Classic Cars returns to your screens for a sixth series

Instead when I do get a rare night off and plonk myself on the couch to watch something on the big screen it usually involves cars.

The pair don’t always see eye to eye, Drew is more concerned about the design and how a car looks.

Paul on the other hand looks deeper into the mechanics and repair side of things that nearly always includes rust repair and its inevitable costs.

There are no corners cut and the attention to detail and quality of work is sometimes better than the car would have left the factory.

But another genius part of the show is the expert craftsmen they find to help restore and repair things like the interior or metal work.

It is fascinating to watch these skills, that have been passed down from generations, in action.

The first episode kicks off with the restoration of an early Lotus Esprit and what a classic it is, then episode 2 sees they guys tackle a Triumph TR4.

Paul Cowland: Drew and I have been mates for a long time and the Discovery Channel is well know for its amazing car formats, with Wheeler Dealers being its longest car makeover shows.

Because Drew’s Salvage Hunter’s show had been so successful and I had a show called Turbo Pickers, we said wouldn’t it be fun to do a car show together.

We spoke to Discovery and they agreed but we wanted to do something different from Wheeler Dealers where you are shown how you the home mechanic can do it.

We wanted to shine the light the other way and find the incredible people in this country who do these amazing jobs.

Using incredible artisan processes and show what they do. If money was no option these are the guys we’d all go to as they do such brilliant work.

PC: We met eight years ago and we got chatting at an industry party and we just said; You’re a car guy, I’m a car guy and we just started hanging out . . . then I helped him to get his car racing licence.

PC: At the moment I have 58 cars in my garage, I have a bit of a car collecting problem.
I have a collection of Subarus, I love American cars, Corvettes, Plymouth Prowler and all that kind of stuff.

And I’m going through a Renault Espace phase and currently buying up all the Mk1 models and I don’t know why, LOL.

And I also like stuff that’s really random and what no one else has. So if I find a car at auction that is cheap, unusual and rare I tend to buy it.

PC: The main garage holds 30 cars, then another one on the side that takes ten, about five or six fit on the driveway and I’ve a barn in the next village so it’s getting a bit out of hand.

DL: I remember you saying on the show that you are a fan of Japanese cars, so is it just Subarus you like or all JDM cars?

PC: I have a lot of Subarus, from the old 360 from the 60s, then I have more modern stuff like two Imprezas, plus an SVX which is the Giugiaro concept and that’s a really cool car.

Then I have a XT which is the weird car they made in the 80s.

I also have a L Series which was the first WRC before the Subaru Legacy. And I’ve just bought a GLF, if you remember the Cannonball Run film, it was the car that Jackie Chan drove.

I went to an auction in Cheshire called Manor Park Classics and I bought it from there, then when I got it back home and checked with the DVA it was the last one ever made.

DL: How long does it take to film an episode?

PC: That’s an interesting question, it take a very long time actually, we are in a very fortunate position, when they commissioned the last batch of Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars they commissioned three series at once.

That means we could look at the cars we bought and then the ones we knew that were going to be very labour intensive like the Jensen Interceptor.

That car we started at the beginning of the three years, that was the first car we started and the last we finished. I think in television that is some kind of record.

You will see us physically age on screen but some of that is having to work with Drew, LOL.

But it does take a long time as, we can easily spend three to four months on bodywork, two to three months on an engine and a month on an interior.

But generally speaking a car takes eight and 12 months to do it right.

We do everything in real time, nothing is rushed for the telly and it’s all as real as it can be.

DL: I pity the guy who has to edit each episode as he must have so much footage to work through and try to trim it down to a 44minute show.

PC: What we have done for the new sixth series is do just one car per episode, it’s what everyone on social media have asked us to do anyway.

Sometimes a build changes, you may think you only need to paint this one and interior trim, then you will get a curve ball, then it needs an engine rebuild.

Then you have to re-jig the story and roll with the punches and if anything different or exciting happens then we include it in the show.

DL: I’d love for some of the unseen footage to be put up on YouTube as I could watch hours of your mechanics welding, doing bodywork or rebuilding an engine as I find that side of restoration really fascinating

PC: We always try to keep the shows nerdy enough to suit people like you so they can get their fix.

But then also make it appealing to people who aren’t that madly into cars.

I would really love to do a nerd episode, like a five hour special, but if that were to air on television it would only be me and you Darren watching it.

Darren Liggett: What is your daily driver?

Drew Pritchard: A very, well worn Range Rover, this is my third and it’s now four years old and it’s done 239,300miles and I run them until there is nothing left of them then I’ll get another one.

I call it my posh van, I can get a massive amount of stuff in it.

I can tow my race car trailer, I can go to any location in it. It’s really comfortable, it just does the job.

DL: And what has the reliability been like on your Range Rover?

DP: Shush, but you know what, touch wood, I haven’t had anything go wrong with it.

You get addicted to them, I’ve been driving Land Rovers for over 25 years and have never been without one.

Somedays I have to be at a demolition site in the morning, then I have to go and see the Lord and Lady of the Manor in the afternoon.

So it suits all occasions and is the one vehicle that works for me.

DL: What do you have in your garage including class cars especially when your colleague Paul owns 58 cars?

DP: I own a very realistic 10 cars and I’ll list them in order of their age.

The oldest is a 1952 split window, sunroof deluxe Volkswagen Beetle that’s all original, original paint and one owner from new.

A 1958 Beetle race car that I’ll be racing in April at the Goodwood Members .

A 1960 VW Karmann Cabriolet and again its all original paint, original hood and interior.

I have a 1960 Kaiserslautern special bodied Porsche 356 which is a one of one, that I bought last year in California.

It had been in the desert for decades and was an absolute wreck and full of bullet holes and everything.

The car is so special and interesting so we might make a stand-alone programme just on that car.

Then my prized possession is a 1968 short-wheel base Porsche 911, it’s the 2.0-litre car and it’s also right-hand drive and it’s painted Ibrium red which is its original colour.

And if you know cars then you will know it’s a very rare car indeed. And the 911 is also unbelievably a one owner car.

I bought it in bits off Facebook Marketplace and it arrived in bits as it had been stored in a garage since 1986 and it has taken my four years to put it back together and get right.

I have a 2004 Subaru Impreza, it’s a UK car, all original, and this is my fifth one of these.

I love them and it;s the one car Paul and I agree on, is our love of Subarus.

I had the best WRX in the world with only 11,000miles from new and I sold it to Paul.

Then the more modern stuff I have is a 2006 Carrera 911 4S in black and it’s manual.

I’ve had it for eight years and done 82,000miles on that one.

I also have a Bentley GTC Mulliner.

DL: The first episode of the sixth series featured the Lotus Esprit, you said you’d love to have kept it, what other cars from the show would you also like to have held onto?

DYNAMIC DUO: Drew and Paul team up for a new series of Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars that kicks off with them restoring this Lotus Esprit


DYNAMIC DUO: Drew and Paul team up for a new series of Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars that kicks off with them restoring this Lotus Esprit

DP: Oh God, how long have you got because there are so many.

The restorations are done so well, done to such an incredibly high standard, the guy from Lotus said it was the best example he had ever seen.

So I’d have kept the Lotus and we did an Alfa Romeo GT, it pained me to let that one go.

Series 1 we did a Lancia Delta Integrale and that has made me start to love Italian cars because before they always scared the bejesus out of me.

I couldn’t have been more wrong as they are fantastic and now anything Italian we’ve done now I want to keep.

But there are so many, the Porsche 914, it was really beautiful but that episode hasn’t come out yet.

And once the Jensen Interceptor was finished and I drove it I fell for it a bit as well.

We are very lucky though as we get to pick the cars we want to restore.

You know the excitement you experience when you buy a car? That’s what we are trying to convey on telly and I think we are there.

We aim to make the best classic car show there has ever been.

We want the viewer for one hour to be totally immersed in knowledgeable, interesting petrol head only chat, and I think we have succeeded.

BACK IN TIME: Their Series 1 Esprit returns to the Lotus factory where it was built


BACK IN TIME: Their Series 1 Esprit returns to the Lotus factory where it was built

The car programme was my idea and I pushed it for about eight years to make it happen and The Discovery have trusted us and supported us and haven’t set any parameters.

They just let us do it the way we want.

I have to hang my hat on everything I do and be very proud of it and I am with Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars.

Plus the show is a hell of a laugh to do as well.

DL: Do you work on your own cars or do you let Paul and his garage do your restorations?

DP: I can do the work but it’s down to time and I’m time poor and don’t have any as I’m always filming.

But once I get the cars back from being restored if something goes wrong I can look after them myself.

And yes I would let Paul and his team fix my cars as they are very competent.

DL: Earlier you had mentioned you loved Italian cars but from watching the show it;s clear to see you don;t like Ferraris, what is it about them you hate?

DP: Right, what it is, Ferrari’s were beautiful until the late 60s.

The people who bought them were really cool and debonair.

Then the 80s happened and they became the most dreadful cars, generally driven by dreadful people.

They are ugly cars for an ugly world and I don’t like them.

DL: What, you don’t even like a Ferrari F40?

DP: No, they are cheap and nasty and badly put together, a Ferrari is like the fairy tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes.

But I must admit, I like the Ferrari FF, in fact I like it a lot. But would I buy one….NO.

I’d be embarrassed to drive one.

SKILLED LABOUR: Paul with Triumph TR specialist Neil Revington


SKILLED LABOUR: Paul with Triumph TR specialist Neil Revington

DL: So it’s clear that Ferrari will be one manufacturer not to be featured on Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars?

DP: You know what, we nearly took on a Ferrari 400 injection and thank God we didn’t.

We were bidding on it on ebay and thankfully we were outbid at the last minute and didn’t win.

DL: What car would you love to feature on the show that you have restored yet?

DP: I’d love to restore a Porsche 356 or Speedster.

And I’d also love to do a really early Series 1 Land Rover.

I’d also like to do some classic scooters and classic motorbikes.

I would like to build a hotrod, a proper metal body, three window, roof chopped, channel chassis powered with a supercharged Hemi V8.

Oh, and  a twin-engined Mini as well.

DL: Is it hard for you to juggle two TV shows, Salvage Hunters and Classic Cars.

DP: Yes it is, it’s a balancing act, but the team around us is very good, but it’s a lot of work, harder work than you’d think, but we enjoy it.

But it’s the miles in between, I stay in a minimum of 250 hotels a year.

But just look at the viewing figures we are getting per day, worldwide, they are astronomical, tens of millions of people per day and we can’t ignore that.

ALL WHITE ON THE NIGHT: Drew and Paul with the Triumph TR4 they restore on Episode 2 of Series 6


ALL WHITE ON THE NIGHT: Drew and Paul with the Triumph TR4 they restore on Episode 2 of Series 6

DL: If you had to choose between antiques or classic cars what would it be?

DP: Awh don’t make me do that, it’s like picking your favourite child.

I think the only way I could do it is to continue on as an antique dealer but have a classic car as my work van.

I’d have to have a W123 Mercedes estate or an old Rolls Royce Shooting Brake.

I love my antiques business so much.

But I equally love my classic cars and racing plus restoration, and what I’m not doing on TV I’m doing for real myself.

I’m an antique dealer who loves old cars.

I’m very lucky to get other people involved in this too.

I know of people who have watched the programme, antique dealers, and now they have got into old car restorations from watching us.

And that’s great isn’t it?

DL: Absolutely, it really comes across on the show, you can tell you and Paul are not just being payed to host a show and to pretend to know about cars, it’s easy to see you are both petrol heads.

DP: Paul and I have vastly different opinions on cars, he has no taste whatsoever when it comes to cars.

He is the man that taste forgot. But between the two of us we do a bloody good job.

TOP OF THE VAUX: Paul and Drew with a special Bill Blydenstein tuned 1966 Vauxhall Viva


TOP OF THE VAUX: Paul and Drew with a special Bill Blydenstein tuned 1966 Vauxhall Viva

DL: Yes there have been some cracker restorations on the show.

I loved the one where you worked on the little Vauxhall Viva for the gentleman that sadly passed away then you were able to present the finished car to his wife. I actually had tears in my eyes watching that episode.

DP: I think I said it on the show that it was the best car we’ve ever bought because there was more heart and soul put into that car than anything else.

If you go from the back story of his Mum buying him the car and he was a young guy so did really well to get a car like that and he kept it so well.

He was really clever and an engineer but something we didn’t get into the programme because of time constraints was the fact he designed his own rear suspension.

He then sent the designs off to America, had it made and sent it back, put it on the car.

Then  Bill Blydenstein, the famous Vauxhall engine tuner, who built the engine of this car, said it was the best handling Viva he had ever been in.

REUNITED: Drew and Paul present the finished Viva to the previous owner, Mike Dodson's wife Leigh and friend Bruce.


REUNITED: Drew and Paul present the finished Viva to the previous owner, Mike Dodson’s wife Leigh and friend Bruce.

And then meeting his wife, we had all met previously off camera and had a cry, it was just lovely.

That’s what cars can do, they can bring people together.

They’re not just buckets of bolts.

DL: The Jensen Interceptor you mentioned early, was that the one car that you thought maybe it’s too far gone and was going to take too much to fix that then you might not cover the costs when selling it again or has there been any other cars like that as well.

DP: There are two cars that have been borderline, the Jenson and the Fiat 130.

The more we cut into the Jenson the more rust kept appearing.

And when I was doing a test drive on the Fiat I put my hand on the roof and it moved.

We found out that Jensen was a press car and we discovered all of its history and what a story it has to tell but I’ll not ruin it in case you haven’t seen that episode.

BLUE BEAUTY: Drew and Paul with the Jesen Interceptor that will feature on an episode in the future


BLUE BEAUTY: Drew and Paul with the Jesen Interceptor that will feature on an episode in the future

DL: And talking about the Fiat 130, it was very rusty to say the least but it sold for £40k, that was some achievement?

DP: We broke the record, a Fiat 130 has never sold for that much, but it was a right hand drive model and a very understated car.

It could easily cruise on the motorway at 80mph, it was a beautiful machine.

DL: Who tips you off on cars for sale and parts for them.

DP: It comes from everywhere, we have Jase in the office who has spent nearly half his life sitting in front of a computer searching for parts.

And then I get offered cars all the time.

I was offered a Ford RS200 yesterday and I was offered a F2 Bentley an hour ago.

And because Paul has worked in the motor trade for 20 years he gets offered cars constantly too.

So we’re not short of cars, there are plenty of cars out there, it’s just trying to find that one with something extra, something special about it.

And number one we love it and number two, it’s got to be realistic and achievable.

DL: So because you have loads of cars begging to be restored, does this mean you will be able to make a seventh series?

ANOTHER TRIUMPH: Drew and Paul with the Triumph TR4


ANOTHER TRIUMPH: Drew and Paul with the Triumph TR4

DP: We’ve done enough cars to cover the rest of this year and all of next year, they are all ready to go, ready to rock, and there is a hell of a lot more coming.

Due to the conscientious nature of the production company on Discovery we have been able to work through the pandemic with a very small crew.

We’ve all isolated together and we were able to complete a lot of cars and carry on.

DL: Last question, what do you think of electric cars and the future for classic car loving petrol heads like ourselves?

DP: Electric cars have their place but they are not the answer, they are a stop gap and the future is hydrogen.

Hydrogen was bought up by Toyota and they shelved it because they can’t make loads of money out of it, but they can with electric.

Electric cars in their manufacture are more damaging to the environment than combustion engined cars.

And then you have to look at where the electric coming from and if it is a renewable source.

But you also need to ask, why are electric cars so ugly?

Why does Elon Musk only make really ugly cars?

We are missing the opportunity to be driving around in something beautiful like a XK120s or E-Type Jags or Porsche 911s but don’t be fooled as it’s the emperor’s new clothes.

But the future for petrol cars and petrol heads will be like owning a horse, you will only take it out for weekends, it will be a show pony, then you will put it away again.

And during the week we can all use hybrids. Classic Cars returns to your screens for a sixth series

Fry Electronics Team

Fry is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button