Will Castro is returning home to where he first became an automotive entertainment star when "Unique Whips: Special Edition" and its companion series, "Unique Autosports," begin streaming on Speedvision.
The No. 1 car customizer to hip-hop legends and sports stars, Castro returns to the network brand where he launched his media career on Speedvision’s free ad-supported television (FAST) platform. "Unique Whips: Special Edition" and "Unique Autosports" debut on Speedvision at 8 p.m. ET Aug. 15.
Featuring a trio of titans in entertainment whom Castro calls the “Three Kings,” these "Unique Whips: Special Edition" episodes feature LeBron James, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and 50 Cent building the cars of their dreams inside Castro’s garage, Unique Autosports, on Long Island, NY.
Other episodes in the series include appearances from major hip-hop and sports stars, including Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Nick Swisher, Tony Stewart, Jermaine O’Neal, Maurice Jones-Drew and Amare Stoudemire.
A special NYC screening event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop for "Unique Whips: Special Edition" will take place at noon ET Aug. 12 at Regal Cinemas Union Square. The event is open to the press and the public and will feature Legendary auto builds on display.
“Speedvision for me is not just a television network, it’s home,” said Castro. “Many years back, Robert Scanlon took a chance on me, and I am forever grateful to him. I’m so happy to work with him and his team to bring these shows to Speedvision’s legions of ‘Car People.’”
Speedvision, the network brand that started the auto entertainment revolution, returned in October 2022 with the high-octane programming that made it the standard against which all other vehicle media is measured. As a recognized network brand that originated the automotive lifestyle genre in the '90s, Speedvision delivers a signature combination of highly-entertaining storytelling, iconic hosts and premier production values, making it the preeminent destination for auto-passionate viewers.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Will for years, watching him grow from a tremendously gifted car customizer to the customizer to the stars, to a star himself,” said Scanlon, president and CEO of Speedvision. “On behalf of the network and all the Speedvision viewers, I want to officially say, ‘welcome home.’”
Castro began his career detailing cars and quickly moved into the customization area just as hip-hop began its climb toward the mainstream and in tandem with sports stars receiving multi-million-dollar contracts for their services. Castro was there, ready to build cars for this new generation of superstars. From customized Jeeps to Maybachs, Bentleys and Lamborghinis, Castro’s work brought style, taste and speed to his clients' garages. He’s built cars for a wide variety of artists, including Pamela Anderson, the Rolling Stones, Eminem and DJ Khaled, and continues to serve the highest echelons of the entertainment business with new builds and fresh content every year.
His memoir, "Unique Hustle: My Drive To Be the Best Car Customizer in Hip Hop and Sports," became a bestseller in its category upon release in 2019.