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foggy 10-26-2003 04:48 PM

New Classic Car TV show
Hi Everyone,
I am putting together a Tv series on classic cars and hot rods. Iam looking for some ideas and feedback on what car people like yourself would like to see on the show. Iam thinking about making it like a whistle stop tour of car shows and cruises around the country with some tips and maybe building a car from junk heap to show car along the season (a maybe a segment from each show). I would like for this show to be different from other shows of its kind. As I talk to car owners about other shows like this I seem to hear alot of complaints about how they should show this. and how they should show that... So This is your change to stand up and be heard so you can enjoy the kind of classic car show you feel this wonderful hobby deserves. Thanks for your time!!

poncho62 10-26-2003 05:17 PM

Good Luck.....................Just don't grow a gross looking handlebar mustashe..
and..............see if you can make it "Lowbuck"..............most of us can't afford the stuff that they have on shows like "Trucks" and "Popular Hotrodding TV"

Centerline 10-26-2003 05:22 PM

There is one thing that will insure success for a show like you've described and its easy. All you have to do is structure the show so it doesn't come off like a half hour infomercial.

If you watch Two Guys Garage, My Classic Car, Horsepower TV, Dream Car Garage and the others you'll see that some do little more than sell the sponsor's products while others provide lots of useful information and entertainment without the annoying "commercialism".

If you can figure out how to make it entertaining and informative without having the host constantly selling stuff, you'll have a hit on your hands. Nothing turns off an automotive audience quicker than one long sails pitch.


Pony 10-26-2003 05:58 PM

Flipped on the tube last nite after work in time to tune into some Rod show on Speed Channel. There interviewing the owner of one of the shows top 10 cars of the year; Q: How long did it take to complete the car? A: Well it's been 8 years, it was at the custom shop for 6 years, the upholstery shop for a year and paint and body for another year. Q:What color is that? A: I don't know the exact name for it, but I saw it on another car and told the paint shop that's the color I want.
:nono: Give Me a F*#^@#N Break!! It's bad enough to toss $$$$ around and then show it off as your car, But to not even know what color the paint is? #*X^#*X** :confused:
PLEASE if you do a show try to put owner built cars on. We build some beautiful cars too. We usually don't have the $$$$$$ into them that the big spenders have, but we have something worth a lot more, We have Blood, Sweat, and Tears into our cars. We spend hours, days, years, trying to get this and that to work properly only to find out that it's backwards, then we cuss, throw things around, get another beer and start over. WHY?? because we LOVE what we do. (Maybe Too Much Sometimes) But we do it anyway, and all the money Bill Gates has can't buy that. OH Yea! And I do know what color MY Hot Rod is!!:thumbup:

kitkar 10-26-2003 06:00 PM

If U interview rodders, talk to the guys with torn jeans and grease under their nails. Nothing is more boring than listening the a guy that had Alloway or Trepanier build his car for him while he stood back watching with a platinum Amex card in his hand.:smash:

Magnus_Jager 10-26-2003 06:22 PM

I would also like more of the owner built cars. Perhaps installments where you go out at various stages of the project. If you had several in progress cases you could visit and revisit them over the course of the show. You could also throw some cash/product at home builders. I would love some product/cash.

Also some proshops and how they do things. I would not want to see it turn into a soap opera. Focus on the cars, not the fights in the shop.



You could also have a feature, Jim's broke tool of the week.

HotRodMan 10-26-2003 09:18 PM

New Car Show- Huray
I have been restoring cars for 30 years and I would like to agree with everthing that has been said so far. The biggest mistake I see on many of the how to shows is that they only give you half the story, they show projects with no problems, they go over things so fast you really did not learn anything, then its time for a little break. They have so many comercials that you get about 15 minutes of show, and 15 minutes of comercials. I would like to see a car show that is 80% how to, that would really teach you something, 10% car show for new ideas, and 10% comercials to pay the bills, but I am not holding my breath.

The biggest problem I see at many of the car shows I attend is that they have the trailer queens in competition with the daily drivers. They should have two seperate classes.

Nos 10-26-2003 09:33 PM

what i would think is carry the show for winter time.. building your own rod... showing how to's teaching stuff.. u know for the average rodder..something that we all can afford.. show people how to do a budget rod.. a budget build on an engine.. show people how to build a rod into something they love.. and then when u hit summer time.. you can cruise the rod u created.. and go to shows.. and interview people.. or maybe find people who do work on there rods... go to home visits.. interview them in there garage.. about what there building for themselves.. u know make it for the avrage rodder.. not the rich guys who can pay someone to put in a 572 crate engine.. or what not.. im not trying to bash down other shows.. hell i watch trucks all the time.. its my favorite.. but if u made something like this out there.. it would be my favorite.. id surely watch it every chance i get..

hell you can even interview rodders on this board..


foggy 10-27-2003 12:12 AM

wow I am starting to see a pattern here
Thanks for all the great feed back.... wow you all may have kept me from making what seems to be a classic mistake. It would be easy to show all the shop build - rich guys- trophy- eye candy-high- dollar cars but that would narrow my veiwer base to the few car people that can afford that sort of budget. I think maybe a show about joe average struggling to peice together something he can be proud of on a shoestring budget might actully work. But is that something you all would really support? I just want to do whats right and of course have a sucessful show. more ideas please I am lucky enough to be giving this chance to make something that will please what I have found to be a great bunch of people. Iam open to any more comments and suggestions!

Thanks again

Nos 10-27-2003 01:08 AM

i think everyone here would watch it.. hell i got cable out in the garage on the tv there.. what ya think about callin the show?.. and which channel would it be on.. and how often would it air?..

i would love to see how something is actually done.. u know start off the show like something like this.. on the search for a car.. salvage yard.. or a home owner.. something that the average person can pick up for $500 - $1500 .. of course sometihng that has no engine.. something for u to build up on the show.. start the show off searching for the car.. looking at it.. buying it... taking it home.. then the first thing is.. getting an old engine.. and trans.. rebuilding the engine.. then start the work on the car.. how u wnat it to look.. strip it down if u like.. or if it dont need to be stripped down.. start body work.. then prep for paint.. and show the viewers all the how to stuff.. how to find a car.. how to build an engine.. how to prep for paint.. how to paint.. im sure thers plenty of people here who would love to see all that.. and maybe some here would love to get on the show and help out 2..

thats what id like to see..

thats my $0.02


Kevin45 10-27-2003 04:02 AM

If this is a legit a car being built from scratch with a Monster Garage type of atmosphere. Buy a $1000-2000 driver, show how to replace quarters, pans, etc. Don't do it in a $250,000 garage setting. trucks hold peoples interest because Stacy David shows how to do things hands on. Muscle Car TV does not hold interest because you never see the cars for very long and all they want to do is advertise Mothers Polish. Every show needs sponsors but some get so greedy that there is 10 minutes of show and 20 minutes of advertising. Bring some different people on every week for either hands on or for tech articles. You could eveb do it reality TV style and have teams build the car. The only thing would be that it would have to run more than a half hour or an hour. Just my $.02


HemmiGremmie 10-27-2003 05:14 AM

Make sure you throw in cute lines like" Well these are real nice Brakes." "Speaking of Breaks, lets take a short break and well be right back." LOL HG

comet boy 10-27-2003 10:30 AM

Just keep it classic cars. I hated it when Horsepower tv riced out that civic that was dumb. Do some ol skool stuff too. not just smoothies and muscle cars.

hotwheels55 10-27-2003 11:14 AM

Unless you're an independently wealthy guy with a platinum American Express card yourself, expect to have a hard time finding a network, producer, director and advertisers who want home built cars on anything they're involved in. They'll want to see high dollar professionally built projects being shown. They'll want the BOYD and TREPANIER type cars, not primered home built projects. They'll want drama, skin and conflict like what's being shown now. That's what sells the show.
Car shows always seem to be about how much money can be spent rather than how much the owner put into planning, engineering and love of the project.
This is a great topic, but probably just a dream...:thumbup:

38 special 10-27-2003 06:49 PM

You could call it, "True Hotrods" or "Backyard Builders" maybe even "Budget Builders." I think the mass audience of home builders would tune in. Inquiring mines want to see how it's done.

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