Channel 5's Classic Car Rescue

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  1. Has also made the headlines in this weeks Classic Car Weekly so it may have to be registered on a Q plate for any prizewinner………

    (From a previous thread for those that missed it)
    The recent Channel 5 'Classic Car Rescue' programme didn't restore their barn find MGB GT after all. The finished car is a different car, hence why the sunroof got filled in. It's funny to see the dash change from a post 76 to a pre 76 one. Also the bonnet and rear hatch shuts are different colour to the original car + much more!

    [B]Confirmed now it seems by Channel 5………so the MGB GT is an illegal 'ringer' swapping the 1975 ID onto an older secondhand chrome bumper bodyshell in far better condition?![/B] [IMG]http://mk1-forum.net/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif[/IMG]

    [B]From Pistonheads forum:[/B]
    Just found this posted on the TV headed thread following the same arguements as this thread.
    Proves the point but raises more questions as well.

    davamer23
    27 posts
    16 months
    [report] [news] 15:07

    Update on the MBG being 2 or even 3 different cars, I sent channel 5 questions which I don't have a copy of but along the lines of confirming if indeed the car was the same as the wreck 'rescued ' from the barn and about the validity of the 2 week restoration claim. This was the reply I recieved:
    [B]Dear David

    Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding Classic Car Rescue.

    While the production team were filming in Canada, the mechanics in London discovered some serious problems with the MGB, midway through the restoration, which meant they felt it might not be entirely safe to drive. Their original plan was to buy a new chassis, which is a common way that people restore MGBs (you can buy an entire new monocoque chassis for just £1000) and build on top of that. But wanting to stick with used parts, they bought another car and used the chassis from that, transferring much of the first MGB, right down to door-handles, and windows. The cost of the second car was included in the figures mentioned and the end result was a combination of the two.

    The programme aims to show how Bernie Fineman and Mario Pacione cope with restoration jobs with a “tight deadline and an even tighter budget” in an entertaining fashion while also giving some background into why each selected model is held in the high regard that it is. It is not intended to, and does not claim to, demonstrate the detailed effort and finance that can go into the high end restoration of classic cars.

    Nevertheless, this does not diminish the validity of your opinions and we are grateful to you for taking the time to make us aware of your concerns. Your comments have been logged in our Viewer Enquiries Report. This is circulated throughout the company and seen by all relevant personnel.

    Thank you for your interest in Channel 5.

    Yours sincerely

    Ian
    VIEWER ADVISOR[/B]

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    [URL]http://www.channel5.com/shows/classic-car-rescue/episodes/mgb[/URL]

    and MGB GT shells are around £8000 from BMH……….. [IMG]http://www.theminiforum.co.uk/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/lol.gif[/IMG]
    [URL]http://www.bmh-ltd.com/mgbshell.htm[/URL]

  2. hawaiianblu wrote: “Restoration of a 'New Mini Cooper'?:confused:”

    Coming soon is this new tv programme below,[B] Strippers: Cars For Cash: Supermini Showdown……[/B]
    [B]Next Showing:[/B]
    Monday 29 October at 10.00pm – National Geographic Channel
    Wednesday 31 October at 6:00PM – National Geographic Channel
    Thursday 1 November at 5:15AM – National Geographic Channel

    They are going to strip a [B]Classic Mini and a New MINI Cooper[/B] down for selling on as parts at a profit:
    [URL]http://forum.minicooper.org/showthread.php?t=17409[/URL]

  3. mab0 wrote: “Coming soon is this new tv programme below,[B] Strippers: Cars For Cash: Supermini Showdown……[/B]
    [B]Next Showing:[/B]
    Monday 29 October at 10.00pm – National Geographic Channel
    Wednesday 31 October at 6:00PM – National Geographic Channel
    Thursday 1 November at 5:15AM – National Geographic Channel

    They are going to strip a [B]Classic Mini and a New MINI Cooper[/B] down for selling on as parts at a profit:
    [URL]http://forum.minicooper.org/showthread.php?t=17409[/URL]”

    Hmmm. My other passion is vintage guitars and this is becoming all too common with vintage guitars. Stripping them down and selling the parts.

    It's a shame when the sum of the parts is greater than the whole guitar and/or car.

    🙁 Peter

  4. Following the laughable 'restorations' from the last four episodes, I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to next week's episode which will feature the 'restoration' of a Mini Cooper.

    I fear this could be an example of how NOT to restore a Mini Cooper in record time.

    You've been warned. You've got plenty of time to get the appropriate medication and sick bags.

    🙂 Peter

  5. hawaiianblu wrote: “Restoration of a 'New Mini Cooper'?:confused:”

    Dunno the details. The text in my wife's TV guide reads as follows:

    “Bernie Fineman and Mario Pacione take on the restoration of a rusting Mini Cooper that looks as though it will never move again. As they work around the clock to restore it, a series of disasters means the job is touch-and-go right up to the end. Last in the series”

    Should be 'fun'.

    🙂 Peter

  6. Classic Car Rescue

    In the background of the earlier episodes (the UK based ones) there has been what looks like a blue sportspack in the background. I am rather assuming that is the car that comes in for their 'attention'!!

    This is just one programme you have to watch to see how bad it gets… sad I know!

    Robert

  7. mcrwebmaste wrote: “In the background of the earlier episodes (the UK based ones) there has been what looks like a blue sportspack in the background. I am rather assuming that is the car that comes in for their 'attention'!!

    This is just one programme you have to watch to see how bad it gets… sad I know!

    Robert”

    Robert

    I spotted that too. Hmm, I wonder.

    “….a series of disasters means the job is touch-and-go right up to the end”

    If these two guys are really in the car restoration business, is this programme really doing anything for their credibility?

    I'd take my car to Edd China any day (not sure I'd buy one from Mike Brewer :D) but could you imagine leaving your cherished classic with these two jokers feeling confident that no 'series of disasters' would happen to it? :confused:

    🙂 Peter

  8. Its probably quite an entertaining show for most normal car enthusiasts, but its quite comical if you know more about true restorations and how it should be done, wonder what happened to Leepu from Chop Shop

  9. Tonight they are bodging up a Mini……:eek:
    Channel 5 at 8pm.

    [IMG]http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj470/mab01uk/classiccarweek.jpg[/IMG]

    [b]Classic Car Rescue has been exposed:[/b]
    TV shows confirms 'There were two MGB's'
    [url]http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/news/general/800022807/classic-car-rescue-has-been-exposed/[/url]

  10. cxa200 wrote: “, wonder what happened to Leepu from Chop Shop”

    he was so funny. The stuff that they came up with i am suprised it passed an MOT

  11. copperto wrote: “Another program to encourage all the chaves to steal classic cars and sell the
    parts on fleacebay:confused:”

    Just look at the 4 guys on the website header – would you trust any of them???

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