Give some unknown shows a try

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 4, 2017

As with every person that consumes some sort of media, I typically watch shows that interest me.

The thing is, there are so many popular shows that people may miss the many unknown gems.

Being an enthusiast of vehicles, one of my long-time favorites is Top Gear, the BBC version.

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Not only did the show feature vehicles I would have to be increasingly lucky to drive, they also mixed in some everyday drivers that most people can afford.

Within the last couple of months I discovered a series called Roadkill.

Yes, it’s another show about things with four wheels. But, the thing that makes this series stand out is that just about every vehicle featured is affordable.

Well, maybe they’re too affordable.

That’s because these piles of rust are literally about to fall apart, or already have.

So what’s the premise of the show if the vehicles aren’t roadworthy?

Well, using a lot of zip ties and duct tape, the cast put these things back on the road before tearing them up further.

Admittedly, it’s not a show for everyone. In fact, the audience is pretty small.

However, that doesn’t bother me in the least because Roadkill reminds me of when I owned a 1988 Hyundai Excel.

It was a pile, but it taught me a lot about putting a little effort into keeping a vehicle, devoid of monthly payments, on the road.

While I won’t suggest pulling the hood off a vehicle to fix an overheating problem like the cast of Roadkill does in just about every episode, some of the stuff they pull off is pretty impressive.

From installing a Hellcat 707 motor in a 69 Dodge Charger in three days, to using five leaf blowers to supercharge a 1978 Chevrolet Monza, these guys can “MacGyver” anything.

The best part? Every episode can be viewed free via YouTube.