Car enthusiast Strange featured on weekly TV show

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Tim Strange, an AlWood High School graduate who formerly lived near Bishop Hill, has been selected to be the host of a national TV program about cars.

Area native Tim Strange will host RTM Productions’ newest PowerBlock TV series, “Search & Restore,” which will premier Saturday, May 7, on the Spike cable network.

The show is dedicated to finding and restoring vehicles for viewers who can’t finish their projects because of financial, health or family circumstances.

“Tim Strange collaborates with the entire PowerBlock crew and volunteer teams to tackle the jobs that inspire us all,” according to the “Search & Restore” website.

Strange, a noted custom car builder, now lives in Franklin, Tenn. He was contacted by RTM regarding the position after he volunteered on an episode of “Trucks” in March 2010. RTM received over 1,200 applicants for the assignment.

“Tim got his inspiration working with his dad on cars and bikes on their family farm in Illinois,” said executive producer Joe St. Lawrence. “Eighteen years later he has turned that enthusiasm into a career as one of the country’s top builders. Our audience will relate to Tim, his personality and his work ethic. We’re excited he’s joined the PowerBlock team.”

Strange is the son of Dan and Betty Strange, who live two miles northwest of Bishop Hill.

“There’s no better feeling than helping someone regain that sense of hope after they feel like they’ve lost everything,” Strange, a 1989 AlWood High School graduate, said. “Thanks to our volunteer build teams and the hosts of other PowerBlock shows, we’re able to help someone pick up the pieces, turn a dream into reality and have fun doing it.”