Secret to the Junk
Like Trading Spaces, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and The Weakest Link. Junkyard Wars actually came to the states as a remake of a popular British show. The show originally debuted in 1998 in the U.K. as Scrapheap. It gained traction pretty quickly, and the ratings impressed. Discovery Communications bought the rights to air the show under the new name Junkyard Wars, and never looked back.
Besides the American hosts and contestants, Junkyard Wars is pretty identical to it’s British counterpart.
The whole gist of the show is actually pretty simple. There are two teams of three contestants and an expert selected by the producers. Once they get to the competition date, the contestants show up to the junkyard with no idea what they’re going to build.
Right when the host gives the assignment, the clock starts. The teams analyze their situations and make their moves. They spend the day assembling the machine that they were assigned with the help of several high powered tools.
Choosing a Winner
After they build their machines they are transported to a competition area, and they have a couple of hours to fine-tune their creations. After that, the machines go head to head. It could be something like racing, target practice, or an endless number of other challenges.
The winner is chosen by a judge, and the victorious team moves on to challenge a new team on the next show.
Shows like “Junkyard Wars” grab the attention of the public because of how unique they are, but you would never guess what’s happening behind the scenes.