Although some might argue that any publicity is better than none at all, that proposition was put to the test Monday night (April 14) on the Discovery Channel when the extreme auto rebuilders of “Monster Garage” converted a Winnebago motorhome into, well, a ramp for skateboarding fanatics.
The episode of the weekly reality show featured custom-bike builder/designer Jesse James and professional skater Tony Hawk working together to convert a 1987 Itasca/Suncruiser into a mobile skateboard ramp.
The two were joined by perhaps the most ecclectic group of people ever to set foot in a garage, including:
• Chris “Body Drop” Artiaga, skateboarder and fabricator, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
• Nigel Benjamin, former lead vocalist for a British glam band turned music studio designer, Toluca Lake, Calif.
• Steve Cadena, creative consultant, Gaylord’s Kustom Trucks, Long Beach, Calif.
The skater-friendly Winnebago is just one of the many unique creations cooked up by the show’s revolving cast of gearheads. Other rides spawned by the “Monster Garage” have included a souped-up lawn mower and a vehicle that collects golf balls on driving ranges and fires them back at golfers.