Too good to be true – the sad truth about the TV show
We all dreamed of the rapper Xzibit. He should knock on our door and offer to pimp our car. But like so many other things, it remained an unfulfilled dream – at least for most of us.
In 2004, the American TV show “Pimp my Ride” was broadcast on MTV for the first time and hosted by the rapper. Do you remember? In no time at all, the old and junk cars were tuned up, because at the beginning of the century pimped cars were more in demand than ever.
But things looked very different behind the scenes of the cult show…
First of all there was a lot of drama going on behind the scenes: Although the show operated in a minimalist setting, (1) cars broke down within a few weeks, (2) a competitor was teased for weeks because of his weight, and (3) an MTV employee tried to convince a car owner to break up with his girlfriend.
Apparently there was more to “Pimp my Ride” than Xzibit’s statement: “Yo, dawg. But what else was hidden from the audience? Former contestants unpacked.
Allegedly, the program was based on a realistic presentation – quite clearly. It’s very realistic to tune a car in a short period of time. Candidates now stated in retrospect that the time frame was nothing more than a big lie. While tuning a car in the show only took a few days, some participants had to wait up to six months for their car – in addition, there were problems with the reimbursement costs for the rental cars.
All that glitters is not gold. So…
…Justin Dearinger from Season 6 claimed that “they actually took a lot of features out of the car again after they had shown it on TV”. The former they supposedly removed because the show didn’t want to support drinking in the car, whereas the theater was removed due to safety issues.
According to this, many devices were only installed to achieve the greatest possible attention effect – advertising is everything.
What other bizarre things happened during the show?
Many devices also did not work properly and were therefore unusable. For example, a robot arm that was installed in Seth Marino’s car in season 6 was simply an arm with useless wires – because it was controlled externally by a man sitting behind a screen on his laptop.
So many extras proved to be useless, just like…
…his cotton candy machine. That one was placed in the trunk of his car, never mind the size. So in the end the cotton candy leftovers flew through the car because there was not enough space for the top of the machine.
Besides the defectiveness of the machines, little attention was paid to the mechanics of the cars. Consequently, the mechanics added enormous weight to the cars, but did not adjust the suspension. Each time Martino’s car hit a bump, which also scratched the hubcaps. His car could only be used for one month, after which he had to save money to replace the engine.
But what did the former participants do with their scrap cars?
Jake Glazier had the car for about a month and then sold it for $18,000, but had originally only paid $500 for it.
Justin Dearinger joined a car club and invested about $20,000 of his own salary in the car. Even today he is still being taken off the road every day by the police because it simply attracts too much attention. Every time he has to explain to the police what the show “Pimp my Ride” is all about.
Martino stayed behind with mixed feelings because the whole situation was ultimately very frustrating for him – but now he takes it with humor.