View Full Version : Behind the scenes pictures - TV Features for What's in the Garage?

Mike Phillips
02-22-2011, 02:15 PM
Behind the scenes pictures - TV Features for What's in the Garage? (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/off-topic/32946-behind-scenes-pictures-tv-features-what-s-garage.html)

Over the last few days we shot 13 "Features" for our new TV show What's in the Garage? that will debut on Fox Sports Network on Sunday, April 3rd and repeat on Mondays at 4:30pm, both Eastern Time and then continue in those time slots for 13 weeks and one 30 second commercial.

A commercial is usually 30 or 60 seconds but a Feature is anywhere from 1, 2 or 3 minutes long and it showcases a product and hopefully shares what the product is, some action shots of the product in use and some before and after results.

All of this takes a lot of set-up time, all the necessary products and of course since we all live, eat and breathe in the car hobby, it also takes some cool cars.

A few days ago I posted a thread with a link to my Facebook Page sharing some of the cool cars coming to Autogeek to be used in our Features.

Sneak Peek of What's in Autogeek's Show Car Garage! (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/off-topic/32886-sneak-peek-what-s-autogeek-s-show-car-garage.html)

We finished the last Feature today and here's some behind the scenes shots...

On the left is Eric Dunn from Lake Country Manufacturing, next in order from left to right is Brendan the Engineer, then Butch McCall, Executive Vice President of Masters TV and to the right of him Scott, one of the Camera men.


From left to right...
Brendan, Butch McCall, Ted Jones who is the Executive Produce and Eric Dunn


Eric Dunn and myself...

Eric made some special pads just for the show...


Ted Jones is a veteran race car driver and when we needed someone to move out the 1965 GTO with the 632 cubic inch Pontiac big block he was already starting the engine.

Bobby's Chevy Truck was used for a feature showcasing the Flex Rotary Buffer

Bobby's truck and Matt's Dad's 1966 Mustang Convertible were used for a 303 Aerospace Protectant Feature

Rick Goldstein and myself for a RaggTopp Convertible Top Feature...

Rick's a lot of fun to work with and he's all about having a great time, see below... :D

Moving the GTO into the correct position for the cameras for another feature... this 1965 GTO belongs to my good friend, "Earl the Plumber" and he was so kind to drive it over and leave it for a few days... Earl is not only a "Car Guy", but he's also got a great sense of humor as you'll see below with Rick Goldstein!

Cars in Queue

2010 Black Camaro...

Rick Goldstein in Earl's Plumbing Van!


David Stern dropped by to be a part of his Feature...

And this morning we were all together to talk shop and Butch took this picture...

We would like to thank David Stern, Rick Goldstein and Eric Dunn for taking the time out of their busy schedules to travel to sunny Stuart, Florida and be a part of their Features.

We would also like to thank Butch, Ted, Sherry McCall, (not pictured), Brendan and Scott for traveling to the Autogeek Show Car Garage Studio to shoot these features, you folks did a great job and we'll see you again in a few weeks for the next project.

Time to play catch-up!


02-22-2011, 02:51 PM

Some folks don't realize just what it takes or how much time for that matter to film a 30 or 60 minute show for all of us to see. Thanks for giving us a little insight to what goes on "behind the scenes" and also all the nice toys of the trade..

Warm weather, all the classic cars a man could want, the detailing warehouse mere feet away......:props:

What a racket!! :bowdown: :laughing:

Audi X2
02-22-2011, 03:30 PM
Mike ...

Really appreciate all of the content you took the time to post here.
So cool to see the behind the scenes footage and awesome vehicles.

I guarantee you there will be some interest in those Lake Country "What's In The Garage" pads...Very cool!

C. Charles Hahn
02-22-2011, 04:30 PM
I guarantee you there will be some interest in those Lake Country "What's In The Garage" pads...Very cool!

I'm guessing those may be a DetailFest giveaway.... :dblthumb2:

Spicy McHaggis
02-22-2011, 05:17 PM
Looks like it's going to be a very interesting show! :)

Mike Phillips
02-22-2011, 06:21 PM

Some folks don't realize just what it takes or how much time for that matter to film a 30 or 60 minute show for all of us to see.

I only had an inkling of an idea of the time it takes to make anything for TV before the first Two Guys Garage video segments we first made, now after working with 3 production companies plus our in-house production department, it's been a real eye-opener but more fun then ever expected and there's more to come...


02-23-2011, 08:17 AM
Completely off topic...the signage on the 'plumbing truck' is great!


02-23-2011, 08:44 AM

Anyone that knows Rick will not be surprised by this photo! He is a great guy, loved having him and David from Metro and Eric from Lake Country around the office this week. VERY busy week here at Autogeek and it's only getting better.
Great shots Mike, thanks for sharing with everyone.

Mike Phillips
02-24-2011, 12:37 PM
Here's a some background sent to me by Sherry Price-McCall on her husband, Butch McCall and Ted Jones that I found very interesting and I think you all will too...

Ted Jones
Ted Jones was voted one of the ten most influential people in drag racing history. He was also inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame a few years ago, but just a regular guy. His office is next to mine and he is quite the practical joker. Big Daddy Don Garlits traveled with us extensively until last year as an on-air talent/commentator.

Also, a little more information on Masters TV
Butch McCall ran the Bristol Motor Speedway (http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/) (NASCAR) track for several years under Larry Carrier and with his influence and marketing background was able to secure major sponsors such as Winston and many of the big names you still see today.

Together Ted and Butch saw the need for television in motorsports and that was the beginning of Masters Entertainment Group (http://www.masterstv.com/).

Pretty cool...

I'm gathering some more information and will post it as soon as I get it...


Mike Phillips
02-24-2011, 05:06 PM
Here's some more information on the backgrounds of Ted Jones and Butch McCall

Ted Jones Biography
When young 19 year old drag racer, Ted Jones, bought his local drag strip in Kettlersville, OH, he had no idea his life as a play-by-play sportscaster would change and thereafter revolve around the sport of drag racing until he retired.

After giving up his chosen profession of play-by-play sports announcer, Jones, who had immediate success with the 1/8 mile Kettlersville Drag Strip built a quarter mile track in Van Wert, OH, and then proceeded to purchase Muncie Indiana Dragway and Shelby Dragway near Sidney, OH.

After completing two IHRA national events at the Muncie track, Larry Carrier was impressed with Jones’ knowledge of the sport, and his management abilities, he persuaded Jones to sell his drag strips and move to Bristol, TN as IHRA Vice President and National Event Race Director.

While at IHRA Jones initiated many procedures that are still popular today such as,

Weighing the driver with the car
The pro ladders where 1 runs 16
Alternating lanes during qualifying
The use of blower restraint devices
Mountain Motor Pro Stocks
And conceived the pro Modified class

Jones also introduced drag racing to ESPN in 1982 and was retained by ESPN as a consulting producer and later a contracted ESPN announcer.

After 17 years with IHRA Jones left when new IHRA owner, Billy Meyer moved the sanctioning body to Texas. One year later he purchased the sanctioning body back from Meyer and moved it back to Tennessee. After partner Jim Ruth died, Jones sold his shares of IHRA to a group headed by Pro Stock racers Carlton Phillips and Jim Yates.

Jones wanted to stay involved with drag racing, and using his ESPN connections, founded the production company, Masters Entertainment Group, along with partner Butch McCall, the company proceeded to televise over 250 different drag racing, car related programs, marine shows, live events (boxing, basketball, etc.) programs per year including IHRA, NHRA, NMCA, NOPI, NIRA, AMA, AHDRA, Super Chevy Show, Street Rodder, In The Driver’s Seat, Chrysler Classic and many more.

Jones hosted the ESPN2 programs “Inside Drag Racing” for 12 years and the “Mothers Polish Car Show Series” for 10 years, retiring at the end of 2006.

Ted Jones holds an FAA Pilots License, USCG Captains License and FCC Radio Telephone License, and now works part-time advising Butch McCall with the Administration of the television production company. He has been married to wife Linda for 48 years and has two daughters, Lynda Faye, an attorney in Nashville, and Holly who resides in Bristol. Jones, who also hosts Pleasure Boater TV on two networks, likes to spend his spare time on his yacht when he is not entertaining his 4 granddaughters.

In 2007 Ted Jones was inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame and named one of the ten most influential people in drag racing history.

Charles L. “Butch” McCall Biography
In 1984 working for Larry Carrier as the Media & Public Relations Director for the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) based in Bristol, TN Butch McCall started his motorsports career.

Butch worked for Ted Jones who served as Vice President of IHRA. Some of his duties included organizing and conducting Media/Press tours for the professional drivers competing in IHRA, writing press releases, the design and layout of national event programs, and overseeing the “Press Room” operations at each of the twelve (12) national events.

After one year, he was promoted to National Marketing Director and assumed all sales and marketing to promote the sanctioning body. This included finding and developing clients to purchase and sponsor IHRA’s Points Funds for eleven (11) categories, national events sponsorships, multiple shootout sponsorships for specific professional and sportsman eliminators. He was responsible for developing special programs such as “Official Vehicles”, “Official Auto Parts” and “Official Apparel” for the organization. One of the most important aspects of his job was the development of programming and sales with ESPN. Butch secured sponsors such as; Motorcraft, Ford, Chevrolet, Winston, Lorilard-Salem, Hardee’s, Mr. Gasket, Fel-Pro, Hurst Shifters, and many more.

In 1987 Butch was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Bristol International Raceway (BIR). He handled all aspects of the racing operation; negotiating contracts with Anheuser-Busch, ESPN, and Valleydale, coordinating each race with NASCAR Officials, pre-race promotions, overseeing ticket sales and distribution, all on-site hospitality, and all other duties associated with BIR.

In 1988 BIR was sold to the IHRA, Jim Ruth and Ted Jones. When Ted sold his interest in IHRA in the spring of 1990 he contacted Butch concerning establishing a national “Television Production Company”.

Butch and Ted entered into a partnership and formed Masters Entertainment Group, Inc (MEG). MEG has provided programming for several national television networks over our 22 year history such as ESPN, ESPN2, SPIKE, SPEED, OUTDOOR CHANNEL, VERSUS, ION, CSS, SUNSPORTS and FOX SPORTS NETWORK. Our primary networks have been ESPN, ESPN2, and FOX SPORTS. Butch and Ted were instrumental in the concept and development of ESPN2 and have supplied as many as 339 programs per year to that network.

Masters Entertainment Group continues to be one of the nations leading motorsports production companies focusing on behind the scenes coverage of major drag racing, car shows and independent automotive events throughout the U.S.


Pretty interesting and colorful backgrounds...


02-25-2011, 08:26 AM

Thanks for posting the bios. When I first read the article, those names rang a (tiny) bell but didn't put two and two together.


Mike Phillips
03-04-2011, 08:21 AM
Well the crew is back in town...

Today we're actually shooting a segment for the TV show...

Time to hit the road...