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This article was published 17/6/2011 (3141 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Who you gonna call when you want your own television series? In the case of Rosser’s James Thevenot, the answer was one of the most influential decision-makers in the TV industry.
Thevenot, the owner of Six Pines Ranch, travelled to Alberta this past weekend to appear before the judges of the Banff International Pilots Competition.
He was there to pitch a proposal for a reality series, entitled One Guy One Car, that he produced with a group of friends. The series was judged with six other potential series in the competition’s documentary category.
One Guy One Car follows Thevenot as he single-handedly restores a 1959 Cadillac Sarer and Scovil Ambulance into the distinctive Ecto-1 vehicle from the Ghostbusters film series.
"Me and my friends were talking over drinks and I was telling them that I was thinking of restoring this car," Thevenot recalled of the conversation he had five years ago. "And one of my friends said ‘I wish I could get some of the stuff you do on film’ and I said ‘Hey! lets do it.’ "
It took Thevenot nearly three years to finish rebuilding the vehicle and another two years to edit the footage of his efforts. He was so happy with the footage that he decided to submit it to the Banff International Pilots Competition in hopes of landing a TV deal.
Thevenot said he was optimistic about his chances prior to his appearance before the judges last weekend.
"I think I have a very good chance to have this picked up as a series," he said.
"This is about how I rebuild a car through my eyes intertwined with my lifestyle of running the Halloween Haunt, the farm tours and running the bed and breakfast."
Even if Thevenot doesn’t take the competition’s top honour, that doesn’t mean his show won’t end up on TV, since the competition is meant to showcase prospective series to industry leaders.
Thevenot describes the show as a rebuild show like "no other" without all the "drama" that goes on in many other car restoration shows.
"It’s how most car restorations are done," he said. "It’s about building your ultimate dream car without a deadline."
As for his choice of restoration — like the idea for the show — it came about quite by chance.
"I said to my wife (Judy) one morning, ‘I had this crazy dream that we had the Ghostbuster car and people were coming from all over to take a look at it,’" he recalled. "And she said ‘Why don’t you just build it?’ "
After two years of searching for just the right car, that’s exactly what Thevenot finally did. It now sits in his garage lovingly restored as Rosser’s own Ecto-1. He even showed it off to Ghostbusters actor Dan Aykroyd when he was in Winnipeg.
"Before I bought the farm restoring cars and making hotrods was the only thing I used to do, but those cars were always for other people," he said. "This one was for me and the family, my dream car."
For more information about the series visit Thevenot’s website at www.oneguyonecar.com.