Thankfully, there's plenty of programming on television for automotive gearheads: Top Gear shows and motor racing broadcast from locations around the world, car chase scenes in movies, the always-dysfunctional crew from American Chopper... heck, there's even a whole channel called Speed. But it's about to get some competition on the octane-drenched airwaves.

As we reported back in July, Discovery is gearing up to launch the Velocity channel, jam-packed with car-related programming, all broadcast in high-definition. Discovery has now announced that the channel will begin airing in place of the existing HD Theater on October 4 at 7 pm (Eastern Standard Time). But just what can we expect when it does?

Fortunately, the producers have hit us with details on network's new lineup. Velocity wont be entirely about cars, targeting as it will "upscale men" in general. So there will be some NFL coverage, gadget shows, finishing programs and such. But what about the cars?

For starters, MotorWeek – the staple car magazine show that's been on the air for over 30 years now – will be calling the network home. The initial line-up also includes American Icon with Chip Foose, Chasing Classic Cars, What's My Car Worth, Inside West Coast Customs and the motorcycle show Cafe Racer – many of which were previously shown on HD Theater but which will debut their new seasons on Velocity. Click here for more details, and check out the teaser video after the break.



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      • 3 Years Ago
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      pasigiri
      • 3 Years Ago
      PLEASE start covering more races, like World Challenge, Le Mans series (the whole thing), rally (something, anything), FIA GT, 24 Hours Nurburg, DTM, etc., etc. Speed, and other channels, seem to cover WAY too much NASCAR and not much of anything else.
        Kuyper Hoffman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pasigiri
        *And* I have to pay extra to get Speed in California as part of Comcast's Crappy "Sport Package" and I literally only watch F1 on Speed....
      FallenCow
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as I keep getting my Wheeler Dealer episodes I'll be happy!
      mrx19
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about some new releases of the UK restoration shows featuring Brewer and China. Kind of corny, but still interesting. Also great to hear Chasing Classic Cars will be back with new episodes.
      Hi There Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean like Speed channel used to be!
        LMI500
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hi There Paul
        I agree the Speed channel used to be so much better. Now they seem to have just about axed most of the racing, for the most part, and they instead put in crappy reality shows and everything nascrap!!
      SteveM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad to see Chasing Classic Cars is be more prominently featured. I live near their shop and can honestly say these are a group of real car guys... real nice car guys. Wayne seems completely unaffected by the show - he opens his place up regularly for us locals to hang out and have coffee and talk cars. I also agree with an earlier poster... More Edd China and Mike Brewer would be great.
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Motorweek. Thats the best they can come up with. Show's tired.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will show the Speed channel there's more to cars than NASCAR.
        Brandon Allen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        Or perhaps break sporting event brodcasting into a new era by showing the same NASCAR events on another channel but offer different commentators. Maybe Velocity will have spokesmen that root for Ford Drivers and Speed's guys will root for GM. It would bring the trend of opinion based news into sports! Awesome.
      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      This upscale man stuff sounds like marketing fluff, but glad that they are bringing over the good stuff from HD Theatre (or I guess just renaming it). I'm a big fan of Chasing Classic Cars....definitely an underrated show.
        lasertekk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Would prefer a more upscale slant, versus a trailer park, reality show based network. There's enough Neanderthal behavior in the real world, certainly don't need it depicted on TV with the 'actors' cursing each other out every ten seconds and flinging tools across the shop floor. Bring back Alan De Cadenay and a Legends of Motorsports like show---cool cars and the man had class.
      LEDfoot
      • 3 Years Ago
      So... They are pretty much just renaming HD Theater? which makes sense anyways since they had so much Automotive and motorsports content on that channel already.
      john64
      • 3 Years Ago
      And I see they dropped Wheeler Dealer. Shame. It would play every Wednesday night for an hour. But no more.
      Jew
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should get 5th gear and limit the scripted reality to a min.
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