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I was watching some show on ESPN this morning. The name escapes me at this point but it got me to thinking. Does the presence of cameras make some people become overly arrogant douche bags or were they already that way? If they were, why did anyone give them a show in the first place?

This show revolved around a shop that's building a couple cars to sell during the auction at The Hot August Nights show. One car is a 57 Chevy that was an abandoned projest. Once they got it back in the shop , the bashing started. They make remarks about the work the original guy had done to it. A guy who, from what they said, had been building the car as a personal car. You know, how guys did before everyone started trying to get rich. It came to me, that if this car was such a piece of crap, why did they buy it to redo? Maybe , I thought, they just want to act all big and cocky for the camera and impress people with how much better their professional shop is compared to some poor guy working out of his house. Yeah, I'm impressed.

Once the car was back in the shop they began the required pointing out all the problems and bemoaning how much extra work it was going to be. This is a professional shop? They didn't see these problems before they bought the car? Yeah, I'd trust them to build my car.

It's amazing to me that the simplest of problems can look like the end of the world with the right editing. It also amazes me that these shop owners freak out over stuff that even a novice car builder knows is just an everyday problem. I guess it's true the camera does add ten pounds. It also seems to amplify any character traits a person has. Good or bad.

So when some production company comes knocking at your door offering you a contract to film you at work. Do us all a favor and think about the price of integrity and then , these people don't give two craps about old cars, just the advertiser's money.

In the mean time, I'll be checking out the newest Mad Fabricators DVD and wishing that the networks would do something like that.