Trailer Park Boys SH!T Mobile Is Actually Immortal

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The majority of the vehicles making their way around the Canadian trailer park, “Sunny Vale”, in The Trailer Park Boys are Detroit originals, although some are the Canadian versions.

Easily my favourite and the car featured here at Gargling Gas is the “Shit Mobile”, one of the main characters, Ricky’s mode of transport and home.

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After a little research I realised the car had an off-screen story to it too – the 1975 Chrysler New Yorker was owned by the show’s creator, Mike Clattenberg, and after driving right through to the second season, his wife deemed it too ugly and wanted it gone from their driveway.

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In an interview with the loveable four-eyed, Bubbles, (Mike Smith) Auto Trader discovered there is more to the New Yorker than viewers may think.

When asked about Ricky’s “Shit Mobile”, Bubbles replied:

Yup. Big. Heavy. Powerful car. That was in mint condition when we first started and we had to break the car down. It took a long time to do with axes and sledgehammers. It was hard to dent it. There’s so much iron in the thing.

The actual Shit Mobile is so banged up, but it’ll still do a brake stand to this day. You can’t kill the engine in that car. It always fires up every time someone turns the car on. The thing is still working.

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Just goes to show that the phrase “They don’t make them like they used to” really does apply to the automobile.

Gargling Gas is all about cars and their personalities, and this beat up New Yorker is the perfect example of how those knocks, dents and scratches (and even lack of doors) give a car its character.

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Graveyard Carz

Thanks to the introduction of reality TV we’ve seen a million shows dedicated to the ins and outs of everyday life from the view of a million different types of people. Some are good, but most are diabolical train wreck programs dedicated to helping the end of society and mankind  –  don’t get me started on this one.

Even some of the shows dedicated to cars aren’t all that. However, there’s one that’s head and shoulders above the rest for both entertainment and education. There’s no major arguing or drama or pretty models co hosting the show. No, what this show offers is something stripped of all that rubbish the TV execs THINK viewers want and what we’re left with is a simple format showing the everyday runnings of a muscle car restoration garage.

The show is called Graveyard Carz. Situated in Springfield, Oregon, Mark Worman’s collision shop, Welby’s Car Care go about researching and extensively documenting old Chrysler muscle cars. Mark Worman pretty much hosts the show and provides an interesting, informative and amusing commentary. His colleagues obviously know their stuff, but Mark usually picks holes as his knowledge and experience about OEM Chrysler cars and parts is mind-blowing.

Graveyard Carz is a refreshing take on the reality format, a show I really look forward to, knowing I’ll take a little bit of car knowledge away with me. Mark Worman is a real inspiration, and I love his genuine passion and almost child-like excitement about original Chrysler cars. I think he must be slightly autistic, as his ability to memorise every single OEM part number for an entire fleet of cars isn’t exactly normal.

Out the back of the shop is an actual car graveyard full of donor cars. Mark and his team will try and keep a car as original as humanly possible and will only use OEM parts to bring a muscle car back to its former glory.

There’s no bling alloys and modern interiors with TVs here. What Mark, Daren Kirkpatrick, Royal Yoakum and Josh Rose (Worman’s son-in-law) all achieve is taking a tired Chrysler and working their magic until it is exactly how it would’ve been the day it rolled off the production line.

My favourite is the Phantasm Cuda, the car that featured in the 1971 movie Phantasm. The finished result is sheer beauty, automotive pornography.

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So if you like your car viewing stripped of all the needless glitz and glam and replaced with no nonsense muscle cars, tune into Graveyard Carz… you won’t be disappointed.