Mike Brewer is a well-known presenter of television motoring programs, not to mention a journalist, producer, campaigner, motoring enthusiast and family man. Not bad for a car dealer from South London who joins us as the 2018 National Car Clubs Awards presenter!
Surrounded by motors all his life as his dad was heavily involved in car customizing, Mike discovered his passion for motoring as a teenager and knew this would be his career.
He entered the motor trade, quickly building a reputation for being sharp and honest, and had the biggest 4×4 centre in the south of England up and running in no time, importing cars from around the globe.
Mike embarked on his television career through pure luck. He answered a friend’s telephone and discovered he was talking to a television producer. A long chat and a few anecdotes ensued, and he was hired for the first series of Deals On Wheels.
His success in this role led him into the presenter’s position on Driven for Channel 4, followed by Auto Trader, Pulling Power, Deals on Wheels, Wrecks to Riches, and Revved-up as well as several other non- motoring programmes for Discovery Channel and ITV.
But it was Discovery’s Wheeler Dealers that struck the heart and the toolbox of petrolheads all over the world. Mike and the team have made 14 series, 144 episodes, and restored 144 cars to create Discovery Channel’s flagship show, broadcast in 217 territories with a global audience of over 200million.
Such is the success and global appeal of Wheeler Dealers, Mike created Wheeler Dealer Trading Up, a series that showcases his motoring knowledge, an eye for a bargain and his selling skills as he trades cars around the world.
In 2010, Mike took on his biggest motoring challenge ever – Frontline Battle Machines. He travelled to the frontline in war-torn Afghanistan to see what machinery the troops had to work with in one of the most dangerous places on earth. He got more than he bargained for when he was caught in an attack and won a new legion of fans with soldiers all over the world grateful for his insight into their working conditions.
Still a car trader at heart, Mike opened the first Mike Brewer Motors dealership in Sheffield and soon after another in London Luton along with his wife Michelle. Mike and Michelle launched the only annual awards for used car dealers in the UK that’s been running now for six years and has become the de-facto awards ceremony for the motor trade.