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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 18:12

‘ToyMakerz’ Star David Ankin Shares Message With Youth: 'If You Can Dream It, You Can Build It'

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My favorite car when I was young was probably a ‘69 Z28 Camaro, the DZ car. It was really prevalent, but at the same time it was a rare car. You see Z28 cars, but very seldom do you see a DZ 302 car. My dad happened to have one, as well as our next-door neighbor. It was what I always wanted when I grew up.


Q: Congratulations on season three of “ToyMakerz.” What can viewers expect to see on the show?


A: This year, we’re constantly pushing the envelope on the show. We have been creating several specialty vehicles that people are going to not only enjoy, but never forget. We have a real feel for the types of big engine toys that people like to see, and we’re ready to tackle those projects from the ground up. This includes monster trucks, tanks, racecars, drones and fully customized, never-before-seen exhibition cars. As a self-described “extreme” vehicle fabricator, I’m constantly on the search for the coolest, newest techniques and features to build that one-of-a-kind motor machine.


This year on the show, we’ll have special guest appearances by NASCAR legend Richard Petty, actor Dean Cain and drag racer queen Sarah Edwards. We couldn’t be more excited about the new season.


Your readers can tune in to season three of “ToyMakerz” every Sunday at 9 a.m. ET/PT or on FYI Saturday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT starting March 10.


Q: What was the inspiration for the show’s name?


A: I’m not prejudiced. I like motorcycles, cars and trucks---they are all toys to me. I’m just a big kid living in a dream world, and I don’t want to limit myself to anything. As the industry changes and we grow, the show is about real toymakers. I believe we’re all toymakers in some form.


Q: Can you tell us about your team?


A: They are amazing---Boe Wood, Ashley Robertson, Billy Leavy, Charles Joyner and Jason Hensley. I’m very, very fortunate to have them. My business partner, David Young, has a keen interest in specialty vehicle manufacturing and is CFO of Tanom Motors, a reverse trike manufacturer in Virginia.

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