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Car Nostalgia Gets Its Own TV Show

The Ride That Got Away reunites drivers with the vehicles they can’t get over, and puts America’s relationship with cars on blast.
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Think, for a moment, of the object from your past you miss the most. It’s probably not a vacuum cleaner or a ladle. Maybe it’s a stuffed animal, or an armchair. For many, many people, it’s a car.

First cars, in particular, occupy a special place in American nostalgia. For some Boomers, their first ride brought them closer to the proverbial American Dream. For some Gen X suburban teens, it was their first taste of independence. Rebel Without A Cause. American Graffiti. Herbie Fully Loaded. It’s a story that’s been told again and again.