There is no doubt that Pinks! and Pinks: All Out! changed the landscape of drag racing on television. Both of these programs introduced the masses to the grassroots side of the sport and provided viewers with a unique look into the drag racing world. Now, former Pinks and Pinks: All Out! Manager Brian Bossone is set to bring back the drag racing-style game show with the new TV series, All Out Live.
Bossone has spent close to 22 years in the automotive industry as a shop owner, custom car builder, and as a racer. With that much experience, he understands what the average gearhead is looking for when it comes to racing on TV, so it was only natural for him to bring the drag racing game show format back.
According to Bossone, this new TV show comes from the desire to put the average racer back in the spotlight after having issues bringing the Pinks series to a wider audience.
“The last version of Pinks we shot was at Rockingham in 2015 and aired in 2016. Since Fox owns the rights to the Pinks franchise and didn’t allow for the show to be broadcast internationally, that created an issue for us. I’ve been working with Fox for the past two years to purchase the brand from them but that is taking time. As the brand was getting stale, I talked with my partners and we decided to create a new show that we could start airing right away.”
All Out Live will be a simplified version of Pinks: All Out, where there are more opportunities for racers to participate and get their chance to be on TV. This all ties into Bossone’s vision of helping the average racer get some exposure, run their car heads-up, and have fun.
“For this show, we will have three groups that run on TV instead of one. We will pick the groups based on consistency, the closeness of the elapsed times, and how they present themselves. Our groups are 9.0 to 9.99, 10.0 to 10.99, 11.0 to 11.99 and a motorcycle class. It will all be off an instant green tree with no arm drop this time,” Bossone says.
There will also be a special series within the race called the Call Out where racers can square off against TV personalities and others to show how fast they really are.
“The Call Out will feature racers that have been on Street Outlaws or other shows that want to take on the locals at our events. Racers will post call-out videos to try and be a part of the show and race against a celebrity opponent,” Bossone explains.
The overall idea for All Out Live is to create world’s largest drag racing game show where anybody can play and everybody can win. This means that even spectators in the crowd can get in on the action at a taping of All Out Live.
“We also will have Rockin Rob and others running around in the stands with cash in their pockets. They will go up to spectators in the stands and ask them who they think will win a race for a chance to win cash just like a game show. It will be a lot of fun to bring the fans in to be a part of the action and make this show really special,” Bossone says.
Make sure to check out the All Out Live website right here that breaks down how a racer can get in on the action and where the events will be held in 2018.