Arizona Man “Builds a Better Bandit” and Wins a DIY Network Grand Prize

December 18, 2007 05:53:19 by Jennifer_Brown

Celebrity Rides Burt's Bandit Courtesy DIY

Spencer Brinkerhoff of Mesa, AZ has reason to cheer — he’s the grand prize winner of DIY Network’s Celebrity Rides: Burt Builds a Better Bandit contest.

In this contest, contestants were asked to send a video to, explaining why they should win a fully restored Burt Reynolds edition Trans Am. Brinkerhoff, leader of a creative media design team at Cisco Learning Institute, used his creativity and skill to come up with a funny, engaging video that caught Burt’s eye. “…He has all the right moves to drive the Trans Am,” Burt says. In his winning video, Brinkerhoff dressed like Burt Reynolds and drove an invisible Trans Am through the hill country bandit-style.

Burt Builds a Better Bandit was a five-episode installment of Celebrity Rides and followed Burt as he and his design team restored a selected fleet of limited edition Trans Ams. Celebrity Rides featured Jay Leno’s Duesenberg collection in June and plans to follow Kevin Dillon as he builds a kit car replica of a 1955 Porsche Spyder in 2008.

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Celebrity Rides Burt Builds A Bandit Premieres On DIY Network

October 19, 2007 12:02:00 by Joe Blackmon

Actor Burt Reynolds is reuniting with his famous Trans Am for a new
series called Celebrity Rides: Burt Builds a Bandit.  The series
premieres on DIY Network on October 19 at 10PM ET.  Celebrity Rides is
a new automotive programming franchise for DIY, which also includes
other original series featuring Jay Leno and Entourage’s Kevin Dillon.

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