John DeLorean

The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Don’t call it a Camaro. (But the story does begin there.) Join Scott and Ben as they unravel the history of this American-made automotive icon and scrutinize a few of the behind-the-scenes characters that made the Pontiac Trans Am a reality.

Well, here we are again. It's Friday, and you know what that means. It's time for another High Speed Stuff wrap-up. But let me just cut right to the chase -- it's going to snow in Atlanta today. We typically have just a couple of days like this each year, which means lots of drivers on the road with little (or no) experience negotiating the snow and ice. That's bad enough, but when you add the hilly North Georgia terrain to the mix, you've got a real mess! I'll keep the podcast wrap-up short and to the point today, because I'd like to head home before the inevitable multi-car pileups on the roadways. So here goes...

Yeah, I know ... but how many chances do we get to talk about Irish car production? Or for that matter, how many opportunities do I get to mention the short-lived, stainless steel-bodied, gull-wing door-equipped DeLorean? So anyway, here's a bit of Irish automotive history for you today. The DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) was founded by former General Motors executive, John DeLorean, in Detroit, Mich., in 1975. After a long search for a suitable place to build his dream car, DeLorean settled on Northern Ireland. By 1978, construction had started on the assembly plant in Dunmurry, Ireland, a suburb of Belfast. Now, here's something that I found surprising, especially given the number of DeLoreans that I've seen on the road over the years: Production of the Irish-built DeLorean DMC-12, the only model built by DMC, lasted for a very brief amount of time.