Think you could put a group of your gear-head friends together and build a car from the bottom up in 48 hours?
Well, a team of six custom-car professionals — five of them from the Harbor — did just that and you can watch their results tonight on the Speed Channel show “Car Warriors.”
Led by team leader Chris “Billy Bob” Mull of Billy Bob Customs on Jefferson Street in Aberdeen, the Harborites competed against a team from New Jersey to see who could build the better customized 1974 Dodge Challenger — a classic muscle car — from the ground up in 48 straight hours without a break.
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.”
As to whether the Harbor squad beat their counterparts from Jersey, the local boys remain sworn to secrecy until after tonight’s airings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Pacific time.
Competing alongside Mull is Billy Bob 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 all kind of did some of everything,” said Mull, “but everybody had a title on the show.”
The team was flown to Los Angeles to compete at the “Car Warriors” facility in Northridge, Calif., for four days. After five hours of initial filming of team introductions and instructions, the 48-hour clock was started for the two teams to build their ‘74 Challenger.
“It’s truly 48 hours — with no breaks at all,” Mull said. “In fact, a couple of us didn’t sleep the entire time. It was fun, but no vacation. It was days of filming and no sleep and then fly home. We really didn’t see the outside at all. It’s four days in a building and you really lose track of whether it’s night or day.”
The winning team gets to eventually keep the car they built, but won’t get it for about a year, once Speed Channel is done with it for promotional use. There was no cash prize as Mull said his team’s participation was mostly about “bragging rights.”
Will the team from Billy Bob’s in Aberdeen get to brag about being a “Car Warriors” winner?
Tune into the Speed Channel tonight to find out.