After retiring from his perch atop the late-night TV ratings in 2014, comedian Jay Leno has more time to partake in one of his passions: collecting cars. That is the focus of "Jay Leno's Garage," which showcases the "Tonight Show" veteran's journey throughout America as he searches for unique rides and the stories behind them. Leno explores different aspects of automobiles, including the history of iconic brands, testing supercars, checking out the latest innovations, and even offering consumer advice. He also talks with fellow gearheads, including celebrities, to learn about their collections. Leno says cars, to him, are "kinetic artwork" -- rather than being stagnant, it is art that is "rolling down the highway."
When you're tasked with transforming stock motorcycles into mechanical works of art, $3,000 isn't a lot of money with which to accomplish the feat, but that is the challenge the teams on this competition series face. In each episode, two teams of three builders are given three days and the $3,000 to show what they can do as they aim to make the motorcycles as nice as possible under the given constraints. The contestants must work together for 72 hours and use their creativity to bring the bikes to life. When the three days are up, the creations are tested and evaluated by the judges, who include head judge Roland Sands, Michael Woolaway and Alan Stulberg. After testing the bikes, the judges crown the winning team.
This fast-paced and stunt-filled motor show tests whether cars, both mundane and extraordinary, live up to their manufacturers' claims. The long-running show travels to locations around the world, performing extreme stunts and challenges to see what the featured cars are capable of doing. Celebrity guests appear on some episodes to help test the vehicles. Things don't always go as planned, though, with broken bones and mechanical mishaps sometimes part of the experiments. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May hosted the show for more than a decade before giving way to a new crew in 2016, including actor Matt LeBlanc and automotive journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid.
Part of the "PowerNation" series of syndicated automotive programs, "Detroit Muscle" delights fans of 1960s and '70s era muscle cars -- and the Motor City's latest modern muscle machines -- by detailing step-by-step restoration and modification projects. From fitting a 1967 Galaxy with a 347 turbo to showing how a 50-year-old Mustang can handle like a late-model pony, the show's crew aims to make cars go fast and look pretty.
This reimagined U.S. version of "Top Gear" gives a nod to its British roots while introducing new elements to the long-running franchise. In addition to reviewing exclusive and state-of-the-art vehicles, the series pays tribute to America's rich automotive history by reviewing culture-defining vehicles from the country's past. Viewers get a front-row seat as the car-obsessed hosts race the cars on scenic highways and historic tracks of the American West. Each episode features a celebrity who competes to land at the top of the leaderboard. Also along for the ride is the franchise's mysterious test driver, Stig. Hosting this version of the show are actor William Fichtner, drag racer Antron Brown and automotive journalist Tom "Wookie" Ford.