Austin, Texas — it’s the capital of the Lone Star State and one of its most thriving communities. And it’s getting a fuel-injected boost tonight with the launch of Discovery Channel‘s new series Texas Car Wars. Texas Car Wars takes viewers inside the high-stakes world of auto flipping, in which various auto body shops bid on yesteryear’s jalopies in order to restore them to their former glory — and sell them for big bucks.
But as anyone who’s been watching the various other auction shows that are out there knows, it’s a business that carries significant risk. Before the start of each of these car auctions, prospective bidders get only 10 minutes to do the most basic inspection of whatever car is on the block, and they’re not even allowed to attempt to start it. Texas Car Wars gets into the action with four teams from Texas auto shops known for their guts in the face of the auction hammer. And each team has a very different approach to auto flipping. Tonight, you’ll meet:
- Husband-and-wife team Beep and Holley of Barrett Auto Care — these two quickly belie the impression they give as being a quaint little mom ’n’ pop team, rapidly outbidding the competition if they know it’s worth it.
- Josh, who may not have a fancy garage and runs his Rodriguez Rod & Cycle in his backyard, but who somehow always manages to strike the right price with his daring revamps.
- Ken, Sarah, Mike and Marty of Atomic Garage are the rookies in this whole bunch, but their larger-than-life personalities and confidence may give them the swagger to come out on top.
- Frank, Dennis and Big Block, the heavyweights in this game, have both the nerve and the cash to get the best bids that yield the highest returns.
Will any of these buyers find that elusive diamond in the rough? Or will they go bust from the start? But most of all, how cool will it be to see the rebuilds these folks do of some of the coolest cars ever to come off an assembly line?
Texas Car Wars debuts on Discovery Channel tonight, Sept. 6, at 10pm ET/PT.
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