If the freshly released pilot is anything to go by, petrolheads suffering from Edd China syndrome and sleepless nights can now look forward to some serious ‘down and dirty’ tinkering once again.
When the big man decided it was time to hang those orange latex gloves up and leave the hit TV show Wheeler Dealers, Joe public and your everyday petrolhead were left in a sort of mechanical limbo. Partly because this was the first, or even only time anyone had actually bothered to explain in detail what the hell was actually going on when they were fixing the oily bits.
Yes, the devil was, and still is in that sometimes underrated detail. The buying and selling is an absolute necessity, but the eagle-eyed punter is surely more interested in the how, what and why.
Like it or not, most average petrolheads tend to embrace inspirational simplicity, especially when the information is delivered with less quip and a more constructive, understandable knowledge-base.
It is worth remembering that the workshop segments of any show will always take the lions share of time and effort, therefore it goes without explanation that money can be saved if those ‘valuable’ segments can be somehow condensed into a ‘bolt-on’ scenario. The new Velocity format was something Edd was never comfortable with, feeling it compromised the quality of the work he carried out.
In short, the show is now closer to the Dukes of Hazzard than Inspector Morse.
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Edd China Is Back
Moving swiftly on, your enthusiastic and favourite mechanic is back from the brink of obscurity, bringing with him a new programme series, called Edd China’s Garage Revival.
Edd returns to a more comfortable format, working with less glamorous car owners and dishing out reams of useful information. Most of his recipients will have jumped on the restoration band wagon, then realised the process isn’t as straight forward as your loud-mouthed shiny suited salesman will have you believe.
This first 40 minute pilot episode sees the orange latex travelling to Norway, in a bid to rescue a very smart Golf MK1 GTI from the jaws of Baltic redundancy.
“In Edd China’s Garage Revival we are going to be visiting people who have got stuck on a project, for whatever reason.
“The plan is to try and revitalise and reinvigorate them, to try and get that car where it should be – back on the road!”
Edd China meets an enthusiastic Norwegian bricklayer and the MK1 Golf GTI