Lizard Lick Towing: Ron answers YOUR questions

Pay up your debts or lock up your vehicles! Lizard Lick Towing returns to Dave on Wed 20 August at 8pm and the team are heading to the UK to appear at Truckfest events around the country (full details at the end of the article). We caught up with Ron to put the best of your questions to him and we were even treated to one or two real-life Ronisms…

Ron Shirley

Hi Ron, what brought you over here for Truckfest?
You know bo, the UK fans have been so awesome on Twitter and Facebook so we were like ‘we have got to go over there and meet them.’ At Truckfest, the pictures are free, the autographs are free – so tell them to come and see us and get licked man!

How do UK fans compare to the US fans?
They are the most polite, respectful and courteous people I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve been blown away by the people over here and how much respect and kindness they’ve shown us.

Why do you think the show is so popular in the UK?
You know bo, I don’t care where you are in the world we’re all just trying to make a living. Trying to survive. We might have different cultures, different food, different accents but at the end of the day we’re all trying to make some money. I think the fact that people over here work so hard means that they appreciate our hard work on the show.

Are you planning to do any repossessions at Truckfest?
(Laughs) You know, we have a couple of things planned. If you haven’t paid a bill, I sure wouldn’t drive your lorry out there. You’d probably rather be locked up in a cellar with Freddy Krueger.

We hear Miley Cyrus is a fan of the show. Have you met her?
Yeah, I got to meet Miley a couple of months ago after one of her shows. You know man, she’s a really neat individual. Miley is very flamboyant but at the end of the day she is a young girl having a lot of fun in life. When we met her she was a great individual.

Your Ronisms have become legendary – which one is your favourite?
I probably have two that are my favourite ones – ‘If I tell you a rooster can pull a freight train, you’d better hook ‘em up’ and ‘I’d rather give a grizzly bear a backrub with a handful of razorblades’.

Does Amy have a least favourite Ronism?
Amy hates my Ronisms. She’s had to put up with them for 25 years. Her least favourite is probably when I tell people that if I want to hide money in our house I put it in the oven as that’s the one place my wife won’t look. She doesn’t cook so she won’t look in the oven buddy.

How many times per season does Bobby end up in hospital?
(Laughs) You know bo, if you ever see blood on the show it’s real. We don’t use fake blood. We usually go to the hospital two or three times a season. We’ve had broken arms, broken legs, punctured lungs but we always find a way to get out of there.

Who’s the boss out of you and Amy?
You know bo, I wear the pants but she picks them out and tells me when to put them on.

What’s the scariest repo you’ve done?
Any repos that involve alcohol, drunk people or large crowds are the scariest. But it’s the people who don’t talk – the people who stand and stare that you have to worry about. It’s like at a spelling bee – that little guy or little girl standing over in the corner quiet as a mouse who doesn’t talk is the one you have to be worried about.

How long do you plan to stay in the business?
You know bo, I’ve been in the business since 1997 and I figure until I die I’ll have a pick-up business. I don’t know how to do much else in life except drive a truck.

Would you want your family to follow you into the business?
No, I tell all my children they’d better not get into the repo business. They can do a whole lot better than I did bo. You’re up all night, you’re out six days a week. I’d rather they did something a whole lot safer, maybe like bull riding! (Laughs)

What’s the worst thing you’ve had to deal with at the office?
We’ve had people coming in with guns, we had a guy come in with a hand grenade but the worst thing I ever have to deal with in the office is my wife - by far.

What’s the most times the office has been trashed in one week?
We’ve had weeks where they’ve trashed it 10 or 12 times. They’ve trashed it so much that we didn’t bother clearing it up so they couldn’t trash it again.

What’s your record for the most repos in one day?
In one day I’ve repoed 23 vehicles and 113 in one week.

What’s been your riskiest repo?
You know bo, we did a couple of airplanes and those were real risky and we also repoed 62 live deer from a preserve and that was really dangerous as it is any time you are dealing with live animals.

What’s been the best vehicle you’ve repossessed?
I repossessed a Ferrari Spider and Lamborghini VT which were fun. Every time we repossess a sports car it takes us much longer to get back to the office. I don’t know why. (Laughs) I think we must do a couple of detours.

Finally… have you ever been licked by a lizard?
No, but I have been struck by lightning – twice! Yes, I almost died twice. Once when I was 18 and once four months ago. If I can survive that red-haired wife of mine, I can survive a lightning strike.

The brand new series of Lizard Lick Towing starts on Wed 20 August at 8pm on Dave.

You can see Ron, Bobby and Johnny at Truckfest on 16 and 17 August in Lisburn, Northern Ireland; Ron and Amy at Newark on 30 and 31 August and Bobby and Johnny at Detling in Kent on 13 and 14 September. Full details at www.truckfest.co.uk/lizard-lick/4583357809 and at www.facebook.com/truckfestpage

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