Mud, Sweat and Gears

About the series

Cars? Stunts? Explosions? Check.

Mud, Sweat and Gears is a competitive and explosive car show presented by real-life friends and UK car enthusiasts, Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford and Jonny Smith.

Each week the two hosts captain a team of two car nuts and go head-to-head to transform everyday vehicles. They have just 24 hours to mutate, supersize and reconstruct.

Once transformed, the vehicles are raced in three extreme, daring, competitive and bonkers missions involving head-to-head sprints, timed challenges and stunts – lots of stunts.

Anything goes in Mud, Sweat and Gears. Cannons, tail gunners, armour, grappling hooks and coffee-makers – all is fair game when it comes to transforming everyday vehicles into ultimate unstoppable machines.

When all’s said and done, a winner is declared… and the loser’s car gets, well, annihilated.


Mud Sweat and Gears

Jonny Smith

Born in 1979, Jonny Smith has been a motoring journalist since 1998, driving and writing about new, classic and custom vehicles. His first publishing job was a classic Volkswagen mag, and he's still got the first car he bought (at 16), a 1967 Beetle 1500.

Since 2006 Jonny has been a television presenter, working predominantly around cars or major engineering subject matter.

Whilst the majority of his work is driving freshly launched cars, Jonny's hobby has always been deeply rooted in restoring and modifying old machinery. Since the days of growing up in rural Somerset (south-west England) helping his brother and dad trawl scrapyards for parts to keep their obsolete family car roadworthy, Jonny's own garage(s) includes a cluster of contrasting vehicles.

He has a big block 4-speed manual 1968 Dodge Charger (complete with bullet holes) parked next to his green 100mpg Honda Insight hybrid with 307,000 miles on the clock. Then there is the Chevrolet Impala SS lowrider project and a British made 1970s electric car modified into a street legal EV hot rod. He also has a thing for retro folding mopeds, but that's another story.

He has owned an AMC Pacer, America's most hated car, and currently owns Britain's most hated car – an Austin Allegro. Heavily modified, of course.

Jonny likes to think he's like a B-side Jay Leno: less funny with less cars that are worth less, but he's still mighty passionate.

He once tried to re-enact a 76-foot Dukes of Hazzard jump in a home made General Lee and his neck has never been the same since. He once bought a old Nissan Laurel to get home in because the train was delayed.

He has been known to wear bright shoes.

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Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford

Tom Ford is a UK-based motoring journalist and TV presenter with a penchant for big engines and even bigger ideas.

Currently working as the Associate Editor of BBC TopGear Magazine, he’s responsible for some of the most ridiculous adventure features ever to have graced the pages of the international press – from driving a dedicated track car (the Ariel Atom) to the Arctic Circle, to driving a Ferrari over the Andes. He’s raced a train across the USA in a convertible Bentley, driven the World’s fastest car – the Bugatti Veyron SS – the length of Europe for a bet, and wandered Range Rovers across Iceland simply to go swimming. Last year he drove a tiny Fiat Panda city car up an erupting volcano – Mount Etna in Sicily – because it was ‘pretty’.

Ford has a habit of regarding the word ‘no’ as an invitation. Which is only amusing in certain situations.

Previously, Ford has won awards for his seven-year stint as host on UK motoring TV show Fifth Gear, been the Road Test Editor of British auto mag CAR Magazine and been a regular contributor to the Sunday Times motoring section. In previous lives he’s also worked as a delivery driver, in a glue factory, and spent several years involved in the circus. Really.

People say that he’s funny. But no one’s ever sure exactly as to the context. People say that he’s ‘irreverent’, but generally that’s because he’s annoyingly sarcastic. People say that he’s devastatingly handsome. But that’s only because he writes his own bio.

And no, he’s not to be confused with the ‘other’ Tom Ford. But sometimes it helps with reservations…

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South African audiences have access to five BBC TV channels: BBC Brit, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Earth, CBeebies and BBC World News.