Car Masters: Rust to Riches season 2 review – a new lick of paint for Netflix’s surprising gearhead hit Restored

3.5

Summary

Another fun outing for the Gotham Garage crew should satisfy petrolheads, along with anyone who enjoys a glow-up and some good-natured camaraderie.

This recap of Car Masters: Rust to Riches Season 2 is spoiler-free.


With the current quarantine making it difficult for motoring enthusiasts to get out on the road, Car Masters: Rust to Riches Season 2 might be just the thing for antsy petrolheads who’re in the market for a 1953 Buick Special getting a glow-up. The show, which proved a surprise hit when it debuted and follows the exploits of Mark Towle and his crew at Gotham Garage, is back today for a second eight-episode season in which that Buick, as well as a Dodge Power Wagon and various other classic vehicles, are given a modern makeover.

That’s the hook of Car Masters: Rust to Riches, but it isn’t everything. What’s charming about the show is how it gathers together a group of eccentric enthusiasts and allows — nay encourages — their shared passion to show through amid various hiccups, financial woes, bad deals, and challenging restorations. The lively camaraderie of this bunch is what’s most appealing here, though the second season still has plenty of nitty-gritty stuff involving not just cars but motorcycles, boats, and minivans.

Netflix is quickly becoming the go-to place for gearheads, with Rust Valley RestorersFastest Car and Hyperdrive providing various opportunities for enthusiasts to get their fix. Where this particular entry ranks among these other offerings is open to interpretation; they’re all different shows with the same car-culture undertones, and they’ll please different people in different ways. But Car Masters: Rust to Riches Season 2 is a respectable outing nonetheless, and makes for perfectly enjoyable reality-TV, even for those who just want to chill out and watch people who love what they do get their hands dirty.


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Jonathon Wilson

Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.

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