Wide Open Road

Wide Open Road is an Australian mini series that looks at our obsession with cars and how they have changed our society. Each episode goes further back into the history of Australia and gives viewers the details behind the political, environmental and technological impacts and changes that had a role in the automobile.

There are a lot of interesting facts and bits of knowledge that viewers might not already be aware of, and it

1 Season, 3 Episodes
October 16, 2011
Automotive, Documentary & Biography

Wide Open Road Full Episode Guide

  • The 1970s inner-city trendies faced off against suburban gangs, Peter Brock and Allan Moffat intensified the rivalry between Holden and Ford, politicians were under siege by car lovers and it was a battle to stay alive on the roads.

  • The 1950s parents experienced the world through the windscreen and kids watched it go by from the back seat. By the 1960s the baby boomers had their own cars. They couldn't drive as fast as racing car champion Jack Brabham, but they felt like they could.

  • Once the US giants General Motors Holden and Ford started manufacturing cars in Australia, and particularly with the arrival of the Holden FX, cars became affordable, gave Australian families a new level of freedom -- and shaped our cities.