Larger Than Life

5 EpisodesProduced by L.A. Times | L.A. Times Studios

In 1960s Los Angeles, after the catastrophic Watts riots, an outsized character emerged — one who found an unexpected way to unite people across race and class. Odds are you’ve never heard of him. From LA Times Studios, the team behind “Dirty John” and “Man in the Window,” comes “Larger Than Life,” … read more

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Introducing Larger Than Life

July 1st, 2019


This is the true story of a street racer who united Los Angeles — but left behind a tangle of questions. Reported, written and hosted by Daniel …

King of the Street | 1

July 9th, 2019


L.A. street racing legend Big Willie Robinson uses cars to heal a city torn apart by racial violence. His larger-than-life exploits touch Hollywood, …

Becoming Big Willie | 2

July 9th, 2019


In the five years after the 1965 Watts riots, Big Willie Robinson meets the love of his life, gets the car of his dreams, forges ties with the LAPD and starts the Brotherhood of Street Racers.

Learn more about the story, …

Run Whatcha Brung | 3

July 11th, 2019


Banned from street racing in L.A. in the early 1970s, Big Willie Robinson becomes fixated with building a racetrack for the Brotherhood of Street Racers. He wants a place where all are welcome — even cops and criminals …

Fast and Famous | 4

July 16th, 2019


Big Willie Robinson has a surprising career turn in the entertainment industry, working as an actor, rubbing shoulders with A-listers and appearing …

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