Reality television for gearheads is just a few weeks away with the coming launch of Machines of Glory on the Discovery Channel -- set to air later this month.
The beginning promotion for the show which features backhoes, wheel loaders, skid steer loaders, bulldozers and excavators from Caterpilllar was launched in Clayton, North Carolina Tuesday during Caterpillar's press event to unveil its new line of small wheel loaders, tracked loaders and small backhoes.
Johnny Littlefield, of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, fame, is the host of the new show. He says the segments include Backhoe Smacko!, a competition between a New Jeresey team of equipment operators from New Jersey and two teams from California using backhoes to snag and open piñatas. The East vs. West edition will also see the teams push wheel loaders through obstacle courses and pushing skid steers to the limits in made-for-TV competition.
Episode two is Dig and Destroy, where old guys and young guys compete to manipulate a maze with a backhoe, run an excavator and use a telehandler to launch projectiles from the world's biggest slingshot.
And, the third show involves three California teams using grapple buckets to build a winning poker hand with skid steers, dropping concrete blocks with big excavators and crushing cars with bulldozers.
Machines of Glory features operators who make their living every day with heavy equipment and includes folks from the ag industry, the building trades and construction and material handling business, says Littlefield. The prizes for the winning teams in each show is $12,000. "Why $12,000?," Littlefield asks. "Because $10,000 wasn't enough!," he laughs.
The show is produced by Scott Hallock, and Kevin Healy, Dan Munday and James Beaton.
Watch local listings for its premier in your area.