I’m a car junkie. When I’m not working on a car, writing about a car, or looking for my next car, I’m watching car videos on the internet. I’m a hoot at parties. That’s why I’m positively tickled pink that the forces behind the Mightycarmods channel and Motor Trend’s popular Roadkill series may be working together in the future.
For the uninitiated, Roadkill is a channel where two insane people, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, create car-centered challenges for themselves with the caveat being that they’ll use only the most decrepit, junkyard-destined cars on and off the road. It’s supremely entertaining and satisfying, as the hard fact that something like this gets millions of hits means that car culture isn’t dying - quite the opposite.
Mightycarmods is also a channel where two people - Marty Mulholland and Blair “Moog” Joscelyne work on cars, but the focus of the channels is to show the average wrencher how to complete various projects in the comfort of their own garage or driveway. They also have longer, feature-length builds that go off the modification deep end, and throughout the years, their production quality has skyrocketed, solidifying it as the most watched DIY car show on the internet.
Earlier this month, Roadkill’s Facebook page asked Fast N’ Loud star and professional caricature of himself Richard Rawlings and his mechanically-inclined co-host Aaron Kaufman to a challenge.
A challenge which Richard promptly declined pending further news, claiming that his shop, Gas Monkey Garage, is simply too busy.
Although some skeptical viewers rolled their eyes at this stunt, since both shows are or were sponsored by Dodge, Mightycarmods took up the mantle and replied, which got a ton of positive attention.
So far, the two channels are in talks, perhaps for a collaborative episode. Mightycarmods have done episodes in the US, and Roadkill did have an episode in Australia. Nevertheless, whether or not something fruitful comes from this endeavor, it’s good to know that car culture, as big as it is, can sometimes be a small world.
The people most interested in big block displacement can find a common ground with those who enjoy modified kei cars and custom one-off builds of Subaru wagons.
Also, if any one of either channel’s team is reading this, I’ll throw my not-so-green hat into the ring as well, in due time.
UPDATE: They’re doing something. Yes.
Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videos about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world’s cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he’s the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn’t feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.