I cannot tell you how happy I was that CMT was included in the package. While I don't like some of the shows, I like watching the majoriy of the specials that are regularly aired. And, much to my surprise (and probably everyone else's), I just can't get enough of Trick My Truck.
I don't know why I love this show so much. I don't I even know one single trucker. But, CMT sometimes even shows marathons, and I can sit and watch for hours - even the episodes I've already seen.
It's a poorly acted reality show (oxymoron), and the unrefined "cast" (also known as the Chrome Shop Mafia) goofs around a lot. (OK. Maybe I am starting to realize why I like this show.) A professional trucker with a rundown big rig is usually nominated by a loving family member or friend to have their truck "tricked" (customized) into completely loaded dream rig. Each episode covers one truck and all of the repairs that are made to that vehicle, and the results are astounding.
My favorite "character" on the show is Ryno. He's the custom airbrush painter, and I can't even begin to describe his work. Hope you can check out some of the episodes to see his masterpieces.
Other favorite parts of each episode:
- The bad acting (which is pretty much 95% of all episodes.) Each time an individual is surprised when finding out that his or her truck will be tricked, the whole team meets the unsuspecting individual at a particular truck stop in Joplin. I have no idea how the real surprise plays out, but the very bad acting performed by the customizing team (and usually the surprised individuals) in re-enacting the surprise makes me want to look away from the screen..... yet, I just cannot do it!
- Listening for grammatical errors
- Anytime "Scrapyard Dog" starts up his blow torch
- Anytime Rob is installing a sound or entertainment system or a neat gadget into the sleeper portion of the truck
- At the end of each episode, the trucker return to see what the cast has done to their rig. The team goes through the truck from head to tail to show off the customizations before the trucker gets in the seat to leave. For some reason, I love watching Bryan, the lead man, wave his fingers to direct the truck out of the shed while telling the trucker "We'll be seein' ya."
So, understanding all of this, you may understand why I actually let out a little squeal last week when driving to the post office during my lunch hour... after seeing this beauty! It was situated in the parking lot of a nearby strip mall - just one mile from my office!
Immediately I recognized this as the truck "Fort Stockton" that was designed for Ed and Linda Stockton, a driving duo. As grandparents, these two truckers hate being away from their grandchildren so often and wanted to have a rig that would be fun for and reflect their love for the kids. The Chrome Shop Mafia gave them just that - and much more - in this "tree house truck."
Even their little poodle has a special window of its very own - directly on the passenger side door. I was surprised to see that this very episode will be shown on CMT TONIGHT - in the middle of a MARATHON! So, consider checking it out if you are able or see this episode recap page (with pictures) for details. Even more information about the series can be found by reading this interview with two members of the cast. (Remember, grammar is not a strong point.) The new season of "Trick My Truck" is scheduled to begin in January 2007.