George Barris to Be Top Judge on New Speed Channel Car Build Show

Jan 4, 2011

“King of the Kustomizers” George Barris will join fellow automotive industry icons Jimmy Shine and “Mad Mike” Martin as a judge on the SPEED channel’s new all-star build show, “Car Warriors,” set to premiere Feb. 23 at 9 p.m.

The one-hour weekly series will be shot on a purpose-built set developed on the grounds of Ted Moser’s famed Picture Car Warehouse in Northridge, California, according to a SPEED press release.

It will feature a hand-picked, eight-person all-star automotive team taking on shops from around the country in a 72-hour restoration project, matching wits, skills and stamina on a wide variety of vehicles. Barris, Shine and Martin will then review the results and determine the winning team.

“The time frame will be their biggest challenge,” Barris said in the SPEED release. “The teams need to be prepared to work around the clock with little break.” Barris has designed some of the most iconic television and movie cars from the 20th century, including The Munster Koach, the Batmobile, Greased Lighting from the movie “Grease,” and cars for 1960s television shows such as “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “My Mother the Car.”

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Joining Barris on the “Car Warriors” judging panel are Shine, lead builder at the world-famous SO-CAL Speed Shop, and Martin, the wiring magician from Galpin Auto Sports and the popular television series “Pimp My Ride.”

Hosted by Marc Istook, “Car Warriors” is one of six new shows being launched by the SPEED channel.

For more information on all of these shows, go to