Jason Drives gets behind the wheel of automotive oddities

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Most cars you see are normal. They make sense, they are designed with four good wheels and a functioning engine that can get you from place to place in a reliable way.

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The cars on Jason Drives, a YouTube web series, are not normal. In fact, they’re all oddballs in some way. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad, but they are weird, and often unpredictable.

Sometimes, they’re the first car of their kind, sometimes they’re over 100 years old, so they work in ways that would be completely foreign to those of us whose cars have been made after they decided on the pedals and steering wheel configuration.

At the center of it all is Jason Torchinsky, a writer for Jalopnik whose almost aggressive enthusiasm makes the entire endeavor. He loves these automotive misfits, even the ones that are clearly absolutely terrible, and that’s what makes the show work.

If he went into each episode intent to dismiss each car, it could quickly get tiresome. Instead, he loves everything, even the terrible cars, and while he’s never delusional about the merits or detriments of each car, he’s definitely thrilled to be there. One gets the impression that a bad car makes him happy, so even if he declares something to be the worst car ever made, his obvious thrill at getting behind the wheel makes it a much more enjoyable experience than it would be if he didn’t find the entire endeavor to be completely hilarious.

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