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Twelve teams will make custom rides from ordinary vehicles for a shot at $100,000

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Hosts/Judges Lou Santiago & Andrew "ACP" Comrie-Picard
Judge Chip Foose
Announcer Rick Pasqualone
Creator Tod Mesirow
EP Arthur Smith
Kent Weed
Frank Sinton
Tod Mesirow
Chris Rantamaki
Packager A. Smith & Co. Productions for Discovery Communications
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Soccer Mom Supercar
June 21

If you're anything like me, you are completely comfortable driving a mid-size sedan with no mods on it down the streets of your local town, getting from point A to point B. But secretly... it makes you yearn for something more. That's where this TV show comes in. Teams of mechanics are charged with transforming cars into whatever the challenge prescribes for the week. Then they compete against each other, with the winner moving on to the next round. At the end of the rainbow, a pot of gold: 100,000 cash money dollars.

This... is the Ultimate Car Build-Off!

This week, they're rolling up their sleeves and taking to the garage to build supercars out of minivans to be raced at Willow Springs Raceway. Supervising the insanity are mechanic Lou Santiago and muscle car champ ACP, Andrew Comrie-Picard... and acting as judge, jury, and executioner... Chip Foose, designer extraordinaire.

The teams this week come from the Los Angeles bracket...

Hollywood Hot Rods
Troy Ladd, owner
hot rods
Pure Vision
Steve Strope, owner
classic muscle cars

This week, they're rolling up their sleeves and taking to the garage to build supercars out of minivans to be raced at Willow Springs Raceway. Supervising the insanity are mechanic Lou Santiago and muscle car champ ACP, Andrew Comrie-Picard... and acting as judge, jury, and executioner... Chip Foose, designer extraordinaire.

The guys at Pure Vision will work on a GMC Safari with an S10 drive train. The Hollywood Hot Rods were able to pick up a junker Astro for $1300. You have four days, $6000 cash, and a credit at Summit Racing to turn a lame-ass minivan into a kick-ass supercar. Scoring will be based 25% on visual design (it has to look the part) and 75% on performance and handling (it has to act the part).

- 0-60 Acceleration (fastest time wins)
- 60-0 Braking (shortest distance wins)
- Road Course (best overall handling wins)

Winner moves on to the next round. And the 40 hour time... starts... NOW!

Team HHR is talking about leaving the V6, putting NO in it, and concerning themselves more with the time allowed.

- Chop the top 8 inches
- Nitrous oxide for engine
- New front & rear suspensions
- New front brakes

The build plan for Pure Vision... Roadster. Topless. Headers. Brake solutions.

- Chop the top
- Nitrous oxide and headers for engine
- New front & rear suspensions
- New front & rear brakes

Supercars are all mid-engine for supreme handling power. Pure Vision's ... vision will take a little time, but it may be worth it in the long run. HHR chops its top (and then puts it back on eight inches lower) easy, while the Pure Vision boys are taking a little more time.


Lou & ACP switch garages, as Lou goes to Pure Vision, while ACP steps into HHR. Pure Vision is going more for performance over design. It's a calculated risk that may blow up in their face. The HHR supervan is going into a different direction... Meanwhile both of them are going into a virtual wind tunnel. There's a 25% improvement on the HHR machine, but the roof that was on the Pure Vision machine was actually improving the aerodynamics. As it is right now, we're working with a very large bubble and a very large speed reduction. And the engine is still not in its midsection.


HHR has been working on the style, wanting to win the style portion, but they finally get to work on the engine performance. They want to boost power by adding a turbocharger, a fanblade, and a giant jolt of energy. Though no one has any experience in adding such things, Ryan is charged with that task. The turbo is mounted, but not installed. Custom brakes, suspension, and a roll cage later, and they are in good shape.

Over at Pure Vision, they are trying to recover from the previous day's debacle. They figured where to put the engine, but they're missing a few key parts, putting them further behind. The parts arrive, but their intake manifold... doesn't fit. The ports don't align with their manifold, and they don't have a contingency plan... so they go to plan B, the Hail Mary... MAKE IT FIT. It surprisingly works, but they're approaching the end of day 3. The hosts put their heads together and come up with a to-do list for the team. Brakes, fuel cell, wheels, control-arm brushing, driver's seat mount. Time to put the pedal to the metal.


HHR is sitting in the catbird seat. They're working as a well-oiled machine... and a test-run later, they're done. They're hoping that their turbocharger will work... however, it smokes during the test. Stop it before it explodes. They find the fitting that connects the oilline to the turbocharger... which came with the kit.

At Pure Vision, Steve pulls out a secret weapon... from their daughter, a tasty treat.

BUILD IS OVER. Time to paint. HHR goes to The Shop, while the vision of Pure Vision is handled by Gold Coast Customs.

Time to take on the track. Remember, it's 10 points each for design, handling, acceleration, and braking. Most points wins. Simple.

The scores are...

Hollywood Hot Rods   Pure Vision
as judged by Chip Foose
(baseline: Lamborghini Murcielago - 3.2s.
Match = 10 pts, with points deducted for every second)
129 ft.
(baseline: Lamborghini Murcielago - 121 ft.
125 ft. = 10 pts, with points deducted for every 5 ft.)
123 ft.
- Astonishing throttle leg
as judged by ACP
- Good chassis bounce

34-30 in favor of HOLLYWOOD HOT RODS. They'll move on to the battle for Los Angeles later in the season, and are one step closer to the $100,000.

Who'll they face? The answer to that... NEXT WEEK...

For more information on the teams and the tournament, go to discovery.com.