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

Last Outpost (Discovery)

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Last Outpost (Discovery) – Premieres 17th April

A show that goes along the same lines as Last Stop Garage, this follows the owners of Alaskan garage, CT Mad Mods, Clint and Todd as they go about making custom vehicles for folks.

In the programme Clint and Todd meet up with a local that need a vehicle made to suit their specific needs that can cope with the Alaskan terrain and climate. So the pair come up with an idea and agree payment in either cash or a trade of goods. From the there the duo being salvaging parts of other machines to be used in the vehicles creation.

During the build the Clint and Todd take what they’ve made and try to test it till it breaks, by either using it themselves, or subjecting one of their workers to an unsuspecting test. Then after everything passes their standards they add the finishing touches and reveal it to the new owner.

For what it is, this is more in line with car shows like Car Saviours but without the lavish outlay on new parts. That said it’s not too bad a way to burn 45 minutes, mainly for the Scrapyard Challenge-esque bodging together of old vehicles.

3.7/10

Fastest Car (Netflix)

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Fastest Car (Netflix) – Premieres 6th April

A car show where three owners of sleeper cars, regular looking vehicles that have been modified into high performance racers, challenge a supercar in a one off drag race to see who owns the fastest vehicle. Where the winner apparently moves on to a grand final to find out who is the quickest.

Managing to stretch out a programme about 10 second drag race to over 40 minutes long this follows the four competitors over the 10 days up to the race. In the first run through the drivers they talk about their early lives and how they got to the point where they made their own car, or in the supercar owners case, he amassed the cash to have such a collection.

The show then rotates through the drivers another two times in the build up to the race where they are tinkering with the cars trying to get the best performance out of them. All the while the programme goes into less detail than you would find in a pre race set up in any of the Street Outlaws shows. And those are about 20 seconds before they actually do show a race.

It then has them all arriving at the track where they check out each others cars and finally has them racing. Then with the race done the victor is announced where they are told they are moving on in the competition.

For a show based around a race it lacks a lot of what you’d expect, where after the chat of how/why the cars were built there virtually nothing about getting the thing ready for the event. An event that isn’t explained, so you’ve no idea if they’re just doing this for bragging rights or cash prize. Or how the tournament itself is set up.

And while they focus on the people behind the car, even that is drawn out to the point of tedium. So it feels like you could fit at least three races in the episode using the same format, and it being a more interesting watch.

1.5/10

Car vs America (Fusion)

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Car vs America (Fusion) – Premieres 18th October

A car show where hosts Mike and Raphael head off across America to sample the various car cultures they come across.

In the programme the pair arrive into town driving a car somewhat tenuously linked to the area. Where they chat about the culture of the area, and reveal what sort of car event they’ll be up to as they meet up with a local expert.

From there they find out what they need to do get their car ready, tricks of the trade, and receive guidance on how to tackle the challenge. It the wraps up with the pair at the final venue where they talk to the people there about how they got started, before finishing up with them tackling the event.

It’s an easy going bit of viewing, and while the production is shakey in places it reminiscent of something you’d find on Viceland. All-in-all it’s not a bad way to burn 20 minutes.

4.4/10

Truck Night In America (History)

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Truck Night In America (History) – Premieres 8th March

An off-roading competition where five folks bring their trucks to the track and go head to head in the chance to win $10k. The show starts of with virtually no introduction as the five competitors line up for the first round of challenges. After a very brief description of the trucks, the round kicks off where the person who finishes last is eliminated. Though the eliminated person does have a chance of continuing if any of the cars have have a mechanical failure and can’t proceed to the next round.

Before round two kicks off, the remaining four competitors are introduced and they talk about their truck. After that the four hosts of the programme each pick a truck, where they will become the mentor for the remainder or the show. Then when the second round is complete and another person eliminated, the remaining three get the first of two pit breaks where they have an hour fix any problems on their vehicles.

The third round comes and goes whittling the field down the last two trucks standing, where after the second pit stop, get to take on the final round. In the final they vehicles go on the “Green Hell”, an obstacle course designed to push the trucks to the limit. The winner ends up being the person the can get their truck around the course in the quickest time, or if both vehicles fail in that, the winner is whoever got the furthest around the course.

The show is no nonsense in its approach with each round being introduced and then getting straight on with the competition. And the final round is like a motoring version of the Skull Buster in Broken Skull Challenge, where it’s set up to be the ultimate test and each obstacle is given it’s own name. That said, the whole mentoring aspect comes over as a bit pointless and when the rounds are in progress there’s too much cutting back to the the hosts, which takes away from getting into the competition.

That said, it’s still an entertaining bit of trashy programming.

5.1/10

Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings (Discovery)

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Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings (Lifetime) – Premieres 7th March 

Another spinoff of Street Outlaws, where in this iteration it concentrates on a no prep tournament concept. As racers from the other shows, along with some additional characters take part in a season long competition to find out who is the fastest there is.

The season consists of 8 races where the drivers earn, 5 points for turning up, going up to 30 points if they win the final along with getting $50k. At the end of the season the overall winner gets the title and a grand prize that has yet to be decided on.

In the show the night before the main race is dedicated to grudge races, where like in the regular series, racers call each one another and and bet their own money against each other. Then on the race day it goes over to a regular race format.

While there still is a fair amount of driver introductions and setup chat, it does have more racing than normal. And it’s definitely one for those that enjoyed the regular format.

4.7/10