car shows on tv

car shows on tv

Car Shows On Tv

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Despite getting better over time, the American leg of “Top Gear” recently got the ax from the History channel. While the channel is presumably replacing it with shows actually about history (ed note: yeah, right), this move could create a void in your evening ritual. Don't worry, this list should solve your post-dinner and pre-sleep televised tire-roasting needs. ​1. “Jay Leno's Garage” It’d be hard to leave funnyman and car collector Jay Leno out of a list of car-centric videos and TV shows. “Jay Leno's Garage” dives deep into Leno’s collection of rare and classic cars but also features the few unicorns he hasn’t added to his collection. Every episode is a guided tour through the car, its historical significance and how it drives. Despite being broadcast on cable via CNBC, the show does support a free-to-watch digital presence on YouTube. 2. “Roadkill” If you like the wacky adventures and quirky challenges of “Top Gear,” but you're disappointed with that show's lack of zip ties — look no further than “Roadkill.” Hosted by David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, the show features all the obscure cars, various engine swaps and outlandish road trips your heart could desire. If a 1974 Mazda REPU powered by a bed-mounted 455 Oldsmobile or a 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo low rider-turned-desert racer tickles your fancy — and it should — the show can be found on YouTube for free. It has also spun off a series called “Roadkill Garage,” but you'll have to sign up for a subscription service to watch more than the pilot. 3. Motornation TV Motornation is technically more of an online media streaming network akin to Hulu or Netflix than a standalone show — but that’s a good thing. Started by “Mad Fabricators Society” founder Piero De Luca in 2014, the network has grown steadily over the past two years. Naturally, it's home to all the “Mad Fabricators” videos, as well as various other shows about custom van culture, custom motorcycles, hot rods and lowriders. While you'll have to fork over a $6-a-month subscription fee to watch the proprietary content, the network also hosts classic B-movies for free. 4. “Carfection” (Formerly “XCar”) While “Roadkill” and the shows on Motornation might fill the void for cool cars and interesting adventures, they won’t feed your fix for incredible cinematography. For that, you can just click along to “Carfection.” Formerly called “XCar,” the show is still hosted by Alex Goy and still does great “Top Gear”-esque car reviews but doesn’t shy away from strange in-office gymkhanas or live-action versions of “Mario Kart.” 5. “Wheeler Dealers” “Wheeler Dealers” is actually good enough to second-guess cutting ties with your local cable company. Found on Discovery Channel’s automotive driven sub-network Velocity, the show is about Mike Brewer and Edd China restoring old cars and selling them. Unlike the other restoration reality shows on cable TV, you won’t find artificially crippling deadlines, orchestrated drama or thrown wrenches — instead, you’ll learn new things about cars, automotive repairs and what it takes to make money on vintage cars. Wesley Wren – Wesley is an Associate Editor at Autoweek. He loves cutting up old cars, listening to weird music, and going fast. See more by this author»
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Car Shows On Tv

“Fantomworks” is a car restoration show that gives you a bit of “Here’s how people do this or that” to restore a car, and a lot more of its obnoxious host, Dan Short.  The short-tempered Short has a bias for American muscle cars, though his Norfolk, VA shop handles almost anything. He comes off as a “type” any car owner or collectible car enthusiast will recognize — a jerk who looks down his nose, insults the owner and earlier work done on the car and high-handedly tells you the way it’s going to be. Southerners will recognize the bonus trait of wrapping himself in the flag (Norfolk’s a Navy town, so it doesn’t hurt him). Personally, if I show up at a car or boat business with too much of that, or Jesus fishes on its business cards, I run. There’s no bargaining or certainty of getting a square deal from guys like him.
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Car Shows On Tv

And I really enjoy “Chasing Classic Cars” even if it is a guilty pleasure. Host Wayne Carini has been in the collectible car biz/car restoration game since childhood. He’s a perfectly bland TV personality whose limitations are exacerbated by writers and editors who do him no favors. He doesn’t want to say what he paid for a car? Why? Are the sellers cheating the tax man? He has a habit of repeating, in narration, something he’s just said on camera, or vice versa. That’s TERRIBLE television, slack and sloppy and lazy. How lazy becomes obvious when the producer is interviewing this or that car seller. The quotes they pull from these inane chats repeat info we’ve already been given, or worse, state the stupidly obvious. “I saw this car, and I kinda liked it. So I bought it.” Yeah, and? Any TV news production vet would know they haven’t got “the money quote” in an interview that goes like that and could cajole something more revealing, more exciting, out of the seller/show organizer/vendor. Carini should push for an upgrade in that crew because they make this show dotty, old and dim. The quirky old mechanic Roger is the best thing about the “Chasing” and he’s not getting any younger. Try harder. Seriously.
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Car Shows On Tv

It’d be hard to leave funnyman and car collector Jay Leno out of a list of car-centric videos and TV shows. “Jay Leno's Garage” dives deep into Leno’s collection of rare and classic cars but also features the few unicorns he hasn’t added to his collection. Every episode is a guided tour through the car, its historical significance and how it drives. Despite being broadcast on cable via CNBC, the show does support a free-to-watch digital presence on YouTube.
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Car Shows On Tv

Curbside Car Show Calendar The Pot Hole on the Information Superhighway is America’s on-line car show calendar and blog about vintage vehicles and the people who care for them. Get information on vintage rides, car shows and more. we love hot rods, restorations, resto mods, classics, trucks, vintage bikes and more.
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Car Shows On Tv

I’m a fairly car-obsessed 20-something. When I’m not researching ways to fix my own cars, I’m watching videos about cars. I’m no stranger to a shop and I find fart humor quite refreshing, pardon the pun. I’m exactly the demographic that networks want when they launch new car shows. Why, then, do I think they all suck?
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Car Shows On Tv

The Pot Hole on the Information Superhighway is America’s on-line car show calendar and blog about vintage vehicles and the people who care for them. Get information on vintage rides, car shows and more. we love hot rods, restorations, resto mods, classics, trucks, vintage bikes and more.
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Car Shows On Tv

While “Roadkill” and the shows on Motornation might fill the void for cool cars and interesting adventures, they won’t feed your fix for incredible cinematography. For that, you can just click along to “Carfection.” Formerly called “XCar,” the show is still hosted by Alex Goy and still does great “Top Gear”-esque car reviews but doesn’t shy away from strange in-office gymkhanas or live-action versions of “Mario Kart.”
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I love Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” available online or streamed through Crackle. It’s more about the comics than the cars or the coffee, but it’s a great vehicle (ahem) for Seinfeld to get together with his peers, talk about “the work” and chat a little about the classic car Jerry picks up the guest comic in. Margaret Cho he fetched in a zany Mazda Cosmo last week. New shows are uploaded Thursday nights.
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Top Gear works (worked?) because of the chemistry between the presenters, but it held the support of car enthusiasts like me because it maintained an emphasis on the love of the automobile. The cars chosen in each episode told a necessary story and were just as revered as their punch-happy drivers, which is what shows like Mobsteel and Fast N Loud are sorely missing.
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“Jay Leno’s Garage” is about another comic with a car Jones, and Leno is, if anything, more famous for his cars than even the Great Seinfeld. The show has multiple elements — celebrities, stunts, themes, etc. It predates Seinfeld’s show (it started on Youtube before finding a slot on CNBC), but feels like a bigger budget attempt to best it. Leno is affable and only occasionally insufferable (a knock on his later “Tonight Show” tenure), and the show is a winner with good segments on “investment collectible cars” and the like. He’s competitive, so if Seinfeld is picking up Obama in a Corvette, Leno is coming for Joe Biden in a Corvette. And the show is getting better, something I look for in a car series.

Published on Mar 20, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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