Dublin-based comedian, Kevin McGahern puts Ireland’s car culture under the spotlight for the latest “Reality Bites’ documentary on RTE 2. The show promises to take us to the heart of Ireland’s modified car scene by getting inside the hearts and minds of the people who’s world revolves around all things automotive.
In an attempt to understand why many young people choose to spend substantial money on their cars, the Republic of Telly front man attends car park meets to look at the motors on show and witnesses a diffing session. RTE state that documentary looks at the high risks generated by this “extreme form of driving” – not just for other road users, but for the young people involved as well. McGahern also talks to people who are working to positively influence young driver behaviour.
Before the programme has even aired, debate has started about the editorial balance of the show. Contributors to popular web forum boards.ie say the programme makers turned down the opportunity to film car enthusiasts taking part in properly planned track days at Mondello Park race circuit. Instead, they suggest that RTE have deliberately focused on the minority who organise illegal drag races and cruises.
Influential motoring journalist and Speedhunters contributor, Paddy McGrath echoed this view. Earlier this week, he took to Twitter to express his belief that the documentary had “been purposely skewed” and as a result would be “giving it a skip”. McGrath also confirmed suspicions initially raised in other forms of social media by reasserting the producers turned down the opportunity to go to safe, organised events.
You can watch Kevin McGahern’s Fast & Furious on RTE 2, Thursday 5th November at 9.30pm.