The Paddock Speedshop set to debut in TV series

A new TV show, aiming to highlight the world of classic car restoration, is nearing completion, and Auto Repair Focus was there to participate in some of the final scenes.

The Paddock Speedshop is a TV Show that aims to break new ground in the classic car programme arena by promoting and giving the next generation of would-be enthusiasts an insight into what it takes to restore historic vehicles.

The team behind the show has also recently moved into new premises. One of the show’s stars, Ethan Blake-Jones revealed that their original workshop needed more space, so the hunt for a new Paddock Speedshop was launched. 

Now in its new location, The new Paddock Speedshop TV Set is a fully functioning workshop, as its predecessor had been, but the much larger building will offer the show the chance to separate various functions of the restoration process into their own dedicated areas. In addition, the team hope to engage the classic car community and host events in the space once the show airs.

Detail key for The Paddock Speedshop

The first series of The Paddock Speedshop has been some two years in the making. The original aim of introducing young people to classic cars and give them ideas as to how to turn old, and often run-down historic vehicles into cars for today is still very much its central tenet. 

Shooting for The Paddock Speedshop story included a scene in a ‘post-race’ press conference so invited media to view its new premises in the Midlands, complete with the cars that are featured in the first series – including the MGB, the competition Mini Cooper S, Aston Martin DBS Vantage and the fabulous Shelby Cobra race car, and held a real press conference.

The whole team was joined in the press conference podium by Producer and race team member Craig Blake-Jones, and by Andy Wait from Motul Oil together with Jamie Smith of Nankang Tyres – two of the series’ major partners.

The assembled media, including Auto Repair Focus, asked the team a variety of questions – some on prepared themes and some posed in the moment, while the show’s camera crew filmed everything. The questions and answers will form part of the narrative in the opening episodes of the first series, with participating media starring as themselves in the show. 

Motorsport elements

With one of the cars, an MGB GT the subject of a resto-mod conversion for todays roads and their Morris Minor is to become a Hillclimb Race car. Motorsport was always another main theme of the show, but the opportunity to progress into the upper echelons of historic motorsport presented itself and The Paddock Speedshop gang jumped on it. 

This meant that team of car restoration rookies, Ethan Blake-Jones, Lucy Busby together with would-be racer, Harvey Blake-Jones has grown with the addition of race team personnel, comprising the avuncular experience of Jon Hancock and enthusiastic young talent of Matt Bolderstone.

Producer Craig Blake-Jones revealed that The Paddock Speedshop is expected to debut around May time and the name of the Channel that will host the show will be revealed very shortly. 

In the meanwhile, for a taste of what you can expect visit:

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