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Monday, May 5, 2014

Count Cool Rider becomes Car Guru on History Channel

5/29/2013:   Strange and at the same time significant that Danny Koker Jr. who led the production team that executed many of of the commercials produced during my time in advertising, is now hosting a television program on History Channel where he works on and upgrades cars. He always had a large car collection, including the Count Cool Rider Mobile (he was Channel 33s Count Cool Rider and a member of the family that owned the station), and always worked on vehicles. Danny is a good person, who has a joy for life, is highly creative with both television and vehicles, and easy to work with and interpret the intent of advertisers, marketers, other producers, other directors and talent. I know because, along with Fox 5 and a handful of other production companies in Las Vegas and elsewhere, the Kokers were invaluable in my television casting, directing and producing years.

-Art Lynch



Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the program. its cast and crew.


Counting Cars is an American reality television series, shown on History, and produced by Leftfield Pictures. The series, which is the third spinoff of Pawn Stars, is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at Count's Kustoms, an automobile restoration and customization company owned and operated by Danny Koker, who previously appeared as a recurring expert on Pawn Stars. In a format similar to another Pawn Stars spinoff, American Restoration, the series follows Koker and his staff as they restore and modify classic automobiles and motorcycles. Counting Cars made its debut on History on Monday, August 13, 2012, at 10:30 pm ET after Pawn Stars, before assuming its regular time slot on Tuesdays at 10 pm ET, beginning on August 14, 2012.
Guest appearances have been made by Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars, and Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark).
Counting Cars is an American reality television series, shown on History, and produced by Leftfield Pictures. The series is the third spinoff of the TV series Pawn Stars, followingAmerican Restoration and Cajun Pawn Stars. It is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at Count's Kustoms, an automobile restoration and customization company owned and operated by Danny Koker, who previously appeared as a recurring expert on Pawn Stars. In a format similar to American Restoration, the series follows Koker and his staff as they restore and modify classic automobiles and motorcycles, and also documents the occasional conflict among the cast members.

Production history
The opening title sequence features Koker narrating the following introduction:
Vegas is a gambling town. Most people bet with chips. I bet with rides. And I always go all in. I'm Danny, aka the Count and this is my all-star team. I find them, fix them, flip them and sometimes, I keep them. For my crew, every job is high stakes and we can't afford to lose. This is Counting Cars.
The series made its debut on History on Monday, August 13, 2012, at 10:30 pm ET after Pawn Stars, before assuming its regular time slot on Tuesdays at 10 pm ET, beginning on August 14, 2012.[1][2]

Cast

  • Danny "The Count" Koker – Koker is the proprietor of "Count's Kustoms", a shop devoted to the repair and restoration of motor vehicles, automobiles and motorcycles in particular. The name of Koker's shop, "Count's Kustoms", was derived from his stint as part-owner of local independent station KFBT (now KVCW); during his tenure as part-owner, Koker was also the host of Saturday Fright at the Movies, a weekly B-movie showcase where he appeared as host "Count Cool Rider".[3] Danny, who grew up in Cleveland andDetroit, is a self-taught mechanic who comes from a family of Ford Motor Company employees.[4] He has over 50 cars in his personal collection,[5] and is so obsessed with finding, buying and converting classic American muscle cars and motorcycles that when he sees a vehicle he admires, he will go out of his way to acquire it,[4] even making on-the-spot purchase offers while cruising around Vegas with Kevin,[6] or searching through parking lots at car shows.[7] He has been running his business for over 15 years by the time of the series premiere,[4] and was a recurring motorcycle and automobile restoration expert on Pawn Stars, first appearing in the third season episode "Getting a Head" in September 2010.[8][9] He has also appeared as an expert on the Pawn Stars spinoff, American Restoration.[10][11] In addition to Count's Kustoms, Koker also owns the Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill,[12][13] and Count's Tattoo Company, a tattoo parlor at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino,[12] that was formerly a partnership with Vince Neil.[14][15]

  • Kevin – Danny's right-hand man and best friend for the past 20 years by the series premiere.[6] He and Danny enjoy cruising around Vegas to look for vehicles to buy,[6][16] and Danny tends to use Kevin as "collateral" when he takes a stranger’s car for a test drive.[16]

  • Horny Mike - An airbrush artist whose nickname is derived from his practice of putting 3-D horns on everything from vehicles to helmets to clothing.[6][17]

  • Roli - Roli is the shop's detailer, responsible for cleaning and polishing of all the vehicles that Count's Kustoms works on. His thick Hungarian accent is often the source of amusement at the shop.[18]

  • Big Ryan - At 6 feet 7 inches and 350 pounds, Ryan is Danny's project scout,[19] parts expert and picker with over 15 years of experience.[20]

  • Scott - Scott is Danny's bookkeeper, who maintains an accounting of the money on each project to make sure that they are profitable. Danny concedes that Scott is very good at his job, but can be "a real ass" a times,[6] as Scott sometimes comes into conflict Danny and the others over project budgets,[19] project schedules,[21] or instances in which Danny wishes to keep a vehicle instead of reselling it.[7]

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