Edd China, who has worked as the master mechanic on Wheel Dealers for the last 13 years announced that he has left the program due to creative differences with Velocity. In a YouTube video, Edd lays out his reasoning as well as his plans for the future. Check out the video below and the statement he released.
I am very sorry to say, that after 13 years on the show, I am leaving Wheeler Dealers.
Wheeler Dealers is a great car show, reportedly the biggest on the planet at the moment. It is broadcast in about 220 territories around the globe and apparently has several hundred million viewers worldwide. This success would not have been possible without the huge collaborative effort put in by the production team over the years but most of all because of the loyalty and appreciation of our fans who have kept watching, in ever increasing numbers around the globe. Because you kept watching it; we kept making it. So thank you all for that.
Making Wheeler Dealers is no easy task and every episode requires a massive effort from a dedicated team of people. We started, all those years ago, on a niche channel in the UK with just a small production: Michael Wood and Dan Allum; the founders of Attaboy TV and originators of the show, one production manager, a camera man, a sound man and Mike and myself. One hundred and thirty five cars later we have grown to a production team of over forty five staff, and we are now entertaining much of the TV watching planet. It’s been quite a ride.
It was exactly the worldwide popularity of Wheeler Dealers and sheer size of the audience, coupled with the lack of product placement and brand endorsements within the show which meant that Discovery US and Velocity Channel saw an opportunity for further exploitation of the brand and so, after season twelve, the show commission was taken over by Velocity Channel in the US, who decided to replace Attaboy TV with Discovery Studios in California.
Unfortunately, on Velocity’s first attempt at producing the show they found Wheeler Dealers ‘too difficult to make’, ‘at least in its current format’. In particular, the detailed and in depth coverage of my fixes in the workshop; what I consider to be the backbone and USP of the programme, are something Velocity feel should be reduced. The workshop jobs are certainly the hardest part of the show to make and reducing their substance and role in the show will save the production considerable time, effort and therefore money. However, this new direction is not something I am comfortable with as I feel the corners I was being asked to cut compromised the quality of my work and would erode my integrity as well as that of the show, so I have come to the conclusion that my only option is to let Velocity get on with it, without me.
Wheeler Dealers has been an enormous part of my life since 2002, a real roller coaster of demanding challenges and triumphant moments. It has been a privilege to meet and work with so many great people and, from the workshop to the joy rides, to be allowed to experience so many fabulous cars and amazing locations. Leaving the show at the height of its success has been a really tough decision to make but I believe the time is right for me to spread my wings. Sometimes you’ve just got to break free from the confines of your rut and head for the far horizon.
I would like to thank Attaboy TV, Mike, our incredible crew, and everyone who has contributed to making such a great programme for all of these years. A special thank you must go to every one of our fans for watching these past thirteen series, it has been great having you along for the ride, your appreciation means so much.
Mike and Velocity will continue to make Wheeler Dealers, apparently with Ant Anstead taking my place in the workshop, so new episodes will be on your screens in due course. Being the new boy is never easy, so please give Ant your support, I wish him the very best of luck. It will certainly be nice to see Mike turn up at the workshop with yet another wreck knowing I don’t have to do any of the work!
As for me, I am already working on some great new projects which will expand my world in new directions and, as I will have a bit of time on my hands, I’ll even start to put some things up on my youTube channel, so keep an eye out for that. Right now though, I just feel relieved and exhilarated with freedom and I can’t wait to get cracking on the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.
For years Discovery have been encouraging everyone to: ‘make your world bigger’ – and that is exactly what I am now doing.
The emotional designs and high-performance models issued by Lexus in the last few years prefaced a new chapter for the brand, one that begins now with the arrival of the 2018 LC flagship performance coupe. A concept car come to life, the Lexus LC combines stunning design, scintillating performance, long-distance comfort and premium craftsmanship to join an elite group of international grand touring coupes.
The Lexus LC 500 makes the strongest statement yet about the brand’s future direction. Previewed by the LF-LC concept in 2012, the Lexus LC debuted as a production model at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This spring it arrives in Lexus dealerships as the V8-powered LC 500 with an MSRP of $92,000 and the LC 500h with a new Multi Stage Hybrid powertrain at an MSRP of $96,510. Toyota Motor Corporation president, Akio Toyoda, who is also Chief Branding Officer and master driver for Lexus, inspired development of the LC. Focused on offering more emotional and exciting vehicles for global markets, he called for a flagship production coupe echoing the spirit of the hand-built Lexus LFA supercar and delivering the visual impact of the Lexus LF-LC concept.
McLaren Automotive has announced full details of the 2017 Pure McLaren program – a series of exclusive events that bring together the most passionate McLaren owners and enthusiasts. The 2017 calendar starts on April 5 at Monza, Italy and promises exhilarating track days at some of the most iconic Grand Prix circuits across the world.
For this year, the program of courses has increased with the introduction of several packages focusing on high performance driving with the aim of transforming those interested in entering the world of motorsport into amateur racing drivers.
Pure McLaren takes advantage of the McLaren brand’s racing know-how to develop performance driving skills in a controlled environment and at all levels of driving ability. The events are open to potential customers wanting to experience a McLaren’s full capability and for enthusiasts looking for an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a McLaren sports car. Current McLaren owners can also join the programs with their own car or cars, driving away from the limitations of the road in an open and relaxed environment, whilst socializing with fellow owners.
Guests who want to take their driving skills to another level are encouraged to join Pure McLaren Performance Academy – a graded program of intense one-to-one driver training. Several courses are available, which through expert tuition and integration of on-board telemetry, can take participating guests all the way up from track beginner to performance driver. There are four proficiency levels covering all aspects of track driving that are undertaken in a number of McLaren vehicles, starting from 570S Coupé for the entry-level Dynamic Principles course and culminating with a 650S Sprint for the advanced Sprint level course.
Finally, at the pinnacle of the Pure McLaren offering are two all-inclusive Race Academy courses. The initial Race Level 1 program culminates in MSA Race License assessment* and focuses on preparing the participant for their first motorsport competition. The final Race Level 2 is open to those that have already completed Level 1 and want to get their first real race experience in a familiar McLaren environment. This elite program is enhanced with comprehensive race preparation, featuring an in-depth strategic planning session, and concludes after six official races with other participants. Upon completion of the races, it is possible to gain the signatures required to upgrade to a National A License* (International D License equivalent) and start competing in motorsport events.
The 2017 season of Pure McLaren commences on April 5 at Monza, with five further core European events scheduled across the year:
May 4 – 7: Silverstone, UK
June 22 – 25, Hockenheim, Germany
July 13 – 16: Portimao, Portugal
September 1 – 4: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 28 – October 1: Paul Ricard, France
2017 will also see three special international events taking place at the following venues:
July 1: Goodwood Festival of Speed
November 14 – 16: Circuit of The Americas, USA
November 28 – 30: Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain
Prices start from £915.00 for the Owner Track Day including an open pit lane and a tuition session from a McLaren Driver Coach. For more information on available packages, and to register your interest in any of the events above, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cars.mclaren.com/experiences/pure-mclaren.html.
When I first saw the Deep Cherry Red Overland we had for our off-road trip with Jeep I have to admit I was surprised. I expected we would have had a Wrangler or at least the Trailhawk version of the Cherokee, as opposed to the luxurious Overland trim package full of supple leather and loaded with options. But a quick check showed that those options included skid plates, it is still a Jeep after all and we planned on using it like one.
We left the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Palm Springs early in the morning and made our way towards Berdoo Canyon which would take from the Coachella Valley into Joshua Tree National Park. Around town, the Overland was quiet, smooth and comfortable, even packed with four big guys and all our gear. The cooled seats are amazing on hot days and glass panoramic roof made the Cherokee feel much larger inside.
The first part of Berdoo Canyon is fairly straightforward, the old paved road had washed away but much of the original path is still there. After a few miles, the old road dead ends and it becomes a trail through an ever tightening canyon.
We took the opportunity to try the hill descent control while tackling a sandy slope, the Overland has a 2-speed Active Drive II 4-wheel drive system with low-range that works well, the only difference from the Trailhawk is a locking rear differential not offered on the Overland. However, as we discovered the lack of a locking differential didn't slow us down one bit.
As we made our way up the canyon we came to a point that looked as if it looked like we might have to turn around. But after walking the trail I decided to give it a shot and made it up without an issue. This Cherokee was keeping up with the best 4X4s on the trail and we were doing it in perfect Luxury.
After making up the canyon the trail smoothed out into a sandy creekbed, we selected "sand mode" and kept driving down the road to Joshua Tree. The best part about having a vehicle like the Overland is that you can drive it every day to work in perfect luxury and comfort and on the weekends take it on an incredible adventure.
We made our way down into Joshua Tree where we stopped to take some pictures of the rugged natural beauty. At this point, the trail had given way to a maintained dirt road. As we were stopped we met several people headed towards the canyon to take the trail back down and out of the park.
Our Cherokee with all the options was just over $42,000, which put's it at the top end of its segment, but I have yet to find a more capable and luxurious 4X4 in the mid-size SUV class. While it is smaller than the Grand Cherokee it really is the perfect size for parking and getting around town, yet it still offers ample cargo space and proved itself on the trail.
I want to thank Jeep for loaning us the Cherokee for the weekend and James at ManTripping.com and Greg from SuburbanMen.com
Check out more of my photos from Joshua Tree Below: