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With the exception of "Pinks" on Speed Channel, automotive prime-time reality shows have been quite disappointing. The plot for "American Hot Rod" is a boring redundancy: whiny, bitchy, overworked crew is behind schedule but everyone is happy when the cover comes off in a grand ceremony. The sophomoric car-napping plots on "Overhauling" get in the way of any meaningful mechanical work that car enthusiasts would like to see, and no experienced car builder believes that those projects are completely finished in a week.

Maybe wrestling superstar Bill Goldberg can bring intelligence, maturity and hopefully entertainment to car-based reality shows with his series called "Bullrun," which debuts on Spike TV on March 13. The show is based on the international automotive rally of the same name. Twelve teams of two drivers each drive their own cars and compete for $200,000 in prize money.

Follow the jump to learn more about the show's structure, what vehicles are competing, and when it will be on the air.

"It's a very eclectic group of people and cars," Goldberg told us as he cruised the Detroit Auto Show. "You find out how willing the drivers are to push their own cars to the limit."

Some of the vehicles competing include a Lamborghini, Lotus Elise, '57 Chevy, Ford F-150, '68 Charger and a new Scion. The teams are not allowed cell phones, GPS or any other type of outside assistance, and they're supposed to handle all repairs themselves. A team is eliminated at the end of each show.

"There's lots of tension, lots of cool cars, a lot of great driving, lots of cool stunts and some great countryside," added Goldberg, who recently became a father and chronicles his thoughts on cars and other matters through his Web site.

Filming took three weeks and covered 4,800 miles on a north-south route in the Western USA. The 1-hour show runs in the 10 pm timeslot on Tuesday nights.

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      Tom andrews
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Everyone...check out this web site, barbaraterry.com
      This lady is a total car expert and really has it going on!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Didn't Goldberg host an automotive-themed show on the History Channel? I can't remember if it was a single show or a series, but I remember him in a show where the topic was bootlegging.
      • 8 Years Ago
      (like BBC America since they already own the rights to show Top Gear)

      I urge you as an automotive enthusiast to send an email to BBC America asking for top gear. Tell them to slip it in between the endless repeats of "Cash in the Attic" that they play during weekdays, then TiVo it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys have NO idea what your in for with this show... it will be like nothing the automotive community has EVER seen, so get ready to hold on tight. Think of it as "The Great Race"... with a Saturn 5 rocket strapped to it's ass....
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like Overhaulin' because we get to see a car's changes in one show. You don't have to wait for subsequent shows to see the outcome.
      However, I agree that the "prank" is a waste of time. I don't care if it takes a week or a month, as long as it only takes an hour of MY time.

      Maybe the crew of American Hot Rod could vote a member off (that's you Dwayne) instead of quitting to join Chip.

      American Hot Rod; Chop, cut rebuild; the SPIKE power shows should edit their shows to show one car (truck suv) from start to finish.

      Pimp my car should get real. Fix the chassis, suspension, drive train, interior, exterior. Forget about the gadgets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bit Torrent is your friend when you want some Top Gear.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There was a rumor of an american version of Top Gear in preproduction earlier this year. New TG Series starts in 2 Weeks... New Torrents coming soon!
      • 8 Years Ago
      When I think cars on TV, I think Bill Goldberg. And Spike TV. Plus an F-150? I cannot wait for this show!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Remember, Goldberg had a brief series on the History Channel about cars - I think it was AutoManiac
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why isn't an American cable channel licensing TOP OR FIFTH GEAR for American audiences? They do a much better job than the dull show they have on now.