Vegas Rat Rods
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The true outlaws of the car world, Steve Darnell and his crew of rust-loving, Sin City rebels, prove that their unconventional style produces the sickest rides on the planet in an all-new season of VEGAS RAT RODS. The 12-part original Canadian series from Toronto’s Proper Television (CANADA’S WORST DRIVER and MASTERCHEF CANADA) follows auto mastermind Steve Darnell and his Welder Up team of mechanics, automotive fabricators, and welders as they build badass rides out of rusty junk strewn across the Nevada desert.
Season 3 - Episode 1
Freak Show on Wheels
An enthusiastic cowboy comes to Darnell looking for a rat rod to lift the sagging spirits of his small farming community. Darnell quickly lands on the idea of making a death-defying carnival ride on wheels. In no time, an old farm truck is transformed into a roaring rat rod that would frighten even the most daring rollercoaster enthusiast. But will this rolling house of horrors have any chance of bringing joy to anyone other than Darnell?
Season 3 - Episode 2
Timber Busting Diamond
The owner of a trucking company comes to Darnell looking for a vintage ride that celebrates the roots of his business. Darnell faces an uphill battle meeting his demands for a 1930s era cab. After an unproductive search, Darnell turns to an old friend, hoping to score a priceless family heirloom to make the build happen. Ruther takes on more responsibilities, hoping to show Darnell and the crew that the plucky Canadian can excel no matter what challenge gets thrown her way. Meanwhile, the rest of the team risks Darnell’s wrath when they argue that his pride just might ruin the most stunning work truck they’ve ever created.
Season 3 - Episode 3
Rock ‘N Rollin’ Pickup
Darnell and the Welder Up crew have got their work cut out for them when a couple commissions a build to celebrate their impending wedding anniversary. This no-nonsense pair of body guards are looking for a rat rod that truly reflects their rebellious streak. However, the car they have dropped in Darnell’s lap is the polar opposite of badass. The crew needs to transform a harmless looking pickup into a raging bat out of hell. Getting the team to buy into the vision is hard enough, but a couple of costly errors threaten to put this anniversary party on hold.
Last season Steve gambled big on opening a new shop and subsequently saw it become the go to place for American rat rods. But with business booming Steve is struggling to deliver his unique artistic vision to every build, especially since his reliable honey holes for vintage parts are literally drying up. Forced to head further from the shop Steve’s got no choice but to leave his staff alone and execute his vision – or race through the picks and get back to shop before the build goes off the rails.
Over the course of the past year, Grant’s gone from outsider to insider. Not just at Welderup, but in the city of Vegas. Last season, he was wet behind the ears at a new shop and struggled to acclimate to desert life, If it wasn’t for the gang at Welderup, he wouldn’t be where he is today and would never have survived his first year in Vegas. This season he’s out to repay that debt and lend his newfound knowledge of the Vegas desert to help Steve navigate through dried up pick sites and seek out new junkyards full of rusted gold.
Dan was stretched to his limits last season in coming up with creative ways to inject huge horsepower into Steve’s creations. “I’m gettin’ too old for this shit”, is a sentiment that is intimately familiar. Furthermore, Dan’s second place racing finish to Lyle last season constantly eats at him and Dan is hoping that this season will yield a rematch with his nemesis. Until that happens, he will channel his focus into giving Steve’s builds more horsepower than ever and making this seasons builds some of the fastest and most powerful Rat Rods in the world.
Dave was a whirling dirvish through Welderup last year, setting up an illegal casino, operating a train tour through the fab shop and generally being a nuisance to the rest of the crew as they tried to meet impossible deadlines. This season starts off with more of the same until it becomes clear that with Steve gone, the rest of the guys aren’t so forgiving about his hijinks and would prefer to see him pull his weight. Not wanting to let the team down, Dave hunkers down and sets out to prove his worth while still finding ways to lighten the mood in the shop.
Justin has spent his entire life in Steve’s shadow. His ex brother in law has been his mentor and his hero. When Steve realizes he needs a lieutenant to run the shop while he is deep in the desert on a pick, Justin reluctantly steps up and finds himself in the biggest challenge of his career. This season Justin will be forced to mature and prove to Steve that the shop is in good hands when he’s on a pick as well as convince the Welderup crew to buy into his unorthodox management style. Whether he succeeds or not, sparks are gonna fly.
Last season Travis proved, with paint & patina, that his artistic skills are an essential element in every Welderup creation. Now with Steve frequently away, Travis can’t keep pace with the increased workload and he’s looking for any help he can get. Steve knows that his success depends on keeping Travis happy, so he sets his sights on a local Hot Rod artist, Cheyenne, to come and work for him and serve as Travis’s apprentice.
A custom refinisher who’s used to working on shiny chrome Hot Rods and restoring classic cars to their original glory, Cheyenne gets drafted into the Rat Rod world by Steve who is looking for an apprentice for Travis to help them meet the shop’s outrageous demands and deadlines. Cheyenne will quickly realize that things work differently in the world of Welderup and is determined to prove her and prove to the men that she is a true force to be reckoned with and admired.