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Classic Car Rescue, Non-fiction TV, 2012-2014 IMDB

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twingoman EN

2012-10-16 15:06

Quote Bernie Fineman and Mario Pacione restore shameful rust buckets to their former ‘classic car’ glory in this new six-part series. In a TV first, viewers will also get the opportunity to win the restored classic car at the end of each episode by entering weekly competitions!
The fiery duo will restore a Jaguar E-Type, a Mini Cooper, a Cadillac, a Ford Mustang, a Porsche 911 and an MGB Roadster. Working to a tight deadline and an even tighter budget, they scour scrapyards, wasteland and backyards to find bargain wrecks with great potential. Having found the cars, they then need to source the rare, original parts and piece together the vital organs of these sleeping beasts to re-create their classic beauty.
But will the job be good enough to impress an expert valuer and put a glittering price tag on the gleaming bonnet? Sparks and spanners fly as Bernie and Mario meet designers, engineers, owners and lovers of these magnificent cars and discuss why these models turned dreams into reality, how they introduced new technology and why they were such a success.
After hard work, some late-nights and last-minute sorties for spare parts, the day arrives for the official presentation and viewers can finally see why these cars became such classics.

Taken from Channel 5 website:


A similar style of programme to Wheeler Dealers

-- Last edit: 2012-10-16 15:07:38

dsl SX

2012-10-16 15:15

Some very nice cars included - "this is what a classic 911/E-type/Mustang/whatever looks like" - but the ones they restore are dogs and even when they've finished are full of mistakes and mixed elements from different years - the 911 is a total mongrel which was I think a true 3.2 Carrera despite pre-73 rear bodywork. In the Mustang convertible ep they put Boss stripes on it just because they found some. So don't take them too seriously. At the end of each ep they say "win this 1969 Mustang Convertible with a V8 302 motor" or whatever that ep car was - that statement is probably the most accurate as it has to be legally valid, so is worth noting.

And the C5 blurb quoted above says an MGB Roadster, but it was an MGB GT. Perhaps imcdb can offer consultancy services to television folk to help them with the basic facts ....

-- Last edit: 2012-10-16 16:00:35

twingoman EN

2012-10-16 15:25

Yes, I've noticed they do give the year of the car when they do the competition, which does tie in with the number plates on some of the cars

I've downloaded the first three episodes (can't get last night's Mustang episode yet) so captures will be done shortly.

twingoman EN

2012-10-16 20:27

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Ep 1: Jaguar E-Type
Ep 2: Porsche 911
Ep 3: MGB GT
Ep 4: Ford Mustang (Filmed in Canada)
Ep 5: Cadillac Coupe DeVille (Filmed in Canada)
Ep 6: Morris Mini 1000 (and not a Mini Cooper as in the original programme description)

-- Last edit: 2012-10-30 09:51:55

twingoman EN

2012-10-30 20:21

[*][*] - Porsche 911 driven by one of the presenters, but only seen in a blurred shot:

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-- Last edit: 2012-10-31 09:13:49

twingoman EN

2012-10-30 20:26

Deliberate error in episode 1.04.

They try the windscreen to see if it fits, then one of them removes it:

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2 seconds later, theres a shot of him dropping the screen, only it's now a completely different one:

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3loader RU

2012-10-30 20:38

So its not TV Series, its a Non-fiction TV.

dsl SX

2012-10-30 20:53

Every episode had the same sequence of restoration events:
1] one of them goes and looks at a basketcase car - offer the seller a stupidly small amount way below the asking price - fail to agree - no sale.
2] go and look at a second one - haggle - eventually buy it - take it home on a trailer
3] the other one then sees it in the workshop and has a token tantrum that it was far too expensive - they argue
4] one of them goes to a mate who runs a scrappy - buys a load of random rubbish parts for pocket money
5] each car has a stupidly faked workshop disaster due to incompetence (these teams are supposed to be professional so it's just implausible). Bald guy with specs then has a huge tantrum - rants and raves - proclaims total disaster, and with the valuer coming next day it can't be done. Behaves like a total twot - in real life everyone would just walk out and leave with his broken toys.
6] Miraculously kiss and make up - everything gets sorted in time. Valuer makes nice noises and gives them a figure with a nice profit.
7] Car then gets offered as competition prize - as each one has been so clumsily restored, with lots of inaccurate bling - and entries are on premium rate phone numbers, only the gullible would fall for it.

Very formulaic and lazy format, cynical television. But nice cars involved - best watched with the sound off.

Sandie SX

2012-10-30 20:56

Link to "www.aronline.co.uk"

twingoman EN

2012-10-30 20:56

Just about sums up the series...!!

Did you see last nights Mini episode? Can't believe they did it all in a week, bearing in mind they had the car taken away during the restoration to see if the bodyshell was straight.

rjluna2 US

2012-10-30 21:02

dsl wrote Every episode had the same sequence of restoration events:

Sound like a reality show :p

dsl SX

2012-10-30 21:24

62 pages of comments on http://www.porkers.co.uk/topic.asp?p=1&f=204&t=1200442&h=11 . Unfortunately life's too short ....

-- Last edit: 2012-10-30 21:24:47

cko US

2012-10-30 23:42

Hopefully they dont donate the cars to a studio afterwards to inevitable wreck them (sarcasm)

twingoman EN

2015-01-01 15:55

Series 2 now complete

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