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Ant An­stead to re­place work­shop guru on hit clas­sic se­ries later this year

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Simis­ter

Mike Brewer and Edd China have ended their on-screen part­ner­ship af­ter 14 years – with Ant An­stead tak­ing over Edd’s place.

Dis­cov­ery Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has con­firmed that Edd China, who mas­ter­minded the Wheeler Deal­ers clas­sic car restora­tions, has now left the show. The pair will still ap­pear at the Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Clas­sic Car and Restora­tion Show at the NEC later this month, but when the new se­ries hits our screens later this year it will be the For The Love Of Cars clas­sic guru head­ing up the work­shop in each episode.

Edd China de­clined to com­ment on the change in line-up be­fore this week’s is­sue went to press, but con­firmed to Clas­sic Car Weekly that he has left the show to pur­sue other projects.

Mike Brewer says he’s formed ‘a close brother­hood’ with Edd af­ter 13 se­ries of restor­ing clas­sics, but says he be­lieves that the show will con­tinue to flour­ish.

‘Edd feels it’s time to spread his wings out­side of our work­shop and take on other chal­lenges, which I com­pletely sup­port,’ he says.

‘He has some amaz­ing ideas and I know he will flour­ish with what­ever comes next. I can’t wait to see those fa­mous or­ange gloves work­ing their magic on an­other great build.’

Dis­cov­ery has con­firmed that the 14th se­ries will be broad­cast to­wards the end of this year, al­though it hasn’t con­firmed what clas­sics Mike and Ant will be buy­ing and restor­ing.

Ant An­stead be­lieves that – as it pi­o­neered the for­mat of buy­ing clas­sics and restor­ing them – most mo­tor­ing TV shows can trace their roots back to Wheeler Deal­ers.

‘ When Edd told me he had made the de­ci­sion to leave the show, I feared for the fu­ture of Wheeler Deal­ers, but now, I’m be­yond ex­cited to be a part of it. I grew up watch­ing and learn­ing from Edd and Mike, and in re­cent years have come to know both as close per­sonal friends,’ he says.

‘It is with Edd’s bless­ing that I join the team for this new and ex­cit­ing chal­lenge. I hope he and view­ers en­joy what I bring to the show and rec­og­nize that for me it’s al­ways been about the love of cars.’

Dis­cov­ery has thanked Edd China for the ‘care, ded­i­ca­tion and ef­fort’ put into the se­ries over more than a decade.

‘ While we’ll miss his sig­na­ture or­ange gloves, we know that any­thing they touch will turn to au­to­mo­tive gold,’ says Robert Scan­lon, the net­work’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of Velocity and au­to­mo­tive con­tent. ‘ We’re com­mit­ted to mak­ing

Wheeler Deal­ers the best au­to­mo­tive se­ries on TV, and feel Ant brings the in-depth knowl­edge our view­ers crave and a unique style our view­ers will love. He, Mike Brewer and the pro­duc­tion team are laser fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing the best car projects and best episodes pos­si­ble.’

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