4 February 2014

Corky Coker turns barn finds into gold on new Travel Channel show

"Backroad Gold" follows antique car expert Corky Coker as he scours the highways, back roads and small towns of America, wheeling and dealing for hidden riches such as antique cars, motorcycles, trucks, gas pumps and road signs. This is Coker's lifelong passion and his business — he is constantly on the road hunting for the next big find. Together with his expert team of restorers — which includes his father, Harold; son-in-law, Greg; daughter, Casey; and head wrench, Hal — Coker buys, restores, and sells all finds at his shop, Honest Charley, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

In 1974, Corky Coker was handed the reins of his father’s Chattanooga based B.F. Goodrich dealership. Although he didn’t know it then, much of what Corky would do over the course of the next 40 years would define the vintage tire industry. He grew Coker Tire into Coker Group and revived the iconic Honest Charley Speed Shop.

Corky is widely regarded as an expert on collecting and restoring antique automobiles and motorcycles. He speaks frequently regarding the collector car hobby, vehicle legislation, and the future of the automotive restoration market.

“Backroad Gold” debuts on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 9:30 p.m. EST on the Travel Channel.

7 Reader Comments

  • 1
    al zim Bedford, Texas February 5, 2014 at 13:03
    I am surprised that you can commercially correctly restore a vehicle and make a profit! It has been my experience that the restoration usually cost two to four times the sale value of the vehicle. The exception is to have a unique vehicle worth millions.
  • 2
    Scott Kerr Rio Rancho, NM February 5, 2014 at 13:45
    Sounds like a great show! Setting up the DVR!
  • 3
    ancil george bell United States February 5, 2014 at 15:39
    have 57 ford 4 door,with 312 engine, have been outside for years. lots of chome on it,, does not run. all steel boady, org, parts. would you be intersted .. was by 1/2 brothers,car.
  • 4
    Les Aseere Grants Pass, OR February 5, 2014 at 20:42
    I drove the 2007 Great American Race with Corky and his lovely wife. Me in my 57 Chevy and Corky in his open wheel roadster. I must say he and his wife are great people. He lives and breathes cars and sells a great tire product for our hobby. I had the honor to visit his ranch in Chattangooga during a 3 day practice race early in 2007 in preparation for the main event in June/July. What a great spread and such great hosts. Thanks Corky. Memories live a long time. Les
  • 5
    chevy guy GA February 5, 2014 at 12:30
    Mr. Coker should address the problems with his tires before he gets into show business. Check the car chat sites for details.
  • 6
    Martha Voigt SW. Virginia February 12, 2014 at 16:02
    Have a 31 LaSalle untouched original survivor to be restored in a barn, in Ga. near (1 hour) from Chatanooga. Would love to sell it to someone who would restore and show it! Beauty! Interested??
  • 7
    Doug United States July 4, 2014 at 00:18
    Nice vehicle. I have a 1942 pickup cab and front end for sale with some trim. With clran title too 702-279-1822

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