Third time's a charm, right?
Top Gear is a worldwide phenomenon. It started off in the 1970s as a serious automotive magazine type show on the BBC in the UK. It was a beloved Sunday evening institution but died a natural death before being reborn with Jeremy Clarkson coming back with James May, and then Richard Hammond a season later. Many countries have tried to capture the lightning in a bottle of the trio that made Top Gear a worldwide brand with varying degrees of success. Top Gear America is about to try again with a third iteration, and with all new hosts. Again.
The original Top Gear America had a shaky start with hosts Tanner Faust, Rutledge Wood, and Adam Ferrera. It spanned six seasons in the end and grew into its own style before the plug was pulled. Then, BBC America tried to reboot it using British automotive journalist Tom Ford along with Antron Brown and William Fichtner as hosts. That lasted just eight episodes before getting the chop. Now, BBC America has teamed up with MotorTrend to see if the third time is a charm. The presenters this time around are confirmed by Motortrend to be Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon.
Dax Shepherd is most well known for being married to American national treasure, Kristen Bell, but has a whole list of his own movie and TV credits to his name and is a certified car enthusiast. Rob Corddry is an American comedian with a list of awards and credits to his name since he found fame with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Like Tom Ford, Jethro Bovingdon is a British automotive journalist that's there to bring serious credibility to the show. His career spans 20 years behind the keyboard and steering wheel, as well as in front of the camera.
Hopefully, BBC America and Motortrend have found a good chemical mix in the new presenters and will give the presenters time to grow inside the format this time. We're also hoping that if they put celebrities around the test track again, it'll be in something like the C8 Corvette this time.