Beware the Roadkill Universe, It Will Suck You Into Its Binging Vortex
If you’re into cars or trucks, you owe to yourself to find out what the Roadkill franchise is all about.
What started out as a couple of hot-rodding gearheads faced with a $1,500 challenge to make it home to Los Angeles from El Paso, Texas, in a hunk-of-junk '72 Pontiac Catalina has become nothing short of a cultural phenomenon. Why, you may ask? Because Roadkill. And now you can binge-watch the show that started it all, along with the rest of the shows in the Roadkill Universe for just $2 a month on the MotorTrend App.
Those early adventures that then HOT ROD editor-in-chief David Freiburger and his pal and fellow editor, Mike Finnegan, embarked upon at the outset of the Roadkill series, which is now in its ninth season, were pure hijinks and hilarity. Just a couple of guys having a hell of a time dreaming up insane things to do with equally insane cars. Freiburger and Finnegan had chemistry, a unique bond that helped cement the show's appeal. And it was like you were in the back seat with them, yukking it up along the way.
Roadkill has also become equally well-known for its cast of car-acters—Stubby Bob, General Mayhem, the Crusher Camaro, Rotsun, and Draguar among them—vehicles that are now four-wheeled stars in their own right. This wasn't your typical build-a-car-under-a-tight-deadline show, this was an acquire, wrench on, bang on, and otherwise build something outrageous type of show, then do something even more outrageous with it.
What Is the Roadkill Universe?
As the popularity of Roadkill has grown, Freiburger and Finnegan have become rock stars in the hot-rodding universe, traveling around the country to sold-out crowds. Viewers simply could not get enough, which has led to several spinoff shows, each with their own personality and a new cast of cars and engaging personalities, including:
Roadkill Garage - Featuring Freiburger and engine builder extraordinaire and longtime friend and collaborator of Freiburger's, Steve Dulcich, over five seasons the guys have done all manner of work on and otherwise have fun with cars in a similar vein to Roadkill, but with slightly more of a car-build focus.
Engine Masters - Now in its fifth season, Dulcich and Freiburger, along with Steve Brule of Westech Performance Group, roll up their sleeves and build and dyno engines, evaluate parts, and otherwise educate hardcore gearheads who are looking to make more power and improve engine reliability.
Faster With Finnegan - The inaugural season of Finnegan's new show featured him getting after it out in the dirt with the likes of a Corvette-based monster off-road machine and other wild rides. A roving cast of characters helps Finnegan with his misadventures and offers plenty of laughs along the way.
Roadkill's Junkyard Gold - No one loves junkyards more than Steve Magnante. A classic car nerd of the highest order, Magnante travels America in search of hidden junkyards and the treasures he finds strewn about them. Over three seasons, Magnante's scavenger hunts have turned up dozens of rusty gems.
If you're still wondering if Roadkill is for you, we'll be posting more articles about the Roadkill Universe throughout July to give you a taste of what you're missing. Because if you don't Roadkill yet, once you get a taste, chances are you'll be binging in no time.