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The New Graveyard Carz


(Guest blog post courtesy of Mr. Mopar, Mark Worman) D-158842-Graveyard-Carz-Countdown-Cards-3

Graveyard Carz (GYC) is back!

I'm looking forward to sharing the new season with all of you. As some of you know, we have undergone some changes since the last time you saw us. We finalized our move into the new shop—thank goodness—and it's truly amazing. The growth of Graveyard Carz has been exponential over the past few years and we're busy!

The new GYC is exciting, fast-paced and chocked full of work on the most desirable Mopars on the planet. We have eight vehicles in the shop at any given time, in various stages of restoration and we take you through the painstaking tasks of making old cars look new. The tutorials and information on the show this season reach new heights. 

Our new painter, Will, is phenomenal at what he does. I taught him everything he knows, so what else would you expect? The fun thing about Will is that he's worked for me for almost 15 years, so he knows my routine and can snap back quicker than anyone. Allysa, my daughter, is back at GYC. She's doing our research and learning the finer points of OE detailing. Allysa, much like Will, has been around me most of her life, so I have my hands full keeping them on their toes. Royal is back! My life-long friend is returns and has always been the steady worker that gets things done. Mixed in with the new cast and crew, Royal is at the top of his game.

Make no mistake about it, Graveyard Carz is here to stay. Great shop, great cars, great team and all of the fun you've come to love.

This is the Only List You Need


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A simple web search of "Bucket-List" accumulates scores of links to articles telling you that you must travel to the world, you must skydive, and you must learn a foreign language before you pass away. However, there is only one list you need to be concerned about if you have a need for speed, a love for the open road, or a sense of adventure. Forget kissing in the rain and try driving on two wheels.

The List, a digital series created by the folks at Autoblog, is out to check off 1001 car things to do before you die. So far, they've conquered tasks like visiting the birthplace of the Ferrari to escaping a vehicle as it sinks to the bottom of a body of water. To top it all off, there's a familiar face on the show! Former All Girls Garage star Jessi Combs joins host Patrick McIntyre. 

Check out the highlights from when The List conquered off-road racing for a glimpse at what the excitement is all about.

After seeing how much fun The List was having, Velocity wanted to join in the bucket-list trend. Our first quest? Getting The List on our team. 

This week, we can finally check off our first bucket-list item as we welcome The List to our programming on Wednesday nights.

Read the full press release here

Getting to Know You: Garage Squad's Heather Storm


Catch an all new season of Garage Squad starting Aug 11th at 10/9c only on Velocity.

34025_ep205_026When did your passion for cars begin?

Heather: I inherited the passion for cars from my dad. He made cars fun. He enjoyed driving fast and I loved to ride with him. My father was also very practical and wanted me to have an understanding of how cars worked. He always did basic work on our vehicles at home and my brother and I often helped. I have a lot appreciation for cars because of my father. 

How does it make you feel to help these owners finish their abandoned projects?

Heather: I am so grateful that I am able to help so many people and bring happiness into their lives.  Everyone has a unique story and memories associated with their car and it feels really good to help them achieve something so important to them.  

What’s the most common mistake you see car owners making while trying to restore their cars?

Heather: I don’t think the owners are making any specific mistakes other than thinking they can get the car done on their own. Restoring a car is a very large project and often way too expensive for the owner to outsource. They usually quickly realize that the project is much more complicated than they anticipated and the car just sits unfinished collecting dust. It becomes a daunting task; luckily Garage Squad comes to the rescue. 


What are you most excited for viewers to see this season?

Heather: We really stepped up the game by taking on vehicles that needed a lot more work done than last season. There is a lot of sweat and long hours that goes into rebuilding each and every one and I know the viewers will appreciate it. 

How would you describe working with the Garage Squad crew?

Heather: Working with the Garage Squad guys is like being in 6th grade all over again.  A lot of joking around, but we learn a lot too. I have a lot of respect for the guys, how hard they work and how much knowledge they have about all types of cars.  Everyone brings their own expertise to each project and we couldn’t get the job don’t without all hands on deck.

Describe the worst car you’ve ever had to repair.

Heather: I would say the worst car this season is the 442 Olds. That car just had a stench that wouldn’t quit even when we painted the stripped interior. There’s something to be said for a plethora of decaying rodents in an area with limited ventilation. I think everyone in there would agree that was nasty!

What’s usually the biggest challenge during the makeover process?

Heather: We have a limited amount of time to assess the car, order parts and get the car running again. As life goes, a lot of unforeseen problems pop up and take us off track. Often we have to source parts at the last minute and have to hold out on making progress on other areas of the car until that part comes in --- that can be stressful. 















What’s your go-to song while driving?
Heather: If I'm on a mission then Gold Guns Girls by Metric.

When did you learn to change a tire?
Heather: My dad taught me as soon as I got my driver’s license at 15. He didn’t want me to be stranded.

What’s on your key ring?
Heather: Just the essential keys, I like to keep it simple and compact.

What is your favorite food?
Heather: I love to cook healthy cuisine; fresh vegetables and steamed fish is my go to meal. 

If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Heather: No vanity plate for me, I prefer to be discrete like a bat mobile.

Toll Collector Fired for Being a Friend


Toll collectors typically blend in. They reach out their hand, accept drivers' payment and continue the routine until they clock out. Sometimes, though, there are individuals that defy the stereotypes and consistently brighten the lives of the people they interact with. 

Vladislav "Sam" Samsonov was one of those people and his friendliness wound up costing him his job- the one he held for 30 years.

Check out this news story from the folks at NBC2 News in Fort Myers, Florida. It has over 400K views and has been featured in publications like People Magazine, Huffington Post and USA Today.

The town's newspaper, The Boca Beacon, published a thank you to Sam for his years of service, free dog treats, and lollipops. It calls him a familiar face, a "Gasparilla Island fixture" that was taken for granted and the perfect representation of the people you can find in Boca Grande.

According to Sam's daughter, he has no immediate interest in fighting for his job. Instead he will enjoy his retirement and pick up hours at the local hospital, volunteering to keep busy. His family, however, is considering legal action.

To keep up with Sam click here.

It's important to be passionate about your line of work. Learn about the passion that fuels Junkyard Empire and Demascus Motors below.

Quad Backflipping into History


This may be the coolest thing done on two wheels in years. New Zealand BMX rider Jed Mildon recently became the very first BMX rider to complete a quad backflip. The 29-year-old adrenaline junkie is a member of Nitro Circus, a "crew full of action sports enthusiasts in search of the biggest, baddest, and craziest stunts" according to the group's YouTube page.

Photo: NitroCircus

After nine months of working on the rotation technique and landing on a giant airbag, Mildon took to a 21 foot ramp and let it fly. Million is no stranger to taking things to the next level- he was the first to land the triple flip in 2011- but this jaw-dropping trick surpasses that on every level. Check out the video of the incredible feat (and a few gruesome attempts) below. 

To read the complete interview with Mildon click here.

Want more crazy things you can do on a set of wheels? Well, how about turning four of them into an unconventional ice cream truck... 

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