It is with some degree of sadness that we report that Edd China is leaving Wheeler Dealers — and if you listen to (or read) his video, you will find it is related to Velocity’s decision to replace Attaboy TV with an American studio in California — Edd’s words:
Unfortunately, on Velocity’s first attempt at producing the show they found Wheeler Dealers ‘too difficult to make’, ‘at least in its current format’. In particular, the detailed and in depth coverage of my fixes in the workshop; what I consider to be the backbone and USP of the programme, 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.
Edd’s decision to value his reputation over pure cold hard American cash is a testimony to his integrity, but we will miss his t-shirt over sweater and crazy skunk hair. Mike Brewer may have been the face of the show, but Edd was the guts and without him I’m afraid it will be like BBC Top Gear with Joey from friends and the guy with swim goggles. Without Edd’s calm and consistent efforts to do a bang-up job (even if it includes some rattle can paint patches) I fear the show will devolve into another Chop-Cut-Rebuild or Fast ‘n’ Loud show that is more about drama/flash and not about the cars anymore. Where else will I learn how to custom fabricate a new crank seal for an MG?