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Junkyard dawgs

John Intini September 10 2001
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Junkyard dawgs

John Intini September 10 2001

Junkyard dawgs

Overture overture@macleans.ca

John Intini

Edited by Amy Cameron ith Tanya Marissen

Tyler Harcott admits he isn’t the handiest man around the house. “When my toaster breaks it goes straight to the trash,” laughs Harcott, 33. But one man’s garbage can be another’s treasure, as Junkyard Wars, the hour-long television show Harcott cohosts, proves. The Calgary native will present The Learning Channel show—now in irs second North American season— which pits two teams of gearheads against each other. The competition is to see who can create the fastest, strongest or largest machine from materials found on the show’s set—a junkyard. “Sometimes,” says Harcott, “I just want to ask, ‘Why aren’t you [guys] working with NASA?’ ”

On the show airing on Sept. 19, three fellow Calgarians will join Harcott as contestants in the show’s junkyard location in Sun Valley, Calif. The Canada Junkeeze— Kevin Meehan, Gary Head and Mike Garant—will get 10 hours to build a vehicle and a portable bridge, in a head-tohead battle with a team from Miami. The Junkeeze are the only non-American team competing. They won a spot thanks to an ingenious audition video in which they acted out a skit dressed as a four-stroke engine. Definitely, gearheads to the bone.