Jeff works in the Transportation Unit, and is the picture car co-ordinator for the show.
He is also the bass player for the crew band The Impalas.
Jeff features on the Fans documentary on the Season 10 DVD and Blu-ray in the segment about fan-restored Impalas.
Interview with Jeff from Lootcrate magazine
LC Magazine. September 2015 (Summon) – Included in the September 2015 Loot Crate with an Exclusive 1:43 scale replica Supernatural 1967 Chevy Impala by Greenlight Collectibles, featuring the Impala’s Kansas license plates as seen in the flashback episode “In the Beginning.” (transcript by Emily Rose)
Supernatural’s Car Summoner Speaks
We wanted to know more about the 1967 Chevy Impala featured on Supernatural—and in this month’s crate—so we asked the show’s vehicle coordinator, Jeff Budnick, to answer a few of our most pressing questions.
Q: Supernatural has been around for a long time—how many Impalas have you had to find for the show?
A: We have nine in total: three heroes, three stunts, two wrecks and a break-away shell. Also just purchased another for parts. I found them all except the original two from the pilot.
Q: Is there any demon-hunting significance to a 1967 Chevy Impala? Or was it just the right car at the right time?
A: No, none whatsoever, the show made it into what it is today.
Q: If you were a demon hunter, what car would you choose to drive?
A: I like the black 70 Charger we used in previous episodes.
Q: How did you get into the business of finding cool cars for TV?
A: I am a car collector/restorer and the TV show The X-Files found me—and then I was hooked.
Q: What’s your favorite car, ever?
A: Hard to say as I own all my favorite cars already! The only car that I would really like to add to my collection is a Ford GT40.
Q: Do you consider the Impala to be the most important object in pretty much the whole universe?
A: No, in the end family is first, then cars!
Q: How many times have you listened to “Carry On My Wayward Son”?
A: Too many times!
Q: If the Impala were to challenge Stephen King’s “Christine” (a Plymouth Fury) in a demolition duel, which car would win?
A: The Fury would as it’s built like a tank – but would hate to find out.
Q: Some of our readers might not know that you’re in a band with several other members of the Supernatural crew called The Impalas. Is there anything new planned for the group this year?
A: We usually play the wrap parties and there has been some talk of maybe a convention one day.