My first memory of TV as a kid was probably Popeye but he didn't have a hotrod so i had to wait untill the mid 60s for The Monkees and The Munsters. Both had the advantage of being on the BBC, although we were poor and lived in a shoe box int middle oft' road we had middle class aspirations and ITV was rather frowned upon at Stansfield towers.
The Monkees were pretty dire, allegedly they didnt play their instruments, they couldnt act and the scripts were crap but they drove and rode about a lot in the California sun being chased by baddies. Their own car was a GTO unsubtly modified by the legend George Barris. I dont know or really care what became of them apart from Mike Nesmith (one with the wooly hat) who "invented" MTV and regularly competed on the BAJA 1000 in obscenely fast V8 trucks so not all bad.
The Munsters were like the Adams family but better (Adams family were on ITV so it stands to reason) and their cars, also Barris creations were awesome.
One episode even had a match race between the Munster Koach and Dragula, possibly the first drag race i ever saw.
Here is some rare* footage
Kids nowadays eh ? dont know what yer missing, when did you see Postman Pat and Jess polishing the bugcatcher on their Hemi ?
* How can it be rare footage if it is on Youtube for billions of people to watch ?