My Classic Car, LLC is excited to announce our new network homes! In August, FOX is re-branding SPEED and re-launching it under the name FOX Sports 1 to compete with ESPN. They’re eliminating all automotive enthusiast programming in favor of sports related content. Don’t worry though, My Classic Car (MCC) is not going away. We’re just motoring over to a new network; TWO of them in fact!
In August, MCC will be airing on MAVTV. Owned by Lucas Oil, MAVTV is America’s fastest growing independent network. It’s available in 26 million households through DIRECTV (214), DISH (248), and a number of cable providers.
Starting in January 2014, MCC will also be airing on Velocity (a Discovery network) Sunday 9:30am ET and Saturday 6:30am ET. Velocity is an upscale high definition network with an automotive focus and will reach 60 million households through DIRECTV (281), DISH (364), and most cable providers.
“Between the two networks, MCC’s reach will be even greater!” says host of My Classic Car Dennis Gage. “So it’s “pedal to the metal” for MCC on our new networks.”
A couple weeks ago we went down to sunny Stuart, FL to attend Detail Fest put on by our friends at Autogeek.net and held at their headquarters. This was the 7th year for the event and there was definitely a lot going on. I think this video montage will give you a feel for what I’m talking about.
In addition to a car show with a couple hundred cars in attendance, Autogeek had many of their suppliers on hand and they were all doing product demos. Mike Phillips, Autogeek’s surface enhancement guru, was holding mini hands-on workshops and Autogeek founder, Bob McKee, was giving tours of the facility. They have about 35,000 square feet of warehouse space, and it is packed to the roof with more detailing products than I’ve ever seen in one place.
I was there as a guest and wasn’t shooting, so I actually got to just enjoy the show as an attendee for a change. As you might expect, every car there was detailed to the max; a few of which had actually been done by Mike Phillips himself. Some of my favs were a very rare ’55 BMW 507 roadster, one of the new Audi R8 mid-engine screamers, and a really nice factory triple-yellow ’67 Olds 442 convertible. A couple of my TV compatriots, Matt & Bruno from Truck Universe were also there.
Last week the lovely and talented Sheila (my VP of Sales at MCC) was on her way to work when she spotted a gorgeous classic car at the McDonalds near our offices. She couldn’t resist checking it out so she hit the brakes and careened into the parking lot. She jumped out to snap a pic with her phone and learned that the car was in the process of changing owners.
Being a gregarious individual, she introduced herself and learned that it was actually a replica of a ’34 Mercedes 500K. The car was originally owned by someone here in Evansville, but it was headed to France.
A Frenchman currently living in Chicago was the liaison for a friend of his that had flown over from France to purchase the car. They drove down from Chicago to do the deal, and then were going to drive it back to Chicago and prepare it for shipping to New York and then on to France.
Jean-Baptiste, the chap from Chicago, was familiar with the show so Sheila invited them over to the office so I could see the car. When they showed up we decided to break out the video camera and shoot some footage.