We know nearly nothing about vehicles; we will change out our wipers, fill the windshield fluid and alter out the lights when a bulb blows. But we like watching automotive reveals, particularly ones the place a store tweaks a automotive to make it run higher and/or quicker. A new sequence follows a prime racing household as they not solely work on consumer initiatives, however coordinate and execute spectacular stunts on movie units (sure, this household does each).

Opening Shot: A closeup of Sammy Maloof placing on a helmet earlier than doing a stunt.

The Gist: Drive Hard: The Maloof Way is a actuality sequence that reveals Sammy Maloof and his household — his spouse Jennifer, son Trevor, nephew Joshua, and daughters Kaitlyn, Meghan and Hannah — working their multi-faceted enterprise. The Maloof household is known round Southern California for tuning up vehicles and engines for racing, however Sammy can also be a stunt driver, having labored on massive movies for a quarter-century.

The episodes will function initiatives that come into their engine store, often associated to a race. For occasion, a man from Texas is available in along with his Mustang; he’s been challenged to a race by a well known avenue racer, and he needs to make it possible for his Mustang is as much as snuff. His finances is restricted, however he guarantees to separate the $10,000 purse with the Maloofs if he wins. According to Jennifer, who runs the enterprise facet, initiatives like these aren’t massive moneymakers, however they do get the Maloof title on the market.

Hannah, Trevor and Joshua work on the tweaks they should make to the automotive to make it really feel extra stable and responsive, like reducing the suspension, including sticky tires and stiffing up the roll cage. On the follow monitor, Sammy provides the consumer recommendations on tips on how to overtake his rival, regardless that his automotive is a hair slower.

On the stunt facet of the enterprise, twins Kaitlyn and Meghan, each apprentice stunt drivers, will likely be serving to their dad on a stunt in an indie movie. Maloof has his personal stunt coordinator they usually lay out and plan your entire stunt, which consists of the twins chasing his SUV down hilly filth roads, then the SUV launching sideways right into a bus, with numerous explosions.

Drive Hard: The Maloof Way
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What Shows Will It Remind You Of? The format of Drive Hard: The Maloof Way is just like that of different project-oriented actuality sequence, like American Pickers and Southern SurvivalA good comparability present is American Chopper, however with out all of the explosive household arguments.

Our Take: If you’re keen on vehicles, you’ll love Drive Hard: The Maloof Way. There’s numerous scenes of individuals tightening issues with ratchet wrenches, and other people utilizing their automotive knowhow to tweak already-souped-up vehicles to go even quicker. On the stunt facet, Sammy and his stunt workforce plan and execute some fairly spectacular stunts, and the producers appear to know that it’s finest to finish every episode on a stunt cliffhanger, to see if Sammy is damage or not.

It’s additionally enjoyable to observe Sammy Maloof embrace educating his youngsters and nephew every part he is aware of, particularly as a result of he’s trying to go away the enterprise to them. The dynamic among the many household appears to be extra loving and supportive than anything, which doesn’t actually foster actuality drama (the aforementioned American Chopper), nevertheless it additionally doesn’t really feel semi-scripted, both (like on Pawn Stars).

Listen, we all know the initiatives are set-ups; individuals aren’t simply e-mailing the Maloofs and coming in randomly. Sammy Maloof is a good stuntman, however not precisely a very good actor. In one episode, a racer that introduced his automotive to a different mechanic after the Maloofs labored on it involves the store, and there’s presupposed to be battle. But Sammy and Hannah’s lack of performing expertise are evident; that is one thing that, if it was actual, was settled way back and is simply being recreated for the cameras.

We’re additionally unsure the stunts are for any specific film mission. Why would any filmmaker comply with have the very best stunt in his or her movie get proven on a Netflix sequence? Again, it’s not a giant deal that these stunts are literally for the present and never any type of film mission, however the fakery is fairly apparent and takes away from how spectacular the stunts really are.

Sex and Skin: None.

Parting Shot: Sammy jumps the SUV and crashes into the bus, which his workforce has modified to interrupt away within the part he’s presupposed to hit.

Sleeper Star: We’ll give this to Hannah Maloof, as a result of she’s each an skilled mechanic and an amazing race driver.

Most Pilot-y Line: When the consumer’s automotive leaks oil in the course of the check run, Hannah says that the automotive “Was supposebly gone via in Texas.” Let’s simply say this: At least you may’t accuse the Maloofs of sprucing their personalities for the digital camera.

Our Call: STREAM IT. While there isn’t a ton of battle in Drive Hard: The Maloof Way, there’s loads of racing, loads of spectacular stunts, and loads of different issues to make gearheads pleased.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about meals, leisure, parenting and tech, however he doesn’t child himself: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared within the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, VanityFair.com, Fast Company and elsewhere.

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