Bulletside Build-offWe have liftoff! Well, sorta. Actually, it's more like we have the groundbreaking. If you haven't heard by now, Custom Classic Trucks editor John Gilbert and Classic Trucks Associate Editor Grant Peterson are squaring up for some mano a mano build-off action. For those lost in translation, John just picked up a '72 F-100 shortbed, while Grant has just started on his '68 F-100. With that being said, it seemed only logical that the two magazines should have a battle to the death on which truck outshines the other...actually, that's not true either, it's more along the lines of friendly competition. However, it is a legit duel between the two ink-slingers. As for the rules, there are no rules. So long as the truck is done in a year's time, it's wide open. So without further ado, let's see the two trucks on paper by artist Jimmy Smith. (Well, at least this is the plan as of right now-there may be some minor winds of change as things begin to unravel.)
PINKSPINKS, drawing more than two million viewers a week, will come back for a fourth season on SPEED, with new episodes scheduled to debut in February.
"PINKS started as a cool little show on Wednesday nights and has grown into a series of explosive events," said Hunter Nickell, SPEED executive vice president and general manager. "When we go to racetracks to tape episodes, we are getting thousands of spectators...they are wearing PINKS gear, waiting in line for autographs, and dialing in on their cell phones to listen to driver negotiations. There has been a real emotional connection to this program, and it's continuing to take on a life of its own."
The show, which airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET, pits amateur racers against each other in a best three-out-of-five, winner-take-all format. To compete, each racer must sign over the title of his or her car with full knowledge that if he or she loses the race, they lose their ride, making it the first reality show to ensure contestants lose something other than their dignity.
A multi-platform hit, scoring the top numbers of any SPEED cable VOD offering, PINKS will air Season Four episodes on multiple VOD outlets. In addition, episodes of the new season will be made available through the electronic download services iTunes and Amazon, and show clips will be available on the wireless systems Amp'd Mobile, Cingular Wireless, and MobiTV. On the Internet, additional PINKS content will be available on SPEEDtv.com, MSN.com, and other free video players.
In addition to regular episodes of PINKS, SPEED also has commissioned several PINKS-All Out specials, where 16 racers are selected from a field of as many as 350 cars to compete in a one-day, single-elimination drag racing battle for a $10,000 grand prize.
"The All Out concept is PINKS taken to the Nth degree; it's the natural progression of what is proving to be a very powerful franchise", said SPEED Programming Vice President Robert Ecker. "For All Out, the near-primal drama of man and machine gets played out on a much larger and even more demanding stage, one that requires peak performance and great stamina over the course of many hours and multiple runs down the quarter-mile track. It's grueling, it's unpredictable, and it's absolutely electric."