Top Gear USA debuted in November 2010 as the States’ version of the best car show on television, Top Gear UK. The new Top Gear brings together Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood in their attempt to rival the UK show with their crazy challenges, mystery driver, and on screen antics. Top Gear USA has not been met with much enthusiasm from lovers of the original Top Gear, but the History Channel is hoping they can turn things around and make Top Gear USA a force to be reckoned with.
Let’s face it; the initial run of Top Gear USA on NBC didn’t exactly live up to the enormous expectations of its original UK counterpart; and that’s saying it lightly. Despite the moderate success – or lack thereof – Top Gear USA had with its small but loyal fan base, NBC decided to ax the show, proving yet again why they’re the fourth best network in the US right now. Don’t fret, Top Gear USA fans, the show just found a new home in the welcoming arms of The History Channel. Ok, so it’s not exactly the first channel we’d think of buying the rights to air Top Gear USA, but then again, we’ll take it any way we can get it.
According to reports, The History Channel has bought about 10 to 12 episodic rights for Top Gear USA and are also now in the hunt for new hosts for the show. According to one of the hosts of the shows previous incarnation, Adam Carolla, the new Top Gear USA show will also have the same host format, that being three people talking endlessly about cars for an entire hour or so. Carolla even went as far as saying that he’s up for one of the hosting gigs, which leads us to wonder if his former partners-in-crime, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer, will also have an opportunity to rekindle their stints as hosts of the new Top Gear USA.
We’re all pinning our hopes on the possibility that The History Channel picks up some pretty good hosts for their version of Top Gear USA. No offense to the three aforementioned former hosts, but we feel that injecting some authoritative pistonheads in the mold of a Jeremy Clarkson to be the hosts of Top Gear USA will go a long way in giving credibility to the show.