This was sent to the MTFCA office, it sounds interesting, I'm posting this so if anyone is interested in applying all of the particulars are listed below as well as contact information:
Hello! I am a casting producer in Los Angeles working on a new TV Series for The Discovery Channel. We are especially interested in finding someone with a Model T Ford who’s family has owned it since coming off the assembly line. ...Or finding someone who has as interesting a story to share about the history of their Model T!
Discovery channel is seeking car owners with antique, barn-finds, restored American muscle, rusted-out treasures, rare cars, etc for a new series on Discovery. In short, it's a bit like "Antiques Road Show" on PBS but just with cars.
Interested parties (if selected) would have an all-expense paid trip, plus safe insured shipping of their vehicle to Los Angeles to appear on the show, and be appraised by individuals that I believe even your members will find to be excellent choices for the appraisals. STORY IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONDITION!!!!
If you have something that's rusted out, needs work, etc but has been in your family for 4 generations...they'd love that. Anything from very old cars with one owner, never restored, re-discovered family vehicles, cars that have taken decades to restore, you name it!
Interested parties should apply here; https://untitleddiscoverycarseries.castingcrane.com/
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or write.
310 993 5524
Calling Terry Horlick. Rusty could be a star. Certainly has a good story.
Huh.. how far are you seeking though? Just the normal states of the USA ect?
Where is Rip Van Wrinkle any more? While not in any one family forever it has quite the story.
Any bets on how many custom and rodded vehicles will be included? Personally, I hope very few, but if the production is to generate advertising revenue it will need to be very 'creative' with content and presentation. jb
Is that going to be another re-writing of history ?
The last one Henry Ford was a bad guy and copied and stole everything ...
I think there are already enough shows about rebuilding or restoring early Ford V8's and classic cars but not hardly any about restoring antique cars such as Model T's. If it's done from the perspective of a family heirloom that pop or Grandad had that may turn out OK if it's not rodded. Hopefully it won't go into the rat rod or hot rot direction.
Attention Dan Hatch:
I think you have at least one car that would qualify!!
Interesting, but proceed with caution and please pardon my skepticism. I hope someone has the means of doing some 'due diligence' rather than flying by "Blind Trust". Verifiable references and contacts should be considered. Friends don't allow friends to be taken advantage of, either.
I, for one, would be absolutely delighted to see The Discovery Channel (and The History Channel and The Arts & Entertainment Channel, etc.) revert back from the low-budget, low-quality, low-intelligence Reality TV stuff they've been producing to the much higher quality documentaries upon which they once built a good reputation, back in the 1980's and 1990's. -This project would be an excellent start.
Seems to me they should go to the car not have the car come to them. The story would be better told right where it happened.
Thank you for posting this.
I would be interested but I have a face for Radio
Hopefully they will appraise someone’s T at $150,000 like they do for the pre 67 vw busses, thus upping the overall value of all our Ts. We are all going to be rich!
I agree Don - I have possession of the 1924 TT C-Cab Express that my Gramps bought new in Seattle - wouldn't want it or me shipped to L.A. !
I fear it will destroy the hobby as it is. Pushing out the little guys.If it is a feel good informative program about the people and their cars that will be great. But a show with appraisers and ridiculous high prices. Not for me. Lets keep the Model T like Henry Ford wanted. The every man automobile.
I filled out the Form - got to and read the terms and conditions and deleted the who effort.
1. Why go to California when a show can be filmed where the car is originally located?
2. If the car is shipped and should something happen - according to the terms and conditions - I have no legal action against the film company.
As for the value of the car ... is this for bragging rights?
What are you signing up for "the House of Cars" show.
It could be very interesting, but I can foresee a bunch of Model T’s lost in shipping and the insurance company telling people that the premiums hadn’t been paid.
Be careful — very careful.
Some of you are assuming "appraised" as being only monetary value; perhaps the appraisal is of its historic value?
And extremely good point made. Why travel to California? Film on Location.
I would not even consider shipping any of my cars there! For it to be in another low budget, fact lacking show that will be badmouthed. I'll pass.....
We have filming here is New Orleans - no reason to go there. There are a lot of people here involved in the whole story of our T, not just us. We know people at the The Bomb Factory here that were on a reality TV show but my wife already told me that she doesn't was to become famous so we stayed clear.
FWIW, the show is real. They would actually prefer unrestored cars or a car still owned by the same family. Think insurance should not be an issue if you can choose the carrier. Discovery is evidently willing to provide secondary insurance. Do agree no need to send cars to LA. I definitely have no desire to go there.
As to appraisal, talking with them the sense I got was it was more about the Model T Ford story and how they were affordable. Peterson Museum likely to do appraisals. Should be nothing crazy.
Would not the appraised value of a car - the Model T - be based on comparables from past auctions?
Conceptcarz has the following information for the "value" of a 1917. The site does list the "value" of the 1917 in different body types.
Average Sale Value : $13,328
Lowest Sale Value : $1,100
Highest Sale Value : $40,700
With some research the value of a brass, black, and nickle radiator could be found.
It's a BAD IDEA-----READ the and DECIPHER the Contract
What an agreement, complete with spelling errors.
Steer clear. IMHO
Here are some coming-attraction trailers of the TV documentary, Alice's Drive, which, unfortunately, was never made:
I spoke to the film-maker several years ago about the project, which, if I remember correctly, was originally envisioned as airing on one of the Discovery Channel network's outlets. -Problem was; at that point in time, the lip-flibbing, Millennial demographic-inspired, Reality TV trend had taken hold, and with its combination of ultra low-budget and high-viewership, it no longer paid to create programming of redeeming value and so, the documentary was never produced. -Today, it exists only as raw, unedited footage in storage. -Such a pity.
Still, the Reality TV fad can't go on forever—or can it? -Now, even some of the reality shows are being dumbed down and the Velocity Channel's restoration show, Wheeler-Dealers, was gutted when the educational half of its hosting partnership, Edd China, departed because the network had decided it was too expensive to produce a show of good, informative quality. -The result of that move, as far as I was concerned, was pretty simple—I shrugged and stopped watching it.
Wheeler dealers was one of the better programs on Velocity. All the other shows, with few exceptions, are cookie cutters of each other. Chasing classic cars is enjoyable as well as Garage Squad. They still keep the cars and repairs the point of the show, no clowns or drama.
It's sad what American TV has descended into. I must admit, when I hear someone say they watch some of these reality TV shows, I loose respect for them. I find myself asking "Who watches this $#!%?" But obviously plenty of people do. Assuming the ones watching it are younger than myself, we are in deep trouble.
Of course this is just my opinion. If it hurt your feelings, get yourself a puppy and a coloring book. You'll be OK.
My wife and I were at the arrival of of the "Alice Ramsey" adventure . We also had a few other friends along and it was fun !
We followed them for about 100 miles or so and then split off to get home . '
Yes , reality tv is stooooopid !
They would rather show you over edited crap day in and day out the same shows on 2 - 3 times a day .
Anyway here is a youtube video I put up of their arrival at the old Maxwell plant .
Happy New Year everyone !
Oh, yes! -I've seen your footage before—but my goodness, was that really over eight years ago??? - My, how time flies.
It is exciting to have an opportunity to tell a real story about our antique cars. So many of the current shows involve fabricated theme cars with deadlines and engine swaps. There is a need to increase the interest in stock, historic and fun antique vehicles. We need to support these opportunities when they come up. I may submit our family's 1924 Studebaker as it has been in our family since 1954 and we do have the history since it was new. As we live near Los Angeles, the location will not be an issue. As for the comments about other shows currently on the air, I would suggest that you watch the shows that you enjoy and skip the ones that you don't. Cindy & I are fortunate to be friends with the current hosts of Wheeler Dealers so I am a bit biased
Bill, I have spoken with Michael Warwick, the casting producer. He is very sincere and excited about this new show. He is very much interested in original cars, he does not even want them to be cleaned up for the show. There have been a few members submit applications and I know of one that has already had an interview.
I’ve got a clean 1911 openrunabout. Belonged to a movie star. She was a bitty.
Bitty. (Stupid spell checker)
Mike, is a restored car out? The car was bought new by the family with all the history and have the original bill of sale?
Dean, they are interested in restored cars too. They are really in search of cars with a story, cars that have a known history etc. Feel free to give the casting director a call, his phone number is in my original post at the top of the page.
Bob Coiro, I completely agree with you about Wheeler Dealers. Letting Ed China go was a huge mistake, that other dufus is extremely irritating. I also quit watching it, and it used to be one of my favorite shows. Sorry Bill H. Maybe you could put a bug in their ear about what a huge mistake they made. As always, JMHO. Dave
Maybe Ed ought to make his own show.
If the show happens I hope that T restorers/owners are better represented than car people are on most shows from the past few years. TV viewers see some of the shows where alcohol flows and a curse word is beeped out every 15 seconds. I guess that makes for more entertaining TV. People probably wouldn't watch a show about a restoration shop where the employees gather at the start of each work day for a prayer or someone gives thanks for the food when they eat lunch together. Barnwood builders maybe, but not car builders. Let me get down off this soap-box lest I fall and break another hip.
Edd China could easily carry an automotive repair show on his own. Problem being that Discovery and Vilocity wouldn't carry it since they were behind him leaving. I'm sure he'll turn up again.
The “Silver Streak” and the story of the gypsy coeds are on the way to Hollywood! The storied 1926 Touring car owned by John Butte was picked up this morning at the MTFCA Museum. It will be back at the end of the month after the new Discovery Channel show finishes taping. John and his wife will meet the car in Hollywood.
Jerry sent me pictures when it was being loaded on Tuesday.
Hopefully this will give Good Press to the Museum !
I saw this same show talked up on the 356 registry. Answer is the same, these guys are users pandering to your ego and your desire to "get on TV"
There is every upside for them, and every downside to you.
As David says above "BAD IDEA"