Amer­i­can Pick­ers

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 8.30pm, A&E Re­lax, there is not a banjo in sight in the new se­ries of pop cul­ture arche­ol­o­gists Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz’s ad­ven­tures in junk hunt­ing. Or, as they put it, ‘‘ telling the his­tory of Amer­ica one piece at a time’’. Quite. This week they are hunt­ing down a rare mo­tor­cy­cle and a ware­house, stuffed with stuff, in­clud­ing 500,000 card­board cylin­ders used to trans­port World War II hand grenades, some­thing no col­lec­tor should be with­out. If you love home clear­ance sales and fossicking in auc­tion rooms you al­ready know this pair. If you don’t, you need to be­cause they prove what you do is not just a hobby, it’s record­ing his­tory. But what about the bike, a VW engine in a 1942 Harley-David­son frame? If you don’t care you are surely no picker.

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