Girl Racers - Netflix

Girl Racers is a high-octane, four-part documnetary TV series that chronicles the careers of North America's top female race car drivers, including six Canadians, over the course of the 2004 racing season.

Narrated by former driver and racing enthusiast Jason Priestley, the series goes behind-the-scenes in one of the most highly watched sports on North American television today. Girl Racers documents for the first time, the trials and tribulations that female drivers experience in one of the few sports where women compete directly with men … and win.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2005-07-01

Girl Racers - Café racer - Netflix

A café racer ( KAF, more commonly KAF-ay) is a lightweight, lightly powered motorcycle optimized for speed and handling rather than comfort – and for quick rides over short distances. With bodywork and control layout recalling early-1960s Grand Prix road racing motorcycles, café racers are noted for their visual minimalism, featuring low-mounted handlebars, prominent seat cowling and elongated fuel tank – and frequently knee-grips indented in the fuel tank.

Girl Racers - Evolution - Netflix

Café racer styling evolved throughout the time of their popularity. By the mid-1970s, Japanese bikes had overtaken British bikes in the marketplace, and the look of real Grand Prix racing bikes had changed. The hand-made, frequently unpainted aluminium racing fuel tanks of the 1960s had evolved into square, narrow, fibreglass tanks. Increasingly, three-cylinder Kawasaki two-strokes, four-cylinder four-stroke Kawasaki Z1, and four-cylinder Honda engines were the basis for café racer conversions. By 1977, a number of manufacturers had taken notice of the café racer boom and were producing factory café racers, such as the well-received Moto Guzzi Le Mans and the Harley-Davidson XLCR. A special version of the Honda XBR thumper with wire-spoked wheels, the Honda GB500 TT, sought to emulate BSA and Norton café racers of the 1960s. In the mid-1970s, riders continued to modify standard production motorcycles into so-called “café racers” by simply equipping them with clubman bars and a small fairing around the headlight. A number of European manufacturers, including Benelli, BMW, Bultaco and Derbi produced factory “café” variants of their standard motorcycles in this manner, without any modifications made to make them faster or more powerful, a trend that continues today.

Girl Racers - References - Netflix