One of the best gearhead shows on TV loses its star man. This is a sad day.
While Mike Brewer has hosted the hugely successful British-born Wheeler Dealers over the best part of 15 years, the only reason to tune into what is arguably the best gearhead show on TV is watching Edd China work his magic. The genial giant has taken on some monumental tasks, with only a momentary exasperation at Mike's latest knockdown purchase before happily spending the next 100 hours swapping out the chassis of a Morgan or returning a Lamborghini Urraco back to life.
His enthusiasm for all cars was palpable and his work in the garage was the backbone of the show. Yet, inexplicably, Velocity, on its very first attempt at producing the show decided that the workshop sequences were "too difficult to make." And with that, Edd China has decided to leave, posting his reasons for why on his YouTube channel.
"The detailed and in depth coverage of my fixes in the workshop; what I consider to be the backbone and USP of the program, are something Velocity feel should be reduced. The workshop jobs are certainly the hardest part of the show to make and reducing their substance and role in the show will save the production considerable time, effort and therefore money. However, this new direction is not something I am comfortable with as I feel the corners I was being asked to cut compromised the quality of my work and would erode my integrity as well as that of the show, so I have come to the conclusion that my only option is to let Velocity get on with it, without me."
In his place will be Ant Anstead, star of UK show For the Love of Cars. He has massive shoes to fill, both literally and figuratively, and we wish him and Mike good luck on this new chapter for the show. We can't wait to see what Edd comes up with next.