Vice TV Sets Drag-Racing Series ‘Donkmaster’ (Exclusive)
Vice TV is revving up for a new drag-racing series titled Donkmaster.
The weekly half-hour series will follow the “high-stakes subculture of Donk racing,” where “classic American cars on insanely huge rims [are] pushed to the extreme for big money,” through the eyes of Sage “Donkmaster” Thomas, who is called the Michael Jordan of Donk racing.
The sport largely takes place in the South, from Florida to Baton Rouge. Every weekend, Thomas goes to a new city, where he competes with its fastest drivers, such as Ezzy Money, CEO Larri and Rozay, for the chance to win thousands.
“There are lots of car shows out there, but only one Donkmaster, and not many can keep up on the track or in the garage with Sage,” said Morgan Hertzan, executive vp and general manager at Vice Television. “We’re excited to bring our viewers the best car show on television introducing an exhilarating racing subculture and a motorsport that’s way more than just engines and cars.”
Added executive producer Michael Hoff: “This is a massive, amazing world with high stakes, huge characters, and incredible action. It was right in front of everyone, but no one was covering it. We’re thrilled to shine a light on this incredible racing scene and the king of the sport — Donkmaster.”
South Carolina-based Thomas built his first “Donk” at age 16 under the guidance of his Uncle Buggy. He developed a passion these classic cars, which are described as “supercharged, candy colored, chrome-plated showstopper,” and opened a shop, In & Out Customs, in Charleston, S.C.
Since being introduced to the Donk racing scene in Florida more than 20 years ago, Thomas and his Skittle Pack crew have traveled to various cities and states to prove they have the fastest Donks. With a record of 30-2, he has a target on his back, as purses as large as $50,000 for a single race are up for grabs.
The series, which will premiere at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 19, is produced by Hoff Productions in association with Covert Media for Vice TV, Michael Hoff serves as executive producer, along with Alex Hoff and Jeff Frey for Hoff Productions and Paul Hanson, Derek Gordon, Imani Shakur and Sasha Shapiro for Covert Media. Patrick Moses serves as executive producer and Harlin Lawal as development producer for Vice.
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Vice crowns a new ‘Donkmaster’ for the culture
‘Donkmaster’ series photo Photo credit: VICE TV © 2017 Piotr Sikora
There are few things the average man takes as much pride in as his woman and his car. Hoping to connect with car lovers everywhere, Vice TV is tapping in on the underground culture called, “donk racing,” where men take more pride in their candy-painted rides and outrageous rims than one would think is imaginable. The new series, “Donkmaster” chronicles the journey of Sage “Donkmaster” Thomas, often referred to as the Michael Jordan of donk racing.
Rolling out sat down with Sage on the premiere night of the new show, “Donkmaster,” which airs on Vice, Wednesdays at 10:30 PM EST to learn more about this underground phenomenon and what drives the passion in the participants of the super-niche, but super cool sport.
Donk racing is such a large part of the African American culture, especially in the south. Why do you think it’s taken so long for it to be celebrated and showcased on mainstream television?
When I started traveling around to car shows with the “skittle pack” (various race cars built by In and Out Customs, traveling city-to-city, state-to-state on our 18-wheeler 5-car hauler), the reaction of all of my fans as we would pull up to each city gave me the confidence to keep it going and push forward. Prior to other smaller publications putting out their DVD’s covering the south Florida car shows back in the early 2000s, it was an unknown underground culture.
In 2015, In and Out Customs challenged the first DONK racer to step up to the plate out of Miami and hand-delivered a fresh bottle of GapSauce (FYI GapSauce is the legendary term that I use when I gap an opponent). I then discovered, in the winning circle, that the thousands of spectators that witnessed it first hand were highly entertained and wanted more donk racing by the day… So that’s when my business partner, my main man, Country C, and I put a plan together for In and Out Customs to host our own Donk Racing event — Fast and Flashy — now running six summers strong.
What ingredients contribute to a true donkmaster?
The ingredients it takes to be a true donkmaster include: Having patience, keeping your head when there is nothing but chaos around you, being a good listener to the loyal team that’s with you day-in and day-out, having the foresight it takes to stay one large step ahead and take the calculated risks necessary, not being complacent and always being willing to try something that has never been done before — a true trendsetter. That’s what it takes to be a true donkmaster.
What can viewers look forward to seeing in this first season of “Donkmaster?”
Aside from me being a single father of my 5 kids some, which will appear in a few episodes, viewers can look for fast cars, slow opposition, a lot of money on the line [and] “all gapping, no capping” — a true introduction into our racing culture.
Donkmaster Season 2: Everything We Know
‘Donkmaster’ is a high-octane drag-racing competition that airs on Vice in the US. The high-stakes game features immaculately prepared classic cars, sporting huge rims, that go head to head in order to win massive cash prizes. The series, following its premiere, managed to appeal to racing enthusiasts. Now that its first season has concluded, let us get into the details of the second season.
Donkmaster Season 2 Release Date:
‘Donkmaster’ season 1 premiered on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, on Vice at 10.30 pm ET. New episodes dropped every week at the same time slot. Each episode spanned a runtime of around 30 minutes and the entire season consisted of five episodes. Noting the positive reviews received by the first season, we are positive that Vice will renew the series. If that happens soon, we can expect ‘Donkmaster’ season 2 to premiere sometime in 2021.
Donkmaster Season 2 Host
‘Donkmaster’ is hosted by Sage ‘Donkmaster’ Thomas, who is popularly referred to as the Michael Jordan or Muhammad Ali of Donk racing. Based in South Carolina, Thomas built his first Donk at the mere age of 16 while being guided by his Uncle Buggy. Since then, he has developed a passion for these classic cars. Thomas describes the beasts as ‘supercharged, candy-colored, chrome-plated showstoppers’.
Eventually, he ended up opening his own shop called In & Out Customs, in Charleston, S.C. Since getting accustomed to the Donk racing scene in Florida around two decades back, Thomas and his Skittle Pack crew have reached multiple cities and states to prove that they own the fastest Donks. With a record of 30-2, Thomas is hard to beat and in the show, competitors are seen vying for cash prizes of up to $50,000! Of course, he will make a comeback in season 2 as well.
What Can Donkmaster Season 2 be About?
Each weekly episode of ‘Donkmaster’ dives deep into the high-stakes subculture of Donk racing. In these races, classic American cars, having massively designed rims, battle it out to reach to the top and earn big money. And the events are narrated by Sage “Donkmaster” Thomas, who is basically the presenter in the series. The games are primarily held in the South, encompassing Florida to Baton Rouge. Every weekend, Thomas visits a new city and races with its fastest drivers. Some of the racers featured in season 1 include Ezzy Money, CEO Larri, and Rozay, among others.
Morgan Hertzan, executive VP and general manager at Vice Television, expressed his excitement about the series in a statement, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter: “There are lots of cars shows out there, but only one Donkmaster and not many can keep up on the track or in the garage with Sage. We’re excited to bring our viewers the best car show on television introducing an exhilarating racing subculture and motorsport that’s way more than just engines and cars.” Season 2 will follow the same premise and introduce us to a fresh batch of vintage cars and high-octane races.
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