Esquire is revving up a new competition series, ordering “Wrench Against the Machine,” an unscripted motorcycle-centric show, Variety has learned.
In each hourlong episode, “Wrench Against the Machine” will feature new teams and new motorcycle build challenges, as contestants will be tasked with building everything from café racers to choppers, bobbers and beyond.
“’Wrench Against The Machine’ is the toughest motorcycle build competition in the country,” said Matt Hanna, EVP of original programming for Esquire Network. “It’s a competition series that showcases the very best builders in the world and celebrates their craftsmanship, design skills, and ingenuity. What these teams can accomplish with these bikes is pretty badass. We’re thrilled to be in this world and think our guys are going to love it.”
“Wrench Against the Machine” will be hosted by motorcycle aficionados Brian Schaffran and Dani Pajak. The judges, who will evaluate the bikes at the end of each build challenge and crown the winner, are Roland Sands, founder of Roland Sands Designs; Alan Stulberg, co-founder and chief designer of Revival Cycles and Handbuilt Motorcycle Show; and Michael “Woolie” Woolaway, the U.S. director of motorcycle design for Deus Ex Machina.
The show is a seamless fit for Esquire’s slate, which includes a car enthusiast series, “Car Matchmaker,” which was recently renewed for Season 3. The upscale male-skewing network is home to wine, food, travel and sports programming, but does not yet have a motorcycle-themed project.
“Wrench Against the Machine” hails from Coolfire Studios. Exec producers are Jeff Keane, David Johnson, Steve Luebbert, Adam Vetri, Tim Breitbach and Aaron Bowden.
“Wrench Against the Machine” is set to premiere this fall.