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Many years ago, I encountered a wonderful show on TLC, "Junkyard Wars". Two teams were given a challenge to complete some task, and spent a couple days collecting stuff from a junkyard and creating something to rise up and win. I found the idea wonderful, and have seen most of the US shows and many of the original UK version of "Scrapheap Challenge".

Since then, I've enjoyed other short-lived shows where people worked to make something out of what they've got. "Monster Garage" was fun (and I will always remember the limo fire truck). Monster House had its moments, and every year I look forward to Punkin Chunkin.

The most recent addition to this group is on BBC America, Mud Sweat and Gears. Two auto journalists, Jonny Smith and Tom "Wookie" Ford, compete to create cars to compete in various categories, each aided by two car enthusiasts. They made Cop cars, Delivery vehicles, cars for the automotive equivalent of the Olympics games played every four years (This blog is not an official You Know What sponsor) and more.

They start with working cars, and make some modifications. They only have a day, so can't go too crazy with the modifications. Most shows, what I really enjoy is the design/building process. But the hosts are very competitive and the competitions are visually interesting so they're the main fun on this show. It's clear that the hosts don't know what the competitions will be, in the "Carmageddon" episode both made decisions that proved to be very poor choices as it turned out.

Is this life changing TV? No. It doesn't try to be. But I've found it a lot of fun!


Posted on March 18, 2015, 1:26 am
Last updated on March 21, 2015, 4:18 pm

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