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Danny Koker

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Best Vegas Reality-Show Star

    Pawn Stars is the reality show gift that keeps on giving, begetting Counting Cars and creating an, ahem, vehicle for its star, Danny Koker. Koker, the gravel-voiced, easygoing mechanic who runs the shop, had a ratings hit right off the rip, premiering to 4.3 million as the History Channel’s highest-rated debut. The show just wrapped a second season and is already filming its third, propelled as much by Koker’s relentless, infectious positivity as it is by the sweet whips that come out of his garage.

  • Mr. Auto-Manic

    By Jason Scavone

    It started with a ’66 Mustang GT 350, aggressive, lean and icy white, with lapis lazuli racing stripes that glowed as if James Cameron had overpaid a post-production team to touch them up. That’s the car Daniel Koker Sr. bought in 1973 when his son, Danny “Count” Koker, was 9 years old. It changed the kid forever.

  • Gossip

    Reality TV again mining Vegas

    By Jason Scavone

    Leftfield Pictures, the production company behind Pawn Stars that got spin-off American Restoration onto the History Channel lineup, is apparently a good gang to have in your corner. Because it seems like everyone they’ve ever been associated with gets a History show out of the deal. Case in point: Danny Koker, owner of Count’s Vamp’d, will premiere his series Counting Cars—about his ride-flipping biz, Count’s Kustoms—on the channel Aug. 13.

  • Seven Questions

    Danny Koker

    By Sean DeFrank

    Danny Koker’s shop, Count’s Kustoms, is a little menacing, with its flame-detailed hot rods and skull-encrusted motorcycles. So when he emerges to ask where to conduct this interview, I gingerly reply, “How about your office?” “You asked for it,” an employee says. What could be up there, I wonder, as Koker offers his arm to lead the way up an ominous metal staircase.