While I typically only watch television shows that air on my favorite networks such as ESPN, History, A&E, Nat Geo, Animal Planet and a couple of others, there are times when I slip a few train-wreck reality shows onto my DVR for later viewing. Enter: Lizard Lick Towing.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, Lizard Lick Towing is a reality series that airs on TruTV every Monday at 10:00 p.m. and follows the daily high-octane escapades of the Lizard Lick crew as they attempt to repossess vehicles, boats, construction equipment, animals, and a laundry list of other crazy things. The crew, lead by owners Ron & Amy Shirley and their best buddy, Bobby Brantley, always seem to get caught up in some of the most insanely-dangerous situations that turn ugly – in a hurry.
Although outside the scope of this post, I know the credibility of the show is a hotly-debated topic among viewers, but here’s a statement from Lizard Lick Towing & Recovery LLC regarding the show’s authenticity. “If you see blood, stitches, hospital scenes, or altercations they are real.” Regardless if the show is real, fake, or a little of both, it’s a funny show with a twist of silliness and a splash of excitement.
So why am I blogging about Lizard Lick Towing? Well, every year around Thanksgiving Hunter (my Lab) and I pack the car and take a long road trip to New York to visit my family and friends. While I drive non-stop from Atlanta to New York, I always make a couple of stops on the way back home so I can visit my other friends who live along the East Coast. One of my usual stops is in Raleigh, North Carolina to see my good friend Christian and his family.
This year I mapped out my road trip to include a visit to Lizard Lick Towing since it’s only 20 minutes or so outside of Raleigh. I’ve been watching the show since it’s birth in 2011 and thought I would check out the location where all the madness we witness on television takes place.
When I arrived at Lizard Lick I went inside (yes, I walked through that front glass door that must have be smashed dozens of times by angry customers) in hopes to be greeted by Amy or perhaps Big Juicy. Unfortunately, the crew was out in the field filming that day, according to Patty, who handles the front office.
After speaking with Patty for a bit I started to snap a few photos inside the office and then moved to the outside for some exterior shots. Overall, the structure was exactly the same as we see it in the show except there’s a lot of marketing materials spread out all over the property which points to the Lizard Lick merchandise store across the street. In addition, the front door and safety window at the front counter are reinforced with much thicker glass and the whiteboard inside the office has a different saying on it for the upcoming Season 3 which premiers January 21, 2013.
Here’s a short video I recorded on the way to the Lick. Also, click the page numbers below the video to check out some of the photos I took while visiting.