Brevard’s Jim Lewis Produces ‘Great American Car War’
By Space Coast Daily // February 15, 2015
the perfect concept – Camaro vs. Mustang
ABOVE VIDEO: Camaro versus Mustang in the Great American Car War. Tuners and speed shops face challenges each week to get more from their cars. Great American Car War premieres on Velocity on Sunday, February 15 at 7 a.m., with an encore presentation February 22 at 7 a.m.
Great American Car War: Camaro vs. Mustang Will Premier Feb. 15 On Velocity Network
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – What does it take to make a TV show that will appear on a national cable channel such as Velocity Network?
In this case the formula for success is friendship, a perfect concept and a ton of hard work by TV partners Jim Lewis and Mike Wilson.
The friendship started back in the ‘90s when Lewis’ company, CCI Communications of Cape Canaveral, created some corporate videos for Wilson, who at the time, was the vice president of marketing and sales for Eckler’s Corvette in Titusville, Florida.
The two became fast friends and in 2011 over lunch the duo came up with the idea for a car themed TV show.
The question they asked themselves was, what is the biggest rivalry in all of car history?
And the automatic answer was Chevy vs. Ford. Much like the Hatfields and McCoys, this rivalry is never ending between the car companies and more importantly the car owners.
And thus the perfect concept – Camaro vs. Mustang in a series of performance and appearance challenges by two teams who must improve their cars with a limited budget and a limited amount of time.
All they needed now was a perfect show title, and the title “Great American Car War” seemed to sum up the show and the name stuck.
Both Lewis and Wilson had experience producing TV shows.
Lewis produced the TV series “Skating’s Next Star” with Kristi Yamaguchi, and Wilson had been involved in the production and hosted “Corvette: The American Dream” and “Addicted To Cars.”
“After two years of unbelievably hard work, the show will premier February 15 at 7 a.m. on Velocity Network, with an encore showing February 22 at 7.a.m.,” said Lewis.
The first episode was shot in Orlando and Jacksonville.
Velocity reaches more than 63 million households, and locally the show can be seen on Bright House as well Dish and Direct TV.