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Roadkill
GenreCar restoration, Documentary, Adventure-comedy
Created byMotor Trend
Developed byMotor Trend
StarringMike Finnegan, David Freiburger
Country of originUSA
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes154
Production
Production locationSouthern California
Original release
NetworkMotor Trend on Demand, YouTube
ReleaseFebruary 17, 2012 (2012-02-17)
Related
Roadkill Q and A, Roadkill Extra, Roadkill Garage

Roadkill is an automotive-themed internet show produced by the MotorTrend Group. It is hosted by former Hot Rod Magazine editor David Freiburger and former technical staff editor Mike Finnegan. Roadkill is primarily filmed in Southern California, with other episodes taking place across the United States, Canada and Australia.[1]

Roadkill aired on YouTube from 2012 until March 2018, when the program moved exclusively to MotorTrend On Demand. It is currently available on Discovery+.[2]

In 2015, the show was sponsored by the American automaker Dodge.[3] Episodes regularly exceeded millions of views,[4] often reaching over a million in 72 hours.

In August 2015 it was announced that TEN: The Enthusiast Network would be publishing a quarterly magazine titled Roadkill Magazine.[5] On 12 January 2018, Mike Finnegan announced on The Kibbe and Finnegan Show that Roadkill Magazine had ceased publishing.[6]

Cast

Main

Featured

Spin-offs and magazine

Roadkill has three spin-off series; Roadkill Garage, Roadkill's Junkyard Gold, and Faster with Newbern and Cotten, as well as a companion series called Roadkill Extra. All are available on Discovery+.

Roadkill Garage is hosted by David Freiburger and Steve Dulcich. An episode involves modifying or repairing a roadkill vehicle, often reclaimed from Dulcich's farm.

Roadkill's Junkyard Gold features automotive historian Steve Magnante visiting junkyards and discussing the history of different models of vehicles he encounters, while also being tasked with finding new vehicles for Roadkill.

Faster with Newbern and Cotten (originally titled Faster with Finnegan) features Mike Cotten and David Newbern, and featured Mike Finnegan for the first 3 1/2 seasons. It features the trio repairing and modifying vehicles, many of which were previously featured on Roadkill.

Roadkill Extra is a shorter format with content such as question and answer sessions, tech tips, project updates, and other Roadkill information. Episodes range from 2 to 15 minutes in length. MotorTrend ceased publication of "extras" for all of their web shows at the end of 2020.

In 2015 the quarterly Roadkill magazine was launched. As of 12 January 2018 Mike Finnegan announced on The Kibbe and Finnegan Show that Roadkill Magazine had been cut.[6]

Vehicles

Name Car Fate Episodes featured in
The Rotsun A 1971 Datsun 240Z, the Rotsun was originally powered by a turbocharged Chevrolet 4.3L V6/5-speed from a Chevrolet S-10 truck. It now runs a turbocharged Ford 5.0 Mustang; both engines took the same turbo out of a Ford Powerstroke diesel engine. Broken. Recently seen in the background in the Motor Trend shop.[12] 26,[13] 42, 62,[14] 65[15]
Stubby Bob Shortened, wheelstanding 1950 Ford F6 truck. Built with a boat V-drive and a rear-facing supercharged Chevy 454 with zoomie headers. Broken at a drag strip event in Dos Palos, CA.[16] 44, 52, Daily Fix: Nov 13, 2016,[17] 72[18]
General Mayhem ‘68 Charger first rebuilt with used motor home parts, including a Mopar 440. Later upgraded with a Hellcat engine from a 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat that was destined to be crushed. In 2021 it was bought back from Motor Trend by Freiburger and restored by Chris Birdsong and has its former motorhome 440. 23,[19] 32, 43
Pace Arrow Finnegan's c. 1978 Pace Arrow donor vehicle that provided the "glorious big block Mopar" and Carter Thermoquad carburetor for General Mayhem. The engine appeared in many episodes of Roadkill, Engine Masters and Roadkill Extra. Gone but not forgotten 23
The Fury, My Old Friend 1973 Plymouth Fury purchased by Freiburger for Car Junkie TV. Driven in 24 Hours of Lemons. Donor vehicle (brakes, transmission, posi, hood scoop) for General Mayhem Junkyard 22, 23
General Maintenance Bone stock Dodge Charger Hellcat painted to look like the General Mayhem; Roadkill/TEN 'persuaded' to purchase it after comparison with Challenger & Viper off-road by Dodge. Sitting in Motor Trend shop. 38, 43, 47, 50
The Muscle Truck 1974 Chevrolet C10 stepside shortbed truck. Custom header and mufflers on a Corvette LS6. Owned by Freiburger. Most recently seen at the hotrod ranch.[12] 18,[20] 36
Raunchero 1968 Ford Ranchero, modeled after the magazine's car that ran the first Baja 1000. 2,[21] 13,[22] 14[23]
BlaspHEMI A 1955 Chevrolet on a Jim Meyer Racing chassis, with a blown 535 cubic-inch Mopar Hemi under its flip-top hood. Owned by Finnegan. Now featuring a new blown Hemi. License Plate OMGHEMI. 8,[24] 70[25]
Crusher Camaro A 1967 Chevrolet Camaro that was rescued from a junkyard crusher (which was featured in a Hot Rod Magazine article in 1993 when it was a buyback car for emission credits that pre-dated Cash for Clunkers), giving it its name. Owned by Freiburger 19,[26] 24[27]
Draguar A 1974 Jaguar XJ12 sedan with a supercharged Chevrolet V8. 7,[28] 41
The Ramp Truck A 1973 Chevrolet ramp truck that was used by a Mazda dealership. Used to carry the Bonneville car. Owned by Finnegan 20, 25
Leaf Blower Monza 1978 Chevrolet Monza Spyder, originally running five leaf blowers under the hatch as makeshift superchargers; later upgraded to having a trailer behind it with a separate Buick 350 engine making boost for the engine up front. 16,[29] 57
The Boost Caboose A trailer-mounted 350 cubic inch small block Chevy salvaged from the junkyard 1956 Buick, powering a Vortech supercharger that fed the Leaf Blower Monza. Disassembled 57
Macho Grande Freiburger's (formerly) personal daily driver 1973 GMC Suburban with 350,000 miles on it; powered by a 454 Chevy. Sold,last seen in Helsinki,Finland 8, 25
Vette Kart A 1985 C4 Corvette stripped of its body parts. Looking very rusty[30] 35, 50, Roadkill Extra Featurette[31]
Crop Duster A 1970 Plymouth Duster with a mid-1980s street racer look; originally fitted with the Mopar 440 that came out of the General Mayhem after the Hellcat swap, then upgraded to a stronger Mopar 383. Owned by Freiburger.[citation needed] Steve Dulcich is working on it, but very very slowly.[11] 40, Sep 23, 2017 Roadkill Extra[32]
Missing Linc A 1978 Lincoln Continental shortened from a sedan into a coupe. Sold, and destined for 24 Hour of Lemons Glory. 63,[33] Roadkill Extra (Bloopers)[34]
The NasCarlo A late-model stock car chassis with a 70's Monte Carlo body installed. Recently seen running and driving on Lucky Costa's personal YouTube channel.[12] 46
The Renegade Jet Boat A 1976 Rogers Bonneville Jet Boat. Finnegan and Freiburger drag an old Rogers Bonneville jet boat to Lake Elsinore behind the Muscle Truck, remove the engine from the truck, install it into the boat, go boating, take the engine back out of the boat, and re-install it into the truck. 36[35]
Monte Carlo Lowrider A 1980 V6 Monte Carlo with hydraulic suspension, driven on three wheels to Las Vegas. Sold 39
Subarute (built by Mighty Car Mods) A Subaru Impreza wagon converted into a ute. Last seen headed to Las Vegas for a car convention with Marty and Moog.[citation needed] 60
Mazdarati 1970s Mazda Rotary Pickup with a 455 Oldsmobile big-block and Toronado transaxle mounted in the bed. Was stolen during filming. Currently missing 45,51[36]
The Mini-Truck A chop-top Datsun Mini truck fitted with air suspension. Recently seen in the background in the Motor Trend shop.[12] 58[37]
Harry Tow 1971 Ford Crew Cab 4x4 460-powered tow truck. Home-built 4x4 and tow rigging. Listed on Craigslist July 30, 2022 48,50,78
Pig Pen 1950 GMC shortbed truck resurrected from/at Turner's Auto Wrecking in Fresno, California after 26 years off the road. Sold to the father-in-law of the show's director. (Episode 50). Chassis swapped with GMC S15 in "Faster With Newbern and Cotten," S1, EP2. 31
The Hemi Gremmie 1975 AMC Gremlin with a 1976 grille; almost killed Finnegan and Freiburger once when a tire blew out on the highway. Parked in Motor Trend shop.[12] 17,[38] Ignition 129,[39] 65(background),[15] 72 (background).[18]
The "Crusher" Impala A 1969 Chevrolet Impala with the blown big block from the Crusher Camaro; Roadkill built it for Mighty Car Mods. 60,65[15]
F-Bomb Camaro An army green, twin-turbo 1973 Camaro owned by Freiburger. Sitting at Nelson Racing Engines. Roadkill Extra Mar 4, 2017,[40] Fast & Furious 4[40]
The Disgustang A 1969 Mustang Mach 1 rescued from a junkyard. Also filled with rat poop. Blown engine under repairs by Lucky Costa after Freiburger trashed it doing donuts. Sold by Freiburger for $75,000. 66,[41] 73[42]
The Dreambird A 1969 Pontiac Firebird that hadn't run in 17 years, which now has parts from three different engines in it. Used to race in One Lap of America. Recently sold by Finnegan to his brother 67,[43] 68[44]
The Earle Camino 1977 Chevy El Camino that was a gutted, old, eighth-mile drag racing bracket car. 69[45]
Rumble Bee A 1970 Dodge Super Bee that Feiburger purchased in tribute to one he owned when he was 15 years old; powered by a 426 cubic inch Mopar Hemi. Owned by Freiburger 70[25]
Lost Boys Racing Hornet [working-title] 1973 AMC Hornet that "raced Baja in the '80s and finished the NORRA 1000 a couple of times before being parked in 2012."[46] Beaten by a Dodge Grand Caravan at a rallycross at Glen Helen Raceway. 71[46]
LaPhonda Finnegan's 1974 Honda Civic. Sold on Craigslist 59, 74
He Hate Me / Econorado A 1966 Ford Econoline that was chopped and given an Eldorado power train after Freiburger destroyed the original transmission attempting a burnout. Sold on Craigslist 79, 91
Thelma and Louise Early 1980s Oldsmobiles road raced then launched off a cliff at Glacier View, Alaska, for the Fourth of July. Wreckage crushed by Freiburger driving an M35A2 83
The Road Wrecker The "world's only C body Roadrunner," a destroyed 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner that Finnegan and Freiburger take dirt-oval racing at Willow Springs. Donor car for the Wreck Runner (Satellite/Roadrunner clone) and General Mayhem 3.0 87
The Trailer of Doom Four-wheel trailer at Steve Dulcich's farm that he calls a "hospice" for old car parts where they can rust for years before being scrapped. Dulcich's farm RKE 859, 930
The Super Sammy 1986 Suzuki Samurai found by Steve Magnante in a Junkyard Gold episode at Hidden Valley Auto Parts in Maricopa, Arizona. Rescued by Freiburger and Dulcich with a 440 engine swap and Thermoquad from a B300 van. Caught fire during filming. Sold on Craigslist JG8, RK78, RK92
The Crew Cab Chevelle 1966 Chevelle purchased by Freiburger for $1,000 to illustrate the potential of less desirable four-door cars. Freiburger and Dulcich swapped out the 283 engine for a 350 engine and a 350 turbo transmission and upgraded the suspension. Later equipped with nitrous. Sold to "Camera Alex" Skola RKG8, RKG9, RKG25, RKG37
The Vanishing Paint Challenger 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T reclaimed from Dulcich's "buffet" of rescued Mopars and given an engine swap with a 360 small-block Mopar out of a field truck, also part of the Dulcich fleet of neglected cars. The name is a play on the 1970 film Vanishing Point, which featured a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T. Sold to Derek Bieri of Vice Grip Garage RKG4, RKG34, RKG36, RK85
The Ugly Truckling A GMC crew cab built on the same concept as the Vette Kart, modeled after old 'rail job' dragsters and then driven 500 miles to the Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags. Traded to L&L Auto Parts for a T-37 Pontiac 76
The Pork Chop Express A 1971 Torino wagon with a 12V Cummins swapped into it, used to race Cleetus McFarland's Cummin's swapped Galaxie 104

Features and expressions

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