The Discovery Channel has quickly realized that Motor Mondays catch the interest of men from 25-34. In 2014, Motor Mondays for Discovery beat out all other cable channels excluding sports. The season finale for Street Outlaws will air Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 pm with the midseason premiere of Fat N Furious airing right after at 10:00 pm. Monday night is a night in which men love to watch TV as it is the first day of the work week and most are accustomed to watching Monday Night Football or some type of sporting event anyway.
ESPN and college football quickly figured out the value of Monday night as they have schedule the CFB National Championship for Monday night over the next decade. ESPN also paid a steep price of $15.2 billion, $1.9 billion a season, for Monday Night Football. Let’s see how the TV ratings come in for Tommy Christmas and the TV show Fat N Furious on the Discovery Channel.
Where is Christmas Automotive?
Christmas Automotive is owned and operated by Tommy Christmas in Youngstown, Ohio. The physical address is:
6602 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512
I would imagine that phone number is going to get quite a few phone calls on Monday night and Tuesday mornings now that the show Fat N Furious is gaining in popularity on the Discovery Channel. Below is the Google Map street view of Christmas Auto:
Note that this street view is from July 2011 so I would imagine it has changed quite a bit since the Discovery Channel started to air the show. If you are wondering what is located close to Christmas Automotive Repair it is right down the street from the Akron Children’s Hospital. It is also near Doc’s Radio and TV, Yankee Candle and Mattress King. It is between the streets of Marlindale Avenue and Melbourne Avenue.
What Types of Cars Does Tommy Christmas Repair?
It looks as if the Fat N Furious TV Show focuses on muscle cars. Here is a quote directly from the Discovery Channel website: “even though he specializes in making cars mean and loud, at his core he’s a big teddy bear with an even bigger heart. He truly cares about every client and every build.”
I would imagine we will see him work on plenty of Mustangs, Corvettes, Camaros, Challengers and other fast cars.
Tommy Christmas’ Children Jess and Nick
During the first half of the first season of Fat N Furious Tommy Christmas worked with his best friends Chuck Kountz, Steve McGranahan and Andy Pivarnik. During the second part of the first season he is going to teach his children Jess and Nick a few things about the business. At this point we know very little about Jess and Nick other than the fact that they will be part of the show.
If you know anything about daughter Jess and son Nick Christmas please feel free to comment below and let us know. We would love to get to know them a little better.
Fat N Furious Marathon on the Discovery Channel
The Discovery Channel is known to air marathons before a popular TV show airs live. This will not be the case on Monday, March 2nd, 2015. The marathon will be for Street Outlaws which will be ending for the season after the final show at 9:00 pm. I would imagine we will see a marathon for Fat N Furious during a Saturday coming up in March or April. Fans of the show will want to catch up on what happened at the beginning of Season One. There is a Fast N Loud marathon on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 but I have yet to find out when the Fat N Furious marathon will air.
Rolling Thunder Season
Some people may be wondering why the newest season of Fat N Furious is no longer Fat N Furious: Rolling Thunder. This is something the Discovery Channel does quite a bit. When the hit TV show Gold Rush started it was actually Gold Rush: Alaska before they dropped the Alaska on the title. Basically, the Discovery Channel starts out very focused to see if they can get an audience and then broadens the audience by taking off part of the title and the location of the TV show.
It would not be out of the question to see the cast of Fat N Furious going to some of the popular drag races and NASCAR races throughout the United States to expand the audience. I think the name Fat N Furious is here to stay for Motor Mondays. Hopefully they will not send Tommy Christmas and the crew up to meet the Alaskan Bush People though!
Fast 69 Charger, Furious 78 Malibu Show
The mid season premiere will feature a fast 69 Charger and a furious 78 Malibu. Here is what the Discovery Channel has to say about the show:
“Tommy and the Christmas Automotive crew are hired to re-create the classic Dodge Charger stunt car from The Fast and The Furious for a stunt woman. As if that weren’t enough, the boys are called upon by a seasoned drag racer to build a 1978 Chevy Malibu.”
Hopefully, I will be able to watch the show and update this resource with information about the mid season premiere. If you watch it and have any knowledge please feel free to leave comments below.
Tommy Christmas Arm Sleeve Tattoo
In all the photos I have seen, online, of Tommy Christmas he is wearing a black sleeve over his right arm. Does anyone know if he wears it because he his hiding a tattoo? Here is a photo from the show:
He definitely has a tattoo on the inside of his left arm that he does not try to hide. Here is a photo from his website that shows the tattoo on the inside of his left arm:
If you find any other photos of his tattoo please feel free to pass them along.
Christmas Automotive Facebook and Twitter Pages
Social media has become popular for many small businesses because it allows them to reach out to a broad audience for a very low cost. The Christmas Automotive Facebook Page is quite empty as it is obvious they do not maintain it. The last update was a post from about eight months ago and they do not have a header photo at all. This is a Facebook Page that is created by Facebook as it clearly states “This Page is automatically generated based on what Facebook users are interested in, and not affiliated with or endorsed by anyone associated with the topic.”
I could not find a Christmas Automotive Twitter page at all. I would imagine Tommy Christmas and his team have enough going where they do not have time to sit and update social media on a consistent basis. Honestly, this is a smart business move because those that want their muscle cars fixed are not going to Facebook or Twitter looking for a garage. They are instead searching on Google.
Heather Stunt Car Driver and Dodge Charger
The Fat N Furious episode on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2015 started with Tommy meeting with Heather who was a stunt car driver that had been in the Fast and the Furious movies. She wanted a 1970 Charger that was light enough to do some crazy stunts. I am not certain what movies this woman has been in but I am sure it is plenty as she was very attractive. Here is a photo
Her budget was $35,000 to start which was a major concern for Tommy Christmas because the MOPAR guys are looking for a lot more for a 1970 Dodge Charger. One of the offers was for $80k which was way out of the budget of the Christmas Automotive guys. Eventually, they found a 1969 Charger at a junkyard where they talked the owner down to $11,500.
Tommy’s daughter Jess was the only one small enough to fit in the car that could do the stunt driving. Jess is likely to be a very popular cast member this show. Here is a picture of her:
Sorry for the quality of the picture as I couldn’t get it any better with my TV. Jess has a unique look with curly blonde hair and red framed glasses. During the drag race at the end of the show she was wearing Ugg boots which I found to be quite interesting.
When all was said and done, Heather truly enjoyed her 1969 Charger and took it for a spin around an old warehouse. She was very please with the look and the performance.
Some other highlights of the show were Chuck telling about the time he almost died at an all you can eat crab legs restaurant. It was also funny to see the guys try to get in the 1957 BMW Isetta. They bought it for $5600 and turned around and sold it for $7600 which was a quick $2000 profit. We also got to see the car detailing by The Wizard Airbrush Graphics. It looks like “the wizard” does an amazing job.