Wednesday, October 11, 2006

TLC′s OVERHAULIN′ Unveils Restored Iraq War-based Hummer at CNN Center

One of the Hummer off-road vehicles CNN employed during the war in Iraq returns to Atlanta after a major renovation project as part of The Learning Channel′s highly rated series, OVERHAULIN′.

OVERHAULIN′ co-hosts Chris Jacobs and Adrienne "A.J." Janic and hot rod designer Chip Foose presented the refurbished Hummer - nicknamed "Warrior One" - to CNN employees today in front of the CNN sign on Centennial Park Drive. The OVERHAULIN′ program featuring the Hummer will premiere on TLC on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

After the unveiling, Warrior One will tour military bases and other sites across the country before it is auctioned. Proceeds of the auction will be donated to a charity to be determined later.

CNN purchased the Hummer in 2002 from the King Hummer dealership in Kuwait. Network producers, video journalists and correspondents used the vehicle when they were embedded with coalition forces in the war in Iraq in 2003.

This summer, OVERHAULIN′ took the Hummer to the show′s workshop in Irvine, Calif. Crews overhauled the Hummer′s engine and body and installed an extensive entertainment system that includes a DVD player, four LCD monitors and a state-of-the-art sound system. Airbrush artists Dru Blaier, Mickey Harris and Mike Lavallee painted images of journalists and military men and women onto the vehicle as a tribute to those who served during the war in Iraq or covered the war.