Edd China’s return to the world of entertainment got off to a slow start but the former Wheeler Dealers star’s pilot episode of Garage Revival has been a moderate success as it has managed to attract more than million views on YouTube in less than a month.
There’s no word on when the second episode will drop but China is keeping himself busy as he will also star in a new real-time restoration series on YouTube. Called Built by Many, the show will see China and Al Cox work with the audience to rebuild a 1968 Jaguar E-Type coupe.
The duo will be joined by Philip Porter who is described as a Jaguar authority. He will act as the team’s patron and provide China and Cox with information about the car. Porter will also be providing the show with access to an original E-Type road-test car as well as a roadster that appeared in The Italian Job.
The show will have a print element as well as Porter’s company, Porter Press International, will create a book to tie into the program. The E-type Club magazine will also document the build with monthly updates while Practical Classics magazine will feature a monthly column written by China.
It remains unclear how audience members will be involved in the project but the show said “readers will also be encouraged to get actively involved by rolling up their sleeves to assist with restoring key parts of the car.”
Besides focusing on the E-Type, the show will feature a number of ‘how to’ videos as well as a look back at the history of the car and Jaguar itself. Several famous E-Type owners will also appear on Built by Many including drummer Paul Stewart from The Feeling.
According to China, “I’m all for the preservation of historic vehicles and want to get this beauty back on the road for all to enjoy. I’m looking forward to being a grease junkie again and inspiring others to join me on this road trip.”
The first episode of the series will be released this summer and a proper trailer is scheduled to hit YouTube tomorrow.