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Velocity Channel Ruins Wheeler Dealers

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I think the show is as good as ever, and continues to be one of the better ones on Velocity.  I enjoyed the Alpha, Scout, and Lancia episodes recently.  I always learn something each time I watch.  

  

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33 minutes ago, Akstraw said:

I always learn something each time I watch.    

 

That is what I like too, this is probably the only cable TV car show where I actually learn something

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As petty and mean-spirited as our country has become, I bet there would be a large, eager audience eager to watch TV hosts picking other peoples' cars apart. They just show up at car events with a film crew and go from car to car pointing out everything wrong with it and everything that's poorly done. Nobody's car would be safe and it would be fun to watch everyone scramble to leave when they saw the TV guys show up. It would kind of be the opposite of most car shows where nobody wants to be on TV.

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a) I got tired of nit-picking other peoples cars and quit points judging. Now if I spot something wrong I just take the owner aside and mention. Most of the time they already knew.

b) Most judged event awards are used to increase the asking price.

c) My cars have always been "personalized". One car I got tired of the picking and offered a prize to anyone who could spot all of the changes. No-one could. Of course some involved the month and assembly plant.

d) Was surprised at the Lancia, seemed more like a resto-mod when they got done.

e) One I remember is the MGA with the Stewart-Warner gauges.

f) At least with the west coast cars they aren't doing repairs over rust.

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2 hours ago, padgett said:

a) I got tired of nit-picking other peoples cars and quit points judging. Now if I spot something wrong I just take the owner aside and mention. Most of the time they already knew.

b) Most judged event awards are used to increase the asking price.

c) My cars have always been "personalized". One car I got tired of the picking and offered a prize to anyone who could spot all of the changes. No-one could. Of course some involved the month and assembly plant.

d) Was surprised at the Lancia, seemed more like a resto-mod when they got done.

e) One I remember is the MGA with the Stewart-Warner gauges.

f) At least with the west coast cars they aren't doing repairs over rust.

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I am liking the new Wheeler Dealer. Maybe not quite as much as it was with Edd but just about every show has technical learning for me. I especially like the fact that it is one of the few auto shows that isn't completely full of bleeps and bad language. I can watch it with my grandson and not be embarrassed. 

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I also miss Edd, but Ant is O.K.  Wheeler Dealers is, I think, the only automotive series that doesn't add drama via a some off-the-wall deadline.  I also enjoy the informational aspect of the show.  I still watch Wheeler Dealers, but miss Edd.  If Edd comes up with his own show, I'll surely watch it.

 

Cheers,

Grog

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10 hours ago, capngrog said:

the only automotive series that doesn't add drama via a some off-the-wall deadline.

 

It is the formula.  The producers get it stuck in their head and it is hard to get them to change.

 

The 100 year old movie theme that is most common is the climax. Back in those teens and twenties movie days, when the foreign accent directors started cranking out movies, someone must have told them the importance of the climax. It had to be mistaken for "Climb, Max" Because very often, I point out to my Wife, "This must be the end. They are climbing." Buildings, water towers, oil tanks, even the Hollywood Hills sign, for a hundred years the final scenes have had someone climbing.

 

My Wife says it is not funny for me to say it so often. But it is way too predictable to be a coincidence. It is just one of those things one guy made a nickle doing and everyone else, needing a nickle, copied. Kind of like my Grandfather painting all the rusty cars and equipment red.

 

Think I'm kidding, pay attention to a few. There goes Max. He's climbing.

Bernie

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Only difference is that 500 years ago the climax was in the middle and the rest was what resulted. Now it is at the end and any aftermath is in the credits..

 

Sounds like they need my Crossfire: first gear is so low it can go up the side of a wall.

 

ps Thelma and Louise.

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Just watched the new YouTube Edd China's video. I like it and hope that some television company will pick it up soon. Velocity are you listening? We don't need anymore chopped and hot rod shows on TV.

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I just started getting the Velocity channel a year or two ago, so I have probably watched an equal number of episodes with both Edd China and Ant Anstead.  I like them both!  Most importantly, they both demonstrated what they were doing and were not afraid to jump in there and take something apart for fear of not being able to put it back together!  I also like that before they sell the vehicle, they make a tally of how much $ the vehicle cost, how much $ they spent on parts, and how many hours it took to get it to saleable condition!  Did anyone ever figure out how much $ per hour Ant (or Edd) made on each vehicle?  It seems to me that a lot of times they are just about breaking even, realizing that Mike and Ant are still making a salary from the Velocity channel. 

 

While I occasionally watch FantomWorks, the host seems to be a jerk, but he does present a bill to the customers which is divulged to the audience.  Most of those owners will never get their $ back on their vehicles, but the family histories of the vehicles are more important than the price to get them repaired. 

 

I really like Iron Resurrection because they sell the vehicles for what seems to be realistic prices! 

 

Graveyard Carz seems to only restore cars to factory specs and I can only handle the antics of the owner for short bursts.  It seems to take forever for them to get anything done (it seems to take multiple episodes to install stickers and stripes correctly!). 

 

Bitchin' Rides is great but I'm guessing the owners of these cars must have to come in with blank checks!  The staff are truly experts at what they do. 

 

Overhaulin' and Garage Squad are also good, especially since they typically help out someone in need or someone that deserves it!  

 

The smartest person on Fast and Loud was Aaron Kaufmann - he left! 

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On 6/4/2018 at 10:26 AM, 60FlatTop said:

 

It is the formula.  The producers get it stuck in their head and it is hard to get them to change.

 

Manufactured tension is the foundation of every (un)reality show on TV. Pretty much every episode of every automotive-themed "reality" show will have a point where the engine won't start, and they have to cut to commercial. Of course, as soon as we come back, the engine is running.  Ass Monkey Garage is the worst for this.  I thought these were supposed to be experienced car people. ?

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