What We Don't See On Counting Cars
History's 'Counting Cars' is one popular show. From vintage cars, crazy restorations, and over the top characters, the show entertained people from all over the world. However, despite all the entertainment that the show has been able to churn out, it has a dark side - one that most fans don't know about. Here's all the dirt behind the show.
COUNTING CARS IS AROUND THANKS TO ANOTHER SHOW
Before the History Channel started rolling out television hit after television hit, there was one show that proved the thesis of unusual everyday interactions as reality tv could gain a huge following. On this show, Danny was actually called upon for his 'expertise' on cars. Can you guess what show it was?
IT WAS PAWN STARS
Danny Koker was featured for his services on a couple of different episodes of Pawn Stars, which is arguably the History Channel's biggest hit to date. History Channel decided that a show based around his auto shop would be good television. It was a good call on the part of the network. Here are a few more fake things about the show.
ASKING STRANGERS ABOUT THEIR CARS
Counting Cars make it seem that Danny randomly drives around, looking for interesting cars to spot on a daily basis. He regularly shows that he likes walking up to strangers and ask them very intimate details about their precious ride. Obviously, these “random” meets are planned in advance, but that's only after tenuous screening.
BUYING CARS OF THE STREET
Danny's hunting mode on the show usually ends up with him handing out a wad of cash to the random stranger with an awesome car he's 'randomly' stumbled upon in exchange for his car. Despite the interesting nature of these deals, it has been proven that in fact, this is a fake aspect of the show.
FAKING THE CAR'S HISTORY
As if it wasn't already enough to fabricate a 'random' interaction on the road to buy the car, they also went to the great lengths or writing their own stories on the backgrounds of the cars they've found. Stories of how the car owners got their hands on cars and other details about the exact origins and destination were generally fabricated.
GETTING THE FACTS WRONG
Counting Cars has packaged the face of their show, Danny Koker, as an expert on cars and somewhat of a historian. By the way, he carries himself on-screen, you'd think that he knows everything about cars. Unfortunately for fans of the show, some of the facts he spits out aren't entirely correct.
THE STRESS OF A HUGE CHAOTIC PRODUCTION
With a show as big as Counting Cars, the sheer scale of the production has to be bigger than most reality shows. There's the shop, the cars, and the dozens of cameras continuously. Danny once said: “As far as production is concerned, they've gotta keep rolling on all this stuff, or they're going to miss something vital on an episode.”
Okay, so if you haven't already realized that Counting Cars, as a reality show, has to do more than just have cameras rolling all the time. They need to make up situations, gimmicks, conversations, and of course, storylines. However, it doesn't stop there, there have been rumors of even the restorations being fabricated.
EVENT THE RESTORATIONS ARE FAKE
There's no doubt that there's a lot of fakery on Counting Cars. Despite the fact that Counts Customs is a real car shop that builds their own cars, there have been stories shared online of their cars not being completely done by Danny's shop. It stems from one clear misconception about the show, and that's the restoration's timeline.
The reality is that restoration takes much longer than what it looks like on Counting Cars. On the show, the story is usually pretty linear. Danny finds an old classic. He goes crazy over it, gives the owner an offer he can't refuse and then the team gets to work and restores the broken down ride into a beauty. The truth is, it could take weeks if not months to finish one job, let alone multiple ones in a span of a few days.
RUMORS ON SET
Despite the show being full of fake drama, there are some real issues. Scott Jones, who was the manager and bookkeeper of the shop, ended up leaving after only two seasons. There was no big announcement about him leaving, leading fans to do some investigating. One theory was that he was fired for embezzlement, others say he was bad at his job and another said he got sick of the cameras.
ROLI GOT ROBBED
Roli Szabo is the resident detailer on the show. He's both really good at his job and really entertaining to watch. He's definitely a fan favorite. In early 2017 a specially-designed trailer containing a large portion of his detailing equipment was stolen. Szabo ended up losing thousands of dollars of equipment.
AN EMPLOYEE STOLE FROM THE SHOP
Another story from behind the scenes that eventually made its way out is one of a former employee of the shop, stealing from Count's Kustom's. Former employee Joseph Frontiera was accused of stealing $75,000. He was also very negligent of his duties, as he was in charge of paying the taxes, which he didn't.
LESS THAN SATISFIED
Remember, Counting Cars is a reality show, and reality shows love fabricating stories for ratings. The fact is that Danny Koker's shop, Count's Kustoms, doesn't always get as raving reviews. There are even stories out there about more than a few customers who aren't over the moon with their experiences with the famed count and his crew.
Joseph “Doc” Duggan is the resident tech guy on the show. In 2015, Duggan was also the subject of a robbery. Upon his return from a Thanksgiving trip, he came home to find that his home was cleared out and empty. Not only was his house robbed, but it seemed that the culprits decided to be at home for a bit, using his dishes and his bathroom.
THE SHOP IS TOURIST ATTRACTION
With the popularity of Counting Cars, it's no surprise that Count's Kustoms became a go-to place to visit if you're a fan of History Channel shows. Fans of the show from all over the world come over to Las Vegas for the sights, and best bet that Danny's famous shop, with all the cool cars, are on their list.
BUT THE TOURS AREN'T GREAT
Unfortunately for most fans who end up visiting the shop, Count's Kustoms wasn't as exciting or drama-filled as they would probably expect from watching the show. There are several negative reviews of the shop tours. Most of the bad reviews talk about poor service, pricey coffee, and a sketchy neighborhood.
THE EFFECTS OF FAME
It can definitely be argued that Danny's customs shop has seen tremendous growth since being chosen to be the focal point of a television show. Counting Cars has taken Count's Kustoms to a whole new level. Ironically, the fame he's gotten has also become somewhat of a double edge sword.
THE IRONY OF FAME
Ironically, the fame that the show has gotten has also made it more difficult for the shop to do actually function as a customs shop. In a 2013 interview, Danny said that since people knew more about the show and his shop, they knew that he was getting paid for a whole lot for being on the show. Additionally, he says that haggling suddenly becomes more complicated than it used to be.
WHY DANNY'S THE COUNT
Before he was the face of Counting Cars and Count's Kustoms, Danny had a very different job on television. Danny used to play a vampire as the host of a not-so-high-budget production. He was known as "Count Cool Rider". Danny would be in charge of introducing the scary movie audiences would be watching for the night, Transylvanian accent and all.
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