Performance & Hotrod Business - May '15

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72 n Performance & Hotrod Business n May 2015 BUSINESS interesting. There's a lot of planning that goes on behind the scenes." When asked if doing a TV show for the first time was different than what she expected, Bogi answered, "Totally! I had no real framework for what to expect. Doing TV is very different than doing things in real life. On TV we take out an exhaust in 20 seconds. In reality I took it out and reinstalled it eight times. There are camera angles to figure out, making sure we are doing it the way the sponsor wants it done, and of course retakes if we have to redo a speaking line. And it all has to look like you've done it for the first time!" "There's a sense of pressure with a high- profile build," said Tetz. "But you have to bring your own integrity into these proj- ects. Everybody will be watching. People can be real harsh and they forget we have families and lives beyond these projects. It's much harder than doing something in the privacy of your own shop." He also agreed that planning was key in the success of these projects. "The pressure The Fun Part You would wonder with all the whin- ing and complaining I'm doing here, if it's so awful, why do it? Because the good elements make it worth every hellish moment. Kevin Tetz agreed. "It's humbling and a privilege when somebody comes up to us and says they really liked something that we did on the show. And it gave them ideas and tips. I take that very seriously." Last year I had the honor of working with what I call a dream team. We filmed a pilot for a show called Wheels for Warriors. This show featured a group of car build- ers who help disabled veterans finish their car projects. Besides working for such a worthy cause, I had the honor of working alongside some of the best people in the industry: Ray McClelland, David Fishman Rivera, Alan Lee, Crazy Jack Struller, and Tom Kuka. The team was lead by Rich Evans. Rich is an incredible team leader and has a great deal of experience in this area. He's worked on many TV shows including Car Warriors; Chop; Cut Rebuild; Monster Garage; and he was the lead tech on Motor City Masters. Another great part of these builds is the friendships that form during the build or project. I have made not just friends but very good friends, best friends even. You only get out of a build what you put into it. These builds can be life-changing experi- ences and have been that for me. Everyone has an opinion. And when doing a build like this, many folks like to offer valuable advice. Priceless tidbits such as, "There is no way you're going to get that car done in time," or "You're not get- ting paid? That's stupid." Yes, it's a risk. You gamble that the media attention will pay off for your shop. Crazy Jack Struller of Plum Crazy Auto in Passiac, New Jersey, knows all about this gamble. In 2012 Jack took a chance and signed up for the Car Warriors TV show. His team built a 1973 Challenger and they were the oldest team to compete on the show. In Car Warriors the winner gets the car, the losers get nothing. Jack's team won their car but he felt the biggest pay- off was the publicity. "Car Warriors was a one-hour commercial for my shop," he Reality TV builds are not necessarily as glamorous as people might think, but they do bring talented individuals together. can be overwhelming, but if you plan your time properly, you can circumvent some of that pressure. There have been lots of late night and weekends where you bite the bullet and put in the time. You have to make it look like it jumped out of the box and went onto the car." And friends can help when things go sideways. "There are moments when you think, this just isn't going to happen and it's the eleventh hour. I've had my butt saved by good friends. I've had friends like Tim Strange give of themselves just for the sake of friendship. I hate to have to do it, but sometimes it happens. Fear is a won- derful motivator, and there were times I was scared to death." I know all too well the reality of those "miracle moments" or as I like to call them, "hours or days in hell." This is how it starts: one little thing takes longer than planned. Then another and another. These little things add up into a nightmare mountain. Suddenly it's hell on earth and you would rather be having your wisdom teeth removed than be there in that shop. But there is no escape. You somehow have to get the job done and not look like a rank amateur for getting behind schedule in the first place. And of course the cameras are on you. Some producer is asking, "How do you feel right now?" What you want to say and what you will say are two very different things, the former being along the lines of just what they can do with that camera. But you smile and comment about how the project has gotten behind but everyone is pulling together to make it happen! Crazy Jack Struller and his crew from Plum Crazy Auto built this Challenger in 48 hours, winning their episode of "Car Warriors." It was a huge gamble; if they would have lost they would have received nothing.

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