Phil plays himself for a change in this factual series for Channel 4. Teaming up with internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead Phil and Ant scour the barns and lock ups of Britain for wrecked treasures to bring back to life. These cars are everyday classics. They’re the cars our dads drove, cars that we loved as kids, cars we first ‘parked up’ in….

Ant undertakes the ultimate bare metal restorations on each car : the Ford Escort Mexico, Land Rover Series 1, Mini Cooper, MGTC, DeLorean and Triumph Stag.

While Ant is ‘on the spanners’, Phil meets the people who are ‘married’ to their motors. For some people their car is a member of the family – they consider it like a child…From them he discovers the touching, funny and often hard to believe stories that make each of these cars more than just metal and rubber. He also spends some late nights and early mornings with hardcore fanatics, obsessed with speed and perfection who drag Phil into the full fury of their passion with muddy and terrifying consequences. He takes inspiration from those he meets to inform just how Ant restores the cars – from the headlights and wheel trims to the steering wheel & go faster stripes.

From cops and robbers who drove the same car, an off road mountain trek with an 80 year old explorer, and the man who truly believes there was a Landrover on the moon…

Phil reports back to Ant which element is crucial to the perfect restoration…Each show builds to the big moment where the devotees scrutinise our restored car, in all its glory…. And Phil and Ant take it for a rather glorious spin.

The series culminates in the finished cars going to a public auction to see if all the blood, sweat and tears have been worth it. Will they achieve a price which reflects the guts and glory of the restoration?


Produced by Love Productions for Channel 4 2014