One category of “Reality TV” is car shows on cable. Although many people watch car shows just to see the latest vehicles, or to see some engineering in action, many are still drawn to the presenters and the reality TV stars of these shows.
How did they manage to wangle such a sweet job?
Danny Koker the star of Counting Cars owns a recording studio called Count’s Customs, and a bar called Count’s Vamp’d Bar and Grill where he also performs. He is based in Las Vegas.
Bogi Lateiner is the star of All Girl’s Garage and Bogi’s Garage. Away from the show she teaches car maintenance to women across the country. Bogi is short for Boglarka, her Hungarian name but she is usually called Sarah.
Wayne Carini takes part in a documentary called Chasing Classic Cars. He owns a collision repair and restoration business in Connecticut and has always had an interest in vintage cars. He has assumed the role of grand marshals at the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival over several years. He has also taken an active part in the charity Autism Speaks.
The star of Monster Garage and Motorcycle Mania is Jesse James. James worked as a bodyguard before getting into welding and fabricating and also owned the Cisco Burger restaurant and even a girls’ fashion line called Jesse’s Girl. He also has appeared in the second season of Celebrity Apprentice.
Ray Evernham hosts the Velocity show AmeriCARna. As well as being a NASCAR race driver he has also worked as an expert in automobiles chassis. He created Evernham Motorsports which has since been sold.
Jay Leno is best known for hosting Jay Leno, which had been the Tonight Show, where he got his TV big break guest appearing. Along with other TV and movie work, Jay Leno took part in a show (Jay Leno’s Garage) where he takes out one of his many cars for a drive along the California bays. Before Jay Leno and the Tonight Show Jay’s lifestyle was almost completely funded by his stand-up comedy. More recently he’s acted regularly in the show Last Man Standing, and along with his long time wife, helped a number of different charities.
John H Davis, the presenter Motorweek has a long history of motor journalism and has even won an Emmy. He helped found the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards and to add to that helped organize the Washington Automotive Press Association. Like Jay Leno he has a number of high performance cars in his garage.
Lisa Kelly appeared on the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers, she was the first female trucker to appear on the series. She has also driven school buses and rode motocross bikes (becoming a freestyle champion). Kelly attended Cornerstone University in Michigan for a while but didn’t graduate.
Mike Brewer is featured in Fast ‘N’ Loud a strange reality show with added sketches. His early life had him attending motor shows and after that did a number of jobs from paramedic to firefighter. He has appeared in adverts for Dodge Cars as well as creating the Gas Monkey Bar ‘N’ Grill.
The moral is here is that there is no sure path to hosting a car show, but if you want to fund your service station or car collection get on television as soon as!
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