Never Stop Driving #77: Cyberpod
In less than 48 hours, over three million people watched Hagerty’s latest YouTube video—a record for one of our productions. Three things combined for cinematic gold: host Jason Cammisa, the production crew, and Tesla’s outlandish Cybertruck. Cammisa used his uncommon and early access to properly explain why Tesla’s latest vehicle is more compelling for the new technology underneath its stainless steel skin than for its adolescent styling.
I’m going to eat a little crow here and change my opinion on the Cybertruck. It’s clear that a bunch of talented and sharp engineers were given free rein to devise innovative solutions. While I primarily love cars for how they drive, I’m a sucker for clever engineering and the people behind it. The Cybertruck is the best recent example of smart engineering since the engine in the Corvette Z06.
Meeting and interacting with car-company engineers and designers has been an unexpected perk of my strange career. My Hagerty Media colleagues and I have scores of stories about our years spent in and around the automotive industry, which is one reason I’ve just launched a podcast version of this newsletter: To bring you more in audio format.
The Never Stop Driving podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube. Like this newsletter, the pod is free to everyone because one of Hagerty’s goals is to spread car passion. On the show, we’ll cover a wide range of automotive topics, including interviews with the most interesting people in the car world. I expect it to evolve over time, so your feedback is welcome. Please give it a listen and help us spread the word with a positive rating.
December is turning out to be an exceedingly vibrant month for car fans and Hagerty Media. In addition to the above, Barn Find Hunter Tom Cotter showcased a stash of some 40 cars and Larry Chen went to the Toyota factory to see the first Lexus GX550, which will also be sold as the new Toyota Land Cruiser, roll off the line. As a former Land Cruiser owner, I can’t wait to drive the new one. This Monday, December 11, we’re also posting the 2024 Bull Market—our seventh annual roundup of cars our data team predicts will rise in value. Bull Market helps us show folks how cost effective it can be to own a classic car, and we’ve had a terrific track record. Check out the year-over-year results from last year’s list here.
The holiday present I’m most anticipating is the upcoming Ferrari movie. It debuts in theaters on December 25 and a review by someone I trust, The Wall Street Journal’s Dan Neil, suggests the filmmakers properly presented the supremely compelling tale of Enzo Ferrari. Watch the trailer and tell me your heart rate didn’t jump. I’m currently negotiating with my wife and family to go see it Christmas Day or at least go by myself. I’m hoping that Patrick Dempsey’s role in the film helps convince them to spend the evening with Dad in the theater. We recently interviewed Dempsey for behind-the-scenes color.
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