It’s not every day a local business is featured on a well-known TV show, but for Nobody Else’s Auto Recycling in Great Bend, that became a reality on Monday night when the History Channel showed the latest episode of “American Pickers.”
“It was a neat experience being on the show with my daughter Adie,” business owner Chad Ehrlich said. “We had the opportunity to spend Saturday and Sunday in Nashville, Tenn., checking out local businesses and on Monday morning we shot the episode and on Tuesday morning we flew back home. Overall it was a fantastic time.”
Addie, her dad and his wife Shala Ehrlich flew out to Nashville to buy a 1941 Chevy Cabover truck from the American Pickers. The truck they purchased has been featured on three episodes of the show.
The truck was first shown when American Pickers hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz bought it. It was in a second episode when they got the vehicle operational and it was featured for the third time in Monday’s episode, when they sold to the Ehrlichs.
“This vehicle has a lot of history behind it,” Chad said. “We are just going to make it safer to drive and not restore it. Sometimes restoring a vehicle ruins the history of it. My daughter is a gear-head like me. She also has another cabover truck that is being built.”
The TV show is not the only place that this local business has been featured; Nobody Else’s Auto Recycling was also featured in the January-February edition of the American Car Collector magazine.
According to the History channel, pickers like Wolfe and Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner’s land.
Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person’s trash into another’s treasure. American Pickers follows them as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories.
Hosts of the show
A lifelong American picker, Wolfe has been combing through junk since the age of 4. Over the years, he’s earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost foragers, traveling coast to coast in search of forgotten treasures. Where other people see dilapidated barns and overgrown yards, Wolfe sees potential gold mines packed with rare finds and sensational stories.
Like his buddy Wolfe, Fritz started picking early, collecting rocks and beer cans as a kid. He worked for many years as a fire and safety inspector but always had a passion for antiques and junk. These days, he spends all his time on the road with Wolfe, digging for treasure in barns, garages and junkyards across America.