Learn about Car Racing History
We're celebrating Thanksgiving in the states with a Turkey shaking Shakedown special... Leo Parente presents us the heritage of racing from it's past to present.
Derek DeAngelis: Happy Thanksgiving, yes, I am wearing the same shirt I wore on Tuesday, the magic of video.
So as you know we are taking the day off as you should be, well, you live in the US, that's not to say, we don't have some cool for you today. We have got the special addition of SHAKEDOWN with Leo Parente, giving thanks for how far we have come in motorsports over the past century.
So stick around and enjoy your Thanksgiving, if you are American. And remember, late next week we are at the LA Auto Show, so you don't want to miss that. Leo, how would you take it away?
The first Alan Coffman is here! Derek De, what's up? It's good.
Alan always uses a camera right on my face.
Other speaker: Derek De I am thankful for two things
Derek DeAngelis: what? What is that?
Male Speaker: Fast Lane Daily and Derek De.
Derek DeAngelis: Oh thanks AK. I am thankful for Alan Coffman, always with a camera. Alright Leo, Happy Thanksgiving, take away.
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Male speaker: Today is Yhanksgiving in America, so naturally it makes me think of racing, let me show you how? The first Thanksgiving was 1621 reminds me of the 1600cc engine in a Formula Ford. Unlike the first Thanksgiving gathering FF races tend to get a little free form and more adventurous.
Thanksgiving started in Massachusetts where that pilgrim sailed from Plymouth England, and landed in a new world settlement also called Plymouth, like Richard Petty's Plymouth Superbird, Dan Gurney's AAR Trans-Am Cougar, Don Prudhomme's Plymouth Pot Wheels funny car, which ran at a drag strip in English, till New Jersey.
The pilgrims journeyed in a ship called the Mayflower. I got the 1950s triumph Mayflower, but that's not a race car. Mayflower moving was the sponsoring NASCAR for them. I got it. The ship was made of wood Morgan's wood frame, Morgan's race, here are Morgan's racing.
The first Thanksgiving feast was to celebrate the pilgrim's surviving a harsh year in the world, but the native Indians helped them survive. Indians, as in motorcycle, motorcycle as in moto-GP.
The Indian Tribe that helped the pilgrims with the Wampanoag and that sounds like a race car crash or good wall banging.
Thanksgiving in America celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November, thanks to President Franklin Roswell's decree in 1939. 1939 was a big year for the original Mercedes Silver Arrows and Auto Union Grand Prix cars.
In complete secrecy Mercedes have produced two entirely new one-and-a-half liter cars. The little Mercedes didn't have a lead of a Marshall Burbo's (ph) flag. The German cars become legendary, they are easily the fastest and yet they have never been seen before, and are never to race again. Lang wins the AAA Grand Prix for the third time.
Male speaker: These days Thanksgiving has new traditions. First mom has to get the Turkey, they most head off to the supermarket, some prefer fresh from the farms, others still hunt and kill their own birds.
Then is cooking time, the heat, the fire has to be just right.
13 million people Americans hit the road to make the trip to see family for Thanksgiving. Sometimes it gets ugly out on the highways.
But we always make it home. Of course, your drunk uncle finally arrives
At the family gathering you discover that the awkwardly ugly cousin you last saw six years ago has suddenly blossomed to grow a knock out beauty, and since incest is not a family value, all you can do is gaze at her and fire up your imagination.
Okay, enough trying to force fit racing into Thanksgiving, gave it a shot, but not so much. So from all of us, the Fast Lane Daily and SHAKEDOWN and Next New Net Works, we'll see a post holiday fatter but feisty. For now just enjoy this feast of in car video action.
PS: Better a show marketer Mercedes GPI, I feel it common, and for you guys, Happy Thanksgiving!
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