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Lamenting the loss of Edd-ucational television


Edd China and one of his projects | Discovery Channel photos
Edd China and one of his projects | Discovery Channel photos

Like so many of you, I was saddened by the news that Edd China is parting ways with the Wheeler Dealers television show, where for 13 seasons he’s educated the world about the proper way to restore nearly 150 vehicles.

I further lament that what has been one of the few car-centric programs on television that I’d recommend watching may be going the way of the flip-em-quick genre that makes the car hobby look like its primarily occupied by a bunch of sleazeballs, albeit sometimes very entertaining sleazeballs.

China was in Arizona for auction week a couple of years ago and everyone who met him seemed to come away impressed, and not just by his height — he’s 6-foot-7 — but by how friendly and genuine he was for a TV star.

Watching him work on cars is like going to mechanic’s school. Or maybe I should say it was like watching educational television, like Sesame Street with Big Bird teaching us about cars. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have told me that they watch Wheeler Dealers just to learn auto repair and restoration techniques from Edd China.

“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,” Robert Scanlon, executive vice president and general manager of Velocity and automotive content for Discovery Communications, said in a news release.

Mike Brewer (left) will team now with Ant Anstead
Mike Brewer (left) will team now with Ant Anstead

“While we’ll miss his signature orange gloves, we know that anything they touch will turn to automotive gold.”

Meanwhile, Scanlon added, “We’re committed to making Wheeler Dealers the best automotive series on TV, and feel Ant (Anstead) 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.”

Joining co-host Mike Brewer on the program is Ant Anstead, whom Discovery calls “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.”

Anstead has been co-host of BBC2’s For The Love of Cars and of a 10-part Channel 4 series, World’s Most Expensive Cars.

You can watch China explain why he’s leaving the Velocity’s second most-popular program in his YouTube video.

The 14th season of Wheeler Dealers is scheduled to debut this fall on Velocity.siglarry

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
  1. I truly Hope Velocity Falls flat on there Fat Ass what a bunch of truly stupid executive types they are This show will be real lucky if it makes it half way thru the 14th season i for one are completely finished watching Ed was the only reason i watched anyways Mike is not a knowledge able about these things he’s good a laugh as he waddles around complaining is all he’s worth.

  2. Ed’ll put it in good nick….. Classic show and I loved every episode….. GOOD LUCK Mr.ED !!!

  3. Wheeler Dealers was a great show and all of us gear heads liked it but nothing last forever. Good luck Mike and Ed on your new adventures.

  4. Ugh… the only reason that show was bearable was because of Edd. Mike makes me want to throw my TV in the bin.

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