The Real-Life Auto Factory Riot Referenced in ‘Squid Game,’ Explained
Plus some insights on police cars, obscure E46 BMWs, and more good stuff from Car Bibles.
This week Car Bibles strayed a bit from its core (DIY stories about junky project cars) to look into some pop culture references and answer random car-scene questions we've been curious about. Also, a lot of the writing staff has been sucked in by Squid Game and it turns out the show's "Dragon Motors" references a real and dramatic moment in near-past automotive history.
The links below will dig into the Netflix show a little and shed some light on a few other completely unrelated areas of interest you might like to learn about.
Car Bibles is generally focused on DIY-related content, practical advice, cultural commentary, and automotive entertainment celebrating low- to medium-budget motoring. We've stepped up our schedule to six posts a day each week—including a daily feature photo—so if you like what you see below, I would love to see you over on our site to check out the rest of it! Anyway, onto the roundup.
If you haven't seen the show yet, maybe skip this one. But it's not a huge spoiler to say that the main character finds himself in severe debt, laid off from the fictional “Dragon Motors.” In the show, the layoff, strike, and surrounding protests were brutal. In 2009 and in real life, something similar actually did happen in South Korea at a Ssangyong factory.
As Car Bibles writer Kevin Williams explained: "American Squid Game viewers likely didn’t realize that the Dragon Motors plot device is directly analogous to the brutal Ssangyong factory closure and protest of 2009. For Koreans and Korean-speakers, it was probably more obvious, as the Korean characters that make Ssangyong, 쌍용, roughly translate to 'pair of dragons' or 'double dragons.'"
Another one from Kevin: "TikToker Jessica Tran (@jtmobiledetailing)’s takedown of Tesla’s infamous build quality went viral this week. We’ve seen plenty of panel gaps and poor paint from the American electric car company before, but something about Tran’s delivery resonated a little harder than most."
Perhaps you've never even noticed that most police car speedometers say "CERTIFIED" on them, but they do. We had a surprisingly hard time figuring out what exactly that means; none of the automakers selling police vehicles wanted to share insight. But the Michigan State Police (which conducts vehicle evaluations regularly) had some comments and context for us to solve the mystery.
The E46 M3 is a benchmark for style and performance to this day. It's basically the best version of one of BMW's best bodystyles. But there were also a few aftermarket-created E46 performance variants you should know about.
Once again, we've rounded up a bunch of car reviews for you over at Car Bibles. In this week's Review Rundown, get a big range of perspectives on the (finally) new Toyota Tundra.
If you liked any of those stories, I hope you'll join us on the regular over at Car Bibles. Our comment section's always open and we'll be doing a lot of experimenting throughout the year as we look for new and fun ways to bring automotive entertainment to you.
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