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The Petrol Age is a British television program from 2012. The four part program examines the history of automobiles and the automotive industry within the United Kingdom, with each part focusing on a different aspect of the subject matter. A variety of British automotive companies, including Jaguar, McLaren, and Bentley, are highlighted in this limited series.

1 Season, 4 Episodes
January 1, 2012
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Paul McGann As Presenter
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  • Paul McGann explores British motoring innovations, including how spare parts from World War II were used to create pioneering off-road vehicle the Land Rover. He also learns about the life of inventor and author, Dorothy Levitt.

  • Paul McGann tells the story of how the designs of some of Britain's most famous cars captured the imaginations of people around the world, and changed the direction of the industry.

  • Paul McGann explores how British luxury car manufacturers became internationally renowned as leaders in their field. He profiles engineers and designers including Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.

  • Paul McGann presents a history of British motoring, profiling the cars and people that helped shaped the UK automotive industry's global reputation. He begins with the origins of motor racing and obsessions with speed throughout the decades.

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