Automotive reality shows:
People always ask me what I do in my time away from my automotive businesses? My answer is, “watch automotive reality shows on TV.” Here are my All Time Favorites:
Overhaulin’ is an endearing program hosted by Chip Foose, Chris Jacobs and Adrienne Janic (AJ). The weekly episodes are high energy and endearing. So a deserving contestant’s ride is surprised with a top drawer custom overhaul. It seems that up to 40-technicians collectively contribute their sweat, heart and soul to each project.
So with more than 100-episodes,even in syndication a visual and emotional feast is lavished on the viewer. Most notable is the theme of taking a person’s vehicle. For example Kassia who is very ill was told they had to tow her vehicle away. She became noticeably upset. So they relented and said, “You are on Overhaulin.’ So her 1954 Ford Custom line 4-door sedan was taken to Sema. The top was removed with the new vehicle drivetrain, interior and a excellant paint job an open air cruiser is created. They presented Kassia the amazing one off car in front of a multitude of fans. Like other deserving recipients it is heartwarming to behold.
Yes they make people’s dreams come true. Check them out!
Fantom Works Television show is hosted by Dan Short. Because he is former military the shop is super organized. In the first place many rules about quality of work and safety are strictly enforced. Most noteworthy is the consistency of Dan and his craftsmen fulfilling customer’s long put off automotive projects. The episodes don’t attempt to hide the frustrations with parts suppliers and unrealistic and often condescending customers. One thing is for sure; If Dan has to choose between the customer and the car, he’s not choosing you.
His biggest concern is giving the customer what they came in for and then some. His mechanics are motivated by daily challenges. Accordingly vehicles leaving the shop are works of art.Beneath his gruff exterior Dan is deeply compassionate. Specifically the episode where Katy and Rich bring a 1951 Buick Super in for repairs. In and out of 4 other shops the car was a mess.In the midst of the resurrection Rich falls and loses his memory. He only remembered the Buick not his daughters or wife. The restoration is perfect. So Kathy and her girls show up to retrieve their beloved Buick. Rich had passed away. Dan was clearly moved emotionally. He waived the labor charges which would have been substantial. Every member of his team were saddened. After an emotional test drive, Kathy and her daughters took Rich’s Buick home. Dan Short won my respect. This is a how to run a shop show. Worth a watch.
Junkyard Empire is the story of Bob who established a successful Junkyard. His son Andy purchased the business from his dad. With a crew of talented and unique workers damaged vehicles are repaired and even customized for a variety of customers. The money motivated Andy runs a tight ship. Bob is laid back and enjoys comparing the younger version of him to Andy.
So the Junkyard Empire’s crew find repairable vehicles. The Vehicles have enough damage to be totaled by an insurance company. Because they use parts that are in stock to repair them the costs are lower. Both the shop and the customer win.
In conclusion it’s a nice mixture of humor, car repair, family interaction and interesting customers. Check it out.
Mark Worman is a badass. He tells it like it is and doesn’t take any prisoners so to speak. His operation replicates a small factory. Equipment and the assembly process is constantly being refined. The hardest part of his job it to create classic Mopar muscle cars exactly as they were on the day they were born.