In addition to the engine swap, Edd does a lot more to the car. From the headliner of the Golf GTI to the braking system, windshield to the underbody, you’re looking at a serious overhaul.
The 46-year-old China claims in the pilot promo’s description on YouTube that he’s “back with what we hope will be a new program series.” The show’s objective is different from Wheeler Dealers, as in “Edd will work with car owners, whose restoration projects have got the better of them, to get their plans back on track.”
Say what you will about Mike Brewer and the direction of Wheeler Dealers after Edd’s departure, but Garage Revival has the makings of a more enjoyable show. After all, close-ups of the nitty-gritty and the owner’s satisfied smile are better than a sweet-talking, profit-focused car dealer and a mechanic on a shoestring budget.
There’s no denying a television network will pick up Garage Revival at some point in the future, though that depends on how many users will watch the show on YouTube. At the time of writing, the preview for the first episode in the series has more than 60,000 views, and the channel has 7,000-plus subscribers, yours truly included. Edd China’s personal YouTube channel, on the other hand, has more than 293,500 subscribers.