Behind the scene secrets of Roadkill: David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan
If you’re a car fanatic, you’ve probably heard about the web series, Roadkill. If not, you’d be ecstatic to know that there exists a show on the internet that’s about turning old cars into awesome drag racing machines. Hosted by two real-life buddies, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, who don’t take themselves seriously, the show adds elements of humor and realness that makes it different from any other car show out there.
So what goes behind the scene that makes Roadkill really stand out? Here are five facts about the show you’d probably want to know.
Roadkill separates itself as an “internet show,” meaning that it is available only on the internet. Previously, it was free to stream on Motor Trend’s YouTube channel, but as of March 2018, the episodes began airing on Motor Trend’s subscription-based streaming service.
One might consider their decision to make the show exclusively online as odd but based on its success, Roadkill has proven that internet streaming really is the wave of the future.
David’s Expertise in Cars
David Freiburger has made his entire living around cars. Before having his own car show and becoming the editor-in-chief for Hot Rod magazine, he worked at an aftermarket ignition company. In fact, right after finishing high school, he started working at a Dodge dealership parts counter.
David is a car fanatic himself, to say the least. He’s a member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club and boasts an impressive car collection, his most prized possession being the F-Bomb Camaro.
From Road trip to Roadkill
The idea for Roadkill actually spawned out of an actual road trip that David and Mike once had. Just after starting out at Hot Rod, the two went on a trip which David filmed, edited and uploaded on YouTube.
They didn’t have any intentions to start a web series based on it, but the fans loved it, so a decision was made to turn the idea into a regular show.
Scriptless and Spontaneous
One thing about the show that stands out from the rest is that its characters or content does not feel forced. It’s because Roadkill doesn’t have a script! In fact, they rarely have a plan. They simply roll the cameras and start filming things with no direction.
The outcome is always entertaining nonetheless, and fans love it. So, whatever format they’re following is working just fine.
Mike and David lose a lot of money through their car deals, buying it at a higher price only to sell it low. So an expression was born out of it called “Finnegan Economics.” It’s a theory based on always losing the significant amount of money in any automotive deal made during an Internet show.
But, that’s what makes them so lovable. It proves that they’re in it NOT for the money, but for their love for cars.