Velocity Premieres All-New Series DALLAS CAR SHARKS Tonight
Auction surprises aren't exclusive to storage containers - sometimes the drama unfolds on four wheels. Velocity's all-new series Dallas Car Sharks takes viewers to the Lone Star State where car enthusiasts from across America gather to participate in the ultracompetitive world of car flipping. Here tough-talking, larger-than-life dealers compete to outbid and out-buy each other in the intense world of automobile auctions. They love the thrill of the bid nearly as much as the incredible cars they're working hard to win, but are sometimes in for a rude awakening when the car they've won turns out to be a lemon. Velocity rolls out Dallas Car Sharks beginning tonight, July 23 at 8:30 PM ET/PT.
In each episode of DALLAS CAR SHARKS, tempers flare and rivalries ignite over any number of cars ranging from a 1980 Corvette to a 1998 Official Indy 500 Pace Car. After winning the bidding wars the real work begins for the car sharks. Now they have to get down and dirty to inspect their purchases, and what they find under the hood reveals the true value of their skills on the bidding block. Each contender has his or her own distinguished reputation and unique bidding style in the auto flipping world. Dallas Car Sharks features its fair share of personalities including:
· Tommy "The King" Spagnola, a true Texas family man who turns tough when it comes to turning over cars. "The King" has been in the business for 30 years with a family-run auto lot featuring a massive, museum quality show room.
· Ash "The Wise Guy" Rabah is a cocky, independent dealer whose lower-end lot, cluttered office and brash personality is in stark contrast to "The King".
· Martha Davis, known as "Mother Hen", battles with being a woman in the used car world but is determined to succeed in order to provide for her family. "Mother Hen" loves to compete with and get the best of the "big boys".
· JD Cole, Martha's son, lives more on the edge than his mother does, taking big risks on flashy cars, much to his mother's chagrin.
"DALLAS CAR SHARKS combines all the drama and big characters of an auction show in a style that is uniquely Velocity," said Robert Scanlon, senior Vice president of Velocity. "This series goes inside the art of the deal to show the level of competition and adrenaline that drives this market. It's addictive television."
DALLAS CAR SHARKS is produced for Velocity by AMS Pictures. Executive producer is Andy Streitfeld and senior producer is Randy Martin. David Lee is executive producer for Velocity. Robert Scanlon is senior Vice president of Velocity.
FULL SERIES DESCRIPTION BELOW:
EPISODE 101 World Premieres tonight, July 23 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) A packed auto auction means tough bidding wars for the Car Sharks, but they soon discover the winning cars are not as they seemed. Martha's 2000 Crown Victoria police cruiser hides a secret that leads her to a salvage yard, Ash's 1968 Pontiac GTO stalls on the way home, and Tommy's 2007 Dodge Ram truck is a complete mystery with a broken odometer. The Sharks can only hope they have gambled on the right vehicles to turn a profit.
EPISODE 102 World Premieres Tuesday, July 30 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) The Car Sharks show off their Texas roots as they hit the auto auction block in search of big wheels. Tommy purchases a rare 1994 Hummer H1 with a wrap guaranteed to get attention on the road. JD outsmarts the competition to take home a 1977 Jeep CJ5 with a surprise under the hood. Martha has big plans for a 1985 Dodge Ram that looks like it belongs in a junk yard, not on her car lot. Ash loses to JD on the Jeep and takes home a 2004 Mercedes instead.
EPISODE 103 World Premieres Tuesday, August 6 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) Glitz, glamour and muscle power are front and center at the auto auction as the Car Sharks get ready to stock their lots. Tommy's 1999 Prowler gets flirty in his showroom. Ash's 1969 Camaro SS shows it's stubborn side before he can get it home. JD's BMW holds some bling that could be worth more than the car. Martha's version of glitz and glamour nets an ugly duckling she plans to turn into a swan as she is out to prove her beater Chevy Silverado may be down, but not out.
EPISODE 104 World Premieres Tuesday, August 13 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) Tempers flare at the auto auction as the Car Sharks compete on the block. Tommy toughens up a Toyota FJ with all the toys after outbidding Ash. Ash goes for the gold with a 1984 Mercedes 380SL Roadster that may end up emptying his wallet. It is tough love for JD as he goes home with a classic beauty only to have to give her up. Martha goes against the grain and bets on a vintage Harley that is a big question mark.
EPISODE 105 World Premieres Tuesday, August 20 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) The auto auction block is full of surprises as the Car Sharks outbid each other for the picks of the day. Martha brings home a classic 1964 Thunderbird convertible that should have come with a warning label and a hazmat suit. JD pins his money making dreams on a 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Camaro that needs a makeover. Tommy tangles with a 47-inch lift Chevy Crew Cab that ends up in the repair shop following a daredevil stunt that leaves employees with a big mess to clean up in his parking lot.
EPISODE 106 World Premieres Tuesday, August 27 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) A rivalry on the auction block heats up on the drag strip as JD and Ash put two Corvettes through the paces at Texas Motorplex. The competition pits Ash's 1998 Official Indy Pace Car against JD's own recent auction acquisition, a 1980 Corvette. Ash and JD compete for winner takes all in a race for the fastest time on the concrete quarter-mile track. Martha makes a surprising discovery in a 1991Honda Prelude that sends her to a coin expert with high hopes for a cash windfall.
EPISODE 107 World Premieres Tuesday, September 3 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) The Car Sharks know timing is everything when it comes to the auto business. JD eyes a 1990 Ranger Bass Boat just in time for fishing season, Ash spots a classic Chevy Impala that never goes out of style, and Tommy knows that while trucks are always a hit in Texas, demand goes up even more when gas prices fall. He picks up a Chevy 1500 and Ford F150 and takes a big gamble that an old friend can prove his shop has what it takes to make them both standouts.... will his friend let him down?
EPISODE 108 World Premieres Tuesday, September 10 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) It is a blast from the past for the Car Sharks when they snag some rare finds at the auto auction. Tommy upgrades an out-of-production Ford Excursion, but discovers a challenge when trying to find a roof rack that will fit this former King of SUVs. Martha turns a vintage 1990 Suburban into a hippy van complete with a new paint job, but she will have to fix a serious mechanical issue first. JD throws some red neck charm into a Chevy truck in an attempt to boost it's eye appeal, but not everyone who takes a ride in his truck bed is a happy camper.
EPISODE 109 World Premieres Tuesday, September 17 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) Variety is the spice of life and the Dallas Car Sharks know they will find it in spades at the auto auction. JD eyes a two-wheeled Italian dream machine he finds sitting unexpectedly on the lot. Ash is looking for American muscle as he outbids JD for a 2000 Camaro Convertible that is rough around the edges. Tommy is all business when he snags a classic 1955 Chevy that steals the show, but he will soon discover there is more to this beauty than meets the eye. Martha gets bitten by the nostalgia bug.
EPISODE 110 World Premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) In the season finale, the Dallas Car Sharks battle it out for supremacy both on and off the auto auction block. Tommy spends big money for a classic 1951 Chevy Fleetline that he turns into a custom Hot Rod. Martha outbids the competition for a Ford Mustang in dire need of a new paint job and interior work. JD rolls over the competition to win a 1985 Chevy truck designed for a mud race. The Sharks take their rivalry to the Go-Kart track where they vie for pole position and the fastest score.
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