Danny Koker, known as “The Count”, from the television show, Counting Cars, has a passion and obsession for restoring and customizing cars: classic automobiles to vintage cars—motorcycles included. He and his crew have the talent, patience and love required to restore and modify them. They can transform out-of-date vehicles, often in desperate need of a facelift—because beauty is, after all, simply, in the eye-of-the-beholder. And one thing is for certain, together they have what it takes to get the job done, but always to “The Count’s” immaculate specifications.
Counting Cars is a reality show shot in Las Vega, Nevada, and Danny is considered “a legend” there. He is said to walk, talk and breathe cars, from: muscle cars to vintage Thunderbirds to Corvettes to Harleys.
When Danny lays eyes on a sweet ride, parked or on the road (following and asking people to please pull over), or on display or auction, he will not be dissuaded easily but do what he must to own it (often offering cash on the spot). So over the years, Danny has amassed an expansive collection of close to 60 cars, and counting. Now that is living the passion!
From Las Vegas the show chronicles the Count’s on-going and incessant pursuit of rare finds, cars that he will be able to restore and then sell for a profit. After all, the weekly television series has plenty of awesome, show-stopping vehicles to dazzle us with, including the before and after renovations.
Of those that watch the show, each has a different attraction to it, including me.
Some watch because they simply love cars, and there is a raw attraction to not only the power but the beauty of something that is no longer made. It is art; it is a collection of rare things to admire.
To others, it is with a great interest to learn the history behind each car and maker: the year made, and each minute detail to which it is restored.
For someone like me, well, I have always loved old cars, and am mesmerized by the magnificence and oldness of it, the era of days long past.
For those interested in seeing the restoration of old cars and motorcycles, Counting Cars can be seen on the History channel. Check for local time and listing.
We dream a life to be; we live to dream that life! Virginia Kahler-Anderson