Archives : 2018 : April

New Series: Sticker Shock on Discovery Channel

April 13th, 2018

Variety just got the scoop on a brand new series. It’s a car show, so naturally, we have to tell you about it. Sticker Shock will be premiering on Discovery Channel, Wednesday, May 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. We’re already excited that the preview (see link) shows a few BendPak four-post lifts. So, at the very least, they have great taste in equipment!

Banner for Stick Shock, new show on Discovery Channel

Stick Shock is Discovery Channel’s latest car show

Sticker Shock promises to be a car show for gearheads, auto enthusiasts and everyday television bingers alike. It’s not a mechanical breakdown or anything limited to the DIY community, so it should appeal to a wider family audience. Think Storage Wars and Pawn Stars meets the Barrett-Jackson auction. That kind of thing.

Host Dennis Pittsenbarger will be accompanied by a team of expert appraisers: Randy Carlson, Addison Brown, Nick Smith and Todd Wertman.

According to the Variety piece:

[Appraisers] will investigate the history and condition of a wide range of vehicles to determine their true value… The show will also unveil the history and memories of the cars…

Basically, Sticker Shock will feature regular folks bringing in their classic cars, presumably to get rich overnight with a high appraisal. That means the experts are going to tell them what their car is actually worth. It’ll be exciting to see a few dreams fulfilled, and just as entertaining to watch a few pie-in-the-sky hopefuls come crashing back down to earth. (That’s probably the “shock” part, right?)’

It’s also interesting that the show will bring the “memories” of the cars into play. Our best guess is that the car owners will share their stories alongside the family history of the vehicle. With all of us, important memories and feelings become associated with our cars, and it can be hard to get rid of them for that reason, even if the price is right. We’re excited to see where this goes. Plus, we’ve never seen car lifts used on an appraisal show before. Most likely, the appraisers will need to look under the car for signs of rust/damage, to check for original parts, etc. Expect to see a lot of car hoisting through the inspections.

What do you think? Are you excited about Sticker Shock? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Get on Truck Night in America

April 6th, 2018

Last month we announced that a new History Channel production, Truck Night in America, would be airing on prime-time television. We were excited about the idea of big ol’ trucks being built to spec, getting ruined by mud and abuse, and then brought back to life again on a weekly basis. As it turns out, we’re not alone. The show’s premiere broke the Top 40 most watched shows. That’s not bad, considering the main competition was basketball, basketball and more basketball, as well as other mainstream media news programs.

Truck Night in America promotional poster

Keep an eye on their unofficial Facebook to see how to get on the show

The comments section on this blog was full of responses to the show. Some loved it, some wanted more. Feedback like that pretty much comes with the territory of any new show. Most people, however, wanted to know how to get on Truck Night in America to become a contestant. To be honest, we were initially a bit  flummoxed. There’s no information on (what we think is) the show’s official Facebook page, and we couldn’t find it on the production company’s site, either.

Then came a stroke of luck. Teresa Lummus, a contestant on the show, reached out and had this to say:

I saw a post on Facebook about a new show being cast. I clicked on the link and filled in the info. When they start casting for season 2 I’m sure it will be on the Facebook page.

It seems the Unofficial Truck Night in America Facebook page is where all the good casting information is at.

If you want to get on the show, that’s the place to check out. At this point in time, the show has not been officially renewed for a second season, so when that happens, expect casting to start quickly and end just as soon. Keep a lookout!

BendPak loves car and truck shows, so we’ll keep this blog updated with information on how to get on Truck Night in America, as well as other news about the shows you love. If you’ve got questions and would like to see answers, let us know!

Thanks for reading, drivers.

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