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Pimp My Ride is a TV show originally shown on MTV, with the first episode airing on March 4, 2004. The concept is simple — one takes a car that is old, thought to be unfashionable, falling apart, or some combination thereof, and "pimps" it (i.e., the car is restored and customized). The show picks young car owners (requirements limit participants to their early 20's) living in the Los Angeles/Southern California area.

The show features rapper Xzibit, who takes the cars to the custom body shop of West Coast Customs (WCC), where the WCC team generally replaces most of the components and rebuilds the interior and exterior from scratch.

Each car is a custom "pimp", tailored to the personalities and interests of the owners. For example, a Need for Speed: Underground 2 fan had his car painted to look like one in the game, while a bowler had a ball washer installed in his trunk, and a surfer got a full-size dryer (or at least one that fit) in the back of his Volkswagen van. Work usually includes new paint, accessories, chrome, tires and rims, and internal electronics (even, and especially, DVD players, video games, TFT screens of excessive size and other top notch gadgets). Customization and extra gifts usually total around US$20,000 (though the show usually doesn't put much emphasis on costs). However, WCC is well-known for putting their own whimsical touches in their work, such as the aforementioned dryer, or an electric fireplace in the trunk of another vehicle.

On only two occasions did WCC not "pimp" the automobile. In the first instance (the last episode of Year 1), the car-to-be-pimped was actually two Ford Escorts welded together, and was considered unsafe. In the second instance (Episode 8 of Year 2) the "Pimpee" was studying to be an auto mechanic, and WCC decided to let him "pimp" his car as a study project. In both instances, the "Pimpees" were given brand new cars, with extensive WCC modifications to customize the new car for the owner.

Much of the appeal of the show comes from the personalities involved. The WCC employees are an eclectic mix of outgoing personalities, such as:

  • the appropriately named Big Dane,
  • electronics (and outrageous engineering) expert Mad Mike,
  • tough-looking interior and fabric maven Ish, and
  • the heavily pierced tire-specialist Alex.

Xzibit, the show's host, has found a new audience of fans, who appreciate his sense of humor and obvious love of his job. Both he and WCC have experienced boosts in business due to the show: Xzibit has gained wider attention for his music career (as well as hosting and movie gigs), and WCC had to expand their facilities, due to the international exposure Pimp My Ride gave their work. After the second season however, WCC manager "Q" announced that he would not be willing to take a role in the show anymore. He cited a desire to expand the company's business with a customs shop in St. Louis, Missouri. Ryan Haus, the owner of WCC, has been featured in season 3 as the "lead" for discussions on what customizing will be done on the incoming cars.

WCC has faced problems with some of their modifications. In December 2004 the shop was fined $16,000 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (along with fellow shop Unique Autosports) for removing airbags from cars and replacing them with DVD monitors, although this modification was not done on the TV show.

MTV has announced that Pimp My Ride will no longer be with WCC. Ryan, the WCC manager has moved his shop to Corona, CA and is worried about his ability to both do the show and have another shop. The producers of the show will continue new episodes with another garage to be announced in early 2006. Discovery Channel will be showing a new series (unamed) that features WCC's car built in the garage more than, as Ryan Haus says "over-the-top cars". The series should begin early 2006.

Pimp My Ride worldwide

Pimp My Ride is one of MTV's most popular shows in nearly all of its worldwide subsidiaries (numbering nearly 100), the only exception being the U.S., where it is second place to The Real World (which is generally much less known outside of the United States).

A UK version of the show launched on 26 June 2005, presented by the DJ Tim Westwood. Carisma Automotive are the customisers for the UK version.

The German-language MTV Central Europe has two adaptions of the show called Pimp My Fahrrad (English: "Pimp My Bicycle") and Pimp My Whatever. On Pimp My Fahrrad [1], the bike shop Elbcoast Psycles redoes almost the entire bicycle, usually leaving only the frame intact. While the show could be seen as a parody of the American original, it is also a loving tribute, using all the elements of the American show with a bicycle twist. It is hosted by German actor Oliver Korittke. In Pimp My Whatever [2] ElbCoast Psycles return once more to pimp anything from a bathroom and a doghouse to a Birthday Party or even someone's brother. Pimp My Whatever is hosted by MTV's presenter Patrice Bouédibéla. Both shows are located in Hamburg.
The original US Pimp My Ride is shown in English language with German subtitles.

MTV Italy also features a different version of Pimp My Ride, called Pimp My Wheels. Hosted by the Italian hip hop group Gemelli DiVersi, Pimp My Wheels turns old rusty motorscooters or motorcycles into brand-new shiny vehicles.

Cars featured on the show

U.S. Version

Season 1

  1. Daihatsu Hi-Jet (1988)
  2. Cadillac Sedan de Ville (1978)
  3. Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (1986)
  4. Honda Civic (1992)
  5. Mitsubishi Mirage (1989)
  6. Ford Mustang (1967)
  7. Ford Ranger (1985)
  8. Pontiac Trans Am (1981)
    • When the Trans Am was being pimped, some of the WCC crew made references to Smokey and the Bandit. This pimped-out vehicle had a coffee maker installed in a center console and a chandelier in place of the dome light.
  9. Chevrolet LUV Truck (1974)
  10. Mustang Convertible (1989)
  11. Nissan Maxima Station Wagon (1984)
    • The Nissan was referred to as the 'identity crisis' because of the Datsun and Nissan badges.
  12. Volkswagen Baja Bug (1969)
  13. Honda CRX (1987)
  14. Toyota Land Cruiser (1972)
  15. Ford Escort (1989)
    • This was two Escorts welded together, and was deemed unsafe for the road, so WCC and Xzibit procured a 2004 Scion xB and "pimped" that instead.

Season 2

  1. Cadillac Eldorado (1984)
    • The wheels on it were 24 carat gold, which were worth more than the car itself
  2. Ford Escort (1991)
    • Turned into a knock-off replica of a BMW M3
  3. Volkswagen Bus (1958)
  4. Chevrolet Suburban (1985)
  5. Chevrolet S-10 Blazer (1987)
  6. Acura Legend (1988)
  7. Nissan 240SX (1989)
    • Produced as a replica tie-in with the video game Need for Speed: Underground 2. Of note is that the game uses a fastback, while the pimped car was a coupe.
  8. Ford Fairlane (1963)
    • The 19-year old owner was hoping to become a mechanic, so WCC and Xzibit decided to let him restore his car himself and procured a 2005 Toyota 4Runner to "pimp".

Season 3

  1. Ford Econoline (1985)
  2. Chevrolet S10
  3. Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible (1991)
  4. Chevrolet Caprice (1996)
    • This was a former Police car.
  5. Honda Civic (1988)
  6. Chevrolet Bel Air (1955)
  7. Toyota Van LE (1986)
  8. Mitsubishi Eclipse (1998)

Season 4

  1. AMC Pacer (1976)
  2. Toyota Corolla (2003)
  3. Chevrolet C10 (1986)
  4. Dodge Caravan (1988)
  5. Chevrolet Chevelle convertible (1968)
  6. Ford Taurus (1989)
  7. Buick Century (1986)
  8. Chevrolet Panel Truck (1957)

Special

  1. Jeep Wrangler
    • This car was "pimped" for The Tonight Show announcer John Melendez.

UK Version

Season 1

  1. Morris Minor (1961)
  2. Volkswagen Golf (1989)
  3. Ford Granada (1983)
  4. Fiat Panda (1987)
  5. Ford Capri (1986)
  6. Hackney Carriage (1986)

Spoofs

MAD Magazine

A PMR spoof appeared in MAD #456, called Dump My Ride. The car, "dumped" by "Messed-up Customs", was (apparently) a 1977 AMC Gremlin, which was outfitted with multiple television sets, a miniature race-car track, a deep fryer, and a koi pond. The spoof ultimately ended with the car being vandalized and left on blocks in a parking lot when the owner went into a store.

AirFerg

An AirFerg sketch featured Ferg pimp a boy's mother to become a full-fledged whore with an automatic coochie among other things.

Jimmy Kimmel Live

A PMR spoof appeared in Jimmy Kimmel Live, called Pimp My Bride featuring Xzibit himself and written by Kimmel's team. This short skit shows Xzibit entering a church and excited to see the bride who is getting pimped - after which, Xzibit tells the groom to come to the alley with him and reveals the bride, who, as expected, is done up like a prostitute and has a television installed on her back.

Chav My Motor

A PMR spoof appeared on VH1 in the UK, called Chav My Motor. Chav My Motor was a spoof of PMR, and although there was advertising for the show, it was never shown. This is because it turned out to be an April Fools joke. At midday, a picture spoofing the test card (with the word "fool" written on the blackboard) was shown with an announcement that Chav my Motor would not be shown due to "ongoing police investigations", and would be shown on 1st April next year.

Robot Chicken

Spoofing PMR, Robot Chicken's version was Pimp My Sister, where a pimp and his stable turned a kid's nice, average sister into a whore for the kid to pimp.

Weebl and Bob

The Weebl and Bob episode "joust2" features the car belonging to the character Bob being "pimped" for a joust, by a jar of jam and a talking fried egg known as "Eggsy Bit".

Wizard

An issue of Wizard featured an article in which superheros and their "supermobiles" (e.g-Batman and the Batmobile, Wonder Woman and her invisible jet, Optimus Prime) were pimped.

Date Movie

The film Date Movie features a part where Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan), the main character, gets "pimped", complete with gold teeth.


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The film Date Movie features a part where Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan), the main character, gets "pimped", complete with gold teeth. However, in the 2000 US Census, many Pacific Islanders did not consider themselves the same race as Asians, and classified themselves separately. An issue of Wizard featured an article in which superheros and their "supermobiles" (e.g-Batman and the Batmobile, Wonder Woman and her invisible jet, Optimus Prime) were pimped. Thus, occasionally the term "Asians and Pacific Islanders" or "Asia/Pacific" may be used. The Weebl and Bob episode "joust2" features the car belonging to the character Bob being "pimped" for a joust, by a jar of jam and a talking fried egg known as "Eggsy Bit". Sometimes, Pacific Islanders, such as Native Hawaiians or Samoans, who do not technically belong to the continent of Asia, may be classified or "clumped together" with the Asians as a group, often in censuses, surveys or studies. Spoofing PMR, Robot Chicken's version was Pimp My Sister, where a pimp and his stable turned a kid's nice, average sister into a whore for the kid to pimp. When "Asian" is used as a shorthand for "East Asian" or "South Asian", Russians of course are usually not included.

At midday, a picture spoofing the test card (with the word "fool" written on the blackboard) was shown with an announcement that Chav my Motor would not be shown due to "ongoing police investigations", and would be shown on 1st April next year. See also Transcontinental nation. This is because it turned out to be an April Fools joke. The word Eurasian is also often used to describe Russia's position in the world. Chav My Motor was a spoof of PMR, and although there was advertising for the show, it was never shown. Depending on context, Russian people may be considered European, Asian, or mixed according to their individual ethnic nationality, ancestry, or appearance; or may be considered European or Asian based on their current or recent place of residence; or may be considered European or Asian just as citizens of a state extending into Europe or Asia. A PMR spoof appeared on VH1 in the UK, called Chav My Motor. Most of Russia's huge territory is in Asia, though the majority of its population is in Europe and ethnically "East European".

This short skit shows Xzibit entering a church and excited to see the bride who is getting pimped - after which, Xzibit tells the groom to come to the alley with him and reveals the bride, who, as expected, is done up like a prostitute and has a television installed on her back. The term "West Asia" is popular with some who argue the term Middle East is a Eurocentric moniker denoting the in-between regions of Europe and East Asia. A PMR spoof appeared in Jimmy Kimmel Live, called Pimp My Bride featuring Xzibit himself and written by Kimmel's team. Note that while Middle Easterners rarely evoke the term "Asian" in most modern societies, the name Asia apparently derives from ancient Assyrian, and definitely originally meant the area now called "West Asia," from the Sinai Peninsula to Persia, and Asia Minor to Arabia. An AirFerg sketch featured Ferg pimp a boy's mother to become a full-fledged whore with an automatic coochie among other things. The term "West Asian" is now sometimes used to refer to people from Middle Eastern nations. The spoof ultimately ended with the car being vandalized and left on blocks in a parking lot when the owner went into a store. Despite the fact that these people are technically 'Asians' by geographical location on the map, they have generally have not been labelled as such in Western society.

The car, "dumped" by "Messed-up Customs", was (apparently) a 1977 AMC Gremlin, which was outfitted with multiple television sets, a miniature race-car track, a deep fryer, and a koi pond. Census. A PMR spoof appeared in MAD #456, called Dump My Ride. There can be no doubt that Turkish, Semites (Arabs, Syrians, Bedouins, Israelis, etc.) Uzbekistanis, and the indigenous peoples of Siberia, and so on, are all "Asians" in the continental sense, but they are not considered a part of the races of people named "Asian" for the purpose of the U.S. Season 1. Census's definition of "Asian" is frequently criticised because it exploits a Sinocentric (China-centred) view of Asia by ignoring the peoples of West, Central, and North Asia. Special. The U.S.

Season 4. However, respondents are allowed to indicate more precise racial groupings, such as Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Pakistani, Laotian, Thai, Bhutanese, and so on, including "Other Asian.". Season 3. Census, the term Asian means people whose ancestors came from East Asia, Southeast Asia, or South Asia. Season 2. For purposes of the U.S. Season 1. In recent years, South Asians, often erroneously labeled as all 'Indian', now more often see themselves as a distinct part of Asian America.

Hosted by the Italian hip hop group Gemelli DiVersi, Pimp My Wheels turns old rusty motorscooters or motorcycles into brand-new shiny vehicles. These relatively formal clarifications are used only when it is necessary to make a distinction between the groups. MTV Italy also features a different version of Pimp My Ride, called Pimp My Wheels. To avoid the confusion that sometimes occurs, the term "East Asian" is used to distinguish people from Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Korea and "South Asian" (Desi) for those from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Both shows are located in Hamburg.
The original US Pimp My Ride is shown in English language with German subtitles. This is partially due to the perception amongst some in academia that the term "Orientalism" reflects a long outdated Eurocentric world view, in which Europe is occidental (western), and Asia is oriental (eastern) - with West Asia being the "Near East" (or "Middle East") and East and South Asia being the "Far East," the concepts of "near" and "far" being measured from Europe. Pimp My Whatever is hosted by MTV's presenter Patrice Bouédibéla. "Asian" is often considered a more polite (or, some would say, more politically correct) alternative to "Oriental".

In Pimp My Whatever [2] ElbCoast Psycles return once more to pimp anything from a bathroom and a doghouse to a Birthday Party or even someone's brother. In the United States and Canada, since approximately 1990, "Asian" in colloquial speech has been used to refer to people from China, Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries. It is hosted by German actor Oliver Korittke. Many Chinese South Africans dislike the label 'Asian', which they associate with being Indian or South Asian. While the show could be seen as a parody of the American original, it is also a loving tribute, using all the elements of the American show with a bicycle twist. The British usage of Asian is now making headway into Canadian English. On Pimp My Fahrrad [1], the bike shop Elbcoast Psycles redoes almost the entire bicycle, usually leaving only the frame intact. The term Desi, which in the UK and Africa is synonymous with "Asian," is sometimes used to name a South Asian person in a manner that avoids any allusion to the specific state of origin.

The German-language MTV Central Europe has two adaptions of the show called Pimp My Fahrrad (English: "Pimp My Bicycle") and Pimp My Whatever. Some Britons carelessly use "India" to refer to the whole of South Asia, while others make a clear distinction between the various countries that form the region. Carisma Automotive are the customisers for the UK version. This is reflected in the "ethnic group" section of UK census forms and other government paperwork, which treat "Asian" and "Chinese" as separate (see British Asian). A UK version of the show launched on 26 June 2005, presented by the DJ Tim Westwood. Those of East Asian origin such as the Chinese or Japanese are usually not included in the term. Pimp My Ride is one of MTV's most popular shows in nearly all of its worldwide subsidiaries (numbering nearly 100), the only exception being the U.S., where it is second place to The Real World (which is generally much less known outside of the United States). In the United Kingdom and Anglophone Africa, the term "Asian", though it can be used to refer to the continent of Asia as a whole, is more usually associated specifically with people and cultures whose origin lies in South Asia: that is, modern-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

. People have different conceptions of who an Asian is and thus the term is not a very precise or accurate one, except in the case of "South Asian" where the partition of British India made "Indian" a politically incorrect reference to Pakistani and Bangladeshi people. The series should begin early 2006. Because single categorization of "Asians" somewhat implies a form of homogeneity which does not exist, the term is rarely used to denote people from Asia in general (such as Israelis) and is more often used to refer to people from a specific region, namely South Asia and/or East Asia. Discovery Channel will be showing a new series (unamed) that features WCC's car built in the garage more than, as Ryan Haus says "over-the-top cars". The term is only valid in the context of European historical convention: no "Asian" region had the word "Asian" in their language before adapting European convention. The producers of the show will continue new episodes with another garage to be announced in early 2006. However, this definition, in turn, makes the word "Asia" redundant because people such as Arabs, Persians, South Asians (historically known as Indian), and Orientals (East Asian) are also culturally, politically and historically distinct.

Ryan, the WCC manager has moved his shop to Corona, CA and is worried about his ability to both do the show and have another shop. In geography, Europe is a region distinguished by cultural, political and historical distinction. MTV has announced that Pimp My Ride will no longer be with WCC. If it is defined in terms of tectonic plates, India and Arabia become separate continents from Eurasia. In December 2004 the shop was fined $16,000 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (along with fellow shop Unique Autosports) for removing airbags from cars and replacing them with DVD monitors, although this modification was not done on the TV show. If the continent is defined in terms of simple landmass, then Europe refers to the peninsula in western Eurasia. WCC has faced problems with some of their modifications. This view is no longer recognized in geology.

Ryan Haus, the owner of WCC, has been featured in season 3 as the "lead" for discussions on what customizing will be done on the incoming cars. The term originates from the European idea that Europe is a separate continent from the Asian "continent". Louis, Missouri. . He cited a desire to expand the company's business with a customs shop in St. In common English parlance, however, the term Asian is often used to indicate people from, and places in, only one part of Asia -- typically East Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines) or South Asia (Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, The Maldives). After the second season however, WCC manager "Q" announced that he would not be willing to take a role in the show anymore. Geographically and technically, both Asian and Asiatic indicates a person, place, thing, or idea original to Asia.

Both he and WCC have experienced boosts in business due to the show: Xzibit has gained wider attention for his music career (as well as hosting and movie gigs), and WCC had to expand their facilities, due to the international exposure Pimp My Ride gave their work. Xzibit, the show's host, has found a new audience of fans, who appreciate his sense of humor and obvious love of his job. The WCC employees are an eclectic mix of outgoing personalities, such as:. Much of the appeal of the show comes from the personalities involved.

In both instances, the "Pimpees" were given brand new cars, with extensive WCC modifications to customize the new car for the owner. In the second instance (Episode 8 of Year 2) the "Pimpee" was studying to be an auto mechanic, and WCC decided to let him "pimp" his car as a study project. In the first instance (the last episode of Year 1), the car-to-be-pimped was actually two Ford Escorts welded together, and was considered unsafe. On only two occasions did WCC not "pimp" the automobile.

However, WCC is well-known for putting their own whimsical touches in their work, such as the aforementioned dryer, or an electric fireplace in the trunk of another vehicle. Customization and extra gifts usually total around US$20,000 (though the show usually doesn't put much emphasis on costs). Work usually includes new paint, accessories, chrome, tires and rims, and internal electronics (even, and especially, DVD players, video games, TFT screens of excessive size and other top notch gadgets). For example, a Need for Speed: Underground 2 fan had his car painted to look like one in the game, while a bowler had a ball washer installed in his trunk, and a surfer got a full-size dryer (or at least one that fit) in the back of his Volkswagen van.

Each car is a custom "pimp", tailored to the personalities and interests of the owners. The show features rapper Xzibit, who takes the cars to the custom body shop of West Coast Customs (WCC), where the WCC team generally replaces most of the components and rebuilds the interior and exterior from scratch. The show picks young car owners (requirements limit participants to their early 20's) living in the Los Angeles/Southern California area. The concept is simple — one takes a car that is old, thought to be unfashionable, falling apart, or some combination thereof, and "pimps" it (i.e., the car is restored and customized).

Pimp My Ride is a TV show originally shown on MTV, with the first episode airing on March 4, 2004. Hackney Carriage (1986). Ford Capri (1986). Fiat Panda (1987).

Ford Granada (1983). Volkswagen Golf (1989). Morris Minor (1961). This car was "pimped" for The Tonight Show announcer John Melendez.

Jeep Wrangler

    . Chevrolet Panel Truck (1957). Buick Century (1986). Ford Taurus (1989).

    Chevrolet Chevelle convertible (1968). Dodge Caravan (1988). Chevrolet C10 (1986). Toyota Corolla (2003).

    AMC Pacer (1976). Mitsubishi Eclipse (1998). Toyota Van LE (1986). Chevrolet Bel Air (1955).

    Honda Civic (1988). This was a former Police car. Chevrolet Caprice (1996)

      . Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible (1991).

      Chevrolet S10. Ford Econoline (1985). The 19-year old owner was hoping to become a mechanic, so WCC and Xzibit decided to let him restore his car himself and procured a 2005 Toyota 4Runner to "pimp". Ford Fairlane (1963)

        .

        Of note is that the game uses a fastback, while the pimped car was a coupe. Produced as a replica tie-in with the video game Need for Speed: Underground 2. Nissan 240SX (1989)

          . Acura Legend (1988).

          Chevrolet S-10 Blazer (1987). Chevrolet Suburban (1985). Volkswagen Bus (1958). Turned into a knock-off replica of a BMW M3.

          Ford Escort (1991)

            . The wheels on it were 24 carat gold, which were worth more than the car itself. Cadillac Eldorado (1984)
              . This was two Escorts welded together, and was deemed unsafe for the road, so WCC and Xzibit procured a 2004 Scion xB and "pimped" that instead.

              Ford Escort (1989)

                . Toyota Land Cruiser (1972). Honda CRX (1987). Volkswagen Baja Bug (1969).

                The Nissan was referred to as the 'identity crisis' because of the Datsun and Nissan badges. Nissan Maxima Station Wagon (1984)

                  . Mustang Convertible (1989). Chevrolet LUV Truck (1974).

                  This pimped-out vehicle had a coffee maker installed in a center console and a chandelier in place of the dome light. When the Trans Am was being pimped, some of the WCC crew made references to Smokey and the Bandit. Pontiac Trans Am (1981)

                    . Ford Ranger (1985).

                    Ford Mustang (1967). Mitsubishi Mirage (1989). Honda Civic (1992). Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (1986).

                    Cadillac Sedan de Ville (1978). Daihatsu Hi-Jet (1988). the heavily pierced tire-specialist Alex. tough-looking interior and fabric maven Ish, and.

                    electronics (and outrageous engineering) expert Mad Mike,. the appropriately named Big Dane,.

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