'Americarna' examines American culture through cars

KUSA – From steam to fossil fuels, cars have undergone tremendous transformations. Self-propelled road vehicles are attributed to Nicolas Joseph Cugnot, the car pioneer. With the evolution of time, the evolution of cars has followed. Velocity is now showing that evolution of cars in America in their show Americarna.

NASCAR champion Ray Evernham hosts this cross-country road trip to portray the American identity in one of her favorite toys, cars.

"It's a documentation of America's timeline through the eyes of the automobile," Evernham said.

The car has impacted virtually every portion of our lives. They have been seen in the development of cities and produced the nostalgia of days gone past.

Movie connoisseurs will remember George Lucas' American Graffiti. This iconic film brings back memories of the '60s with custom hot rods and teenage adolescence.

Director Ron Howard starred in American Graffiti and developed his own love for the automobile during the filming. Charlie Daniels, Mike Love and Brad Paisley have also been directly influenced by cars.

"Brad Paisley, he's always writing songs about cars. The guy loves to drive corvettes. Charlie Daniels, he was key in our moonshine segment," Evernham said.

The customization features on cars is virtually endless nowadays and these build into our love affair with cars.

"Cars really describe our personality. We can make them what we want," Evernham said.

"It's just a way to express yourself. Different paint, different interiors, different wheels, all those things you can do to make the car your own are one of the few things we have left that can use to state who we really are."

Early races and moonshiners are some of the cars profiled on Americarna. The show can be caught on Velocity channel.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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