Update: If you have not been listening to this podcast you are missing an incredible documentation of drag racing history. Yes, it is street racing history but do not forget about the track that Willie opened and battled to keep open, the facility on Terminal Island in Los Angeles. That’s a central part of the story along with the life and times of a man we certainly could not have dreamed would be so filled with, ummm, interesting decision making. In some ways Willie has turned out to be the guy we expected him to be but in other? In others he has not been at all what the narrative of his life was made to look like. Not all surprises are good ones and that’s doubly true in the life story of Big Willie Robinson. This is required listening for any BangShifter! – Brian
What an awesome surprise this is! The LA Times has produced a multi-part, documentary/investigative style podcast about the life, times, and importance of Big Willie Robinson, the founder of the Brotherhood of Street Racers. In the midst of racial tensions, police tensions, and political tensions in the late 1960s, the larger than life man stepped forward and used cars, drag racing, and sometimes his massive size to help heal wounds and prevent others from being opened up.
We are looking very much forward to listening to each and every episode. The good news is that the podcast series starts today and we have a trailer below that adds a video element to the story so you can see just exactly where this whole thing is heading.
For many years people have been talking about the role and impact of this man but never has anyone done something to this level. Since he has passed, the magazine stories have stopped, the appearances have ended, and his role in history has perhaps faded some. This series promises to highlight the good, the bad, and the important as it pertains to the man they all knew as “Big Willie”. Super awesome!
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) July 7, 2019