The History Channel launched its Car Week today, and the main event is the new three-episode mini-series The Cars That Made America. Hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr., the first part debuts on Sunday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET. Read on for a preview of the series.
The Cars That Made America was executive produced by Earnhardt, who is also hosting. Each two-hour part highlights important cars that changed the American landscape and the men behind them. The episodes take viewers inside the lives of Henry Ford, The Dodge Brothers, William Durant, Walter Chrysler, Lee Iacocca and John Delorean with reenactments and rarely seen archival footage.
In a list published on August 1, History previewed some of the cars that will be featured in the series, including the Oldsmobile Model R from 1901; the Ford Model T from 1908; the 1931 Chevrolet AE Independence Six; the 1934 Chrysler Airflow; and the 1964 Ford Mustang.
The series was produced by Magilla Entertainment, the same company behind Long Island Medium, American Ripper and Moonshiners.
“Cars are a huge part of what America was built on – industry, innovation and inspiration,” Earnhardt said in a statement when the show was scheduled earlier this month. “I am honored to be partnering with HISTORY as part of their event series The Cars That Made America to educate viewers and car enthusiasts about one of my passions.”
Other new shows debuting during Car Week include Car Country (August 16 at 8 p.m.) with Brian Vickers, as well as new car-themed episodes of American Pickers and Pawn Stars.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, August 13, 2017
TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET
Part 2: Monday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Part 3: Tuesday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET
CHANNEL: The History Channel. (To find out what channel History is for you, click here to go to TV Guide’s listings. Click “Change” next to provider to find your cable/satellite provider.)
“Part 1” – “Henry Ford, the Dodge Brothers, William Durant and Walter Chrysler risk their livelihoods as they fight to bring a revolution in transportation to the masses. Their struggle laid the groundwork for some of the largest corporate empires in American history.”
“Part 2” – “The history of American-made cars is covered, specifically those of the three dominating companies—Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler.”
“Part 3” – “In the aftermath of WWII, America is moving to the suburbs, fueling a huge demand for new cars. It’s a race to give new American consumers what they want, and the result is the golden age of the American automobile. The ’50s and ’60s youth want speed and fun, and the Big Three battle each other to give it to them, creating the all-American muscle car.”