A star is born.
From customization and repair to all-out insanity and mayhem, there are many notable TV and cable shows geared towards the car enthusiast. At BendPak, we’re proud to have the right combination of quality and dependability to play such a crucial role in assisting some of the world’s most renown automotive builders, designers, and on-air personalities with their specialized automotive needs.
BendPak will take you on a photo journey highlighting some of our favorite entertainment partners and featured productions.
Richard Rawlings is the undisputed king of automotive flips and televised garage magic tricks. He’s built a reputation as an investor and consummate sales pro. And we’re happy because we get to see a BendPak car lift in every one of these new “rehabbed” garages.
Fast n’ Loud reinvented car shows by broadening its appeal to more than just typical “car guys.” It’s a family friendly program that doesn’t get too technical about car stuff. Instead, the personalities drive the interest. We’ve practically had a car lift in a Rawlings shop as far back as we can remember him being on the air.
Garage Rehab puts a twist on the car show format. Rather than bring cars into his shop, get them up on a car lift and film the rebuild, Richard goes to “failing” or struggling auto shops, invests his own money in their revival in exchange for a stake in the business, and his team gets to work. At least one BendPak car lift will be found in each and every fixed up shop. It’s Richard’s way of ensuring his projects receive the best attention and the best equipment in the industry (if we do say so ourselves). Since this is a Rawlings production, expect to see more than just cars. He likes to work with strong personalities, and his two co-hosts, Russell and Chris, aren’t ones to mince words. They work under Richard, but with only one week for each project, we expect tensions to run high. Of course, we predict the end result will always be worth it the effort, one way or another.
Speed Is The New Black brings us thirty-year-old Noah Alexander and his Classic Car Studio crew. Velocity Network brings us the next generation of car restoration to your living room. Noah Alexander has built his reputation on wild customs that turn heads and destroy tires. His modern vision for classic cars is a fresh view that will fit well in today’s world. His creations are not just trailer queens, but driving pieces of art. With Speed Is The New Black finding a home on Velocity, we should be able to see more of the cars and less of the staged drama we get on other cable car shows. One of the great things about the new shows on Velocity is they take the cars more seriously than the personalities. One of the biggest killers of car shows is too much personality, and forgetting about the builds. It should also get a longer time to establish itself than if it was on Discovery or the History Channel.
Diesel Brothers follows Heavy D, Diesel Dave and their crew at Dieselsellerz, the go-to destination for diesel lovers looking for tricked-out trucks. Starting off their business by buying used or broken-down trucks and tricking them out for resale, Heavy D and Diesel Dave use the Internet and social media as marketing tools to share their best pranks and stunt driving. Follow the team as they dream and execute unbelievable builds, pull elaborate and hilarious pranks and push the limits with new stunts.
Street Outlaws: New Orleans brings big racing and big money to the Big Easy. BendPak plays a critical role in assisting this nitrous-breathing band of renowned car builders, racers and on-air personalities with their specialized automotive needs. Look around their shops and you’ll see BendPak two-post hoists, four-post hoists adorned with some Ranger wheel service equipment and other shop essentials. Kelley’s friends Scott Taylor and Bobby Ducote play equally important roles making sure the boys from Drag Racing Dirty South Style represent.
Custom-car maker Dave Kindig from Kindig-It Design has been customizing and restoring hot rods since 1999. Their 27,000 square foot facility located in Salt Lake City, Utah is featured on the hit TV show Bitchin' Rides. Inside you’ll find a gallery of BendPak and Ranger flagship products including hoists of all sizes and shapes, wheel service equipment and a variety of shop tools and machinery.
Located on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Steve Darnell and his band of oddballs and misfits create one-of-a-kind, Mad Max-style rat rods. With the demands of their quirky customers, the team at Welder Up strips and rebuilds vehicles from hidden treasure. In each episode of Vegas Rat Rods, the automotive fabricators use their imaginations and creativity to create a unique vehicle for each unique owner.
STREET OUTLAWS proved that Oklahoma City boasts some of the fastest street racers in America. Big Chief runs “The List,” a tally of the 10 best street racers in OKC. If you want to move up a spot, you’ve got to challenge someone else who’s ranked - and win. The competition is fierce, fast and merciless. The stakes are high and the risks even higher -- but it’s all worth it when you’re #1.
TruTV presents a brand new competition series in which ten car designers face off to see who will win $100,000, a contract with Chevrolet, and the title of the first ever Motor City Master. Two teams have three days to design and build a concept car. With Guest Judge Jesse Metcalfe from TNT’s Dallas.
West Coast Customs is a car remodeling company started in 1993 by Ryan Friedlinghaus on a loan from his grandfather, Edward Cifranic. They have expanded into the automotive industry with a new catalog of body kits and wheels. They are franchised all over the world.
Wheeler Dealers is a television show on the Discovery network, fronted by Mike Brewer and mechanic Edd China. The show’s premise is that Brewer and China are on a mission to save repairable enthusiast vehicles, by repairing or otherwise improving an example of a particular make and model to a budget, then selling it to a new owner. Mike’s job is to find and purchase a vehicle before presenting it to Edd, who makes the necessary repairs all the while giving tips along the way about electrical and structural issues, mechanics, cosmetic touches and finishing work.
Turning rust into gold, motor mastermind Richard Rawlings and mechanical prodigy Aaron Kaufmann search the far flung corners of Texas and surrounding states for forgotten and derelict classic cars to buy and restore at their Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas. Ultimately, Richard and Aaron will work days and nights to finish their cars to make auction. But will their blood, sweat and beers translate into cold hard cash? But no matter what — be it the major project of the week, or a quick flip — the boys always make sure these cars are fast and loud.
Is there anyone else who has logged more miles in a custom RV than Bret Michaels? Fans of Michaels know him as a long time RV devotee, and now Travel Channel is revealing for the first time just how deep his passion runs. Michaels, a hands-on enthusiast, leads a hand-picked team of skilled, custom RV designers and fabricators who transform travelers’ ordinary RVs into the most outrageous, badass, hooked-up mobile mansions on the road.
If you think your garage couldn’t possibly ever be the greatest room in your house, think again. DIY Network’s series Garage Mahal transforms disorganized garages into spectacular living spaces. Former NFL player, pro wrestler and car buff Bill Goldberg hosts the new season of Garage Mahal, which features unbelievable garage makeovers like a video gamer’s paradise or a motocross garage complete with half-pipes that store extra tires.
DESERT CAR KINGS profiles Ron and Jason McClure and their family business — Desert Valley Auto Parts — which houses over 10,000 rust-free vehicles over 100 sun-baked Arizona acres. Their goal? To restore these classic American cars to their original glory and get them back on the road, while discovering the unique and historically significant qualities of each car.
Car Warriors is an American automotive reality TV show. It is a competition unlike any other on the Speed channel. Every week, two of the country’s most talented and colorful local garages will have one crazy challenge. For season 1, each episode pits an all-star car restoration team against a rival team from a different city to restore and modify their car in less than 72 hours. Season 2 replaces the All Stars with another local restoration team, as both teams have 48 hours to transform their cars for a chance to keep them in the end.
Motor City Motors follows renowned fabricators and custom-bike builders Dave and James Kaye. Watch each week as they tap into the Detroit-based talent and assemble a team of builders and specialists. Together they create one-of-a-kind vehicles — with a five-day limit for each build.
Graveyard Carz is a new genre of reality show. It fuses cars, characters, and comedy into a program unlike any other. They are focusing on restoring Chrysler muscle cars. Not only are the cars wrecked, they are beyond repair. To fix a Graveyard Car, it can’t just be restored, it has to be resurrected.
Two Guys Garage covers virtually every aspect of vehicle repairing, customizing and restoring. The hosts perform product demonstrations and installations on a wide variety of import and domestic cars and light trucks, and they show viewers the right way to execute modifications with hands-on projects throughout the season. The hosts also visit well-known shops in the performance and engineering industry, and recognized experts occasionally stop by the Two Guys Garage shop to lend their technical authority to the series. Ongoing projects are a part of every show and provide the basis for new problems to solve.
American Hot Rod documented the crew at Boyd Coddington’s car shop and their personal struggles to build hot rods and custom vehicles under extremely tight deadlines. Along the way, you’ll get to know Boyd; his sons; his wife, who helps Boyd run the shop; his ex-wife, who runs his accounting department; his publicist, who tries to keep his schedule straight; and the rest of the Coddington hot-rod team. And, of course, you’ll also become familiar with the drama, tension, comedy and frustration that come to the fore as the guys race to complete their classic cars amid looming deadlines and constant complications.
ALL GIRLS GARAGE taps into the expertise of three women working behind the gears at an automotive shop. In each episode, the women approach complex projects that rival those undertaken by their male counterparts in order to prove they have what it takes to run a female-dominated car shop.
Have you ever seen a movie, read a comic book, or watched a TV show that had a vehicle so cool it made you say, “I wish it was real!” But unfortunately the vehicle only existed in CGI, drawings or someone’s imagination? Enter the Parker Brothers (the other ones), Shanon and Marc, who take the vehicles fantasies are made of and turn them into crazy cool realities. For the Parker Brothers, anything is possible and if you can dream it, they can build it.
As a how-to show dedicated exclusively to trucks, 4x4s and SUV’s, Truck U finds monster-truck expert Matt Steele and master mechanic Bruno Massel involved in hands-on projects crucial to serious off-roading and truck performance. Ideal for reaching the flourishing truck, 4×4, SUV, sport-compact truck and off-road audiences.
Monster Garage is a game show where a group of people who have a passion for building, modifying, or fabricating cars get the chance to create a vehicle that can transform into a completely different machine. If the build is successful, the build crew gets a tool chest with $3,400 worth of Mac tools. If the build is a failure, host Jesse James feeds it to a shredder. Jesse James is practically involved in every build; from design, construction (or destruction), and the Monster Challenge.
Stacey David’s GEARZ is a high-energy, exciting How-to style show that takes the viewers through the in’s and out’s of modifying and building a vehicle, and the tools and techniques needed to do it. Hosted by charismatic builder/designer Stacey David, the show also features stories on iconic people and vehicles and their impact on our popular culture. If there is an automotive bone in your body, GEARZ will grab it and shake it like a dog until you beg for a project vehicle of your own.
When Danny “The Count” Koker sees a car he wants, he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on it. Danny and his team restore, customize and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black. From vintage Thunderbirds to classic Corvettes, toy cars to souped-up sidecar motorcycles, Danny and the crew of Count’s Kustoms will stop at nothing to find and flip the greatest rides of all time on Counting Cars.
The best, and the original stars of how-to mechanic t.v. series’; Sam Memmolo and Dave Bowman, formerly of Two Guys Garage, Shade Tree Mechanic, and Crank and Chrome, are also the hosts of this series. All rides are represented throughout. You will see amazing installations both in Sam and Dave’s garage, and as they take their skills on-location visiting companies nationwide, and Canada.
Follow the family business of identical twin brothers, Mike and Geoff Howe, as they design and build the coolest machines you’ve ever seen: from high-speed military tanks to supercharged subterranean rovers. In each episode of Howe & Howe Tech, the tumultuous twins will push the limits of innovation by building a new, ingenious, and often insane machine. No idea is “too crazy” or “too half-baked” to try, but the success or failure of each invention could make or break their small shop on the verge of huge success.
Modern HotrodZ builds one-of-a-kind custom cars for a broad array of clients, including A-list celebrities. Watch as former and current mechanics share first-hand experiences, lessons learned, and the tricks they had up their sleeves.
Jesse James returns to TV on the Discovery Channel. Getting back to his roots, Jesse James focuses on his newest venture at the Austin Speed Shop, putting his employees to the test by challenging them to rebuild a 1932 Ford Roadster in only a month.
Unchained Reaction is a science and engineering reality game show that airs on the Discovery Channel. It is judged by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, best known for hosting the series MythBusters. Two teams of various backgrounds against each other to build an elaborate chain reaction contraption. Teams are provided with identical sets of tools and materials and are given five days to construct a series of mechanisms based on a pre-determined theme.
2 Fast 2 Furious is a 2003 American street racing action film. It is the second film in The Fast and the Furious film series following The Fast and the Furious (2001). In 2 Fast 2 Furious, ex-cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) teams up with his ex-con friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and works with undercover U.S. Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) to bring Miami-based drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) down.
STREET CUSTOMS highlights the talents of car-customizing star Ryan Friedlinghaus and his unorthodox approach to managing his West Coast Customs family of artisans and technicians. STREET CUSTOMS features not only the process behind the builds. The builds range in scope from customizing modern styled street rods to chopping up $100,000 luxury vehicles. West Coast Customs houses craftsmen skilled in all aspects of car building under one roof, allowing viewers to explore the drama of each build from conceptualization to execution.
Each week, The Autoholics will feature a panel consisting of some top names in the automotive and entertainment field, including Diggity Dave, Rich Evans, Comic Billy Gardell, Bo Butner, and “Flames”. Autoholics will provide an array of subjects—from new cars on the market, to celebrity car junkies, aftermarket gadgets, to bargain hunting for cars and car parts and accessories—and all the way to focusing on the best dealerships in the country. We want to offer information that car enthusiasts can use and bring value to their car building projects.
You spoke, and we heard. Search & Restore was created for you, the viewer, to resurrect your dream of rebuilding your vehicle. After receiving nearly 70,000 submissions of your stories and photos, Search & Restore is PowerBlock’s answer to ignite hope back into the lives of those in need of a helping hand.
Wrecks To Riches is a television show shown on Discovery channel. The show focuses on Barry White and his staff buying old cars for little money and turning them into Super Muscle cars. There is usually a deadline of between three and four weeks to complete the cars after which they are auctioned off at various locations around the United States. One of the completed cars has even been auctioned on EBay.
THE DEVILS RIDE introduced viewers to a look inside the world of motorcycle clubs. This season, viewers will get to go deeper than ever before, and to see firsthand the biker war that is coming to the streets of San Diego. The Laffing Devils, which was once one of the fastest growing motorcycle clubs in the city, has recently splintered off into two separate clubs.
AMERICAN RESTORATION features Rick Dale and his crew of loose screws at Rick’s Restorations in Las Vegas, Nevada, as they take rusty, beat-up items and restore them to their original glory. Whether it’s a giant gas pump from the 1940s or a Hopalong Cassidy bicycle from the 1950s, every restoration is a high-stakes business project where worthless rust is transformed into a valuable collectible. Things just aren’t made like they used to be, but at Rick’s Restorations, old becomes new again.
From rendering to reality, the famed design team at iconic design shop, West Coast Customs (WCC), has become renowned for their one-of-kind, show-stopping creations. The crew is back at it again, applying imagination to four wheels and transforming regular vehicles into drivable works of art on INSIDE WEST COAST CUSTOMS! With visionary CEO Ryan Freidlinghuas at the helm, WCC has become a pop culture phenomenon servicing celebrity clientele such as Mark Wahlberg, Justin Beiber, and Will.i.am.
MythBusters is a science entertainment TV program on the Discovery Channel. The show’s hosts, special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories. The show is one of the oldest—and the most popular—on Discovery Channel currently in production. Filming is based in San Francisco; experiments requiring more space or special accommodations are filmed on special locations.
The next generation in destruction instruction, Smash Lab features a team of maverick engineers as they take on everyday technology and apply it in revolutionary new ways. First they break down the technology to see how it works and then use their know-how to see how it could be used in a different, supersized way. Filmed at their Crash Lab in California, the team puts their ambitious plans to the test and captures them from every camera angle imaginable. Smash Lab is a visual feast of fireballs, explosions, crashes, collapses, collisions and impacts, because sometimes destruction is good for you.
Each episode follows James as he readies himself for a different death-defying challenge he has always wanted to face and beat. In this adrenaline pumping series, viewers will get to experience one of the most fearless guys on the planet take on new death defying physical challenges each week using everything from cars, motorcycles and trucks to planes, weapons and mega-machines. With CGI effects, viewers get a taste of the enormity of the stunt, revealing the physiological stress James’ body will endure.