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?