Counting Cars

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 10 AUGUST -

Sea­son 7 His­tory Chan­nel (*186) 20:15 & 20:45 Re­al­ity

“The Count” Danny Koker has a cof­fin in his of­fice in Counting Cars (2012-cur­rent) and loves get­ting “40 winks in it” when his work­shop gets noisy. And just like in his show, Danny re­ally does drive around Ve­gas look­ing for ran­dom ve­hi­cles to re­store. But that isn’t the only se­cret you need to know about the car cus­tomis­ing king…

Daniel Ni­cholas Koker II aka Danny 1

The Count is also the show’s writer and pro­ducer. “His­tory Chan­nel gave us a great team who make sure that ev­ery­thing is perfect,” he laughs.

Danny grew up in Detroit and says 2

that “it was im­pos­si­ble not to fall in love with cars in a place nick­named ‘Mo­tor City’”. But if that never worked out, he could fall back on mu­sic – his late fa­ther Daniel Ni­cholas Koker I was a pi­anist and the TV star says that “my dad taught me ev­ery­thing I know about mu­sic and cars. But mostly mu­sic”.

The 53-year-old still en­joys get­ting 3

his hands dirty at Count’s Kus­toms, but he also has other busi­nesses to run: a Ve­gas ra­dio and TV sta­tion, Count’s Tat­too Com­pany in the Rio Ho­tel & Casino and rock ’n roll bar Count’s Vamp’d, where Danny per­forms with his heavy metal band Count’s 77.

Don’t think that just any­one can 4

walk into Count’s Kus­toms and get their car up­graded – the shop has a wait­ing list of over two years.

As for a spe­cial woman in his life, 5

Danny has a few… in­clud­ing his busi­ness­woman wife Korie. “We have a house full of pets,” says Danny, “and I love Cadil­lacs. They don’t give too much trou­ble [Laughs]…”

And he wears a ban­dana be­cause 6

“it’s cool, not be­cause it’s hold­ing a wig in place. That’s my real hair!”

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