South Okanagan gearhead JF Launier is as soon as once more returning to the favored Historical past collection Rust Valley Restorers, which started its third season this week — that includes certainly one of his favorite tasks so far.
Proprietor of JF Kustoms in Osoyoos, JF Launier and his store have been commonly featured on the collection because it debuted in 2018.
Rust Valley Restorers follows automobile collector Mike Corridor and his store within the South Shuswap on his unending quest to search out junkers throughout the valley and switch them into candy rides.
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The third season will characteristic certainly one of Launier’s best-ever restorations, his brother’s 1951 Chevy truck.
“I obtained an opportunity to revive my brother’s truck that he has owned since he was 14 years previous,” Launier stated.
“For me, together with my dad and my son within the restoration might be certainly one of my favorite recollections of any of the stuff I’ve ever accomplished restoring vehicles.”
Launier’s father and son joined Launier’s brother and his youngsters to chip in on the hassle to revive the truck, which has been within the household for roughly 25 years.
“I feel household has all the time been essential to me, so it was an opportunity to present again to my household in a approach,” Launier stated.
“My mother and father have all the time helped me with my profession and been there to assist me with something I wanted. So it was simply an opportunity to present again.”
Launier was acquainted with the present’s star, Corridor, and had run into him at a couple of swap meets previous to the debut of Rust Valley Restorers, however has grown to know the solid a bit extra because the collection has developed.
“It has been fascinating too, to say the least. These guys are actually distinctive characters because the present portrays them, and so they actually are these guys, which is cool,” Launier stated.
Producers had been initially seeking to focus a TV present round JF Kustoms, which continues to be one thing Launier and his crew are working in the direction of as they’ve grown the model on the present.
“I feel it’s fairly cool we’re the primary collection to ever get filmed in Osoyoos. Within the South Okanagan for that matter,” Launier stated.
“We’re positively working laborious to get our personal TV present sooner or later, and clearly the publicity we’re getting and the fan base that we’re constructing goes to assist with that.”
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Following Corridor and his co-star/pal/pleasant competitors Avery Shoaf across the Inside of B.C. as they seek for the most effective rust buckets to carry again to life, Rust Valley Restorers is an correct portrayal of the automobile tradition within the space in line with Launier.
“I truly assume the present is admittedly correct when it represents that stuff. That’s one of many causes I’m on my third season with them as a result of I really feel they’ve represented our store in a approach that I feel is pretty correct,” stated Launier.
Not solely are Launier and his store featured within the collection, however his staff get in on the motion as properly.
“All of us have enjoyable with it, to inform you the reality. There are a bunch of racing episodes this yr which might be actually enjoyable as a result of there are all types of rivalry and it’s the JF Kustoms group versus the world,” Launier stated.
“All of us have a bit enjoyable with that as a result of we’re tremendous aggressive.”
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One of many organizers for the very fashionable annual automobile present in Osoyoos, Cactus Jalopies — which has been featured on a earlier season of Rust Valley Restorers — Launier says there’s some hope the automobile present will return in 2022.
“For 2021, I feel our hope is simply to assemble the troops and possibly do a private automobile gathering with possibly some dialogue on how we’re going to do 2022 at this level,” Launier stated.
“(Cactus Jalopies) was certainly one of our first experiences with these guys and the present was truly seen on Netflix. So we had Cactus Jalopies in 190 international locations. The extent of publicity that we did for Osoyoos B.C. was large.”