Who out there is missing the vehicular insight and wisdom of a long-haired, florally-bedecked man with a fondness for utilitarian, cheap cars (often of Romanian heritage)? If that’s you, then good news.

Captain Slow’s new three-parter follows the tale of how the world fell in love with motoring: the mass-market car from inception to London-gridlocking ubiquity. And apparently he only got lost six times.

Top Gear’s Cars of the People premieres on BBC America on 25 August. Click over to BBCAmerica.com for a preview of Episode 1.