyderJoshua Snyder10 mánuðum síðan
  • طاط

    jaber Mjaber M10 mánuðum síðan
  • >talks about muscle cars >doesn't actually go fast in them Wtf kind of crap is this

    Eugene InLawEugene InLaw10 mánuðum síðan
  • We need more competitive LEGO building with James and Richard! And of course definietly not vodka.

    DezapinatorDezapinator10 mánuðum síðan
  • I generally like your videos but not this one, you imparted very little information on the posted subject and then at the end you just kind of dumped the video like you couldn't be bothered.

    LarkspeedLarkspeed10 mánuðum síðan
  • “Using stills like these” lmao, if those are stills, you are Jeremy Clarkson

    big Hbig H10 mánuðum síðan
  • Bullshit, they would have made them anyway

    GTA 5 Kingkong0581GTA 5 Kingkong058110 mánuðum síðan
  • Who is this video for? Who wants to hear a scotch manlet tell us shit we already heard from a more entertaining Top Gear segment 10 years ago? Tell us Ford and Ferrari had a rivalry on the 60's next.

    BrendoBrendo10 mánuðum síðan
  • I don't know why you say the mustang handles the best. Get a 1LE package on a camaro

    FuseFuse10 mánuðum síðan
  • CRASHCAR was fun to watch when they actually used modified stock cars one could buy at Billy Bob's Chevy dealership. Decals don't make a car a Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, etc. Now it's just a bunch of spec cars designed by committee like F1, NHRA, Indy, et al.

    mjncadmjncad10 mánuðum síðan
  • This isn't true at all. The muscle car was invented by Ford and then mastered by Shelby. Moonshiners invented NASCAR and stock cars. Which aren't the same thing as muscle cars. Wow, this video is a complete failure.

    Jamie ReidJamie Reid10 mánuðum síðan
    • Incorrect FORD made the pony car and the REAL first muscle car is the plymouth baracuda

  • None of those cars are musclecars. Musclecars were mid-size cars with big engines, nothing more. Pony cars were small cars with biggish engines. Those are 5th and 6th generation pony cars...that are bloated in dimensions, weight and horsepower. But hey, words don't mean anything, now do they "journalists"? Remember the days when sports car meant a roofless car for driving to and from the track? Or when the term supercar was coined to describe the Miura? Or when car magazines weren't just giant advertisements for Porsche, BMW or Weathertech floor mats? I do. I really wish it could have a resurgence.

    Melissa HillMelissa Hill10 mánuðum síðan
  • weak use of a great story, as mentioned could have been alot better

    messylauramessylaura10 mánuðum síðan
  • I think you missed the mark in your argument. Though this is clearly a paid advertisement for Hertz, you could have at least wrote a script that passes the sniff test. Your jump from the Olds 88 to muscle cars by them both being "performance" oriented is a contrived argument. If you applied the same logic you could argue that the Bugatti Veyron is a spiritual descendant of the Olds 88, and therefore, NASCAR.

    NoisyKnightNoisyKnight10 mánuðum síðan
  • The important question is: Can you get tires for the SLS there nowadays?

    patrese993patrese99310 mánuðum síðan
  • Was this a Chevy Nascar team ad?

    1984rx73021984rx730210 mánuðum síðan
  • why is the challenger like the one in vanishing point

    Alexandre BerthiaumeAlexandre Berthiaume10 mánuðum síðan
  • Wasnt f1 race started back in Silverstone???..... Someone explain plz...

    AD appleMonsterAD appleMonster10 mánuðum síðan
  • Dear Drivetribe, I am a 42 year old American with 20 years of AV production and exhibition experience under my generous belt. I would like to work for you. Please hire me and sponsor my visa. Do not use my ISworlds channel as reference material. I will be in London N1 7AR from 14 February and await further instruction. Please advise, A Very Serious Man

    kinskifilmskinskifilms10 mánuðum síðan
  • Completely shit video. Absolute waste of time.

    Axt AxtAxt Axt10 mánuðum síðan
  • No-one cares about the Yank w*nk.

    NCBNCB10 mánuðum síðan
  • ummm nope. plain and simple an opinion. facts say diffferent, facts say muscle cars came out the post ww2 soldiers garages. racing to see who has the fastest car in farmers dirt fields indeed was the start of nascar and moonshiners ran these races to find the fastest cars and drivers to run the shine north...but skipping over a whole world war and the 15 odd years after that spawned the muscle car.... and saying moonshiners from the 30's is where america got muscle cars from is just wikipedia level of fluff.

    Mike JamesMike James10 mánuðum síðan
  • Camero Kahm air oh

    Juno BoomJuno Boom10 mánuðum síðan
  • one of the new generations of grand tour presenters 2030

    RandosRandos10 mánuðum síðan
  • Will somebody please inform the UK how to pronounce "Camero".....

    clc2328clc232810 mánuðum síðan
  • Was this the video, or a teaser for the video?

    Ladco77Ladco7710 mánuðum síðan
  • whoever released this should be fired

    Adrian MargerisonAdrian Margerison10 mánuðum síðan
  • oh dear out of sync

    Adrian MargerisonAdrian Margerison10 mánuðum síðan
  • Look at those rental cars 🤩

    Chance ThoromanChance Thoroman10 mánuðum síðan
  • I love the renewed interest in north wilksboro! These supposed to be a grass roots movement to get the track restored and to start having races out there again

    Mach1 MustangGuyMach1 MustangGuy10 mánuðum síðan
  • "I need handling in a car, I'll get a mustang!" said nobody ever...

    Fox RussoFox Russo10 mánuðum síðan
    • It's not 2002 anymore...

      glamdring0007glamdring000710 mánuðum síðan
  • It kills me that the car community hasn't banded together to pool resources. Buy this speedway. Then open it to literally any car event that wants to play there. We have to people, the interest, the resources... We just need to unite and make it happen

    Geoffrey HamiltonGeoffrey Hamilton10 mánuðum síðan
  • The story about Musclecars, Moonshiners and Stockcar racing is one of my favorite all-American stories. I don't think it has been done justice here though.

    Alex WijnmaalenAlex Wijnmaalen10 mánuðum síðan
    • I agree, there's so much to the history of NASCAR that this video didn't even come close to. The Mustang was designed for secretaries. They approached Mr Shelby to go road racing. NASCAR used big body cars such as the Galaxy and Talledega mostly.

      Knallkoper MorderKnallkoper Morder10 mánuðum síðan
  • High Street = Main Street.

    sam-onlinesam-online10 mánuðum síðan
  • RIP Viper.

    Bud The CyborgBud The Cyborg10 mánuðum síðan
  • what is the music in the background?

    BirchBehavBirchBehav10 mánuðum síðan
  • You sent the hipster and not Alex or Henry, seriously🙄

    Klasse ActKlasse Act10 mánuðum síðan
  • Its a pretty cool story how it came about. Not being from the US is anyone able to explain why the tracks are mainly ovals?

    Greco CondurisGreco Conduris10 mánuðum síðan
    • Becauasse American cars suck and cannot handle proper race tracks

      girlsdrinkfeckgirlsdrinkfeck10 mánuðum síðan
  • I understand why they didn't do this with the trio

    whyareweherewhyarewehere10 mánuðum síðan
  • hmm we are missing Jeremy destroying a tire in 3 laps, then giving the mayor a high five, and blasting Steve Earle - Copperhead Road, in the tire shop.

    Asger LysebjergAsger Lysebjerg10 mánuðum síðan
    • @Andrew LaRose It is a great episode, but my two favorite Top Gear roadtrips are the one in Africa, in estate cars, and the other is in Albania, testing 2 luxory cars and Clarkson is in the Yugo.

      Asger LysebjergAsger Lysebjerg10 mánuðum síðan
    • Asger Lysebjerg one of my favorite episodes

      Andrew LaRoseAndrew LaRose10 mánuðum síðan
    • and james getting lost on the oval with hammond buried in the wall in the background!

      messylauramessylaura10 mánuðum síðan
  • #SaveNorthWilkesboroSpeedway

    CarNutzCarNutz10 mánuðum síðan
  • You guys surely didnt go all the way to the USA to only show us this clip. is it fair to say that there is some cool content comming soon?? btw why is this vid so short?

    Jacques AaldersJacques Aalders10 mánuðum síðan
  • That new Camaro is a huge step back look-wise

    Elvis CirkicElvis Cirkic10 mánuðum síðan
  • I think Bonnie and Clyde would have something to say about this.

    TassTass10 mánuðum síðan
  • love the accent man !

    Igor EngelenIgor Engelen10 mánuðum síðan
    • Do you? I'm Scottish and hate his accent. It's that "I'm a spoiled middle class Glaswegian who went to university and had 5 star accommodation and loads of money to buy me and my friends loads of things" It's a horrid accent.

      Jamie ReidJamie Reid10 mánuðum síðan
  • Disliked because the video was too short, didn’t really have a point, and ended up being an ad

    Average ThinkingAverage Thinking10 mánuðum síðan
  • Thanks for another excellent video.

    Kellington LinkKellington Link10 mánuðum síðan
  • I'm sorry but the new SS grill is ugly as sin

    The Rusty Hubcap USThe Rusty Hubcap US10 mánuðum síðan
  • The Mustang is not a muscle cat tho

    Espen MykingEspen Myking10 mánuðum síðan
  • They don't work outside of America

    Deeen chDeeen ch10 mánuðum síðan
  • Great. Really loved that cooperation

    Gene MacGrey Fan 2158Gene MacGrey Fan 215810 mánuðum síðan
  • Covered by (ahem) 'Top Gear', many years ago..

    simon hoaresimon hoare10 mánuðum síðan
  • As a NC native and still living here, I declare “Yeeee-hawwwww!”

    Carl StanlandCarl Stanland10 mánuðum síðan
    • Take your shirt off and swirl it around like a helicopter! Wayne County native!

      The Rusty Hubcap USThe Rusty Hubcap US10 mánuðum síðan
  • The Camaro is no longer a mussel car and neither is the mustang because yes they do have loads of power but they actually handle good. The Dodge Challenger and chargers are the only pure breed muscle cars left.

    CRock RauCRock Rau10 mánuðum síðan
  • The Camaro and Mustang are Pony cars, not muscle cars.

    Damaris VazquezDamaris Vazquez10 mánuðum síðan
  • Isn't this the track featured in an old top gear episode with the sls, a 911 and an aston, i think

    Martin TotevMartin Totev10 mánuðum síðan
  • Neat film, although the creation of NASCAR and the Muscle Car are two different stories. But, I digress. Go watch the old...and better...Top Gear of Season 18, episode 2. In that film Richard Hammond gives a proper history lesson on NASCAR and gets to drive a Stock Car.

    Donald HollumsDonald Hollums10 mánuðum síðan
  • cheers !

    A KA K10 mánuðum síðan