If you haven’t seen the new season of Car Warriors on the Speed Channel yet set your DVR now!
Please read my post about episode 1 so you can clearly understand what goes into these builds with these teams.
This week it was Downey California against Denver Colorado! Both teams showed up wanting to show what they were made of. Willie (Red Team Leader) and his team are well known for street customs and rat rods and Rick (Blue Team Leader) is well known for his off the wall creations. Two totally different backgrounds come together to build a 1967 Pontiac LeMans in just 48 hours.
I actually had the opportunity to hangout and watch the episode with the red team when it aired since they are only a couple hours from where I live. I met them at Bob’s Big Boy in Downey. If you are not familiar with Bob’s Big Boy they started as a burger stand back in 1936 and have since grown into a full blown car hop restaurant and franchised locations around the USA. They have weekly car shows and events and the Downey location is very familiar with Willie and the boys. They have together thrown many car shows and events over the years so when Jim had the opportunity to host a “Car Warriors Party” for Willie he did just that. Outside: Cool cars and good people. Inside: Good people and the party! Bob’s was packed and Willie and his team setup a satellite and big screen so everyone could watch.
If you watched this episode (if you haven’t, stop here, go watch it and then come back) then you already know about some of the drama between red team members and also between the red team and blue team. I was assigned to help the red team on this build and right from the start you could tell how passionate this team was about winning this competition. We lost the engine challenge right out of the gate primarily because of rusted bolts and no access for a sawzall. But this showed the red team how serious Krazy Kreations were about this build too! Despite not utilizing their guys they way you would think (working on the interior during a motor challenge) they had the motor out in damn near record time.
The TV version of the show covers the build pretty accurately but leaving out a few details…the major one being “What happened to the blue teams paint??” This is a question that puzzled many of us including me right down to the very end when Rick (Blue team leader) came into the shop with a bucket of dried up paint showing us it all had been mixed and not used so it hardened. Rick was unaware his team mixed all the paint when they did the jams and wheels and the next day when it came time to paint the car his team didn’t confess. This actually sounds worse than it really is, these builds are extremely fast paced and you are getting pulled in twenty different directions and not getting any sleep during all of this. The plan for what gets done next on the car changes constantly and I am sure they had the intention to paint everything together. Both teams had some really subtle and creative ideas for these Pontiac’s and in the end some cool ideas were left on the table because both teams ran out of time.
Congratulations to both teams for a well fought battle and to the United Hot Rods for the win!
Please take time to follow the links in this blog and if you live near one of these cities, stop by and checkout the work they can do when not restricted to just 48 hours!