There is no denying the popularity of recent car and motorcycle “reality” shows like American Chopper, Biker Buildoff and Overhaulin’. They suck you in – like watching an accident on the side of the road. You may not want to look, it may be gruesome, but you just can’t help yourself and before you know it you’ve watched the whole program just to see the outcome. Providing many of us with our first honest look at what goes on inside a tuning/customization business, the success behind these shows is rooted in the amazing creations that come together despite all the blood, sweat, ego battles, problems and more that regularly go on behind the scenes.
Picking up on the momentum of these shows, Dean Futrell and his staff at Futrell Autowerks are offering you, the VW nut, a view inside their shop as they work on a variety of projects. The series, originally run as a weekly show via the Internet and streaming video, is now available on DVD with more than 2 hours of footage covering eight episodes of the show. Also included on the DVD is additional bonus material including outtakes, bloopers, still photos and coverage of the 2004 New Dimensions Charity Car Show.
Dean and his staff provide endless entertainment as they tackle a tricky Project Audi Fox ground-up restoration, a Stage III 20th Anniversary GTI with some really trick interior work, and a sweet ’95 Cabrio 1.8T swap with a Stage III kit. The various projects give you an idea of the time, effort, knowledge and various skill sets required to tackle all the problems that come up. Video production is top notch and the added coverage of the ND Charity Car Show is a worthwhile bonus.
Overall we have to give Futrell Autowerks a thumbs up on this one and a big A for effort. Check it out.
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Futrell Autowerks Press Release:
For Immediate Release
Futrell Autowerks announces the release of Futrell TV Season One DVD
Futrell Autowerks, a pioneer in Volkswagen/Audi walk-thru guides and online how-to’s raised the bar last year with its six month venture into automotive reality series. Futrell TV aired from their website bi-weekly from January through May of 2004. The series was a huge success and left customers, fans and competitors wondering, why hasn’t anyone done this before?
The entire series along with bonus material is now available on DVD for only $15. With over two hours of features you’ll get to see all eight episodes in 16X9 widescreen format. Enjoy new material like outtakes and bloopers; they’ve also compiled an all new still gallery made just for the DVD. As an added bonus also included on the DVD is the Futrell Autowerks Team coverage from New Dimensions 2004 Charity Autoshow, including the pre-show parties!
The Complete first season DVD can be ordered from Futrell Autowerks website at www.futrellautowerks.com or by phone toll free at 866-899-3757. US Shipping is only $5 and that includes all US postal territories. There are two International shipping options, basic shipping which is only $5 or Global Priority Express which for only $3 more ($8 total) has a guaranteed delivery time of 4-6 business days, virtually anywhere in the world!
Futrell TV offers viewers a first hand account of the day to day progress of three Futrell Autowerks project cars, from there initial inception right up to their debut at New Dimensions 12th Annual Charity Auto Show.
“People are really interested in how we go about building a project car and this seemed like a natural way to show them, with a high entertainment value as well as an excellent resource guide” said Dean Futrell, President of Futrell Autowerks.
Filming began mid-November 2003 just as Futrell Autowerks Project Audi fox (project crazy like a Fox) was being tore down for restoration. The first season revolved around the build up of the Fox, a stage III Anniversary Edition GTI, a body up build on a 1995 Cabrio 1.8T swap with Stage III kit as well as just taking a look at their day to day operations inside a dynamic enthusiast driven environment.