Magazine article Newsweek

The Show for Armchair Gearheads

Magazine article Newsweek

The Show for Armchair Gearheads

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Byline: Bret Begun

If you drive a 1994 Suburban with 150,210 miles, your ride isn't quite "Cribs" material. But it's perfect for "Monster Garage," the Discovery Channel cult hit where a team of gearheads makes Geo Trackers into hot-air balloons and Mini Coopers into snowmobiles. Recently host Jesse James and his crew began transforming that Suburban into a wedding chapel on wheels, complete with pipe organ. "I kind of got a little bit of an idea," James says.

The fabricating and welding take five days--edited down to an intense and oddly captivating hour of television. In its time slot on Mondays at 8 p.m., ET, it's been the No. 1 cable show among men since football season ended; 10,000 people have applied online to work on James's team. The appeal isn't the product--executive producer-creator Thom Beers is right to give the end sequence just three minutes--but the process, even when it's a debate over how to steer a '96 Chevy Impala turned Zamboni. …

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