I'm a woman who has never touched a car, and I like watching it. Furthermore, Richard Hammond went on to do Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections
in which for each episode he looks at a massive modern construction such as a stadium, airbus, bridge, aircraft carrier, the Bilbao museum etc, and looks at the amazing past historical inventions or the evolutions in nature that the modern engineers used as inspiration to solve the massive and incredible engineering challenges to build these things.
Yup, engineering can be riveting too with the right presentation.
I don't think that reverance or respect for the dead needs the dead to be hidden from sight completely. It is the attitude that you bring, as a witness to a dead body, that matters, not the display and witnessing of a dead body, per se.