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Watch the 5 best car movies and shows on Netflix during quarantine

nicad 27/11/2021 934

So you're a gearhead and a car lover, and you're looking for some good stuff on Netflix. We all have time now, but instead of wasting time endlessly scrolling through a bunch of stuff, there are now five great car-themed games on Netflix.

We've also got a list of the best classic car movies to watch during the coronavirus outbreak, if that's more your style.

Off the top of our collective heads (and in no particular order), here are five really great car movies and/or shows currently on Netflix:< /p>

#1: Fastest car

#2: Formula1, Drive to Survive

#3: Initial D

#4: Fast & Furious Spy Racers

#5: The 24 Hour War

What car movies do you like?

#1: The fastest car

Like all “reality” shows, take it with a grain of salt; but overall, Fastest Car is watchable and has heart. Three sleepers battle a supercar (Ferraris, Lambos, McLarens and others) within a quarter mile. If you win, you're heading into the championship race at the end of the season. There's a lot of personality between the competitors, even if you don't find the cars interesting.

Take this one for a test drive: here are the two seasons.

#2: Formula 1, Drive to Survive

This 10-part series, while not too profitable for F1, has drawn people into Grand Prix racing who otherwise wouldn't. And in five minutes you can see why. Formula 1, Drive to Survive offers unprecedented access before, after and during races, and the camera never flickers. The series is executive produced by James Gay Rees (Senna) and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films with Sophie Todd serving as showrunner.

The first season covers the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, starting in Melbourne and culminating in Abu Dhabi. The second season picks up where the first left off, covering the 2019 World Championship.

If you want to know what Formula 1 racing is, and what it's all about, this is one of the best ways to feel like you're there.

Take the wheel: here are the two seasons.

#3: Initial D

The 2005 film version of the hit manga series is a must watch for those with a Netflix account. Initial D shows how car culture in Japan is very similar to car culture in America; and a lot like car culture in England; and even much like car culture in unexpected places, like Cuba.

There are great driving sequences, and even the plot works (a rarity in car movies). By day, Takumi Fujiwara (Jay Chou) is a high school student who works as a delivery driver for his father's tofu shop. At night, it's all about a totally different world of racing and drifting.

Take this one for a spin: here's the title page on Netflix.

#4: Fast & Furious Spy Racers

Now stay with me here. Sure, it's not the highest level of intellectual wit, but it's good for a laugh and really good if you have kids. Fast & Furious Spy Racers is an animated spin-off of the Fast and Furious films, centered on Tony Toretto, the cousin of Vin Diesel.

Young Tony, voiced by Tyler Posey, is recruited by a government agency, along with his friends, to infiltrate an elite racing league that serves as a front for a criminal organization called – take this – SH1FT3R. They are, of course, determined to dominate the world!

Fast & Furious Spy Racers is as nutritious as a bag of chips, but just as tasty.

Go Undercover with Toretto and Friends: This is the first season.

#5: The 24 Hour War

Seriously, forget Ford v Ferrari, watch The 24 Hour War instead. Adam Carolla and Nate Adams are making a documentary that tells the whole story of the Le Mans rivalry between the two major automakers, while showing how endurance racing influenced the performance cars we drive today.

The 24 Hour War is as fast-paced and thrilling as any contemporary racing series or film. You will watch this one more than once.

See it for the first time: Here's the title page on Netflix.

What car movies do you like?

So there are five gear-centric joints from Netflix to keep you entertained a bit. Let us know what car movies or shows you watch and if you have any suggestions for our list on Twitter. Until then, stay safe, stay home and wash your hands!

Tony Borroz has spent his whole life racing vintage cars and sports cars. He is the author of Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle. Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz.

Cover photo: 24 hours of war from Chassy Media.

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