thirty years of VTM and the launch of the new dramareeks Studio Tarara, is the Wheel of Fortune suddenly again more popular than ever. For the television series was a new wheel because the original wheel without a trace. Well, the makers are not searched, because the real Wheel of Fortune is already for years in the garage of Dirk Mouton in Merendree.
“I have my own electrical shop, and am in 2002, to a sale of bankrupt television studios at that time in VTM worked”, does Dirk Mouton his story. “I stepped outside as the owner of the real Wheel of Fortune. I was in the feestcomité of Merendree, and it seemed to me something to the fair, once the Wheel of Fortune to organise. The wheel itself has at that time 800 euro cost. Also the signs with the money and the black sign with ‘bankruptcy’ were there. The rest of the decor –including the draaibordjes - I have been there for 700 euro when bought. In 2003, we at the fair of Merendree really the Wheel of Fortune played. We wanted to make something special, and could Walter Capiau and Aurore bows to the evening to present. Not easy, because the Wheel of Fortune is a protected format, and you may just not commercialize. Capiau has he personally ensured that the in Merendree still could.”Man cave
More than 800 people came in 2003, watching the Wheel of Fortune in Merendree. But afterwards, the wheel never turned. “VTM, the program then resumed with Bart Kaëll as a presenter, and when should it not be played anymore,” says Mouton. “I have the rad up against the wall in my garage, and there it all these years later still. I've not once the dust settled. Occasionally, I have again received the question of an association, or the rad could use, but that really can not. Contractually it's not allowed, and also the Spelkansencommissie must give her blessing. I have even won a bid had to set the wheel to sell. But as a piece of nostalgia I sell. I already have a while the building plans, and in my new house I also want a man cave to build. In my place will be the Wheel of Fortune a special place. And then we can private have ever run,” laughs Dirk Mouton yet.