Velocity Dispatch (Velocity)

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Velocity Dispatch (Velocity) – Premieres 20th April

A short 20 minute show where a garage that creates custom vehicles takes on a low budget challenge to complete.

In the programme the people at the garage go through what they are trying to create, explain their plan and the goal they are trying to achieve. Then through the magic of montages go about creating their vehicle.

During the show the members explain the certain processes they are using along with the various components being used, and what exactly they are doing to them. Then after the build section is completed they go about trying to achieve the target they set out to achieve.

For a self filmed, low budget bit of programming it’s surprisingly watchable. Though not something you’d ever go out of your way to watch, the whole cheapness of the thing gives it a quirky charm.

3.7/10

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JDM Legends (Velocity)

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JDM Legends (Velocity) – Premieres 17th April

Car restoration show where Eric Bizek, owner of Japanese car specialist garage JDM Legends, and his team work on their customers cars to either modify or completely rebuild them.

In the programme it starts off with Erik doing an introduction to the car they are about to work on, where he is driving an equivalent model around, talking about why the car is popular within the community.

He then meets up with the new client and goes over what they want incorporated into their car, after which Erik and his team set to work. While they are working on getting the car done, they encounter a few unforeseen problems that are soon rectified, and end up presenting the completed car to its ecstatic owner.

While the show is similar in many ways to programmes like Diesel Brothers, where it’s a specialised garage working on certain vehicles, this doesn’t end up having the same viewing appeal. What with the members of the garage not being that engaging, and the slow pace the show goes along at, all together it doesn’t really have much going on that would make you keep watching.

2.7/10

Texas Metal (Velocity)

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Texas Metal (Velocity) – Premieres 7th November

Car renovation show that follows the employees of Ekstensive, a company that focuses on customising trucks though are also adept at modifying any other vehicle that turns up at their garage.

The show set up involves a customer coming in with a job that becomes the main focus of the episode which offers a host of problems  the team have to overcome. While they are working away at the main job, the owner Bill, then accepts a small job which barely registers as anything other than to pad out the run time.

Then at the end of the ep, much like any other car show, the customised truck is shown off, much to the clients delight. The show suffers from everyone in the garage being awkward in front of the camera, to the point where it’s like watching paint dry. It’s not good.

2.3/10

Speed Is The New Black (Velocity)

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Speed Is The New Black (Velocity) – Premieres 24th May – Renewed

Car renovation show the follows the employees of the Classic Car Studio, as they receive vehicles from their clients that have seen better days and are given the challenge to get them running to a high spec while creating a customised vehicle for the owner.

Like other car renovation shows like Detroit Steel and Road Hauks, it follow garage as they create a plan on what to do with the vehicle and then putting the plan to action. Then along the way they stumble into unforeseen problems due to the cars state of disrepair, which manage to get rectified in time.

At the end of the show the cars get revealed to their owners, and a high speed test drive is given. While it’s not a million miles away from other similar shows of the genre, they manage to fit a weird love letter section which is reminiscent of some that would occur in Sacred Steel Bikes, though they don’t manage to pull it off as well.

As a renovation show it’s watchable enough, but not something that you’d go out of your way to view.

4.0/10

ToyMakerz (Velocity)

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ToyMakerz (Velocity) – Starts 16th September – Renewed

Along similar lines as Rockin’ Roadsters, a company that produces custom high spec vehicles, takes a vehicle and upgrades it.

The main guy is mainly referred to as the ToyMaker, and goes about explaining how the vehicle in question is going to be improved, leading to him and his team working on the build so it can be finished by the typical imminent deadline.

While the mechanical side is fairly standard, there’s a fair chunk of the programme where they take their creation to a live event to show it off to the public and it ends with a Ken Block-esque wheel spinning drive through an empty town.

On the whole it’s no different to the plethora of motoring renovation shows about, and you could stick it on as background viewing and not miss much.

4.1/10

Swap Meet Showdown (Velocity)

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Swap Meet Showdown (Velocity) – Starts 7th September

Like the bastard offspring of Bargain Hunt and Scrapheap Challenge, Swap Meet Showdown had two teams going against each other to build a modified vehicle only using parts they can source at the car boot sale they’re at, and within a $1000 budget.

The teams are given 24 hours to bodge together their creation, then when the time is up the teams go head-to-head to find the winner. And in a change to the usual competition show the winner gets nothing other than the bragging rights.

This could easily become a guilty pleasure piece of TV, easy to watch and gets the job done.

5.0/10

Iron Resurrection (Velocity)

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Iron Resurrection (Velocity) – Starts 13th April

Standard vehicle renovation hi jinx where the Martin Bros Customs pick up a cheap run down motor, set a budget and rebuild it to sell it on at a custom car show.

Whilst they are working on the vehicle there are the usual turn of events where certain parts return damaged to the point they can’t be used, causing the doubts if the job can be done in time and under budget.

Along with working on the main vehicle they also have a customer bring in a quick turnaround job to pad out the programme.

It’s the same old stuff along the lines of Leepu & PitbullRockin’ Roadsters and the like.

3.6/10