For The Love of Cars
2-disc DVD, 321 minutes
©2014, Distributed by Roadshow Entertainment

Intrepid car-loving duo Phil Glenister and internationally-renowned car designer Ant Anstead are on a mission: find and restore six heroic – but largely unsung – British cars. These cars are everyday classics: cars our parents drove, cars we loved as children, cars that many of us smile.

Think of the Ford Escort, Land Rover Series 1, Mini Cooper, MG TC, DeLorean and Triumph Stag. Supercars they are not, but they are super cars and in need of rescuing.

Glenister and Anstead have indeed rescued these cars from sheds and in storage – all in a rather frightful state – and set about restoring them to their former glory. While Anstead does much of the heavy lifting, Glenister sets about meeting the men and women to whom these cars are much more than just a metal shell and an engine.

Be they anorak-wearing car club enthusiasts, unassuming pub-goers or even in the most remote of locations, all of their stories are worth telling: at times funny, and at other times touching.

Each episode builds to its climax of the ‘big reveal’, where the car’s owner has their fully-restored beast shown off to them for the first time, before the cars are sent off for auction to see if the hard work was really worth it.

For The Love of Cars is currently available as a two-disc DVD at all good DVD retailers (RRP AU$29.95). Our review copy was kindly provided to us by Roadshow Entertainment.

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