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jpf

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1,255 posts

214 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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I've been watching the show for a few weeks in the USA. I just saw the Bentley restoration and it seems to me that once you figure out Ed's labor charge (60 hours prepping the body), these cars are not really sold at a profit (of course they get paid for doing the show). Also, I would be curious to see how the cars are looking one or 2 years post restoration. I also saw the Lotus Espirit renovation and it gave me the heebejeebees.

SirSamuelBuca

1,353 posts

95 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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its a show for entertainment if you added edds labour chargers together mike would have to sell the cars for an awful lot more money!

jones325i

752 posts

91 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Of course it's not actually profit. But it your hobby was doing up old cars it would mean you've got cash for the next project.

I feel sorry for Ed China having to listen to Mike Brewer's inane shyte. Stikes me as someone who knows a lot about cars but somehow at the same time knows sod all about cars.

fastka

156 posts

126 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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i would like to see Ed doing it the way he wanted to.

Brewer can eff off.

Xtriple129

960 posts

95 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Can't watch it anymore. Absolutely HATE Brewer.
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B3ALP

479 posts

79 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Ed is a Genius and I tolerate the show at times to watch him work his magic.
Mike Brewer on the otherhand is a complete Bellend.

tbc

3,017 posts

113 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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They do it as if an enthusiast was doing it themselves in their own garage

Of course it's all a con and everything including the bartering is all set up but it makes it entertaining

I remember having a good laugh at the one were he was balancing the wheels of a motor and pulled out this machine that was about £6-7000 to buy

and said "if you've got one of these"

heres the proof it's all a set up

"just pretend you haven't met Mike before, you've just spoken to him on the phone or something"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4GOgV9a9a4

Muzzer79

2,582 posts

125 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Xtriple129 said:
Can't watch it anymore. Absolutely HATE Brewer.
I watch every episode on Sky+.

I fast forward:

  • Brewer's bit at the start where he finds the car for a ridiculously low price either through the trade (Range Rover Mk3) or a "forum" (£1k Boxster)
  • Brewer's bit where he buys the car and lops off 20% of the asking price without batting an eyelid, even though it's ridiculously under-priced already, and the buyer miraculously accepts!
  • Brewer's bit in the middle where he *always* walks in and does the gag about Ed not having touched the car because it looks the same as when he brought it in, then he wastes a load of money making the car "newer" with a facelift or decides to paint it some random-weird colour
  • Brewer's bit at the end where he flogs the car ridiculously cheap because either a) it's a TV show and they can't look too greedy, having bought it for a pittance, or b) it's rancid and he can't get any more money for it.
I don't fast-forward, but watch:

  • All of the bits that Edd does.
Great show.

trickywoo

7,787 posts

168 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Gad-Westy

9,114 posts

151 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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As a petrolhead, to enjoy this program I think you pretty much have to ignore the money side of it and just watch Edd do his stuff. I now only ever watch it recorded and fast forward all the fake negotiating, optimistic accounting and all the other Brewer nonsense. There's about 30 minutes of enjoyment to be had from every show.

'Old at yer 'and son!

Devil2575

13,400 posts

126 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Oh god, another one of these threads...

Three points:

1 If you don't like it don't watch it.

2 If you save money by maintaining a car yourself when you work out running costs do you factor in your own hourly rate? Half the point of the show is to demonstrate how doing the work yourself can save you money. They always add in labour costs when they get sother people to do work.

3 Poor old Ed, having to put up with Mike?! Given that you don't know Ed isn't totally meaningless to make any assumptions about their relationship?

vixen1700

10,798 posts

208 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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I like it, this week's one with the Morris Traveller has to be one of my favourites. smile

Don't mind Brewer so much these days, I don't think he really takes himself too seriously, and neither should we.

Looking forward to the Cerbera. cool

Gad-Westy

9,114 posts

151 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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vixen1700 said:
Looking forward to the Cerbera. cool
yes

Dr Doofenshmirtz

11,629 posts

138 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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It's staggering how many people simply don't 'get it'.

The point is, Edd is playing the part of YOU.
You buy a car, do it up yourself, and sell for a profit (or simply increase it's value).

By the way - Edd is not a genius. The stuff he does can easily be done by anyone that way inclined. In fact, some of his work is a bit of a bodge, but then he is in a rush and just trying to turn a profit.

Great show, and Mike is a lot less annoying these days.

monthefish

19,270 posts

169 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Dr Doofenshmirtz said:
It's staggering how many people simply don't 'get it'.
for example...
Dr Doofenshmirtz said:
The point is, Edd is playing the part of YOU.
You buy a car
So Edd = You

You buy a car, therefore You = Mike,

therefore

Edd = Mike.

confused



Dr Doofenshmirtz said:
By the way - Edd is not a genius.
How dare you! The man is a genuis.

Dr Doofenshmirtz said:
Great show, and Mike is a lot less annoying these days.
yes

robsa

1,457 posts

122 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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I am a massive fan of the show. As stated before it probably doesn't bear close examination, but that doesn't really matter.
I thought the Morris one was rather disappointing though- could be me, but it was almost like "engine needs fixing, here it is all done. Car needed a respray- here it is all done, here's the car all finished" what about the other bits?! But they can only fit so much in.

Theoldfm

375 posts

125 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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vixen1700 said:
I like it, this week's one with the Morris Traveller has to be one of my favourites. smile

Don't mind Brewer so much these days, I don't think he really takes himself too seriously, and neither should we.

Looking forward to the Cerbera. cool
+1

squareflops

1,377 posts

121 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Fast & Loud

Crap title, very entertaining show..

Jimmy No Hands

3,219 posts

94 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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squareflops said:
Fast & Loud

Crap title, very entertaining show..
Agreed. Really love F&L.

As for WD, switch off your brain for a bit and just enjoy whats happening, don't think about it too much.

V8covin

1,938 posts

131 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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B3ALP said:
Ed is a Genius and I tolerate the show at times to watch him work his magic.
Mike Brewer on the otherhand is a complete Bellend.
No,he's a decent enough mechanic but pretty clueless when it comes to bodywork