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The Carroll Shelby Story

Carroll Shelby is a racing legend, but how did he get started? What made him such a larger-than-life figure, and what role did he play in the creation of the Shelby Cobra? Join Scott and Ben as they explore the life and work of Carroll Shelby.

What are tank engines?

Don't let the name fool you -- these aren't engines for battle tanks. Instead, they're an ingenious, space-saving way of powering locomotives. Join Scott and Ben as they discuss the pros and cons of tank engines.

Circus Trains

While it might sound strange, moving a circus via rail actually made sense. Entire towns would gather to mark the passage of cars packed with tents, animals, clowns and more. Tune in to learn more about circus trains from the golden age to the modern day.

How Pace Cars Work

Why do races use pace cars? Where did they come from, and who drives them? Get the scoop on all this and more as Scott and Ben delve into the past, present and future of pace cars.

The Andretti Curse

With numerous wins in multiple competitions, the legendary Andretti family is one of racing's most prominent dynasties -- but, also, apparently, cursed. So what is the Andretti curse, exactly? Join Scott and Ben to learn more.

How Swedish A-traktors Work

When is a tractor not a tractor? When it's an A-traktor, of course. Join Scott and Ben as they explore the history of these unique vehicles (and the legal loopholes that make them so popular).

How Formula One Works, Part 2

Formula One is one the world's most prestigious racing events -- but where did it come from? What is this 'formula,' exactly? Join Scott and Ben as they explore the past, present and future of Formula One.

How Formula One Works, Part 1

Formula One is one the world's most prestigious racing events -- but where did it come from? What is this 'formula,' exactly? Join Scott and Ben as they explore the past, present and future of Formula One.