EDD China is to launch a real-time restoration series on YouTube.
The former Wheeler Dealers star has joined forces with long-time friend Al Cox for Built By Many, in which the duo will work with the audience to rebuild a 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 fixed-head coupé.
Along the way, they will be delivering ‘how to’ videos, plus a back story on the car and the history of the legendary marque.
Jaguar authority Philip Porter will act as the team’s patron and offer his extensive knowledge as well as exclusive access to two famous E-Types: 9600 HP, which is the original 1961 road-test car and the oldest-surviving example, and 848 CRY, the roadster that appeared in the film The Italian Job.
Porter’s publishing company, Porter Press International, will be producing an E-Type restoration book to tie in with Built By Many, and The E-Type Club magazine will capture the inside story of the collaboration with monthly updates.
Enthusiasts will also be able to follow the project in Practical Classics magazine, which will feature the team’s progress in a monthly series written by China. Readers will also be encouraged to get actively involved by rolling up their sleeves to assist with restoring key parts of the car. The collective community project will be overseen by editor Danny Hopkins.
Historic venues such as Shelsley Walsh and Chateau Impney have also signed up, while famous E-Type owners will be interviewed as well. Early collaborators include Savile Row tailor William Hunt and drummer Paul Stewart from The Feeling.
China and Cox are currently in talks to secure a headline sponsor, and a trailer for the show will launch on Friday, with the first episode expected to air towards the end of the summer.
China said: ‘We want to celebrate our automotive heritage by keeping classics cars on the road, not just housed in museum collections or rusting away at the back of a shed!
‘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.’
Cox, founder of the Google Creative Academy, said: ‘It’s collaborative because we’ll be working interactively with the audience in real time. Each week, we’ll also share our latest progress on YouTube.
‘Critical support for the project has been secured from Jaguar parts specialist SNG Barratt, which will provide parts and expertise, plus more specialist engineering companies like Spin-It, which has developed a bespoke “car restoration turntable” – a key and quirky part of the show.’
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