BY LEANN DILBECK -
Real America TV, a new network planning a national launch on the 4th of July, 2014, is filming its first major production at a custom hot rod shop located in Mena, Arkansas. The company, Street & Performance on #1 Hot Rod Lane, will be home of a reality TV show called Mountain Motors.
Street & Performance is a very well known name among the local area but may not be a name recognizable in main-stream America. However, in the street rod world, the company is known globally. Mark Campbell is a legend in the industry and his company engineers some of the best custom motor builds in the world.
“Its incredible to see the creative engineering capacity hidden in the mountains of Mena, Arkansas,” said Eric Odom, Managing Director for Real America TV. “What these folks do, forging engine parts from nothing and building some of the most beautiful cars you’ll ever see, is a true testament of American ingenuity and the American entrepreneurial spirit that still thrives to this day.”
Network management met with company owner Mark Campbell and toured Street & Performance facilities in December of 2013. Interviews with Campbell’s family and staff were conducted at the end of December and on New Years Day (2014) the network agreed to film a pilot this February.
Campbell told The Pulse, it was not a hard decision to make when presented with the opportunity. “I just told them [his family] we were going to do it. It’s not only going to be good for us… it’ll be good for Mena.” When asked if they were ready to be America’s next Robertson family, Mark joked saying, “I could sure use the duck calls!”
Local officials are excited at the possibility of what a show based in Mena could generate for the local economy, specifically, the tourism industry.
Filming of the pilot will take place the week of February 10th and production crews will return later to begin filming for the full season of the show.
Behind-the-scenes updates, footage, pictures and details about the show will be made available via the network’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/realamericatv. and on Mountain Motor’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mountainmotorstv. The network’s website at http://www.realamericatv.com is expected to go live in March of 2014.