Paddock Speedshop is fresh new motoring show coming to TV screens soon that aims to make classic cars more popular among younger people. We caught up with the crew when they were filming at the Goodwood Revival, where series producer, Craig Blake-Jones, takes us through what viewers can expect and Motul’s involvement in the show.
How did the idea for Paddock Speedshop come about, Craig?
I wanted to make a show that gets more young people interested in classic cars. I was here, at the Goodwood Revival, three years ago and thinking we have to do something to encourage more young people into this.
How long has the show been in production?
We’ve been shooting for about a year, and we built the shop which took nearly a year. When the audience joins the first episode, they’re actually joining about halfway through the journey. We’re shooting 10 episodes like a drama series, so you join in the middle of the story and then in the first episode we talk about the Morris that we’re restoring and that we’ll launch at the NEC. So, we have this ticking clock of jeopardy to get the car ready for the show that builds up to episode nine where the audience will see the finished car in a live unveil at the show next year.
When does the TV show air?
It will go live in the new year. We have distributed the show in America, Italy, France, UK, Germany and Asia. We’re trying to coordinate all those networks, so it goes out on the same night at the same time.
How is it different to other restoration shows?
You watch these other restoration shows, they take the car to pieces and all the nuts and bolts come undone. But it doesn’t work like that in reality. Like a bolt might be sheared off – so how do you fix that? That’s what we wanted to share with viewers. The whole ethos of the show is to try and encourage younger people to pick up a spanner, drive a classic car and learn how to keep it on the road. And show that you don’t need a workshop or be an expert to do it. Our presenters aren’t trained mechanics. They just love it. Ethan fixed cars with me from a young age, and Lucy was a mountain bike mechanic. They’re learning on the job.
How important is Motul in helping the show get off the ground?
Massively. We met at the NEC last November. We had Paddock Speedshop on a stand as a teaser. I approached Motul and asked them if they would like to be involved. From then on, they immediately engaged with us, came up to see the shop and loved what we were doing. They filled our shop with Motul oils and products, and we started using the Motul BioClean system. Today, at the Revival, we’re getting an analysis done at the Motul Racing Lab for an Aston Martin we’re restoring and have no idea what the engine is like and whether we need to rebuild it. And also, samples from Ethan’s Porsche 944 to see how the original oil compares to the new Motul oil that’s covered 3,000 miles. As a company, Motul has been so helpful and supportive.