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March 2017

Ant Anstead joins Mike Brewer as new co-host and lead mechanic of Wheeler Dealers

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Discovery has announced established automotive expert Ant Anstead is the new co-host and master mechanic on the global hit series Wheeler Dealers. After 13 seasons, longtime co-host and lead mechanic Edd China has decided to leave the series to pursue other projects. Wheeler Dealers will continue for a season 14 later this year with current co-host Mike Brewer who will now be joined by Anstead. Ant Anstead is the former host of the Channel 4 series “For The Love Of Cars” and previously hosted “Building Cars Live” for BBC2.

“First, the Discovery family wants to thank Edd China for the care, dedication and effort he’s given to the Velocity network, Discovery networks worldwide and Wheeler Dealers for more than a decade. While we’ll miss his signature orange gloves, we know that anything they touch will turn to automotive gold,” said Robert Scanlon, executive vice president and general manager of Velocity and Automotive Content at Discovery Communications. “We’re committed to making Wheeler Dealers the best automotive series on TV, and feel Ant brings the in-depth knowledge our viewers crave and a unique style our viewers will love. He, Mike Brewer and the production team are laser focused on delivering the best car projects and best episodes possible.”

“As the first, original format for fans interested in fixing cars, it’s fair to say most TV motoring shows trace their heritage back to Wheeler Dealers,” said Anstead. “I grew up watching and learning from Edd and Mike, and in recent years have come to know both as close personal friends. It is with Edd’s blessing that I join the team for this new and exciting challenge. I hope he and viewers enjoy what I bring to the show and recognize that for me it’s always been about the love of cars.”

Ant Anstead is best known for his day job as a car builder, but he is also a designer, artist, world record holder for selling vehicles for the highest price in the World at auctions, and a semi-professional soccer player. As a car nut, Anstead has been building custom-made cars since he was a kid. He has built a global reputation for building custom-made classic vehicles to individual client specifications. Anstead creates true works of art and he has built an enviable reputation supplying cars and art works to museums, private collections and enthusiasts all around the world.

Anstead was approached by Love Productions in 2013 to front the Channel 4 series “For The Love of Cars” with Philip Glenister. The series was a huge hit and returned in 2015 for a second season with a one off special in 2016. In 2015 he hosted BBC2’s pioneering live show “Building Cars Live” alongside James May and Kate Humble. In addition to Wheeler Dealers, he hosts the new 10-part Channel 4 series “World’s Most Expensive Cars”, and is often seen hosting the live stages of some of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious car shows. Anstead also supports a number of charities alongside being an ambassador for the U.K. apprentice scheme.

For 13 seasons Wheeler Dealers has successfully found, fixed, flipped, tested and traded roughly 135 cars on the international market. The international hit series and Velocity’s #2 franchise continues hunting down deals in America – the most exciting, most competitive car market on the planet. From the sunny beaches of southern California to the coldest edges of Maine, Wheeler Dealers searches coast-to-coast for the best vehicles to buy, restore, test and sell for a tidy profit in all new episodes. Season 14 of Wheeler Dealers debuts on Velocity in the US, Discovery in the UK and internationally in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Wheeler Dealers is produced for Velocity and Discovery Networks International by Discovery Studios. In the U.S., Joshua C. Berkley is executive producer for Velocity and Robert S. Scanlon is executive vice president and general manager of Velocity and Automotive Content.

The World’s Most Expensive Cars

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Ant Anstead is to present a new TV series that goes behind the scenes of the world’s largest auction house for the most expensive and rare cars.

The World’s Most Expensive Cars will air on Channel 4 in late spring, showing presenter and car restoration expert Anstead travelling around the world with experts from RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for ‘investment quality’ classic cars.

Ant follows their car hunters as they travel the globe seeking out some of the finest and most thrilling motor cars ever built – often with mind-blowing price tags.

Each episode sees Ant follow three car specialists – or ‘hunters’ – on their detective trails across North America and Europe to find some of the best and most valuable collector automobiles on the planet – cars that are rare, limited editions or race winners, often with fascinating histories or famous owners.

The car hunters need to find roughly sixty plus jaw-dropping cars for each of their spectacular auctions, often outwitting their competitors along the way. First the car hunters have to use their experience, knowledge, contacts, tip-offs and intuition to track down suitable classic cars – Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Jaguars etc.

They’re after nothing short of the world’s most desirable vehicles, often carrying million-dollar-plus price tags. They then have to persuade the often obsessive owners to part with their prized possessions, agree on estimate, and take a chance at one of the company’s upcoming sales.

Each story climaxes with the real life jeopardy of the auction itself. Will the super-wealthy turn up to bid? Can these motors hit the jackpot or will they fail to reach their reserve?

The car hunters are based out of the company’s main hubs in London, Los Angeles and Chatham, Ontario.

Ant, who was announced as Edd China’s replacement on Discovery Channel’s Wheeler Dealers, said: “The World’s Most Expensive Cars is an absolutely brilliant show. I’ve been travelling around the world dealing with some of the world’s best cars, meeting some of the craziest people and going to the best locations.

“It was a real car fan’s dream to be involved in this job.”

Ten 60-minute episodes will air throughout the year, as cars with both famous and racing provenance pass under the hammer.

In episode one, a Jaguar D Type is sold for $19.8 million (£15.81 million), breaking the world record for the highest price paid for a classic UK racing car.
“This car won Le Mans in 1955,” said Ant. “I got to sit in that car, touch it smell it less than one hour before it sold for a shade under 20 million in California.

“This show isn’t like any other, it’s not trying to be Top Gear or Fifth Gear – it’s more about the cream of the crop, the best of the best cars and it’s about the personalities of the people who are involved in buying them, finding them and restoring them.

“This truly is champagne and glamour.”

The most expensive model of the whole series is a 1956 Fangio Ferrari 290 MM, which made $25.5 million (£20.37 million).

Stay tuned to find out when the show will be aired on Channel 4

Ant Anstead to appear at Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show

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Ant Anstead will appear at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 31 March to 2 April 2017. 

He will be appearing on the Practical Classics Live Stage as well as popping up around the show.

Ant said: “I can’t wait. This show gets the mechanical juices flowing. Its a fantastic weekend with die-hard classic fans. The cars are unreal, the barn find display blows me away year after year. Can’t wait!”

With over 120 classic motoring clubs and around 1,000 vehicles on display, the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show features a fantastic mix of live demonstrations, expert advice, stunning classics and specialists traders including an extensive Autojumble.

The show’s most popular feature, the UK’s biggest display of barn finds will be a focal point of the event along with the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition looking for visitors to pick their ‘best in show’.

The Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides will also be offering a ten mile ride as a passenger in one of the cars from the Dream Rides Garage in exchange for a donation to charity. The car you chose will determine the size of your donation and with a mix of marques from British Sports to Italian supercars, there will be plenty to chose from.

As well as more classes for novices and masterclasses for those looking to enhance their skills in the Workshop, more special guests on the live stage and more seminars offering expert advice, there’ll also be around 350 specialist traders with marque specific retailers on offer including the UK’s biggest Spring autojumble.

For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit visit www.necrestorationshow.com