This Father’s Day, ToyMakerz icon David Ankin celebrates a family legacy of working hard, following one’s passion and having fun. Having just aired its third season on The History Channel and FYI, ToyMakerz follows the daily activities and mind-blowing designs of master “ToyMaker” David Ankin and his custom vehicle fabrication shop in Reidsville, North Carolina. From learning machine building as a kid to now entertaining an audience of millions, Ankin and his work embody the importance of family legacy and the meaning of fatherhood.
A fourth-generation “ToyMaker,” former celebrity stuntman-turned automotive mastermind David Ankin learned a love of hot rods, creative design, and a deep curiosity about machine operation from his own father and grandfather. Before ToyMakerz or the Marvel superhero ever came about, Ankin’s father was the original “Iron Man.” Widely known for his ability to build anything, this North Carolina legend earned his stripes working alongside his own father – Ankin’s great grandfather – who worked for car maker Studebaker.
Now, family legend, legacy, and masterful trade skill come together as Ankin aims to pass the torch to his own teen son, Brayden. In a memorable ToyMakerz episode, the father-son duo gives the audience a taste of what’s to come as they prepare for Brayden’s first “Jr. Dragster” race. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” says Ankin, “It was awesome to see Brayden out on the track for the first time. He clearly has an incredible future – after all, he is the next generation ‘ToyMaker’ and my son.”
From hot rods and classics to muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles, ToyMakerz gives America a front-row seat to the incredible process behind these powerful machines. Find past episodes on Amazon On-Demand, iTunes, and Amazon.com. Download the show’s interactive app powered by Source Digital, and find more information about ToyMakerz and their LA-based production company, Lucky13Cinematic, at ToyMakerz.com.