High Speed Stuff Wrap-up: Pace Cars, Television Cars - and Roger Penske to buy Saturn?

Scott Benjamin

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Fellow podcaster Ben Bowlin and I consistently roll two High Speed Stuff podcasts out of the HowStuffWorks garage each and every week. You can download them (for free) on iTunes whenever you choose. In fact, if you're not already a regular listener, you may want to scroll through our ever-growing list of past High Speed Stuff podcasts once you get there -- you're bound to find something that grabs your attention. So, what did we chat about this week?

On Tuesday, Ben and I discussed pace cars. We covered a lot of ground on this topic including the most basic stuff like: What are they? What purpose do they actually serve? Who drives them? And we even touched on the topic of what makes a good pace car. Things get really interesting (at least I think so, anyway) when we start talking about pace car accidents. Yes, it does happen. Not very often, but when it does, the results are usually pretty dramatic. In any case, we have a couple of examples that I think will interest you.

Thursday's podcast was all about television cars. You know what I'm talking about, right? I mean when the car becomes the focal point of a television series, often eclipsing the actors and actresses that star alongside the four-wheeled celebrity. Need an example? Well, I don't think I'm really giving anything away when I say that the General Lee from "The Dukes of Hazzard" is one of the first of many, many cars that we discuss during this episode. We went deep on this one, going way back in television history, so you might be surprised by some of our examples. We even gave a couple minutes of air time to animated cars. After you listen to the podcast, try to come up with a few examples that we didn't think of and then let us know what we missed.

So, now that you know what's happening on the High Speed Stuff podcast this week, well...what are you waiting for? Head over to iTunes and give it a listen -- just remember to come back here to let us know what you think in the comment section below. Or if you'd rather send us an e-mail, you can do that, too. We always read the address at the end of each episode.

By the way, if you haven't been watching the automotive news this morning, here's what's going on: General Motors may sell its Saturn brand to Roger Penske today. According to The Associated Press, "Penske has said his company, Penske Automotive Group Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is interested in the Saturn brand and intended to make an offer."

(Thanks to HowStuffWorks.com editor/blogger Chris Pollette for the tip!)

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