- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: November 12, 2003
From the drag strip to the War on Terror, Modern Marvels examines trucks that go to the limits.
America is obsessed with trucks. We buy more pickups than most of the rest of the world combined, snap up oversized SUVs at a blistering rate and worship at the alter of automotive excess known as the Hummer. Of course, even the most over-the-top "dualie" and tricked out H2 aren't enough for some people...
MODERN MARVELS® goes on the job and to the track with some of the most specialized vehicles ever made in this rumbling and revealing look at the outer limits of truck technology. Take a white knuckle trip down the drag strip in Les Shockley's jet-powered "Super Shockwave" monster. Loaded with video cameras, monitors, plasma screens and communication equipment, the Baltimore Technical Assistance Response Unit's mobile command truck is a powerful weapon in the War on Terror, capable of receiving, transmitting and processing extraordinary amounts of information. Tackling a far more mundane task with technical aplomb is the McNeilus Auto-Reach, a garbage truck armed with a robotic arm to grab the trash. And we'll take a trip in the venerable Unimog, a Swiss Army Knife on wheels that can be adapted to any mission from street sweeping to reconnaissance.