Not all reality television is a guilty pleasure. Sure, there's stuff like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Real Housewives that give the genre a bad name, but some reality TV can be genuinely fascinating. Take this latest reality show, set to air tomorrow on the Travel Channel. It's called Backroad Gold, and as you can see from our handy headline, it promises to be a mix of American Pickers and car restoration shows like Chasing Classic Cars.
Starring Corky Coker (of Coker Tire and Honest Charley Garage fame) and his daughter, son-in-law and father, the show follows the team as they scour the land looking for "anything that's cool." This can include memorabilia like signs and gas pumps, as well as some very, very interesting barn finds.
Once the team discovers something worthwhile, it's bartered for, and then returned to Coker's base of operations - Chattanooga, TN. There, it's restored and then sold. So yes, it's like a lot of other reality shows out there, but we're guessing that this one will be decidedly more car-centric than some of the other programs that find something, make it pretty and then sell it. That's enough to get us to tune in, at least to check out the first episode.
Backroad Gold debuts on February 5 at 9:30 PM Eastern on the Travel Channel in the United States. Take a look below for the trailer and an official press release from the Coker Group and the Travel Channel, and then hop into Comments and let us know if you think this looks promising.Permalink | Email this | Comments
It's hard to tell without another car for reference, but in the image above, 72-year-old Ernie Adams is driving a very small car. Actually, the technical name is a "dwarf car," a road-legal nearly-perfect replica of a full-sized car, and Adams built it from scratch. He's been building dwarf cars since 1965 - all of them from scratch, by hand. Adams was apparently the first to do it, and along the way he created the first dwarf race car and, unintentionally, the dwarf car racing series.
Working on his property in Arizona, Adams is still building them, and Jeff Diehl has put together a documentary on the man and his fantastic little creations. Adams was once the editor of a magazine called Dwarf Car Racer, so he knows the subject well. You can have a watch of the trailer for the doc below, it's an eye popper when you see Adams on the road in traffic. For an even fuller picture, check out the second Hemmings link to a magazine piece on Adams and his toys.Permalink | Email this | Comments
If you think drag racing is boring, we encourage you to take a closer look at the sport's early days. When Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen were first lining up to shoot down the quarter mile against each other in the '60s, the National Hot Rod Association was still less than 15 years old. Back then, the cars were more dangerous and a driver was lucky to have a local parts store for a sponsor. But Prudhomme and McEwen changed all that with their public rivalry and lightning-quick marketing sense. It was these two who first talked Mattel into sponsoring their cars with the Hot Wheels toy line, unleashing a torrent of marketing dollars on the entire motorsports world.
Decades later, a new independent film is out to tell that story. Snake & Mongoose follows Prudhomme and McEwen throughout their arc of their relationship, and the first trailer for the flick has officially landed online. You can check it out below and be sure to head over to the movie site for more information. Word has it we can expect to see the film hit theaters early next year.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Black Air, the documentary on the Buick Grand National, is set for release on December 11 of this year. On August 4, however, the first 20 minutes of the film will be screened at the at the national meet of the Buick Performance Group in Hebron, Ohio.
The film, by Andrew Fillipone, Jr., looks at a car that is as much of an anomaly now as it was during the years it was built, from 1984 to 1987. The Regal Grand National, a boxy black coupe that still sported Buick portholes emitting the superheated air from a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6, had little to say to its brethren like the Buick Century, Skylark and Park Avenue. And any speaking it did do was usually centered around tire smoke and bystanders gasping, "Golly..."
You can watch the trailer below. And if you're near the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio on August 4, you know whose party to crash.Permalink | Email this | Comments