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Why Edd China was right to quit Wheeler Dealers

Published 23 March 2017

It’s no surprise that the departure of mechanic Edd China from hit TV show Wheeler Dealers has caused such an outcry. For an entire generation of petrolheads raised on modern motors that discouraged driveway mechanics, Wheeler Dealers was their first glimpse at the oily bits of cars.

Mike might have got to do all the glamorous buying and selling stuff, but what went on in Edd’s workshop was the real reason people tuned in. Edd’s work was entertaining and educational. But most of all, it was inspiring. Here was someone who demystified the increasingly complicated workings of cars – and gave us hope that we could also work successfully on cars.

At a time when modern manufacturers favour replacement over repair, when schools shy away from teaching almost any kind of useful engineering practices, and when there are genuine fears about the skills needed for classic car restoration dying out, Edd was a shining light.

China repeatedly proved that you didn’t necessarily need deep pockets to revive a classic car – and that much of the revival work could be done if you were willing to put the hours in.

Edd China (2)

Sadly, it was the production company’s desire to cut back on the ‘hands-on’ aspect of the programme that led to Edd’s decision to quit. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Edd said, ‘… the detailed and in depth coverage of my fixes in the workshop - what I consider to be the backbone and USP of the programme - are something Velocity [the production company] feel should be reduced. ‘

It’s true, the workshop jobs are certainly the hardest part of the show to make. And reducing their substance and role will save a lot of time, effort and therefore money. But without seeing what goes on in the workshop, Wheeler Dealers would never have become one of the biggest motoring TV shows on the planet.

Comments

John Doneghan    on 23 March 2017

Absolutely spot on. I watch Wheeler Dealers for the mechanics,not Mike. If Velocity want to reduce the time showing the mechanics of the cars then I truly believe that this is the beginning of the end for Wheeler Dealers. People are'nt going to want to sit and watch Mike Brewer for the majority of the show. Hopefully when viewing figures start to drop,this is just to save money remember, maybe Velocity might change their minds,I doubt it.
Changing a winning formula usually means its not a good thing to do,but.......

John D.

   on 23 March 2017

Edd is the reason I watch the show. I often skip the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes - just watch Edd's 40 minutes! Much less likely to watch now.

paul jenkins    on 11 September 2017

Snap me too

Ron Evans    on 6 November 2017

Agree. I’ve watched three episodes with Ant, and it seems like WD has just turned in to a clone of all the terrible car shows produced in USA.

Main points of departure from a great show:
1. No longer produced in UK.
2. Edd no longer there. (Probably refused to get a tattoo)
3. The cars. I never had a poster of a 1964 Ford Falcon Ranchero.

It was a special show, and I have 50-60 shows on my DVR. They’re also available on Netflix and YouTube.

I never get tired of watching them!

Paul M Masterson    on 23 March 2017

I am an enthusiastic follower of this program for its entire history. I think that the combination of Mikes retail skills and Ed's mechanical skills makes the program a great success. Unfortunately there is a long history of talentless suits destroying successful business. How about Fred Goodwin and RBS ,and Mercedes accountants destroying their reliability by cutting suppliers margins. No doubt they will save money,but they will wreck the program.

   on 23 March 2017

You tube and Edd China. The two necessities of back yard wrench turning.

Truely a mistake by velocity. During a time when "reality programming" revolves more around personality quirks and bombastic behaviors, Wheeler Dealers has always been my breath of fresh air.

   on 23 March 2017

I don't know a spark plug from a bath plug, but I watch Ed and am absolutely fascinated by how simple he makes it look. I could never understand why his own labour was never factored in to the final costing and the vehicles sold were far too cheap. But I loved the programme and realised that underneath, a Bently and a Ford were much the same and one was a sensible price for parts, the other wasn't. Good luck Ed.

   on 24 March 2017

i fast forward thru the brewer bits so i don't think i will bother with the program any more

   on 24 March 2017

I'm not sure the production types at Velocity know exactly why Wheeler Dealers was a hit! They don't understand car people.

I loved the mix of 'dealing' by Mike and the 'wheeling' by Edd. Removing one part or another just wrecks the idea and the draw of the program. Personally I like Ant Anstead, but we need more programs that demystify the 'oily bits', not fewer.

I do hope it doesn't just become another Velocity/Discovery reality TV show about personalities, rather than products. We have too many of those already (Gas Monkey Garage, Counting Cars, Graveyard Cars, etc)

Campbell Cumming    on 24 March 2017

I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the programme and will keep an keen eye on Edd's youtube channel. As a Technical (Design and Technology) teacher in Scotland one of the subjects I teach is Engineering Science and Wheeler Dealers has helped me so much. I often refer to the programme when teaching. I do not shy away from talking about useful engineering practices, I actively seek them and I'll continue to watch Edd's mechanical mastery and enthuse about engineering to my pupils. Good luck with your new adventures Edd.

Maltozo    on 24 March 2017

Totally agree with most comments. A programme with MB just 'tooling around' in his often juvenile, irritable manner is not a programme I would want to watch. How many such similar progs have also been ruined by their inevitable 'mediarisation', hamming it up call it what you like? Reality programmes are cheap to make in the first place, that's why there are so many around but to then make cuts. Well, says it all doesn't it? Just save a heap more money and cut the whole 'new' show!

alan mackay    on 24 March 2017

the only reason to watch was edd bit, little fat fud running around shouting always just fast forward through.
a bit like the car sos and the big tit and fuzz the talent .

john.    on 18 September 2017

Alan Mackay,well said,and my sentiments exactly.

Joe Machado    on 24 March 2017

Edd China is an amazing guy. I have learned so much by watching the shows and following his detailed explanations. Mike is nothing without him. He, at best. is a mediocre car salesman that most of the time cannot close a deal. I am willing to bet that seaon 14 will be the last for Wheeler Dealers. I am looking forward to see Edd pop up somewhere in a new show.

   on 24 March 2017

I think Wheeler Dealers worked well with both Edd and Mike, they worked well together ... and if had been 90 minutes with more Edd stuff, it would have been even better!

Ljschalm    on 24 March 2017

As a gear head most of my life, Edd China gave me the confidence that tackling tough jobs was well within my reach. His ability to create this atmosphere was the core of the show. There are tons of Mike Brewers on TV, but very few Edd Chinas.

Discovery has done us all a disservice. If they think we tune in for South Beach Classic type shows they are seriously wrong.

Hopefully, Edd will show up elsewhere continuing the spirit of inspiring us the work with the oily bits...

old grumpy    on 24 March 2017

Well that's the end of another excellent car show. Edd was the saving grace of the show & held it together. Can't imagine 60 minutes of Brewer playing the idiot, good lord save us that. You only have to look what happened to Top Gear after the boys left or in one case, got the sack, a total disaster. Not worth switching the tv on to watch it. Why can't these tv companies get it right. That show Car SOS is another example. True enthusiast & talented mechanic Fuzz Townsend having to put up with that annoying clot & more to the point, we having to put up with him. Oh well I guess we'll have to suffer more of the American rubbish if we choose to watch it. Not me though.

Sigismund Pyssemolde    on 24 March 2017

I can imagine few things worse than allowing Mike Brewer more airtime - what annoying d***** which already spews forth from the "wheeler dealer" has blighted an otherwise extremely watchable programme for years. Without the detailed workshop pieces, and someone as clearly knowledgeable as Edd China to present them, the programme will be even more unwatchable than new Top Gear.

Joe Larsen    on 24 March 2017

Velocity would rather show old fogeys who have unspeakable amounts of money buying classic cars that the average Joe couldn't buy in a lifetime,throwing away their Viagra cause they get semi boners over a car.Bring back Edd China ,so we can see affordable repairs on average cars!

Robert Newton    on 24 March 2017

Why on earth change a formula that works. Idiots!

Barry Goldberg    on 24 March 2017

I discovered "Wheeler Dealers" about two months ago when surfing the how-to auto shows on "Velocity." With the loss of the many Saturday morning vehicle programs last year and prior to, "Wheeler Dealers"- and most specifically- Edd China- was a true find...
I could care less about what Mike Brewer has to do and say, save his supplying Edd with the proper parts for an ongoing episode. What Mike lacks in personality, Edd more than makes up for...
Edd performs his tasks with alacrity, personality, and is just so damn good at EVERYTHING he does. I read all the blogs prior to writing mine and agree with what everyone has to voice. Without Edd, there is no show. I have to remind myself from time-to-time that he does what he does with a camera- or two- in his face...
Edd does it all, from welding in a piece of sheet metal where rust once took its place, to performing countless tasks- in a logical manner- to determine why an engine won't start, or run, or run smoothly and effectively...
My bottom-line is: Edd, you will be sorely missed. I strongly hope you will reappear- on your own show, the "Edd China Hour." Until then, it's just a matter of time until I reset my DVR to not record all episodes of "Wheeler Dealers."...
Edd would do remarkably well in a classroom dedicated to teaching auto mechanics, except he would be grossly underpaid for his talent and rapport...
Respectfully submitted,
Barry Goldberg
barryblizzard53@hotmail.com

   on 24 March 2017

I am very sorry that Edd is leaving Wheeler Dealers. The chemistry between Edd and Mike made the show entertaining It is a family show that appealed to everyone who is interested in automobiles and their operation and repair. I enjoyed Mike's wheeling and dealing as much as I did Edd's instructional mechanical work. The show will not be the same without Edd. I wish him and Mike well, but I fear that Wheeler Dealers will now disappear from the airwaves. I look forward to any new programs that Edd may begin. Maybe he and Mike can come up with another program. So sad to see you go Edd. Good luck Mike.

   on 24 March 2017

I watch wheeler dealers to see Ed work his magic on the ramp & because it's not clotted with brands. It's gritty down to earth engineering at its best. Ed my old China you will move on to bigger and much better things. Personally I will be giving their new advertising show a miss.

   on 25 March 2017

British Television vs American TV. British = Knowledge, Learning, Entertainment. American = Entertainment. When Gordon Ramsay had k****** Nightmares produced in the UK, I loved the show as it actually taught you how to run a business and the details that went into it. When it moved to the US I stopped. They made Gordon Ramsay more pompous and for me, they destroyed the show.

I have been watching Wheeler Dealers for more than 10 years and only because of Edd China. The Americans are taking out the educational aspect of teaching and showing which is what the USP of the show was. Now it may become another "Overhaulin", without any substance. I hope I am wrong.

   on 25 March 2017

From the first show I turned in some 11yrs ago, I found a refreshing difference in "auto-restoration" TV. As an American car lover, Wheeler Dealers introduced me to a whole new world of automotive makes and models which I have found very enjoyable. Edd is a master at simplifying the otherwise complicated world of back-yard mechanic and it's a shame that Big TV lacks the understanding to leave a good recipe alone.
Mike is entertaining and was a significant reason for the success of the show, but you can't have "Laurel" without "Hardy".
Good-bye to my favorite car show and good luck to both, perhaps a do-over is in their future.

Respectfully,
The GalleGroup

Andrew Wunder    on 25 March 2017

I am done with the show. Simple... No Ed not interested. Somebody please give Ed a show of his own.. Hurry

paul collins    on 25 March 2017

Without the workshop bit and Ed China doing his stuff this show will become boring!

I only watch it for the workshop bits.

Sad day indeed!

Sandro Leandro    on 25 March 2017

I have a feeling Amazon has just scored yet another jackpot, thanks to ignorant, greedy TV execs. Watch this space...

Steve Blagg    on 25 March 2017

No one at Velocity seems to know what makes a good car show. The ONE decent show they had in their lineup, they couldn't leave well enough alone--so they bought it from Attaboy, turned it into a shell of its former self over the last couple seasons, and have now driven it into the ground completely by making it yet another ridiculous "car" show that's more about fake workshop drama and less about the true attraction of the show- Edd fiddling with the spanners.
See ya Wheeler Dealers, it's been a fabulous 13 seasons (well a fabulous 11 and a mediocre couple.) I certainly hold no ill will toward Mike or Ant and wish them the best, but it just won't be the same. Thanks Velocity for tanking a show you had no business messing with.

Roland Krost    on 25 March 2017

I have been watching WD since the first series when the budget was an eye watering £1000 to buy and restore the car!!
Watch those episodes now and compared to the latest ones the production values/budgets were obviously much lower. But that doesn't take away from their appeal and charm. To go from those early days to where they are now is an epic achievement and testament to the show's formula. Regardless of your opinions of Mike he has been a very large part in the show's success.

So why change that formula? Sadly it's the 'American Way' to use a successful platform as the basis for maximising the income and commercial potential of that platform. Nothing wrong with that if it stays true to the original. Sadly the outcome is often negative and I believe that's what will happen here. I'm also a big F1 fan and fear for the future of that for similar reasons. (Not that F1 is perfect as it is I know.) Only time will tell if it survives. Ant Anstead is a good replacement for Edd but I don't know if he has the same hands on engineering approach. Ant may just save the show. But I don't think it will be the same in the future, take Top Gear as an example.

Sad but understandable that Edd is going. Regardless of the change of direction he has been involved for a long time on the show and maybe it is time to move on to pastures new. Good luck to him whatever he goes on to do. Thanks to him for sticking with it for so long and I'll look forward to keeping up with his future exploits.

John Denison    on 25 March 2017

the drop in audience will get the advertisers attention but then it will be too late .

Hdjsj    on 25 March 2017

I think this has something to do with mike brewers ego
He seems to enjoy the limelight and big himself up

In my view an old school, out of date used car salesman

The kind we can do without!

Irvine    on 3 July 2017

Hdjsj, you are absolutely spot on -- MB has an ego the size of a house, and he loves the limelight. A couple of years ago, I saw him on stage at the Birmingham Classic Car Show, and it was dreadful - I had to walk away. MB is so full of himself. As bad as Clarkson.

juck    on 26 March 2017

PLease sign the petition and share! Let's get Ed China on Top Gear!
www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/122/827/669/lets-get...a

Laurieb    on 26 March 2017

As so many have said, Edd was the real reason for watching WD. I learned so much from watching Edd's methodical, practical and expert methods. It won't be WD without him. He was serious about the show's premise of teaching rather than presenting drama. He made it a reality show without the usual "reality" show staged silliness.

Clive James    on 26 March 2017

Mike Brewer was entertaining and very watchable but, Ed's knowledge, skill and presentation made the show different, fun and brilliantly entertaining. Many would say valuable as viewers would gain something from Ed in terms of elementary mechanics. To have the skills that Ed clearly has takes years but, to be able to present and demonstrate this is on TV is a real talent.
C James

john 9021    on 26 March 2017

Clive you are right in every aspect about Ed. Unfortunately the show will never be the same without Ed he was like a teacher that students would like and his methods were second to none.

It was also obvious that he loved the show and put his heart and soul into it. When someone takes a car today for a service I always wonder how it comes back so quickly but its easy to tick a box and stamp a book where Ed would take his time and do the job efficiently. I possibly will not watch the show again but will look for Ed
Ed take care and the best of luck.

Mr Kevin Hill    on 26 March 2017

A Real sad loss to the programme. Typical of American's taking on a British programme and turning it for the American Market. Shame on them. When are they going to learn that T.V. entertainment is not about the cost it is about the content. I just hope Ed can manage to start another show with British cars for the British Public. We are very thin on the ground when it comes to showing us petrol heads how to work on cars and I have thoroughly enjoyed Ed's contribution to this of the last few years. Good Luck Ed.

Ralph Edelbach    on 26 March 2017

I too am disappointed to see that WD has lost Edd China.

Even though we had to live in a fantasy world where Edd's skill and labor was not calculated into the costs to restore a vehicle, making any "profits" imaginary to a large extent, it was a very enjoyable show. Edd and Mike seemed to get along well, at least what was shown on TV.

Edd was very gracious in explaining why he choose to leave the show. Like many others, I wish him the best of luck in the future.

However, none of us should be surprised that Velocity or whoever decided they are not making enough $$$ and either automate or off-shore as many of their production costs as they can. Republicans and capitalists call that progress.

I anxiously await seeing what Donald will do to stop that from happening in the future now that he is in charge. After all, he is a very smart person.

Tom Silzer    on 27 March 2017

Tom Silzer, S&S BUGGIES,
The instructional part of Wheeler Dealers is what made the show for me. Also, I appreciate the fact that WD did not allow the the 4 letter vocabulary to portray mechanics as people whose language is limited to 4 letter words. Then the producers replace the 4 letter words with beeps that draw attention to the fact that another mechanic has succumbed to the use of profanity rather than intellectual verbage. I have been a mechanic all my life, and I don't like TV people potraying mechanics as illiterate, foul mouthed low lifes. I really apprecite Edd's nonuse of this language up until lately when they started adding this language in the credits. There is NO PLACE FOR THIS 4 LETTER GARBAGE on TV.

EDD, please let me know what will be your next TV show is so I can watch some decent car show TV programs without language and the conflict and drama the TV producers think people want to watch. I much prefer people working together to achieve a goal. I can name many shows that have died because the writers think viewers want to see conflict. There is no place for that drama in the workplace and this was never allowed in my shop. I have worked as a Mechanical Project Engineer in 25 diiferent countries, and I never allowed that on any of my job sites. In 50 years, no one was ever hurt working for me.

James Winter    on 27 March 2017

I watched the program from the beginning and it wasn't to see Mike it was to listen and see how Edd worked on the cars showing us how easy it was to keep cars on the road if it wasn't for Edd many of my mates wouldn't have there cars still and my dad wouldn't of had his old yacht engine rebuilt by me

Roger Dixon    on 27 March 2017

Obviously Velocity's dipstick does not go to the bottom of the sump. Any fool can sell a car,BUT it takes skill to repair it.

   on 27 March 2017

Edd was the best part of the show and watching him solve problems reminded me of how I learned to solve problems and do the work. I do like other customization and restoration shows on Velocity, but this was the best.

Barry Mallard    on 27 March 2017

They have said it all!
The show was brilliant, but as is almost inevitable in modern times, do-nothing, nobody accountants, and producers who talk the talk but never listen, have ruined the day.
These people are always on Transmit, never on Receive!
Another one of TV's great shows gone.
Nobody but nobody wants to watch the Pratt Brewer pretending to be a lad, and just about everybody I know fast-forwards his bits, so I suspect with Ed gone, we won't even bother to switch on.
Shame.
Good luck Ed, but I am afraid that Wheeler Dealers, like the old Top Gear, will be consigned to the pulp TV bin from now on.
Well done Velocity, not that you will ever consider your clients, I hope you go broke!


oldskoolkel    on 27 March 2017

Velocity Idiots, No disrespect to Mr Brewer as I think the paring works really well, and is a very watchable show. but as already said hundreds of times above my comment, why change what works? People watch for the simplified mechanics on the great old classic cars - it is 100% why I watch and record the shows. I am sure Mr China will pop up elsewhere and WD will just eventually disappear.
surely ruining a show doesn't save money, surely once no one watches it anymore that must be losing them money?
I for one will give it a miss once the mechanics side of the show dwindles, so that is another viewer gone.....

RJP41    on 27 March 2017

Typical management interference in things they do not fully under stand we see it in a lot of things up to government etc.As a time served ex mechanic I found it interesting to see Edd solve problems and carry out fixes that was the show like others have said more recently to much American stuff ,we need to see old UK classics brought back to life it was the only reason I watched it not for a silly sales person trying to be funny (not ) .Iam sure Edd will find hopefully his own show there is a huge classic market and growing in this country good luck

Nolan E Hargrave    on 27 March 2017

Glad to see him go. He hates America and especially Americans. But, he is doing well for a grease monkey......

Bilboman    on 29 March 2017

Hardly a grease monkey. Edd has an engineering degree, is the managing director of two companies, holds six Guinness World Records and he is an experienced special effects technician, mechanic and until very recently has been co-presenter of the world's biggest motoring programme.

Steve Stevenson    on 27 March 2017

The show's interest to me is the synergy between Mike's skill in acquiring cars AND parts, and then Edd's talent in repair, making it easy to understand his repairs, and sometimes redeeming Mike's purchases. And who wouldn't want Edd to work in their car? In this case 1 + 1 equals MUCH more than 2. Sadly, Velocity will upset viewers on both sides of the pond with this change.

Greg Cundiff    on 27 March 2017

Mike's a nice guy. I enjoy watching him get all excited over a test drive or trying a hand at running a media blaster or rebuilding a gadget. But I tune in to watch Ed snap on his gloves and get to work. He's the high school auto shop teacher I never had.

   on 27 March 2017

This article is spot on. The last 13 years of my life, I have enjoyed this show with the highlight being watching Edd showing how to fix these things, and what you can do in your garage vs what you need to have a professional do. It's a shame that the show will never be the same without Edd's fixes...

Grahame Cowan    on 27 March 2017

I am disappointed that Mike Brewer did not leave the show with ED!! Do a British Bake off type of thing, another production company would have picked them up on their terms. Would not bad mouth Mr Brewer as he did contribute to the show, there was an opportunity for them both to put themselves in the shop window which alas has not been taken!

Yawner    on 27 March 2017

Huge mistake by Velocity. I just can't understand the rationale. "Lets buy something that works really well, is popular and tried and tested. Then we'll change it! Briliant!".

zedicus    on 27 March 2017

C'est vraiment dommage, je regarde depuis quelques mois en France Weeler dealers, et j'adore! Le départ de Edd prouve une fois de plus que la production n'a rien compris aux attentes de ses téléspectateurs! Edd tu va me manquer!

André Zlobinski    on 27 March 2017

Absolutely spot on. I watch Wheeler Dealers for the mechanics,not Mike. If Velocity want to reduce the time showing the mechanics of the cars then I truly believe that this is the end for Wheeler Dealers.
It's the biggest mistake they made.
I do not understand that Mike also would quit.
They should start over in the UK as it was.
Not the last series where the tryed to be funny on the show,
Also someting from Velosity.
Be your selfs, that was the power of the show.

I will miss it as hell,

For me, it kept me on track in my Illness when I layed day's, weeks and monthts in bed and Wheeler dealers was my almost only comfort to go on !!.
And now this.
A verry verry big loss, at least for me, and I think for many more.
I still hoped that Wheelr Dealers would go on for maybe 10 Years more.

But Edd, I wish you alle the best and hopefully you can start an show of your own like Wheeler Dealers and maybe, maybe Mike will wake up, or his wife will wake him up,and do it together with AttaBoy angain.
What a loss.
Remember Top Gear, that also was a Fiasco at the restart.

Ron Wasmuth    on 27 March 2017

I own a 1974 Triumph Spitfire and have spent a considerable amount of time restoring it. I learned a lot from Edd and he also gave me confidence.
The only reason that I watched the show was to see him perform his miracles in the shop. I only wish I had even a quarter of the knowledge and expertise that Edd possesses.
Even my wife, who has zero interest in mechanics, watched the show with me often simply because of Edd China.
It is sad to see him leave, but I don't blame him. As for me, I'm gone, too. No more Wheeler Dealers on my schedule.
I'm looking forward to seeing Edd on his Utube videos.

Mike Jackson    on 27 March 2017

Wheeler Dealers will be rubbish with less mechanical repairs being featured, why do Velocity not understand that it is the USP of the show, it is why it has survived and become a world class show. We get sick and b***** tired of false jeopardy and unrealistic time limits and presenters who act the fool. What Ed has done is make it real without being condescending, it is not dumbed down to the lowest common denominator and does not have to be. I truly admire Ed for his integrity and I will follow him wherever he goes next and will consign the new Wheeler Dealers to the also ran pile.

Jim Clark    on 27 March 2017

Edd China = class act. He has been a true gentleman all through this announcement and the backlash.

I will miss WD I the future, but we have Edd's next project(s) to look forward to enjoying, who knows, with free creative control Edd may really boggle our minds.

Gary Graham    on 27 March 2017

Among my past cars, I owned a '47 Ford, '31 Chevy, '71 TR-6, 2 TR-4A, '01 Corvette, and currently own '15 Corvette Stingray. I learned something. On event WD show from Edd China. Could care less about the rest. Let us know what show Edd is on and I'm a viewer.

Thanassis Parnassas    on 27 March 2017

The show wasn't the same since it moved to California. Is was obvious the production wanted to reduce Edd's contribution. Personally I already missed the European character of the show. Edd, I am sure you will find a better home, where we will be able to enjoy your incredible engineering and spirit!

Carlton Brown    on 27 March 2017

I give WD one more season and they're finished. To remove or reduce the most appealing aspect of the show will be its death knell.

Philip Braithwaite    on 27 March 2017

All a dreadful shame but the writing was on the wall during the last 2 series. I enjoyed the UK based shows with Mike's searching , buying and the trips out to small specialist businesses. Above all it was the chemistry between the two and the UK shows had a less scripted feel about them. Also Edd China restored my confidence as a mechanic, a trade I left 35 years ago. Good luck to both of them.

   on 27 March 2017

Terribly disappointed that Edd left. Please know that many of us American viewers enjoyed Wheeler Dealers the way it WAS, originally! Twenty years ago, there was no shortage of "how-to" auto repair shows on Saturday here in the US. It was like a grown-up version of Saturday morning cartoons. Now it's been overtaken by all these high end classic car auctions and personality-driven "reality" car shows. It's sad to see yet another informative car show become less so...

Jason james    on 27 March 2017

I have met Ed and Mike a few times here in Huntington Beach and feel neither work on their own as Wheeler Dealer. I think both these guys should do a Top Gear and leave the show and start up again on something like Amazon. I would follow them if they did that but have no time for a show ripped apart. Farewell WD and you big lanky b***** ED :-)

Steve Williams    on 27 March 2017

Wheeler dealers is finished now really, the format was perfect, losing some of the workshop airtime is a big mistake. Hope Edd gets a show of his own, come on Amazon.

Johnny Skoust    on 27 March 2017

That just SUX! Edd China will be missed, and Wheeler Dealers will never be the same again. Sadly! :'-(

Adrian worthy    on 27 March 2017

Adrian worthy
I have watched almost every episode of w/d and learnt so many helpfull things from ed
I have met both ed and mike in person and there chemistry both on and off screen was brilliant
Edd leaving will be the slippery slope down hill for the show and i hope that he can make some kind of show on his own
I for one will watch it

   on 27 March 2017

no ed, no watchy . just like the "new" top gear you just can't replace the backbone of the show and expect no-one to notice. typical American corporate mentality, I'll just fiddle with this or that and make it better ... NOT

Norberto Barbieri    on 27 March 2017

Sono un restauratore di Auto D'epoca da 35 anni e ritengo che la figura di Edd China sia fondamentale per la serie.La sua semplicità e competenza in affrontare problemi di officina appassionava a tutti, me compresso. La serie senza di lui a perso di interese

Mark K    on 27 March 2017

Edd was the mainstay of the show, and his mechanics sections of the show were the reason i tuned in. Its an integral part of the show, and with less of it it dilutes the winning formula down to a point where it becomes just a buying and selling program, with the cars just being given a spit and polish inbetween.
I'm sure Ant Anstead will give it his best, as I liked him in "For the love of cars", and he is a formidable mechanic, but without the same amount of in depth "How we did it" for him to work on, I think it will be the death Knell of the program.
I mean, I would watch re-runs of the show time and time again, but I couldn't care less about watching the series that Mike did, "Trading Up", which was him buying and selling with a little bit of him doing the cars up inbetween to get a "supercar"
Thanks.....but No Thanks
Edd, I wish you all the best and hope to see you in your own show.

Dennis McGinley    on 27 March 2017

Penny wise and pound foolish. Wheeler Dealers wasn't broken! It seems that a great future may have been jeopardized by a gaggle of bean counters. It also seems Edd's fans are more loyal than his long time friend, Mike. That's really the sad part.

Craig carling    on 27 March 2017

Why should the oily bits be expensive to make? Mighty car mods have been producing high quality video for years on a shoestring. Edd is the only reason to watch the show. Mike is just the annoying sidekick.

   on 27 March 2017

R.I.P wheeler dealers. Another great show destined to the scrap heap.

John Hanson    on 27 March 2017

It will become a fitters show not a mechanics

gerry1945    on 27 March 2017

Thanks Ed for all the programs, Mike without Ed I think you might find yourself on the dole !

   on 27 March 2017

Show will end up like Top Gear, down the drain. Mike should team up with Edd and not sold out to Velocity. They could have their own new show at any worldwide channel.
I hope, that Edd will continue inspiring us, the driveway mechanics.

Andrew Kidger    on 27 March 2017

Having watched wheeler dealers from the beginning i can't believe Edd is being replaced, Edd's spanner work is the backbone of the show and the reason i watch it and again it all seems to come down to saving money, this is a massive shame, sure Ant Antstead will probably do a good job but without Edd it's just not the same, can't believe Mike is happy just to carry on without Edd, ive lost interest already and I'm sure alot of people will feel the same, NOT HAPPY. GOOD LUCK EDD AND GET A NEW SHOW GOING,IL WATCH IT ALL DAY LONG!!

Edited by Andrew Kidger on 27/03/2017 at 19:31

Hans van Hooijdonk    on 27 March 2017

What a pity that the tall guy has left. He was the anchor man of the show. I hope that international TV producers have recognised Edd's skills and offer him a second career. I am sure that all watchers of Wheeler Dealers will give their support to Edd. The most interesting part of the show was the in detail technical restoration. Edd thank you very much for your fabulous TV work. I will follow your YouTube channel, but hope for your second TV CAReer

Edited by Hans van Hooijdonk on 27/03/2017 at 19:31

   on 27 March 2017

I grew up with a grandfather who did an apprenticeship in motor mechanic and ended up having his own business and a father who also enjoyed working on cars. Edd reminds me so much of these 2 very important people that were in my life that I am so disappointed that he is being so blatantly cut down by the narrow mindedness of the production company just to allegedly save money!!!! Me and my husband watch the programme generally but it will definitely not be the same without him ????????

Neil woodwatd    on 27 March 2017

Both men were an essential part of the show but I always like the early shows where they bought a £1000 banger and turned it into a desirable modern classic. Edd did give me confidence to tackle jobs I wouldn't have considered before. Another great car show ruined.

Bob Faulkner    on 27 March 2017

Velocity apparently do not understand what made the show so popular. After they acquired the production rights, their first action was to cut back on the one thing that made the show worth watching. I couldn't care less about watching Mike buy and sell yet another "crackin' motor", or listening to him overreact during the test drive. The mechanical work was the reason that I tuned in. Edd taught us not only how to fix things, but also how to determine what was causing a problem. Even my wife, who is by no means an automotive enthusiast, watched WD with me because it was entertaining, and Edd explained things in ways that non-automotive types could easily understand. I will give the new show a couple of episodes, but I suspect that Velocity have effectively killed Wheeler Dealers.

Edited by Bob Faulkner on 27/03/2017 at 20:17

Skrill    on 27 March 2017

As an American woman who knows nothing about cars (and doesn't really care either) I actually liked this show. I liked Edd and watching the magic he could work. Sounds like I can take Velocity of my "favorites" list on my remote.

Mark S Maynard    on 27 March 2017

Until Edd came along I would never have tackled a rust spot, now I know how to prep the spot and fill if needed ( a golf ball and a pea). I for one will be watching for coming attractions from Mr China!!

Ronald Rosquist    on 27 March 2017

I always fast forward the first part to the point were Edd starts in and then I get the meat and potatoes. Guess I won't be watching the series any more, dip S@#@.

Conal.G    on 27 March 2017


alan mackay 3 days ago

"little fat fud" superb!!!!!

Ian Allsop    on 27 March 2017

Ed will be sorely missed, his mechanical knowledge is immense,whatever vehicle they had to deal with he sorted them.Hopefully we will see him soon in another great program,it is a shame they are changing the programs format this is what people watch it for.All the best for the future Edd !!

Chas Loew    on 27 March 2017

Edd was the reason I watched the show. I learned some useful tips from him. Edd's part was the essential substance of the show. Edd was the painting and Mike was just the frame. It'll be kinda pointless without him!

   on 27 March 2017

Un programma così senza Edd, è come un film porno senza le scene di sesso... Edd rimarrai sempre nei nostri cuori... Il programma affari a quattro ruote così come verrà strutturato avrà vita breve...

   on 27 March 2017

Totally agree, Edd was the only bit of the show worth watching. Brewer sticking out his hand awkwardly trying to buy a car off a lad he found from eBay wasn't why anyone watches. In fact most episodes where the profit was only a couple hundred pounds made me feel like it wasn't fair to the real hard work Edd put into the cars. He didn't o ly make it look good but I saw episodes where he pretty much swapped out every part on a car just so it could turn £500 profit.

allan wynne    on 27 March 2017

be great if a tv company had the balls to do a similar program and hire ed china

All2kool    on 27 March 2017

I watched to see how to fix a car - not how to sell one. Anyone can list and sell off a car. The show will not survive without the in-depth coverage of the repairs.

James Peter Brett    on 28 March 2017

Ed China IS Wheeler Dealers to me.

TBH, I could quite happily miss all the rubbish that Mike Brewer dose in regards to buying and selling (it's not entertaining, skilled, or educational).

TBH I suspect this is the beginning of the end for wheeler dealers, which considering the demise of BBC's Top Gear since the 3 amigo's moved away from the BBC (for one reason or another), Wheeler Dealers has been the only motoring show I find entertaining.

I have tried watching Chasing Classic cars, and the Classic Car show, and tbh I find them as exciting as watching paint dry.

I hope another production company has the good sense to hire Ed China for their show.

Hemi Jim    on 28 March 2017

Well Guess I will not be tuning into this show ever again. Edds' information was always spot on and he also showed an economical way to fix the fiddly bits.

Please post when Edd has his own show. Come to the USA Edd.

allein    on 28 March 2017

the bean counters have won again and it really does not make sense and never will
The show is dead now like many I am not interested in the first ten minutes we know the formula but the work shop is always different problems and interesting how ed fixes them

So if that part is reduced well I will find some thing else to do like paint the house or wash the car sort of thing

Thanks for the great memories

   on 28 March 2017

This is the lamest decision I have ever heard. The best part of the show was Edd. Mikes deals would all be s*** if it wasn't for 80 hours per car of free labor from his buddy who he degradingly calls "son" . Edd deserves his own show anyway. In the meantime- everyone buy some orange gloves from him until he gets that next gig!

Jeffrey Mayer    on 28 March 2017

I started watching here in the USA what a decade ago almost.and was hooked. I rarely record anything, but do WD. The quaint charm of the show was 2 guys, in the UK..buying and fixing up cars to eek out a living. They ham and egged it so well, Mike did the buying with extreme enthusiasm..Edd was the competent mechanic who could pull a rabbit out his fanny when a repair seemed impossible given the budget. The most foolish thing they could have done is "take the money and run" to the US...Then it becomes just another contrived silly scripted stupid cable tv show of tarts repairing a car in America....along with those dimwitted twit females ! It's all about location, location,location..and the show ought to have remained in the UK. When you bring something to the US it gets F__KED UP ! sorry...we asshole Americans think we know best when we barely know nothing.
Find another production company, go back from whence you came from....
NOS " New Old Stock" ..good luck Edd !

Barbara Easton    on 28 March 2017

For me, I gained garage lingo, a new language about cars and how things work. Now when hanging out with my boys I can contribute a bit with possible solutions and understand way more about what they're talking about!! Our catch phrase.... What Would Edd Do... WWEDDD - we need bracelets or bandannas!
Looking forward to both new adventures!
Barbara

Ekho    on 28 March 2017

Edd is the reason I started watching "Wheeler Dealers" a few months ago. True, Edd & Mikes chemistry is kitchy, but honestly, Edd makes the show. Sorry Mike, but without "the tall man", you're just another used car salesman. Velocity, you might want to start paying very close attention to your viewers opinions, or you're going to have to start trimming your salaries, because no one will be watching.....

Kevin Garstad    on 28 March 2017

Unbelievable the details of Edds repairs and explanations is what made the show different from all others. I'll miss you Edd. Mike you're a gentleman, I met you at Barrett Jackson last year but please convince Velocity to undo what they've done. ??

Fabio    on 28 March 2017

I love both of them (Mike and Edd), but obviously the reason I watch the show is the works done by Edd... I had the feeling that I won't see Wheeler Dealers in the future... very sad decision from Velocity

   on 28 March 2017

Less workshop action! Might as well watch gas monkeys... The title said it all, Wheeler Dealers
Wheeling and dealing, little money, a good dose of cheeky bargaining, good skill on the tools. A bit of profit to show for your work, and the knowledge a car that would be scrapped, is good for another few years... I miss that in the later shows. My favourite was the first mini, now Mike looks like a business man and there's less of Edd... Limit the budget to about 4K for everything, make sure Mike and Ant have a plan, then send Mike away to get parts etc. Let him see the finished product only...

   on 28 March 2017

I shan't watch this show again - everyone agrees Edd's part was the most interesting. Mind you I never believed their 'costs' as they never included any of his time which sometimes ran to days and days & gave a very unrealistic idea of the total cost of their projects. Also some of the 'buyers' of the refurbed vehicles seemed a bit suspect & it all seemed a bit of a set up. But if you took it all with a pinch of salt, it was great fun & good entertainment. Won't be the same.

   on 28 March 2017

Wheeler Dealers without Edd is like stockings without suspenders, it'll never hold up! Huge opportunity for another network to snap him up. Edd was the only reason I watched WD.

Bill Johnstone    on 28 March 2017

Really hoping Ed will get his own show, cmon Ed show em how it should be done

Dale Eble    on 28 March 2017

Mike is a loveable goofball. Edd actually taught us things. He was right to move on.

MBAs are ruining our TV car shows. They killed Overhaulin. I suspect Edd's departure will have a negative impact on the brand. I hope at least as the money men obviously don't understand WHY we watch these shows. I for one will be tuning out as a little Mike goes a long long way.

Betty Engel    on 28 March 2017

Edd China's work was the real draw to the show. He was informative and entertaining. Mike's buying and selling was interesting but the workshop was why we watch the program. He wasn't yelling and screaming or creating controversy, he did the work while telling us what was going on and why...and what the pitfalls were.
REALLY Velocity....you have made a huge mistake by going in the new direction.

Drew Scherz    on 28 March 2017

I will add my voice to the others saying Edd and his work are the primary reason I watch Wheeler Dealers. I live in the USA and Wheeler Dealers was one of the few car shows I watched. The others are mostly all contrived and fake. Do I want to see someone install a giant subwoofer in the back of some obnoxious "restoration" or watch Edd explain why and how he's resolving a front suspension issue. Nothing against Mike at all as he was part of the duo that made the show unique. I always enjoyed his explanations as well, but I'll be looking for whatever Edd does next. I just hope I can see it here in the USA. Edd, if you are ever in Austin, Texas I'd love to say hi. I own an E-Type because of you.

   on 28 March 2017

Edd gave people courage. It is a very human emotion. If the programme makers remove the emotion they will loose the very thing that people buy in to. It will become another piece of American Wallpaper. Edd had the ability to remain authentic and that is the most compelling attribute of any brand. No Edd? I switch off

   on 28 March 2017

Maybe Edd & mike can take their show to a different network?

Malcolm Dixon    on 28 March 2017

"Wheeler" comes first in the title for good reason. Without the shop' and SPECIFICALLY Edd China the show would have just been "Dealers" and that is not something I would watch.

I have learned and have been entertained so much by WD. I am a man, a father and a combat veteran but I must say it kind of hurts, like the ending of a relationship to learn of the change. Maybe I'll go secretly shed a tear into a grip of shop towels and hope to see a show more suited to true Motor Heads (US) and Petrol Heads (UK).

Cheers to you Edd. You rock.

Daveservati    on 29 March 2017

We've been watching this show over in the states for years now and the only real part of the show that we got enjoyment from was watching Ed work on the cars it's a shame. First Top Gear show gets messed up by the BBC and now this show gets messed up by velocity what's a yank to do?

Edited by Daveservati on 29/03/2017 at 01:32

Andrew Kinser    on 29 March 2017

I have watched the show for years. Not only was it enjoyable to watch but I actually learned things. Now that Edd is gone so is the enjoyment and the education on repairs I got from time to time. This was the best car show going and now they have killed it! I will no longer be watching this show!!!

Sadtomato    on 29 March 2017

Well we all know that Edd was the star of the show and Mike "Old out yer and" Brewer was the sidekick! I always thought they should have made a 'reverse' episode whey Edd bought the car and Mike had to get his hands dirty! I'm sure that Ant Anstead will be great at the workshop stuff but if the emphasis is reduced if won't be as interesting. I guess that WD will go the same way as Car SOS, a show that gets it wrong as they spend too much time on theatrical stuff at the start and the end with ridiculous 'hand backs'.

Rodney Kent    on 29 March 2017

I completely understand Edd's decision to leave WD. The show has gone downhill since moving to the US. The fans want to see Edd working on everyday cars, using ordinary tools. I for one will not be watching the show if Edd is not in it. Watching Edd work his magic took me back to my teenage years when I used to work on old Ford's with my dad. He also inspired me to start a nut and bolt restoration of an old motorcycle, now I am semi retired. I look forward to seeing your next project Edd, whatever that may be.

hamish blackwood    on 29 March 2017

Every few years a genius is revealed on TV , Edd was sutch a man . I hope on hope we will see him in something new very soon ! .For me its back to channel surfing trying in vain to find something to watch and Wheeler Dealers will now probably be a five minute watch and move on program . A great shame . Hamish

samnash    on 29 March 2017

I would love somebody to tell me how Ataboy productions lost the programme to Velocity, the beginning of the end in my opinion. I presumed that Ataboy owned the show, did they sell it lock stock and barrel to Discovery who brought it in house with Velocity? If anybody knows, please post it.

   on 29 March 2017

More of the same. Loved the format and liked the balance between the two, and because it was a show for people who wanted to learn how to do stuff, where to get stuff. I tried but failed to watch the programme Mike did on his own buyng cars around the world, and I really can't be bothered with Ant Anstead at all, so for me, I'll be waiting for Edd to come back on another show, and looking out for him at the car shows. Good luck with whatever you do next Edd

Robin Lewis    on 30 March 2017

Ed. You are an incredible educator and it is clear to anyone who tunes into the show (despite the team behind you) that you have enormous talent for your subject and a real gift for imparting your knowledge. You'll always be a success. Good luck mate. Greatly look forward to tuning into your next venture.

   on 30 March 2017

As most people have already said, No Ed No Show. It ahs already biased towards USA. They might as well have the show now & keep it

Bill Jones

Ray Lancefield    on 31 March 2017

WD was a very entertaining and informative show. Edd did his best to explain sometimes very complex systems and how they work. So very educational and inspirational. MB's input was was at best infantile and annoying – always stating how wonderful he was at getting a good sale price, only always giving in and getting less than he suggested getting. It would be much better to give Edd and his near silent sidekick Paul their own show. It would be relevant in a world where high servicing costs and throwaway ideals are so ruinous in the automotive market. Edd you have support judging by the various comments made here!

Jerry Jacobsen    on 31 March 2017

If it hadn't been for Ed, I would have never taken on both a Maserati Merak or Lotus Esprit Turbo. He gave me the courage to jump in and give it my best shot. Though not always successful on my own, my backyard mechanic skills are better than ever. My wife has already committed to not watching the show if Ed is not present. Here's to you Ed, hopefully you will get your own show soon.

Ray howell    on 1 April 2017

Just what the b***** hell is hapening with these TV programmes that we love to watch the BBC completely messed up top gear it is now totally unwatchable and now we are expected to listen to mike brewer trying to knock a few quid off of a second hand car come on anyone can do that but try and make them saleable it took Ed to do that.

JontyW    on 3 April 2017

How I agree with so many of the comments already made!

Mike Brewer was the disaster here - what an arrogant and disrespectful twit he was. Sack him, keep Edd and the programme would have gone from strength to strength.
Col Wood

Mac Hutton    on 4 April 2017

Mac H

I've watched WD for around 8 years and marvelled at Edd's natural gift for diagnosing, repairing and infusing life back into cars from different eras ... all explained in easy to understand language. MB was the out-of-tune old school banger ... "see what I did there?"

Judging by the number of personal views expressed, authentic car lovers were really the core audience in the UK... not pseudo reality show voyeurs. The new owner Velocity obviously thinks it can tweak the show's format to attract a larger audience (principally American), more interested in non-car stuff. Good luck with that piece of corporate thinking then.

A great shame for Edd to be separated from his loyal audience, although a modest man of such diverse talents will already have his own plans in place to further his career. Let us all hope that includes more televised spanner work, inspirational restorations ... and a technical explanation as to how he persuades his hair to defy gravity while simultaneously changing colour! Just please stay away from the exhaust fumes of an ailing Top Gear.

Edd can "walk tall" at the end of this sad episode, more than can be said for the quality of educational broadcasting.

Ewan Macpherson    on 7 April 2017

Here we go again Velocity haven't got a clue.
Why do you think Wheeler Dealers has done so well... it wasn't Mikes pretty face. IT WAS QUALITY and the information content from Ed, something that Velocity obviously know nothing about.

Another show wrecked by corporate greed and complete lack of awareness of what the public actually want to see. So I suppose we are left with watching Chasing Classic cars, seems the only one left that isn't a soap opera or reality TV.
Good luck Ed with whatever you choose to do.

   on 13 April 2017

Mike and Edd were a good combination. I think everyone will agree that the most interesting part was watching and learning about the mechanics and build of the vehicles. I have learnt loads and hope Edd goes on to make his own show which I would definitely watch in preference to wheeler dealers with its new mechanic whoever he is.
Dave

Alan Youel    on 14 April 2017

What a shame that the production company have completely missed the point of what made the show such a success. Mike, being the 'dealer', obviously starts and ends the process by picking the car and selling on at the end. But it has always been Edd, with his easy style, breaking down the complexities of the motor vehicle, identifying and then fixing the issues, which has been the real draw.

To reduce the amount of air time given to the mechanical aspect, takes away from the show's USP. Losing this, and Edd China, will certainly make it less interesting for me.

I'll be watching out for Edd appearing in another vehicle, as opposed to Wheeler Dealers without him.

BeagsX2    on 16 April 2017

Defo Edd that made the show and his fixes were very informative. I ended up getting my MK1 XR2 back on the road thanks to this legend. Good luck with your future endeavours Edd and you'll defo be missed on wheeler dealers

Eric Lane    on 17 April 2017

I just Cannot believe they want to mess with something that works. It would be the same if God decided the heart or mind should work in a different way, Unthinkable

TonyElyod    on 18 April 2017

Buy a Car for £4000
Buy Parts for £850

Spend 190 hrs on Labour...

WAHHOO..!!!..
"We sold the car for £4950..Jobs a goodin"...??

PMSL...

davidHB    on 19 April 2017

China is that rare combination of a skilful technician and an articulate presenter. Taking the program as a whole, I found Mike Brewer a little tedious with his constant low-balling of sellers, invariably followed by odious cackling after money had changed hands as to how cheap he had managed to buy it for and there was of course the "elephant in the room" in so far as final selling prices of vehicles never seem to include costing of China's labours. Nonetheless, I was a big fan of the programme, and this was all due to Ed China. I hope he finds a more suitable vehicle for his talents in the future.

Neil Mitchell    on 19 April 2017

Millions of Mike Brewers around! Edd China's are rare as hen's teeth!
He will be sorely missed by those of us who still understand and enjoy classic car maintenance and repair "Reality shows" on modern mediocre television programs. Hope to see more of E China in future - but doubt he will get the chance to do what he does so well................. better learn to cook 'my china'!

UnknowUzer    on 21 April 2017

Honestly I found Mike to be quite irritating to watch. I tuned in to watch the work being done by Edd, and because they featured cars that the everyday man could relate with, instead of million dollar supercars, and/or antiques.
The cars on WD were cars that the average joe either has owned, currently owns, or could easily own. This made the show very relatable.

pants man ice    on 22 April 2017

I must have watched every program, and the re-repeats, and was a good format.
Ed has certainly improved over the programs, going from a keen lanky lad, to a confident experienced presenter. (quite funny to see the physical transformation as well!). Although sad to see it stop, I am confident Ed, will find something as equally challenging and interesting to do, and hopefully free to view!

marcus hamblin    on 23 April 2017

Edd China just needs a toolbox and a ramp and his own show. He just has to move on without the fat cling on. Whatever Edd China does will be a winner.

William Cole    on 23 April 2017

I agree with most everyone on this thread!!! Edd is the heart and soul of Wheeler Dealers. It amazes me that Velocity decided to cut production costs in the way they did. Edd has the best segments. They are enjoyable to watch and are incredibly informative. I don't understand why bean counters always stick their noses in things where they don't belong. Wheeler Dealers had a winning formula that took them from obscurity to global stardom. To tinker with that in any way is idiotic and will soon lead to the demise of what was my favorite show on television. Edd will be sorely missed! My only hope is that another network has the foresight to pick him up & create another car or motorcycle show. I love watching the creative ways in which Edd solves problems. I have to say that Edd's YouTube video explaining his departure from the show exhibited his true professionalism and class. I hope to see you in your own show soon!!! Good luck Edd!!!

Peter Shulver    on 24 April 2017

I must support all the comments regarding both Mike and Ed but I still watched it for Ed and Mike was just doing the intro bits .The show started south when they went to the USA full time ! All the best Ed in you future endeavor's I will certainly watch them. Not sure i will follow the path of MB.

Lord Zen    on 25 April 2017

Just come to this story, I'm horrified at what the programme will become. I used to put up with the Mike Brewer repetitive cliche dialogue and tedious shots of him looking at car ads to get to the real meat of it for me, the actual mechanics of a master car engineer working on practical fixes. I say used because I probably won't watch it now. I would guess that, envious of Top Gear type shows and thinking to move away from grease and spanners, the producers have made a wrong turn to cut costs I mean 'develop' the show. Whoever decided this should think about another career.

Max Washington    on 25 April 2017

I also think Edd China was totally right to leave the programme...

I honestly think that without Edd China, Wheeler Dealers will die....
All the best Edd China and I hope to see you on another format Car programme soon......

Lake District    on 25 April 2017

Let's face it, Mike Brewer's piece to camera with the "seller" usually came across as being so heavily practiced, scripted and cliched... 'old ahhhh yer aaand - aaah'll give yer a bag o' sand for that'

Basically Mike usually appeared to be a caricature acting the role of geezer used car dealer. Whereas Edd was entirely authentic and passionate about making car restoration approachable. Edd, you'll be sorely missed.

Edited by Lake District on 25/04/2017 at 23:20

Casey Chapman    on 29 April 2017

The production company just lost a great show by being "thrifty". I tried to watch a you tube of the replacement talking about a project of some sort. So boring, I did not finish the video.

Anne Marshall    on 30 April 2017

Edd China made this show, without him it won't be the same. Mike's ok but he's a bit shouty and loud, it's always the same: "hold out yer 'and mate, slam (as he shakes hands)' i've just bought meself a ..... or you've just bought yerself a ........." I'm always glad his pieces to camera are short.

I won't be watching the new show.

Bryan Carrie    on 1 May 2017

Watched it all, witnessing a move from explanations and advice to diy'ers to a more advanced presentation and use of equipment beyond the scope of most people. That said, it remained a very informative, entertaining show and a tribute to the team. I trust that Edd will get to keep the gear !

Thanks to Edd and looking forward to his future ventures and presentations.

I believe the concept has changed although will give the new format a chance to deliver what I want / need.

Qualifications - CEng, retired, car diy for 47yrs

John Hanley    on 1 May 2017

Dirty hands on made the show with Edd to explain how to go about any job, this made the show for all thoes who would take on a mechanical job at home,thanks Edd for making it possible to tackle repairing our treasures.What a lose. Don Hanley

Edited by John Hanley on 01/05/2017 at 16:27

Chris Lesser    on 1 May 2017

Ed's departure has left a huge gap in the tv auto repair program market. Surely there must be a station out there somewhere with the vision to step into the gap. Yes it would be good to see Ed China in the same role with a new visionary tv station, but I'm sure he has already sorted out his future direction. It doesn't have to be Ed China in the mechanical role, but a new show, with new experienced people and a similar format, would soon be accepted by the motoring public as long as the correct personalities were chosen. That's the difficult bit.

I think that it's pretty safe to say that the new Wheeler Dealers (series 14) is already a dead duck. For Ed China to resign for the reasons given, assuming that those are the reasons, The show must be radically different.

Edited by Chris Lesser on 01/05/2017 at 22:30

Gary Redman    on 2 May 2017

Wow, I just found out that Edd was leaving.
Been a fan of this show for years and now disappointed that it won't be the same.
I usually watch Mike buy the car and then I fast forward to Edd doing all the work.
I know Mike is actually an intelligent person and has his own car yard, but Edd is one that performs the magic and keeps the show fresh.
Looks like another Top Gear moment.
I just hope it doesn't turn into a clone of the rediculous American car shows that waste time on dumba*** workshop pranks and stupid characters. Americans are entertained with any crap that appears on their screens, but the rest of us would like to retain quality and credibility within the car shows we view.

Anthony John    on 3 May 2017

It's a sad day that Ed's quitting the show....It'll never be the same again without him.....I guess 'All good things must come to an end ' ....Thanks for the pleasure of watching two fabulous guys at work.....You will be missed...God Bless & Thanks a million for the great show. .

Ron Green    on 5 May 2017

China is a nice guy but not perfect. Most of the stuff he does I did 30-40 years ago plus a bit more. Ive never seen him rebuild a gearbox or engine other than fit a lead free head and hes called in specialists to fit windscreens and re gas aircon. All jobs Ive done at home. What is Anstead going to do less of? He fitted new gaskets to Webers on a classic Alfa Spyder claiming this had cured rough running. I suspected the carbs were knackered and this was confirmed in when he revisited a new owner who had to have new carbs fitted to get it running right. He hilariously said replacing auto transmission fluid would do one car a world of good as if its a medicine and wastes time checking gaps on new sets of plugs. He once replaced a faulty ignition module on a Saab then unnecessarily insisted on fitting a OBD data recorder to confirm a relatively simple fault had been cured. I suspect the bearing he replaced on a classic Audi Quattro had nothing wrong with it and was just picked on like a few other things over the years to pad the show out. Specialist parts suppliers and refurb firms are rarely mentioned by name leaving the viewer to track them down. Brewer talks garbage and should have been shot years ago.

Robert Brackenbury    on 6 May 2017

Brewer was always a waste of space. I watched despite him. We need a new programme - the same as wheeler dealers but without anyone doing the Brewer role. Also be good to have realistic prices and an estimate of labour costs.

Julie Edmenson    on 7 May 2017

I'll be honest, I don't know my wing nuts from my ballcock but I do know what keeps both me and my petrol-head husband watching Wheeler Dealers...and it isn't Mike. Whilst the husband picks up great tips from Edd, I can't wait to see the finished product, after his seemingly effortless work. My only qualm is that the inner workings dont get a good hose down!
I'm sorry to say, there just is not a show without the actual step by step transformation of rusty heap to gleaming beauty. What's the point of it otherwise?!

Lowrider73    on 9 May 2017

Come on Amazon grab Ed and bring back the part of Wheeler Dealer that we all enjoyed!

Ian Hutton    on 12 May 2017

Hi I agree with lots of people just a shame they had to fall out over it !!! but i had noticed when they went to America you Didn't see much of edd in the Garage anymore !! shame was a great show .

Mark Dawes    on 13 May 2017

Wheeler Dealers had a dynamic chemistry that worked - a superb combination of humorous shenanigans and fascinatingly useful education about fixing cars. Whoever had the idea of mucking about with this winning formula needs their head examined. The viewing figures spoke for themselves.
And if the Ed China nitty-gritty of the show cost time and money... so what...! That was the show's best bit, so just bite the bullet, and keep it going.
The decision to compromise Wheeler Dealer's superb format was short-sighted and just plain dumb.
Perhaps some TV producer with wisdom can organise a similar type of program, with Ed China continuing to educate and entertain an audience hungry for user-friendly motor mechanics. Maybe Ed himself could put together a show. I'm sure this is easier said than done, though. Anyway, fingers crossed.

A.B.    on 14 May 2017

As an American I will miss my favorite show. The reason I watched was because of the lack of drama.
We already have enough of that here. What I enjoyed most was what I saw as the obvious friendship between Mike and Edd. I'm working on my own little restoration project because of watching Edd's easy to follow instructing.
Should have paid more attention to Mike though as I have burned through more money than the end product will ever be worth.

A.B. Las Vegas, NV

Ernesto    on 15 May 2017

The show will probably now go down hill without Edd shame on you Velcity a very bad move

David Straker    on 15 May 2017

As with pretty much every comment so far, the only reason to watch WD was the Edd China part. It was always done in an interesting, educational and entertaining way all at the same time. Got zero respect for that idiot Anstead ever since he removed a seat from a Triumph Stag and threw it across the Workshop in the Channel 4 program with Philip Glenister. No doubt done for the benefit of the cameras but that in itself shows the kind of guy he is - a wannabe TV 'celebrity'. Nope, that's the end of Wheeler Dealers for me unfortunately.

   on 16 May 2017

I am an experienced mechanic but this show has always given me so much knowledge that you rarely get to see these days, Edds clear methodical explanations have been the reason why I watch the show, Mike brewer and Edd are a great team,
The show producers are going to lose the viewers that have been the main reason for the shows success, I agree that it's not fair to harass Mike brewer but by all means let's harass the new producers!!

Paul Clayton    on 20 May 2017

The big miss for me was the change of format by moving to the US and restoring American cars. I've been a car guy all my life and a shade tree mechanic too but I have little interest in seeing American cars restored as I've been down that road for 40 years and there are plenty of other shows that have that covered. Restoring off the wall foreign (to us Yanks) jobs has much more appeal and is vastly more watchable. I think it's much more of a learning experience to an American audience. I just can't see the show being the same without Edd. Lastly, I hope David Lee, the Executive Producer, can get all the Velocity programs edited correctly to show the correct sequence of events. Nothing worse for a detail oriented viewer to see fixes done in one scene then not done in the next scene.

Al Harris    on 22 May 2017

Edd was a bit of a bell end, but so is Mike - kind of gives the show a degree or reality - We all know he didn't really do all of the spannering & this was confirmed when the American shows specified the real spanner monkeys - but still an entertaining show with the frisson of if Mike & Ed were truly an item - Obs Edd is a chutney ferret, but we just weren't sure about mike being a choccy speedway rider

Will miss the show greatly xx

P38Nutter    on 22 May 2017

Ed could front a cake decoration, flower arranging or painting stripes on humbugs documentary in an engaging way.
What's up with these production people? It's them that want to recruit talent. Admittedly the camera work and sound is perfectly acceptable so, where's the problem? It can only be post production technology, direction or production.
If they can't turn something out, someone else will.
Of course, we're not stupid. How much digging do Alan Titchmarch and Monty Don do?
Let Ed do the directing and cut down the sales flash a little.
I'll be looking out for Ed somewhere else.
He's welcome to come and put the dashboard back into my p38 while I video him. Youtubers would love that. I'll just replace Mike with a pretty girl passing sockets and bank the money.

   on 23 May 2017

Ed is the crux of the show and inspires people to buy cars normally out of reach by demonstrating how to maintain them- I brought a 4.6 petrol P38 Range Rover because of how easy Ed showed it was to service - thanks Ed ! If Ed goes and the show is 'Dumbed Down' it will lose its Core client base - there are too many shows doing the same thing and the show will die without its specialist Ace Card - the workshop. dont do it! keep the formula. Ed - you are a star!. Chris R (RAF)

dave wilkinson    on 29 May 2017

As a motor mechanic of 50 years, MOT station owner for 30 of them, I find Wheeler Dealers very much tongue in cheek. Viewers should not be led to the belief that his "restoration projects" are either easy or straight forward. His tins of magic spray appear to make every nut and bolt, untouched for 40 years, come loose. Nothing breaks, no threads strip and nothing refuses to budge. This does not happen in the real world. Ask any experienced mechanic. I have completed many restorations and two and four wheel projects and none are ever straight forward. So please view this show as entertainment and enjoy it as such.

   on 30 May 2017

With edd China leaving, now the only thing worth watching on velocity that doesn't have canned drama is 'All girls garage'

Tony O'Diamond    on 30 May 2017

Bad move on Edd leaving Bye Bye Wheeler Dealers , Brewer was the help Edd was the show. Look at 99% of the comments here . The new Mechanic is good in his own rite but a different character. Its a shame hopefully Edd get's his ne w show soon . Wheeler dealers Ill watch it but l think its headding the way Top Gear went .

M gwynne    on 30 May 2017

What can you say wheeler dealer was the best edd and brewer was a double act and I think it was best show I think thay bouth did a good job I will mis the show all the best to them thay did a good job mick Gwynne 30/5/20017

   on 31 May 2017

the cream as been wiping around for some time.i lost my only car Mark2 ford cortena
1600cc ex police H reg. to some wise traveller a swap was made for ford orin 1600cc
in the 90. Wheeler Dealers was a good thing as it kept the younger ones interested
and it was a joy.ok it did not fully go in to the heard core of putting some thing to together . or down to rust buckets problems.i spent years welding other peoples cars for peanuts. but i got by. watching the dell boys at there game was a enjoy bull program ..now we are watching the yank's builder there dreams.or are.we.
as we all know the props cost lots of money. the more they asking the less of thing will be built. why not set your Owen shop up lads or have you been using the tube .
by to you both.from john in carlisle

John Schulman    on 4 June 2017

Ed China is a fantastic engineer and it is down to his knowledge and expertise that has made modifications and repairs seem so simple.
As if this wasn't enough, the enthusiasm and obvious love of his work was apparent and a joy to follow.
This talent should not be allowed to fade away.
Ed good luck we are all waiting for your new venture

IVAN DODD    on 6 June 2017

Rest in peace Wheeler Dealers. Ed you did a great job.

   on 7 June 2017

Ed China was wheeler dealer full stop , if I was a TV producer I would snap Ed up and create a new car show . People want factual shows where they can see true craftsmanship being shown , not a man with a gift of the gab , I mean we have politicians for that horse s***.

   on 9 June 2017

Wheeler Dealers without Ed China? It won't work. I'm no car mechanic but Ed made those workshop scenes mesmeric, even for a chap like me who can't even change a spark plug! It was compelling viewing to see how he transformed the unloved motoring has-beens that Mike acquired into desirable modern-day classics. Oh well, I'll just have to be content with reruns of old episodes on Quest etc!!

stephen kearns    on 10 June 2017

too true if it was not for ed china my knowledge on cars and how to fix them would be zero ed china is wheeler dealers love the show

James lizzo    on 13 June 2017

Velocity is wrong !!!!! China is the reason we watch the show and the interaction between Brewer and China was also terrific, Big business always gets it wrong,RIP Wheeler Dealers

   on 13 June 2017

Ed is a Legend. End of. WD was a platform for him to show what he is, and now's the time to move on to bigger and better projects. He has my support!

Pete Neumann    on 16 June 2017

Why is it that backroom production executives, can reduce a successful endeavor to a dollars and cents value, then gut it for the sake of profit. Any car, glamorous or not, is more than a sleek shiny exterior, the stuff you don't see is responsible for the performance, handling and driving pleasure you experience.
Edd China is an every day mechanic who made even the most non mechanical of us familiar with how cars work and how to repair them without unnecessary expense.
Wheeler Dealers is both, Mike and Edd, the "Ying and Yang" of classic car rescue.
To Velocity, "You have just fixed the best motoring show on the planet. To bad it did not need fixing." If you wanted another show of glitz, glamor and blatant self promotion, photocopy "Legendary Motorcar" instead of fixing what was not broken.

   on 18 June 2017

I love watching the show but i only watch it because of the enthusiasm edd shows and it's fascinating watching him get in and about the greasy bits .. big mistake to make him quit and the show will probably go the way top gear went .. sad times

TJ Meagher    on 20 June 2017

I too will miss Edd, but I am pretty sure the show will not change that much. There is much that is not being said, and it is not my place to say more about that. I do hope people will still give a look when new episodes air this fall.......................

Kelvin Warsap    on 26 June 2017

Without Edd there is no point to the program. Mike is just boring who seems to never get his hands dirty just goes and buys the bits and pieces and the cars that need fixing.
Edd is the show, I have learnt so many new things since I started watching the program , I even went and found old series to watch some of the older programs .
I not to keen on the american cars but others he did were so interesting and to be shown what has caused the problem and what to do to rectify it have been unbelievable to watch.
I wont watch the program without Edd as He made the program .
The TV company is going to lose most of there viewers for this program so if I say farewell now to wheeler dealers because you are not going to last much longer without Edd.
I say boycott the program until its put right.

peter holman    on 2 July 2017

How about Edd teaming up with Chip Foose.
Once Chip told Brewer that it was Edd who did all the hard work.
Great respect for both Edd and Chip.
Anyway, think a new Chasing Classic Cars is coming up in August.
Peter Holman.

   on 3 July 2017

I agree that Ed was the driving force of this programme. Some of the crap that Mike Brewer bought would never have seen the light of day had it not been for Eds skills.

Mike Brewer would tell us what a good deal he had made (Remember the TVR with the rotted chassis worth about 200 quid) The chancer who was trying to sell it for £6,000. Mike Brewer told us he had "stolen" it for £5,500. He must have been drunk that day.
Many times he told us how much "profit" he had made eg: £1800. Sadly he never mentioned the £2,000 worth of labour that Ed had put into it to get it to sell at all.
Hope Ed finds something to suit his talents. Not bothered if I never see Mike Brewer again.

Roy Coley    on 15 July 2017

A complete nonsense to get rid of Ed, he's the only reason I watch the show, crazy crazy decision by somebody who clearly doesn't have a clue why the show is sutch a success .

It's certainly not Mike Brewer




Roy Coley

Michael Corrigan    on 16 July 2017

As a car enthusiast and professional mechanic losing Edd will be a death knell to WD. The only reason I watched the show was to see edd explain a part and how to repair it. Knowledge for the masses of car enthusiasts out there.

In some of the shows when Mike got in his face about something he had absolutely no knowledge of, it would make me cringe. Had that be me. Mike would have a 24" Cresent wrench between his eyes.

Good luck Edd on one mechanic to another.

Mr williams    on 16 July 2017

I have a mechanical background in 2 other trades, for me and other mech heads Ed's repairs were a fix to us, a surprise to that Velocity were allowed to muscle in on the production of the show, maybe Mike & Ed could have run the show themselves with their own company................mike's comments were out of order, he has put about a third of the effort into the show, would not surprise me if Mike orchestrated the split with Velocity.......the show is heading for the bin !!

John Beckett    on 23 July 2017

Well, as an American and a motor head I will agree that Edd was the reason for watching the show. He worked on regular cars that regular people would buy and drive for fun, or necessity. A totally restored LS-1 retrofit into a late 60s Camaro is nice, but who can afford it.
No more Wheeler Dealers for me, as Edd would say, with the change in format it would be "perished"

Charles de Wit    on 27 July 2017

Honestly, without Edd I myself wouldn't have tried (and succeeded) to replace the broken window mechanism in my own Volvo V40.

I think this will be the death of the show, not necessarily because of the departure of Edd himself, but the cutting of the greasy bits in the program.

Even my wife, who doesn't have anything with cars, liked the show and found the oily parts entertaining.

Nikhil Kapse    on 29 July 2017

A Massive loss with Edd's departure. Loved every episode of the programme with the exceptionally articulate, intelligent talent of Edd. He displayed a very pragmatic but not dumbed down approach to the task(s) at hand, most importantly though a wonderful character and gentleman to grace our TV screens and media. As a mk1 golf owner and enthusiast, I even relished the human touches (like the decals on the mk1 GTI! ;). )
I sincerely wish to see more of Edd on the TV screens in a show and environment that is good enough and to his high standards. Lots of comments on here regarding the teaching examples and him being a good role model are so true - qualities no longer appreciated by the media and corporations these days.
We need good role examples like Add to maintain standards and EVEN to hold car manufacturers to scrutiny when their products are scrutinised from an engineer's point of view and not just a lay consumer

John Denison    on 31 July 2017

I was hoping there would be another program with Ed by now...Amazon perhaps?

   on 31 July 2017

The guys at Velocitiy Productions need to understamd that, petrol heads and fans of classic/80's cars watched Wheeler Dealers BECAUSE of the demystifying of the oily workings of the cars we all grew up with. I studied mechanical engineering and still learned more andout vehicle mechanics from watching this show than any textbooks. You could replace Mike wirh ANY old 2nd hand car salesman, but messing with Ed's section of the show is a recipe for dissaster. Glad he quit as a diluted Ed would be no Ed at all... just hope he gets snapped up for his own show now!

GLH    on 31 July 2017

Production values of 'car shows' in the 'states' are so different to those in Blighty, as are the audiences, cars and memories attached to the cars we grew up with! It seems Velocity would rather pander to more questionable US entertainment values as opposed to a more British 'learning in an entertaining way' format which was working, at least for UK audiences and obviously a small proportion of US audiences. However, this is apparently not enough for 'audience figures' obsessed production companies. The BBC, as opposed to the commercial channels, seem to get it right! INFORM, EDUCATE AND ENTERTAIN!!! Velocity! Shame on you . . .

Edited by GLH on 31/07/2017 at 16:38

Jeff Pickering    on 3 August 2017

I watch for the way the cars are repaired and up-dated and the explanations given, but never for the Del Boy stuff.

Mark Reed    on 10 August 2017

I must say the show was my favourite show, it won't be the same without Edd. I think the they have made a big mistake by changing the format, Edd's input is what I tuned in for and I believe most Classic car owners and enthusiasts will say the same. I think Mike Brewer should have backed up Edd on this its a great shame.

   on 13 August 2017

hi most people like to see the fix any fool can buy and sell

Royboy1    on 13 August 2017

wheeler dealers what a show??? just to be sure EDD fixing the cars is what makes the show We all love the dirty bits and to see how even EXPENSIVE CARS are not to be SCARED OF TRYING TO REPAIR now ok mike is ok but its all FAKE has any one here bought a car like mike did ??? no me neither that southern voice and false banter is so anoying i bet you even the seller cringed on meeting mike ??? so more DIRTY MENDING BITS LESS of BUYING cars in GERMANY what guy or gal in uk the every day working man would think to buy car in GERMANY ??? then drive it home

take away take your travel costs and any thing else you spent on thats your profit gone ??? then you have to fix it

some of the LOW PROFITS MADE WOULD NOT MAKE SENCE TO EVEN TRY TO FIX UP unless you keep for yourself

this is why on wheeler dealers you buy CHEAP AND REPAIRABLE then TART IT UP

garage time its the best bit dirty fixes tools and knowlage is what makes this show guys love TOOLS CARS FIXING THINGS ETC

so give us what we like not a little cockney guy rubbing his hands together saying im going to knock him down on this one we all do this any way

good luck EDD SORRY WE LOST OU FOR NOW

Edited by Royboy1 on 13/08/2017 at 06:09

N Birnbaum    on 18 August 2017

As a US viewer Edd was definitely the heart of the show.

I always learned a tidbit or two watching Edd's repairs/restorations.

This has been particularly useful in restoring my one-owner (me) 1969 Lotus Elan. Of course, the episode that Edd tackled a Lotus Elan was especially helpful (along with Jay Leno's Elan oriented activities).

So, I think the producers have probably seriously damaged the show for most of us, certainly me. Not really interested in the over-the-top buying/selling part that appeared staged for the most part.




   on 19 August 2017

It is a shame about Ed, also a shame that this will probably be the end of a great show.
Ed mechanical know how gave me the confidence to dust off my own garage equipment again something that has saved me thousands of £s and given much satisfaction over the years, plus Mike's little gems about what to look out for when buying and he's knowledge of each cars hidden faults to look out for, and not forgetting all those small engineering, trimming specialists and classic spares companies he gave air time to who would have known they exsisted if not in the trade or part of a car club.
Will miss both

Les Richards    on 25 August 2017

Haven't got a lot of time for Brewer. One minute he's the sharp as a tack car dealer next he comes over all innocent to somethign Edd mentions which every petrolhead should know. I know it's TV but really, give viewers some credibility.

As for Edd, I just wish he would stop using 'kinda' and 'sort of'.

Either something is rusty or knackered not kinda rusty, sort of knackered. I find that very annoying.

aly nicholls    on 2 September 2017

i dont think velocity wanted brewer either, i think he surprised them when he ditched his friend and took the money.
i think velocity wanted the format, and engineered a reason to for them to quit but mike not backing edd meant they had to get ant, after one season this show will vanish.
and relaunch as an american show a couple of years later, just watch i call it now.
as for edd apart from youtube i dont expect to see him on another show, i understand he told channel 4 he was not interested in being the tech on the 3rd season of for the love of cars, which was ant ansteads old show a perfect role for him as its all about the oily bits, such a shame and turnabout would have been fair play.
its all so sad.
i get the impression that edd does not care for the limelight, and only stayed as long as he did on WD due to being comfortable in a routine, he doesn't strike me as someone who would actively seek a new show, and even for edd china they dont knock on your door and offer you work thats just a fallacy.
car sos is not confirmed for another season either, tim is on fifth gear (web only) but dont forget discovery has been interfeering there too, how come a channel 4 programme was aired on discovery first?.

dphotos    on 5 September 2017

Edd is the only reason I watched the show and I think the Discovery Channel got an earful from the viewers when they found out that Edd had quit the show, boy were they angry about it and with the new show format. Becasue of the large response from the viewers and according to Edd, he thinks the show will go back to more of what he did because that is what the viewers wanted to see and the US viewers liked the feel of the shop being in England not in Southern California. I know this next season the show will be filmed in I beleive Huntington Beach hereI in Southern California but I don't think the producers understand the viewers likes and dislikes. Maybe the weather was better and maybe Mike wanted to move out here. O well I wish the best for Edd on any new show he will be on.

Edited by dphotos on 05/09/2017 at 04:17

Dennis Comito    on 9 September 2017

What in God's name are they thinking. It's watching Edd do his magic that keep me totally entertained. I think they are going to regret this decision. Anybody with some knowledge can buy and sell cars, it's watching Edd that I really enjoyed even though I would not describe myself as a gearhead. I hope they realize their mistake and get Edd to come back!

Edited by Dennis Comito on 09/09/2017 at 20:48

Charlie Aron    on 9 September 2017

No Edd China! Ya lost me! He was the show! You could have dropped Mike Brewer and just had Edd fixing cars in his shop.

Time for the "Edd China Show" to debut.

Gary pollentine    on 10 September 2017

Top gear gone now edd china what next talk about killing good tv

   on 13 September 2017

I will no longer watch the show. This was one of the reasons we watched the show, the hands on, detailed repair work. Edd explained, in great detail, what needed to be done and showed it. Maybe this is why the show was so very popular. Do the idiots making the changes not realize that you do not mess with success. Someone always thinks they can make it better when it is already better. Maybe, we the viewers, enjoy this format. What a shame. Hopefully Edd comes out with a similar show and buries the former. So go f*** yourselves Velocity producers!

john kudrick    on 13 September 2017

Ed is the Steve McQueen of the car world ,King of Cool .Being a mechanic all my life and now retired ,I can honestly say that I actually learned from the show .Thanks Ed . You will be sorry velocity . Good Luck Ed John K .

Erv    on 16 September 2017

Ed needs to move to Canada, cbc has the perfect venue for a class act like Ed China.
BBC wake-up before Amazon does it again

doctorjwoody    on 17 September 2017

So -- the female perspective here? I'm a "recovering" academic. My husband glues himself to the television for hours at a time -- and loves all things motoring. Wheeler Dealers was a show that I was willing to watch with him -- specifically, Edd China's brilliant descriptions of all things mechanical lured this closet mechanic down from the computer. Mind you, the London to Brighton race in the century old vehicles had a certain draw as well!

I think that Velocity has been profoundly short-sighted here. There is quite enough puerile programming on television already -- why, on earth, would Velocity want to take a beloved and proven show and dumb it down? I, for one, will not be watching it again.

Geek out....

Edited by Julie Woodbury, PhD on 17/09/2017 at 02:36

   on 18 September 2017

I am seriously disappointed that Edd China has decided to leave Wheeler Dealers. I am not a gearhead but I loved hearing Edd explain mechanics in a way that made it actually sound easy and doable. Unfortunately Wheeler Dealers will be losing its audience - including me. Sad,

   on 19 September 2017

Oh...okay...so Velocity Channel is going with the "NEW Coke" versus "Classic
Coke" business model. Good plan, people! I was gonna say Good plan "GUYS" but that is probably incorrect on many,many levels.

   on 19 September 2017

Oh...okay...so Velocity Channel is going with the "NEW Coke" versus "Classic
Coke" business model. Good plan, people! I was gonna say Good plan "GUYS" but that is probably incorrect on many,many levels.

Frank Fox    on 20 September 2017

Frank Fox Long Island NY........I have watched Wheeler Dealers since the inception and I am devastated to hear that Ed will not be in the new season. I have been a gear head for all of my 75 years and I am always learning something new from Ed China as he explains how and what he is doing as he makes repairs. Velocity has made a serious mistake in trying to change the format of the show. I hope they realize the importance this type of programming is to the the majority of viewers. There are plenty of car shows available on cable TV and I am not sure I will continue as a viewer for the new season.
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Conan    on 21 September 2017

This just makes me sad.....
I'm from the UK and have lived in NYC - car-less now for 15 years, so wheeler dealers is both a cultural and much enjoyed link to my motoring and engineering past. I loved the education and the attention to detail of Edd's approach.

I can see why the production firm did it, but they, in my opinion, have made a critical error, and broken the golden role of: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. They've tried to reduce costs, but lost the asset in the process. Now its a cheaper version that may still appeal to new audiences, however, like top-gear, substitutions are rarely accepted. When the magic is gone, just move on.....

Next stop, Edd's youtube channel!

Randy Graybill    on 22 September 2017

I've enjoyed watching Wheeler Dealers, especially because my other half enjoyed watching it with me! Edd made it interesting and intelligent. Now, just another boring car show. Velocity has screwed up. There was a magic about this car show vs the others. Now, eh. Just another.

Mary Brawley    on 23 September 2017

I'm so disappointed that Edd China is leaving as he was definitely the best part of the show. I own a black 96 Impala SS which my husband, who is a mechanical engineer, works on. Edd's thorough explanations enabled me, at 79, to better understand what my husband was doing to my car. Hope he finds anothet show in which to exhibit his talents.

Tim TerMeer    on 25 September 2017

Years ago Speedvision was a great gear head channel. Then Velocity took over and the downward spiral began. With Edd's departure the momentum increases. As The Donald would tweet, "Sad".

   on 26 September 2017

I can't watch another show where people hire other guys for 10 of thousands to restore cars. Ed reminds me a little of myself. Figure out how something works then figure out whats wrong and finally repair it.

I watched 10 episodes in the past 2 days. Ed is the only reason the show works and that those cars end up being valuable. Not many people have the balls and skills to fix a TT transmission or a S2000 engine's cam system.

Good luck to you Ed.

Michael

   on 26 September 2017

They made a good team, but the real star of the show was always Ed, not Mike. I learned something everytime he fixed a broken part. If he isn't on the show, I will watch something else. No desire now nor ability to listen to Mike talk for 60 minutes. Way to screw up a successful product Velocity. You suck!

   on 28 September 2017

Everyone, please follow Edd on Twitter, subscribe to and watch him on YouTube. That is the way to get him his own show. Also, leave Velocity alone. They will learn to make programming we like when their advertising dollars dry up. The only other show worth watching than Edd China era WD is Chasing Classic Cars.

   on 29 September 2017

So sorry to see Edd China go. He totally fascinates me with his ability to rebuild, modify anything that comes into that shop. I have no interest other than to watch him work on and fix these cars. He does his best work when is challenged. Honestly Mike is a little brash and loud for my taste. I definitely will not be interested in the future. Keep up the good work Edd. Much love from North Dakota
Bill and Renee Vokal

   on 29 September 2017

Edd was am excellent mechanic i hope he starts his own show.Mike just acts like he is doing things when really amyone could do his job and sell the cars for more money.Im not sure if mike can wipe his own a_ _.I will mot watch the channel anymore its getting stuppid like ass monkey.
Thanks James TEXAS

Charles J Linnet    on 2 October 2017

As an American 66 year old car guy it was nice to watch a show that did not spend more than the car was worth and did a real repair. Will miss Edd and will probably miss Wheeler Dealers. Why not put a representative at GM and put a small block Chevy in everything. Chuck from Oklahoma

Phil McQueen    on 3 October 2017

I just watched another episode of Wheeler Dealers, and was amazed at Edd's repair of an old Volvo. Regrettably I won't be watching the show any more. His leaving the show will undoubtedly make for a boring program. Velocity blew it !! Good Luck Edd !

Phil from TENNESSEE

Sam Franklin    on 5 October 2017

Best of luck to you, Edd....you have provided countless hours of meaningful entertainment. I would love to learn that you will return to another show that will continue the winning theme that you have so well established.

Robert McDonald    on 6 October 2017

Never believed the buying prices of Mike Brewer or the ridiculously cheap selling prices anyway.
I watched the shows for the mechanical stuff much like everyone else.
Mikes car knowledge was good but the best part of the show was Edd China finding and fixing the problems, showing how its done and giving the tips to get it right and make it (look) easy. factoring in Edd's time spent on the refurb is something I'd like to see added. Edd's airtime is the one part of the show that should be ring fenced and protected and definitely not reduced.
Cutting Edd's bit doesn't make any sense at all. Its taking the heart out of the show.
What are they going to do now? A slideshow of before and after shots and Mike Brewer driving round a track to see which refurb is fastest?
The TV production guys are obviously not car enthusiasts and don't understand why people watch the programme.

RichJ    on 7 October 2017

In this day and age of countless TV series that aren't worth turning the TV on for, the wife and I enjoyed watching WD for a whole lot of years. Well, we enjoyed watching Edd do his thing. As for Mike, not so much. As everybody knows, Edd was the real star of the show and saved Mike's ass more times than not. Anybody can pay far more for a car than its really worth and brag about how they got a "deal", then dump the mess on someone else to fix and pretend like they made a killing on the profit when they sell the car for not much more than they've invested. Edd's rapport, demeanor, and humility on the show and during the dust-up after he left the show are rare qualities in celebrities these days. Edd is also the only reason we watched the show. There, I said it. Mr. Brewer thinks far too highly of himself to be half the man that Edd China is. We wish Edd every success with his new career. We'll miss you. As for Mike, well, I hope your new boy wonder can save your pathetic ass in every episode like Edd did. We'll be watching. No, not really.

C George    on 7 October 2017

I agree with just about every comment about Ed and Mike. Ed was the real deal and why I watched. But as an additional comment, part of the charm of the show was seeing how the market worked in the UK, and the inclination towards dealing with English and European cars. Why on earth do we need another Southern California car show?

I just watched the first episode of the new show and while I am sure Ant is a good showman on his own, he is too similar to Mike. Overenthusiastic to the point of wanting to say, "really, it gets you that excited?" Fake enthusiasm wears on you pretty fast.

Unfortunately this might still work out for Velocity. They have a different overall market. They will lose loyal followers like me, but they will probably keep enough of the general market to help keep their lineup full. Investors will value their company higher because they own the show now instead of just renting it, and in the end money is what makes TV go round.

But they will have lost the soul of the show and their loyal followers. Good luck Ed, I know you will find a new and better venue for your immense talents.

Scott McKay    on 9 October 2017

SDM

I won't be watching W-D anymore. I WILL be waiting excitedly to see what Edd does next. Hopefully, it will be more sooner than later.

Radar Bob    on 15 October 2017

After watching the first new episode (I wasn't, but Ed said he was going to so I gave it a go).... it soon became apparent why Ed left. Really.... one of only 15(?) in the US and the guy just sells it for 30Gs? Buy's it back (whoa, there's a shocker) for an additional 20Gs after the work was done? One of the original designers of the car just "happens" to be Ant's friend... and "just happens" to have enough free time available to show 'em the mythical 3rd wing. This show was so contrived/staged/full of bad acting that I seriously won't be watching any new episodes. Fake reality TV is what they wanted Mr China to be a part of - thank god he has a backbone and left. Good for Ed - I will be looking for more Mr China as the months roll on.

I'll just wish Mike & Ant the best of luck.... they'll need it. At least the Discovery/Velocity peeps made it an easy decision for me to switch off.

Mike@Drivertuition    on 20 October 2017

Some while ago the production company got me involved to do some high performance driver training for Wheeler Dealers and I had the pleasure of Ed's company for a day. Really nice guy and totally empassioned by cars, sofa projects, airships, you name it. Clever guy and interesting to boot, but happy to learn at the same time. We were meant to have Mike with us at some point but.....
Ed was what made the programme and differentiated it from the incessant over-produced d***** that we are now bombarded with both UK and USA based.
I have met most of the TV presenters and magazine guys at some point and he is one of the few that ooze genuine passion. Only Jonny Smith off 5th gear was similar.
Good luck Ed!

   on 20 October 2017

My son is an avid viewer of WD so I only watch by accident - I would never watch it by choice if purely for that idiot Mike Brewer. His faux cockney spiv act sets my teeth on edge and if he truly believes himself to be a master wheeler dealer then words fail me. Only a complete and utter idiot would pay thousands for the old crates he buys and as for the "profit" they are sold on for - it's excruciatingly embarrassing to watch.

Even ignoring the amount of hours Edd puts into each project I don't think I can recall one vehicle that actually made any sort of money, perhaps I missed that episode. The programme he did on his own where he traded up was so awful I had to leave the room so if he has any viewers with his new co-star I shall be very surprised. At least the original format of WD was reasonably interesting - if you ignore Brewer's infantile comments and antics - just to see the before and after following Edd's hard work. They got rid of the wrong presenter.

DANIEL RIOS    on 22 October 2017

I've been watching the show with Edd and Mike for many, many years and completely enjoyed it. I love to see Edd do the mechanical work on cars. I usually skip the buying of the car and the testing of the car. I have been watching the new version, and I don't like it. It skips most of the repair work and how -to-do-it. This new show reminds me of the urban cowboy, all hat and no cattle. This show is all talk and no repairs. On one show, the new mechanic showed, for minutes, how a gasket works. What idiot does not know what a gasket is used for. I have, for years, used the DVR to record and watch the shows later at my convenience , but no more. I will miss the show, but I can't stand to watch the new show. Bring back Edd the old format, please
Dan

   on 24 October 2017

The new show does not have it. They are too bubbly and unrealistic. In season 14 episode 3 they restore a mustang mach 1 which they say was such a great buy and they lose money on it. Sold for $26k and cost $25.2k thus valuing their 45 hours of labor at $18/hr. Seriously!! That has just to stupid. The premise is they restore for a profit but they are not doing that.

Jim Hull    on 25 October 2017

For years, Wheeler Dealers was my favorite car show. The new version without Ed is hollow. It lacks the same spark. Ed was the reason I really watched the show. While I liked to see Mike seek out and purchase the cars, Ed made it real. Being in the automotive restoration business for over 40 years, you'd think I would know everything, but Ed usually showed me something new in every episode. Everyone wants to see how things work.
The new show glosses over how to do the work and merely goes through the motions showing the car before and after usually filling in the time in the middle with some tool holding and pointing. While most car shows now are little more than an excuse to sell products and attempt to entertain garage drama where the cars were merely props, Ed provided something of value, knowledge that could be used after the TV was turned off. We'll miss him.

   on 28 October 2017

I've watched the show from the start, and as others have commented I quickly established it was to watch Edd do his magic and make mechanics more a reality and not a dark art.
His screen presence and calm nature in explaining things make the show.
Lets hope that another production company takes up the challenge and gives Edd a new lease of TV life in a similar format.
Won't watch Wheeler Dealers without Edd - "it wouldn't be right"
Here's to the Big Man - end of a motoring era...
Beck

Colin Hems    on 29 October 2017

Mike has made lots of solo shows dealing with buying and selling cars as was the very first Wheeler Dealers where mike and another dealer gave selling tips to members of the public, none of these shows have been repeated however the Mike Brewer/Edd China shows are constantly repeated across many channels so its obvious that this is the winning format.

   on 1 November 2017

Eddie was always there to fit and repair any broken down vehicle

Now the new producers Velocity I think will have to bring him back to repair their broken down show

Will never watch the new format

   on 2 November 2017

Velocity have made a monumental mistake with the new format, as countless others have said, we all watched the show for Edd and the way he explains the repairs he does. Mike's beginning and end part of the show was 'fluff' which I and most others fast forwarded. If a documentary/reality TV production company has any sense, they will sign Edd up to host his own show, with most of it being workshop based repairs, would almost guarantee this would be an extremely popular show. Vaughn, S.Wales, UK.

kentwoman    on 4 November 2017

I am a woman of 60 years. Absolutely love watching Edd taking bits off the cars! You can almost feel the car is saying that's better! someone's looking after me after being run into the ground for the last 20 years. Obviously some jobs are very time-consuming but worth doing and necessary. MB gets on my wick with his 'cockney' banter, and knocking down on prices. Can you get those sort of discounts at his car dealerships? I bet not! youtubes been cleared of all the hour shows so have to buy the complete box set instead or watch old ones on sat mornings. Americans have no idea about car shows, watch Pimp My Ride, to see the most screaming, hand slapping, silly haircuts and clothes to get a flavour of their equivalent shows. Bring back the old WD concept or make another for the love of cars with Ant/Glenister.

   on 5 November 2017

I'm a mechanic and a salesman, I fast forward most of the buying bits and just watch the repairs and the close, I think Mike is great at what he does but it doesn't interest me as much, I think Ant is great 2 but if the mechanical side of the show dies down then so will I.
It happens all the time when people try to save money, they end up losing and then the show ends.
Mike should have backed Edd then maybe the format would have remained.

RedModelAGuy    on 6 November 2017

The old mechanical axiom, “If it is not broken, not fix it.” applies to Wheeler Dealers (WD). WD was a product that met the needs of the market, and hence, they were a successful business. A business school graduate was promoted to grow the Velocity/Discovery Channel and his initial move was to reduce costs. But this appears to have been done without a rigorous cost-benefit analysis of changing the format of WD. It is yet to be seen if the new product of WD will succeed with a product that doesn’t meet the needs of the market.
I’ll miss Ed China for he taught me so much.

Dave Etheridge    on 8 November 2017

Agree with all the comments, a great show that has been destroyed. I've been working on vehicles since the 1960's but can always learn something from Ed, some little trick or tool that can save hours of work and swearing. This was a classic programme but a bit too much silly banter Now I guess it will just be full of silly banter so I will not be watching anymore. Let's hope another production company sees what Ed has to offer and formulates a new show.

Tom Reid    on 9 November 2017

Tom Reid Belfast

What more is there to say to the makers of this program other than " If it's not broke don't try and fix it." Without Ed's workshop wisdom I will no longer watch the program.

Good luck in whatever you do.

Al Harris    on 9 November 2017

Well

now we have established that Mike is a Bell End & Ed is a chutney ferret - Mike has cozied up to Ant Antishead & left poor old Philip Glenister out in the cold - we the great car loving people of the world need a new show - how about Ed as mechanic, Phil as the show knob head, a s*** load of real classics - from 70's 80's & 90's - not the old crap with no performance - & to spice it up get a couple of leggy tarts to test drive the good example(like they did in the early show)

will blow the Dumb & Dumber Car SOS format out of the water - who gives a crap if some old duffer had a stroke after ripping his car apart & the restoration is on hold - do I really want to sit through some s t*** about some poor b****** with 3 weeks to live so a quick tart up of their car will make everything OK 9well at least they have something to sell to pay for the funeral.... ha ha ha)

cars, totty, technical repairs & a bit of banter - maybe ove the magic hour too - & just to make it even sweeter half the advert times too.

cars to fix up - AX GT, Capri Brooklands, XR4, Jag XJS, Fiat Mirifiori sport, anything by VW, Vauxhall Chevette (with a monster engine swap obs...) & so on.....

Arnold Smith    on 9 November 2017

Arnie Smith
I only discovered WD a few months ago and I was glued to it from the first episode I watched. As most people I suffered the Mike bit to get the Edd bit. What a great guy, he took me back to my old days when cars could be fixed with a few tools, some knowledge and if you were lucky a Haynes manual. I am 73 years old now and past lying on my back on a freezing cold concrete floor doing my own servicing. Now I have to pay a guy with a computer to fix my present car and and pay through the nose for it. Often to be told a load of twaddle from a kid who Edd wouldn't employ to polish a car and try and look like I believed every word he says because I don't want to upset him.
The Edd part of the programme was what kept me glued to WD, it was superbly presented by a true engineer who I could relate to. Image my shock horror to discover Edd had quit the show because they wanted to reduce his part, for me without Edd there is no show. Please somebody pick up the mess and give Edd his own show fixing up the classic cars, we don't need to know where they come from or where they go to, it's what Edd does to them that counts.
Bring back Edd.

Tom Barnett    on 10 November 2017

Without the amazing Ed China, the show isn't worth watching. The new Ed is boring and obnoxious. To watch him rattle on about the importance of resurfacing a cylinder head, and then not having a proper valve job completed while the head was at the machine shop, was certainly not the correct way to do the job. But I suspect it was the fast and cheapest way to film the segment. Then watching the segment with the p o s Dodge van that was receiving air bags being installed near rust holes was just too much. Is this really the correct way? Is this how it's to be done by the new "master mechanic"? Shame, shame on them. We all know that Mike doesn't know a box from and open end, but Ed would never have put up with such sh##. After watching all the episodes, many several times, I will not watch this show again. I'm a long time gear head and watch just about all the car related shows that Direct TV offers. But the new version of WD is a bust!

The Junkman    7 days ago

What a load of nonsense.

If anything, the workshop part gets much more exposure in the new format. Edd either was grossly mislead about what his part would be (which I seriously doubt after holding the job for 13 years), or he had motives he for some odd reason doesn't reveal (which I find much more plausible). Mind you, there are always two reasons for doing something - the one you state and the true one.

Be it as it may, I think he will vanish into obscurity, while Ant is IMO doing a sterling job replacing him. In fact, after merely six episodes, I'm convinced that Ant is actually the better 'car guy' of the two, all the while completely lacking Edd's often somewhat iffy taste when it comes to modifying cars.

And while I'm at it, while most people moan about the spannering part not getting enough exposure, it just so happens to be my opinion that the effort Mike puts in to obtain the required parts is grossly underrated.
Whoever has experience in restoring cars will have to agree what an ungrateful and frustrating job this really is. Mike is the only guy I know who can still muster a smile about that ordeal. It takes a seriously dedicated workaholic to achieve this.

I know a lot of people who enjoy working on old cars, but most of them hate the business of obtaining spares with a passion. The best thing is to throw a bucketload of bits at them and lock them up in a workshop, that's what makes them happy.

However, I know very few people who enjoy wading through chicken s*** and dealing with people, who even by the demanding standards set by British intellectuals, can be classed as outstandingly eccentric.

Hence Mike's motives are entirely clear to me. Edd's not so.

   5 days ago

Edd is the boy, we need much more of him. Forget brewer and his overbearing attitudes

   4 days ago

Well wont be watching the New Wheeler Dealers with no Ed and with this plastic Ant (where's his Dec!).
No substance just a US personality driving reality show now

Harley Gato    3 days ago

Maybe not the right forum for this but I got to say it somewhere. Okay tried the Ant for a couple weeks, I really needed a fix. Instead of learning any thing I have a garage mechanic trying to explain to me how clever he is and that I should be humbled by his skills (which he won't or can't share). (Don't know if I said it right but I hope you understand how I feel.) Lord I miss Edd and his style, the lack of drama (I have no use for drama). The only show that comes close in the US is Graveyard Carz.

   2 days ago

Only just seen the trailer for the new wheeler dealer show..without Edd China and apparently with little of the engineering background being shown. What a shame to ruin such an excellent programme. What a stupid decision by the producers, check out your customers mate, you blew it.

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