Harbor team comes up short on “Car Warriors”

Despite its best efforts, a team representing Billy Bob Customs auto shop in Aberdeen came up a bit short in its efforts that aired on Speed Channel’s “Car Warriors” that aired on Wednesday night.

Charged with the task of building a customized 1974 Dodge Challenger from the ground up, the Billy Bob squad lost the competition to a team from New Jersey.

Speed Channel describes the show “as a competition unlike any other. Every week, two of the country’s most talented and colorful local garages will have one crazy challenge: Build an ENTIRE CAR from a piece of junk – in just 48 hours. It’s the ultimate car building competition.”

Competing alongside team leader Chris “Billy Bob” Mull were auto shop co-owner Rod Emerson of Elma, specializing in body and paint; Scott Heller of Aberdeen specializing in automotive audio; Ben Neal of Aberdeen as the team’s engine and mechanics expert; Nathan Kahler of Aberdeen as fabricator, and Ryan Craighead of Olympia as the team’s upholsterer.

“We did a little more than what they showed, but overall they made us look like we knew what we were doing,” said Mull, who added that more than 100 people watched the show at his shop at 115 S. Jefferson in Aberdeen. “It think we did it more for the challenge than anything else.”

The show will air again at 1 a.m. PDT Monday.

Mull said he hopes the effort will bring business to his fledgling restoration and custom auto shop, which he and Emerson opened just about a month ago.

The phone number for Billy Bob Customs is (360) 581-7111.