THE ALL EGO
IT WAS NAMED “ALL EGO” TO GET AWAY FROM THE COLLOQUIAL SLANG TERM “ALL AGRO”. IT WAS BUILT WHILST FILMING A TELEVISION PILOT PROGRAMME CALLED “JUICE MY LEMON”.
The concept of the programme was to take a ‘Lemon’ of a car and make it into something stylish, the chosen car and the style of its build being chosen by the public.
This unsuspecting Austin Allegro 2 Door was driven into the studio at 4pm Saturday afternoon where upon the filming commenced and was built by Andy and his long suffering side kick Jim Chalmers. The two of them were given 50 hours to turn an Allegro into the ‘Speedster’ styling project you see here.
Bear in mind here that to repaint an undamaged car to the finish achieved here would normally be one week’s work.
The television series never happened but the car did get to have in depth features in several English magazines and now lives in a private collection in California.
“Andy doesn’t need recommendation from me as the net and the annals of print history will tell you all you need to know. He can do stylish but more importantly from our point of view he can do fast, which made him the perfect partner for the LIVE and TV builds, yet his more lavish creations when he has the benefit of time to do things his way are just sublime.”
Paul Cowland. MD Pro-Motive