splcrazy -> RE: boyd coddington, roy shmidtt , duane mayer (5/22/2011 10:43 AM)
I've been following American Hotrod and Monster Garage for a while now.
Usually record it so I can FFWD through the commercials.
Monster Garage is awesome.
The stuff they build is amazing to watch and they really get some talented people to come on the show.
I just watched the one with the old skool Hot rodders.
How cool was that oldest guy?!?!? (forget his name)
82 years old, still sucking on cigars and just plodding along.
Jesse James comes across as a bit of a tool at times but there's no denying the man's talent when it comes to fabricating and welding and he has a great eye for what looks good and what doesn't.
The only thing that bugs the crap outta me with Monster Garage is that Big Schwag guy who does to commentary at the end.
There's no need to have some idiot like that yelling ''YOU'VE GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!'' at the start of each sentence.
I remember reading car magazines and looking at Boyd's creations like 20-25 years ago.
The guy was an awesome designer and to some extent pioneer and trendsetter in the hotrod scene.
I always liked his mixture of old skool and new sleek designs.
It's a shame they made the TV show the way they did though.
I'd really like to see more about the actual process of building the cars than the endless bickering about the short deadlines and Duayne yelling at everyone etc etc.
Every show is the same.
Open the roller doors
Duayne slamming his door
Boyd walks in to the shop
Roy falls asleep
Exterior shots of the building
etc etc etc
I know you shouldn't speak ill of the dead and all that, but Boyd comes across as a real tosser in this show, and I dont' think it's just the way it's been edited.
He fires people left right and centre, and the ones that don't get fired end up leaving because of the pressure.
Everyone tells him the deadlines are too short and his only reply is ''That's hotrodding''
I was amazed at the episode with the woody where they've fired/lost half of the crew and Boyd thinks it's a good idea to build the most complicated car ever in no time at all to ''lighten the mood''.
And then he's surprised when Charley quits.
Charley seems like a cool guy by the way.
Another thing that made me question his judgement was the whole Bluebear build-off thing.
Did he REALLY think that was gonna work?
i dunno man im speechless still cant believe he is dead , so what are we watching then repeats ? do you know what car they were working on when he died ? he died in 2008 and 3 years later its still on tv hahaha . you could see it in boyds eyes though that he knew he was pressured into the deadlines and i think that he never liked it aswell but he hardly showed his emotions on that and thats why i think alot of people took him as a **** of a guy . i dont know i still like boyd i dont blame him , but i blame the customers for those idiotic deadlines on the cars especially that idiot owner of the red corvett that guy was just a wealthy rich jerk , what boyd should have done was shake the hand of all the builders who done that corvett its not money but respect that builds morale and a sense of being appreciated , its just a shame that he died and the bussiness closed down , what happened to his damn wife ? they could have still continued and just put duane in charge for the time being or what about boyds 5 SONS where the hell are they ? i think charlie leaving was a shock to him , but thats what happens over a whole bunch of years of just constant pressure .
yeah monster garage was awesome with those old guys working on that car cutting and sectioning the car , man that car looked freaking awesome in the end . but i dont know about the whole 7 days build thing lol , like how can they strip a whole car do a bunch of mods on it and put it back together like a show car in 1 week ? when american hotrod struggles for 6 weeks to build just one car ?