Rust Valley Restorers is a review-proof show that you already know if you like, but it’s worth repeating again and as many times as necessary: Petrol-heads will be in their element here.
Every few months, I grace these hallowed pages with what is essentially a public service announcement extolling the virtues of Rust Valley Restorers, a Canadian import that applies the happy-clappy can-do national attitude to the various cash-strapped travails of Rust Bros. Restoration. Here I am again with the same message: Rust Valley Restorers season 3, all six episodes of which released globally today, is more of the same. That’s as good or bad of a thing as you want it to be.
I suppose there’s some irony in a show about fixing up old cars never really changing, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and the format here, which combines restoration projects with fun banter and underlying financial woes, continues to work remarkably well. It’s geared pretty explicitly towards automotive enthusiasts, but the human drama and the patter are pretty universal, even if anyone expecting a significant departure from what came before is going to be left pretty disappointed (this is, essentially, the back half of the second season).
By now, though, Rust Valley Restorers season 3 is banking on a returning audience who’re familiar with the various personalities, and their habits and little conflicts. Financial strife continues to form an underlying theme and the fiscal realities of business chafe up against the need to service clients with their own individual stories and vehicles; it isn’t just a mechanical process, but a human one.
The style that fans have become accustomed to – interviews, informative cutaways, truck-interior banter, and so on – proudly persists here in this third season, with very few deviations from the formula, which in most shows would be a problem but in this one proves a comforting constant. The personalities and the joy of restoration both remain the enduring appeal of this show and are resolutely in-tact for this third go-around. Shows like this are essentially review-proof, and that might be for the best. You know whether or not Rust Valley Restorers season 3 is for you by this point, but for what it’s worth, it still comes with a coveted RSC recommendation.