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#3, The Weekly Driver Podcast Video: ToyMakerz Season 3

Bruce Aldrich (left) and James Raia interview David Ankin host of ToyMakerz.

Nearly every network now has an automotive reality show. At least one program, ToyMakerz, has a star who had no desire to be on television. Which is why, in part, the show is increasingly popular.

The host is David Ankin, a former stuntman, motorcycle racer, fabricator and customizer, and former restaurant owner. He’s catapulted the small city of Reidsville, N.C., where his ToyMakers, Inc. company shop is located, into the national spotlight.

Bruce Aldrich (left) and James Raia interview David Ankin host of ToyMakerz.
Bruce Aldrich (left) and James Raia interview David Ankin host of ToyMakerz.

The show follows Ankin and his team, including teenage son, as it builds a one-off custom vehicle or enhances an original car.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia interview Ankin on this episode of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

“In the big scheme of things, I never wanted to do a TV, ever,” said Ankin. “It was never in my plans. I have friends who have TV shows, but I wasn’t interested, at all. But I had a guy one time tell what a great avenue it is to advertise your business. I started thinking about it for a couple of years, and he was right.”

The third season of ToyMakerz, featuring eight episodes, will debut March 10 on its new network affiliation, DRIVE. It’s a programming block on A+E Networks’ FYI and HISTORY channels.

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