Roadkill

The BEST episodes of Roadkill

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Ride along with HOT ROD's David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan as they continue their love/hate relationship with hot rods, street machines and other highly strung performance vehicles. In Roadkill, Freiburger and Finnegan hit the road in everything from a 1968 Ford Ranchero to a 1500 horsepower Camaro called the F-Bomb. Just getting to their destination is an adventure.

Last Updated: 5/19/2022Network: MotorTrendOnDemand
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Roadkill vs. Mighty Car Mods!
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9.86
29 votes

#1 - Roadkill vs. Mighty Car Mods!

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/25/2016

This is the episode fans of Roadkill and Mighty Car Mods have been demanding for two years! It’s also a bonus episode of Roadkill powered by Dodge—the 13th installment of the 2016 season! David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan finally got together with Marty and Moog of Mighty Car Mods, Australia’s most popular YouTube show for gearheads. The four guys came to an agreement: RK would build the most American car possible for the MCM blokes, and then Marty and Moog would assemble an absurd icon of Mighty Modding for the Roadkill boys. Both teams gave all: Roadkill jammed together a 1969 Chevy Impala stuffed with the supercharged, 489ci big-block Chevy that was formerly in the Crusher Camaro; and Mighty Car Mods hacked the Subarute out of a hapless turbo WRX. There’s no way to imagine the fun that explodes across the language barrier when these four get together for some killer burnouts and mad skids!

Smokey and LeMullets!
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9.14
7 votes

#2 - Smokey and LeMullets!

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/8/2021

Freiburger and Finnegan set new records for oil consumption in a '74 Toyota Hilux with a small-block Chevy V8. Follow along as they road trip to Cleetus McFarland's Freedom Factory to race in the action-packed 2.4 Hours of LeMullets. Is this the smokiest road trip to date?

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Cheap 4x4 Challenge!
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9.00
3 votes

#3 - Cheap 4x4 Challenge!

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/3/2020

Freiburger and Steve Dulcich finally find out who has the better cheap 4x4. For years Freiburger has touted the superiority of the Suburban, while Dulchich rallies a Durango. Now they'll settle it in an off-road challenge -- for pinks!

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Street Freak 426 Hemi Gremmie Lives!
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9.00
2 votes

#4 - Street Freak 426 Hemi Gremmie Lives!

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/26/2021

It runs, it drives, and it does monster burnouts! Freiburger and Finnegan finish up their 1975 AMC known as The Hemi Gremmie and take it for its first road test. With the body on a new chassis and a 426ci Hemi wedged under the hood, the guys work must out some kinks before hitting the road for some tire-devouring action.

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Project-Car Showdown at DirtFish!
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8.88
8 votes

#5 - Project-Car Showdown at DirtFish!

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/22/2018

Surprise! Fans assumed we’d do this for the 75th episode of Roadkill powered by Dodge, but we jumped the gun and served it up here in Episode 74: yup, it’s a Roadkill project-car showdown at DirtFish Rally School. This location became famous on Episode 32 when Subaru challenged Roadkill to a showdown and we went head-to-head on the rally course with a Subie versus the General Mayhem 1968 Dodge Charger. It made for some of the best action scenes in the history of Roadkill, leaving fans demanding more. So, on this episode, the General Mayhem is back—complete with its new 707hp drivetrain from a 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat. We also brought a number of other cars chosen loosely because they have appeared on the show since the last project-car showdown on Episode 50. You’ll see the off-road Hornet from Episode 71; the Disgustang from Episode 66; the Crusher Impala from Episodes 60 and 65; Laphonda from 59; the frame-dragging Datsun mini-truck from 58; the Mazdaratti from 45, 50, and 51; and Nascarlo from Episode 46. Time for big action on Roadkill.

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The World’s Only "C-Body" Road Runner!
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8.75
4 votes

#6 - The World’s Only "C-Body" Road Runner!

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 11/26/2018

The Road Runner is a highlight of Plymouth’s B-Body platform, sought after by many a hot rodder and collector alike. It’s valuable classic muscle with parts that can be worth more than the whole. Luckily, on this episode of Roadkill powered by Dodge, that’s the case as David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan have found the world’s only C-Body Road Runner, a bent-up, crescent-shaped B-Body that had an unfortunate encounter with a light pole. Most people would toss this derelict daily driver to the junkyard, but not the Roadkill guys. They take it from an undriveable scrapheap to a driveable scrapheap in a matter of days. The wounds on this car are far deeper that what’s on the surface, and Freiburger and Finnegan have to use some real Roadkill ingenuity to bring it back to life. The rear suspension and driveshaft were crumpled beyond recognition, and the engine broke free of its mounts and pushed into the radiator. Almost every panel on the car is bent, and the body makes its own right turn, leaving the wheelbase with a difference of more than seven inches side to side. After fabricating their own suspension mounts and fixing everything to the best of their ability, the guys get the car back on the road. But if just getting it rolling again isn’t enough, Freiburger and Finnegan take it to a dirt track to see if its “enhanced” stance makes for better right turns.

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Barnfind Firebird vs Crusher Camaro!
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8.75
4 votes

#7 - Barnfind Firebird vs Crusher Camaro!

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/23/2020

From the moment the '67 Firebird was plucked from a barn next to a drag strip, you've been asking for this race. On this episode of Roadkill, Finnegan and Newbern take the bird on an 800-mile road trip to race Freiburger and Dulcich in the Crusher Camaro. The question isn't just who will win, it's will they even make it to the strip?

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Trading Cars Across Power Tour: the Ultimate Road Trip!
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8.67
3 votes

#8 - Trading Cars Across Power Tour: the Ultimate Road Trip!

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/5/2019

Ever dreamed of having a new ride every day of the week? David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan live that dream Roadkill-style, as they trade their way through the 25th HOT ROD Power Tour! Each day the guys trade away their junk for new junk and attempt to make it to the next stop on the tour. Needless to say, their trading skills don’t land many upgrades, but the big question is: Will they make it all the way or end up on the side of the road with only a single red paper clip? Watch this episode of Roadkill to find out!

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Turbo 2JZ in the Death Metal Charger!
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8.67
3 votes

#9 - Turbo 2JZ in the Death Metal Charger!

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/20/2021

Number matching Mopar? Nope, this is the Death Metal Charger. In this episode of Roadkill, Finnegan and Tony Angelo take the world’s worst ’68 to a whole new turbo-popping, flame-spewing, tire-shrieking level! With the addition of Toyota 2JZ engine and turbo, paired with the Tremec six-speed, Willys Timken rear axle, and Ford F-250 brake drums, the only numbers that matter end with horsepower.

Nitrous Muscle Truck and Mini Bikes!
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8.60
5 votes

#10 - Nitrous Muscle Truck and Mini Bikes!

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/26/2013

A Vette-powered stepside truck. Nitrous oxide. Honda Trail 70s. Drag racing, and lots and lots of burnouts. Those are the basic plot points on this episode of Roadkill, as Freiburger and Finnegan have big fun with retro trail motorcycles on their way to revitalizing a long-neglected HOT ROD magazine project vehicle and road-tripping it to the eighth-mile drags. The vehicle is the Muscle Truck, a '74 Chevy shortbed stepside beater powered by an all-aluminum Corvette LS6. It also has a Turbo 400 transmission, a Gear Vendors under/overdrive, a Ford 9-inch with 5.13 gears, and the most wicked sounding exhaust ever. The goal is to get thrown out of the dragstrip for going too fast without a rollbar, then race the minibikes instead. How much nitrous can the Muscle Truck take? ep018

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General Mayhem: 707HP Hellcat Engine in a 1968 Charger!
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8.60
5 votes

#11 - General Mayhem: 707HP Hellcat Engine in a 1968 Charger!

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/25/2015

See the very first running, driving vintage muscle car powered by a 707-horsepower, supercharged, 6.2L Hemi engine from a 2015 Dodge SRT Charger Hellcat! The car is the General Mayhem, Roadkill’s 1968 Dodge Charger. In this episode, the Hellcat-powered General Mayhem is built and drag-race tested in preparation for a cutthroat drag race with a reality TV show at the first-ever Roadkill Nights event, where a makeshift drag strip was created in the parking lot of the abandoned Silverdome football stadium in Pontiac, Michigan. More than 10,000 people showed up to watch! And there’s a surprise, as the Mayhem’s younger brother is revealed! ep048

Hilarious Car Showdown!
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8.60
5 votes

#12 - Hilarious Car Showdown!

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/16/2020

What’s better than racing a cheap beater? Picking the worst possible beater and making your friend drive it. On this episode of Roadkill, Freiburger and Finnegan buy each other their worst automotive nightmares and put them to the test against Steve Dulcich in an epic showdown! Finnegan rides high, Freiburger works through some “cosmetic” damage, and Dulcich rampages through fire.

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The Hemi Gremmie Begins!
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8.60
5 votes

#13 - The Hemi Gremmie Begins!

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/28/2021

Freiburger and Finnegan are finally making dreams come true as they figure a way to stuff a 426ci Hemi down the throat of their 1975 AMC Gremlin to create the fabled street freak known as the Hemi Gremmie! The guys start building and also take the ’69 Mach 1 Disgustang to the Burnyard for some doughnut action.

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1,700 Miles in the Vanishing Paint Challenger!
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8.50
2 votes

#14 - 1,700 Miles in the Vanishing Paint Challenger!

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/29/2018

On this episode of Roakill powered by Dodge, the Vanishing Paint Challenger is back on the road with an upgraded suspension and it’s ready to dominate the autocross! David Freiburger and Steve Dulcich rekindled their love for the VP Challenger on Roadkill Garage Episodes 34 and 36, and now they are putting it to the ultimate Roadkill road trip test. They’ve entered the Tire Rack SSCA Solo Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska, a mere 1,700 miles away. Is there any better way to break in a new build? The guys hit the road, camp under the stars, shoot off fireworks, and work out roadside repairs in their most fun road trip yet. Will they make it in time to compete in the ultimate “Game of Cones” and can they keep it running well enough to hang with national competitors? Tune in to find out!

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The Ultimate Beater Burnout Machine!
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8.50
6 votes

#15 - The Ultimate Beater Burnout Machine!

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/13/2019

Roadkill has always been dedicated to the artistry, styling, and raw beauty of all things burnout related. David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan have long considered themselves masters of “burnout-ology,” yet they have never actually entered a burnout competition…until now. Armed with what’s left of a rusted-out ’76 Camaro—a parking lot mini spool upgrade and spare tires—the guys set out across Texas to show how to “scientifically” get the best burnouts. With a desire to win and a stronger desire to kill some tires, the guys enter the burnout competition at the Spring Break Jam car show in South Padre Island, Texas. They know how to do burnouts, that’s a given…but the real question is: Will the Camaro’s engine hold together longer than its tires? Find out on this episode of Roadkill.

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More Doors, Less Floors!
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8.50
6 votes

#16 - More Doors, Less Floors!

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/11/2021

Freiburger and Finnegan rediscover and road trip the 440-powered 1971 Chrysler Newport eight-door airport car they found back on episode 106. Nothing says winter road trip fun like taking 24 feet of rusted out, floorless junk from Fargo down south to some warmer climates and dirt tracks!

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Pro Street Road Trip!
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8.50
2 votes

#17 - Pro Street Road Trip!

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/10/2022

Freiburger and Finnegan take a big-block 1980 Dodge Mirada on a road trip to the site of the Street Machine Nationals in Du Quoin, Illinois. Is this Pro Street Mirada fast? No. Does it handle well? No. Does it look obnoxiously awesome? Of course!

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Thrash Battle! Van vs Wagon
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8.43
7 votes

#18 - Thrash Battle! Van vs Wagon

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/6/2012

David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan go head-to head in an epic driving competition that's really just an excuse for some hilarious, needless car bashing. The victims are two parts cars for HOT ROD magazine projects: a '90-something Dodge conversion van that will give up its 360 V8 in the name of hot rodding and an '87 Buick wagon that was intended as a chassis donor... but after this, maybe not. Let the battle begin! ep006

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Leaf-Blower Supercharging a 1978 Chevrolet Monza Spyder!
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8.33
3 votes

#19 - Leaf-Blower Supercharging a 1978 Chevrolet Monza Spyder!

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/31/2013

It's fun with Leaf Blowers. Experts on the Internet said it would never work. That's never stopped Freiburger and Finnegan, and this time on Roadkill the guys put the theory to the test: can hardware-store leaf blowers supercharge an engine and make power? Step one was buying a '78 Monza Spyder with a 305 V8 and a four-speed stick. Step two was to take it to the shop of HOT ROD Drag Week racer Jeff Lutz to tune it up, swap the engine to a 350, dyno test it with five leaf blowers, and do a whole bunch of needless burnouts. Step three was to drive the Monza to Willmington, Ohio, for the East Coast Timing Association's Ohio Mile event, a standing-mile race where they'd find out if leaf-blower power adds up to more speed in the real world. The outcome? Who really cares? Because on Roadkill, it's always about the adventure. And more burnouts. ep016

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Corvette Sinkhole Adventure in a 1975 Stingray!
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8.33
3 votes

#20 - Corvette Sinkhole Adventure in a 1975 Stingray!

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/18/2014

Chevy runs deep! This time Freiburger and Finnegan find out just how deep as they visit the infamous sinkhole that opened up inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. To do it Roadkill style, the guys find the worst Corvette they can buy, get it running after sitting for six years, break auto parts, experience gators firsthand, and visit the Corvette assembly plant. Finally, they try and convince the Corvette Museum to let them leave their '75 Stingray behind......inside the sinkhole. ep027

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The Ranchero Returns Part 2! Alaska or Bust: The Sequel
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8.33
3 votes

#21 - The Ranchero Returns Part 2! Alaska or Bust: The Sequel

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/5/2013

The last episode of Roadkill told the first half of the story of Freiburger and Finnegan's second attempt—and this time, you can bask in the suffering and victory as they finally reach the goal. But how with their 45-year-old muscle car fare in an ice race with the Alaska Sports Car Club? Watch to find out. ep014

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The Original Vette Kart Returns!
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8.33
6 votes

#22 - The Original Vette Kart Returns!

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/19/2018

This is Roadkill, powered by Dodge! Way back in 2010 before Roadkill was even a thing, hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan built (or unbuilt) the Vette Kart, a 1985 Chevy Corvette that was stripped to nothing but a chassis and powertrain to save weight and go fast for cheap. The Kart contraption was first seen on Roadkill, Episode 35, and later on Episode 47, and it inspired a legion of people to build similar rides. The Vette Kart has proven itself on the autocross, big track, and dragstrip, and now the guys are bringing it back to round out its motorsports accomplishments with sand-dune blasting and Roadkill’s least-predictable stunt yet: skiing a car, which means driving on two wheels! Joining the guys for the adventure is stuntman James Smith, a ski-car specialist. He thinks Roadkill picked the worst car possible for learning to ski, and after watching the episode, you’ll probably agree. Roadkill is supported by Jegs, Pilot Auto Transport, Optima Batteries, Gearstar Transmissions, and EBC Brakes.

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Blasphemi Takes on HOT ROD Drag Week!
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8.33
3 votes

#23 - Blasphemi Takes on HOT ROD Drag Week!

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/23/2019

If the 1955 Chevy with a Hemi we call Blasphemi is known for three things, they would be going fast, being awesome, and breaking apart! On this episode of Roadkill, the Blasphemi delivers on all three as Mike Finnegan and Tony Angelo take on HOT ROD Drag Week. It’s the most brutal five-day test of real drag-racing, street-driven cars, as competitors race five times on four drag strips while driving over 1,000 miles in between, battling to post the lowest average elapsed time at the end of the week. Last year Finnegan was the runner-up in his class. This year? Well, you might have already heard the results, but what you haven’t seen is the epic adventure, the carnage, and the struggle it takes to survive! See how it all unfolded right here on Roadkill!

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'67 Crusher Camaro vs '70 Super Bee 1,500-Mile Burnout-Fest!
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8.25
4 votes

#24 - '67 Crusher Camaro vs '70 Super Bee 1,500-Mile Burnout-Fest!

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/23/2013

It's Freiburger in the Super Bee versus Finnegan in the '67 Camaro as the guys make the trip from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City and back to go race at the Midnight Drags at Rocky Mountain Raceways in hopes of running the Bee on nitrous for the first time since the Hemi was installed. Which car will work best over 1,500 miles of mayem in three days? ep019

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Chasing a Landspeed Record at Bonneville with a 1100hp Camaro!
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8.25
4 votes

#25 - Chasing a Landspeed Record at Bonneville with a 1100hp Camaro!

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/20/2013

Finnegan builds an 1,100-horsepower big-block and Freiburger brings a Camaro that he's run 261 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Put 'em together and it's a recipe for win, right? If you think so, you're probably not a Roadkill regular. It turns into an entire adventure just getting there, and gets more interesting from there. ep020