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Past Gas by Donut Media

Donut's James Pumphrey, Nolan Sykes, and Joe Weber walk you through incredible stories behind your favorite cars and manufacturers. Episodes include underground Japanese racing clubs, bitter racing rivalries, and how some of your favorite classic cars came to be. Listen and find out why Past Gas is the #1 automotive podcast on Apple.For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com  We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/us/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy

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Recent Episodes of Past Gas by Donut Media


Past Gas #238: Katsuhiro Ueo: Japan’s AE86 Drift Legend

Past Gas #238: Katsuhiro Ueo: Japan’s AE86 Drift Legend

When Katsuhiro Ueo got his first taste of drifting, he was told he couldn’t do it. He was too old. But little did the world know that his passion for motorsports and engineering would combine with his immensely tough work ethic to make him a true legend in the sport, and within just a couple of short years. But who is Katsuhiro Ueo? What was the moment that changed his life forever? What makes him a legend in professional drifting? And finally, what’s he been up to since his career’s heyday? Today on Past Gas, Katsuhiro Ueo.<...

Episode 243 20 May 2024 56m and 34s


Past Gas #237: Tommykaira: The Japanese Tuners That Perfected the GTR

Past Gas #237: Tommykaira: The Japanese Tuners That Perfected the GTR

There are some fascinating stories behind many iconic factory performance cars, their origins rooted in after-hours tinkering by passionate engineers. And then there’s those who love tinkering after a car hits the market. Today the guys talk about a brand that’s often overlooked, and has created some truly awesome versions of already-renowned platforms like the Nissan Skyline GTR and Subaru WRX. The story of Tommykaira blends passion, expression, and pushing performance boundaries. But how did they get started? What was their ethos? And what’s this legendary name up to now? Today on Past Gas, the story of Tommy...

Episode 242 13 May 2024 46m and 17s


Past Gas #236: The Rowdiest Family in F1 History

Past Gas #236: The Rowdiest Family in F1 History

Gilles Villeneuve and his family have left a lasting mark on racing and its history. How did the Canadian hot head Gilles walk into Ferrari and immediately earn their respect? What did he do to get a circuit named after him? And how did Gilles’s son Jacques become a legend in his own right? Today on Past Gas, the story of Formula One racer Gilles Villeneuve and his racing dynasty.

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Episode 241 6 May 2024 54m and 22s


Past Gas #235: Datsun, Pt 2: Why Datsun Had To Die

Past Gas #235: Datsun, Pt 2: Why Datsun Had To Die

In 1967, Yutaka Katayama, or Mr. K, is now President of Nissan North America. He’s just been called to Nissan HQ to select a concept design to replace the aging Fairlady Roadster. But unbeknownst to the other executives on the selection committee, Mr. K has been quietly operating behind the scenes to push his preferred design through. The concept is referred to as codename “Z,” and it isn’t really a new generation roadster at all- it’s a powerful new sports coupe, and something that Mr. K believes will be a huge success in the US market. Today on Past Ga...

Episode 240 29 April 2024 53m and 46s


Past Gas #234: Datsun, Pt 1: Why Nissan Created Datsun

Past Gas #234: Datsun, Pt 1: Why Nissan Created Datsun

August, 1958. Nissan ad man Yutaka Katayama, known to most as Mr. K, is in Sydney, Australia was leading a two car team of Datsun 210s in the brand’s first official motorsport event.The brand had gotten its start barely 20 years ago, and was now in Australia to build brand recognition for their impending global expansion. It was a huge gamble. And one that would pay off. But how are the histories of Datsun and Nissan intertwined?? How did Yoshisuke Aikawa’s leadership turn Japan into an automotive manufacturing powerhouse? And how did Mr. K revolutionize automotive advertising and brin...

Episode 239 22 April 2024 49m and 25s


Past Gas #233: Bathurst 1000: Australia’s Most Brutal Endurance Race

Past Gas #233: Bathurst 1000: Australia’s Most Brutal Endurance Race

Over the past several decades, “The Great Race” has become a vital part of the fabric of Australian motorsport, and by extension, Australian culture. How did the Bathurst 1000 change Australian motorsport? How has one event given the racing world everything from V8 Supercars to the R32 GT-R known as “Godzilla?” And what about it has made it a cultural icon? Today on Past Gas, it’s the history of the Bathurst 1000.

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Episode 238 15 April 2024 50m and 57s


Past Gas #232: What Happened with SAAB? Pt 2

Past Gas #232: What Happened with SAAB? Pt 2

Despite its affinity for front-wheel drive cars, especially in its legendary 99 and 900 badges, Swedish automaker Saab still managed to sell one of its properly cool cars as a wagon with all-wheel drive. The 9-2X Aero. But here’s the thing: It wasn’t a true Saab, but a mashup of GM DNA mixed with Subaru. And, it was entirely built by Subaru, too. But let’s take a step back and try to get an idea of where it all started. When did Saab start slipping away? What did platform sharing and badge engineering mean for its legacy and su...

Episode 237 8 April 2024 1h, 2m and 40s


Past Gas #231: What Happened with SAAB? Pt 1

Past Gas #231: What Happened with SAAB? Pt 1

The story of Saab is one of out-of-the-box thinking. This Swedish brand barely made it past its 70th birthday before it died, but the legacy it built throughout those decades made it something truly special. But what made Saab such a legend in all things detail-oriented and quirky? What were the most legendary and popular models, and what made them so fun-to-drive? And finally, why did the brand die out in the early 2010s? Today on Past Gas, part one of our two part story on Saab!

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Episode 236 1 April 2024 51m and 44s


The Big Three #4: This Car Show is Banning Dodge Chargers

The Big Three #4: This Car Show is Banning Dodge Chargers

This week, the boys dive into the F1 Australian Grand Prix, Fiskers downfall and pay respects to Marcello Gandini. Plus, a Cybertruck update and why a Houston car meet is banning muscle cars.

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Follow Nolan on IG and Twitter @nolanjsykes.  Follow Joe on IG and Twitter @joegweber. Follow James on IG and Twitter @jamespumphrey. Follow Donut @donutmedia, and subscribe to our Youtube and Facebook channels!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast for free wherever you're listening or using this link: https://bit.ly/TheBigThreePodcast. If you like the show, telling a friend...

Episode 27 March 2024 43m and 58s


Past Gas #230: The Bugatti Queen: Sex, Drugs, & Racing in the Roaring 20s

Past Gas #230: The Bugatti Queen: Sex, Drugs, & Racing in the Roaring 20s

With hands blistered by a red-hot steering wheel and a head still reeling from a long night of sex and champagne, Hellé Nice won the first all-female Grand Prix at Montlhéry. The next day, Bugatti invited her to their showroom to convince Nice to compete under their name. She signed a sponsorship deal with Lucky Strike cigarettes, and with her immaculate profile, Nice bought herself a yacht. Now a household name, Hellé Nice was then invited to show her skills on the board tracks of the United States. How did the poor daughter of a postmaster become one of...

Episode 235 25 March 2024 46m and 24s

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