“NASCAR: Start Your Engines!” (08/19/14) – In Part 1 of the finale, the three remaining competitors are tasked with the using the 2014 Chevy Camaro as a canvas to create a new clay model Camaro show car for the next generation. Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz serves as guest judge. Brooke Burns hosts and Jean Jennings and Harald Belker serve as judges.
Hosted by Brooke Burns (“The Chase,” “You Deserve It”) and airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on truTV, “Motor City Masters” brings together 10 experienced designers, with various specialties and backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for car design.
Challenges on “Motor City Masters” explore various aspects of design, inside and out. In each episode, the contestants will have the ambitious task of creating new, fully functional (though not street legal) concept cars based on a theme that will showcase the each competitor’s unique personality. The designs will be judged by Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, and internationally renowned car designer Harald Belker.
Each week will be centered on a different theme, such as car character designs, which will tie in to the release of the new Michael Bay movie Transformers: Age of Extinction; body shape design, which will have the designers turning a Chevy SS into a NASCAR racing machine; and custom car designs, which will involve a Hot Wheels tie-in. Themes will also focus on different areas of car design, including technology, interior, body trim and functionality. The series will even touch on the automotive needs of busy parents and small business owners.
Competitors will be judged on their creativity, execution and forward-thinking design, among other criteria. The field will narrow with each elimination challenge until only the top two designers remain. These two competitors will then face off in front of Chevrolet’s world-class car design experts, after which only one designer will be crowned “The Next Great Car Designer.” The winner of “Motor City Masters” will receive a brand new 2014 Camaro Z28 and $100,000 cash. The winner will also be named a Brand Ambassador for GM, with the opportunity to showcase his/her designs at major auto show exhibitions.
truTV has ordered 10 episodes of the “Motor City Masters,” which is produced for the network by Bunim/Murray Productions (“Project Runway,” “Total Divas”) and The Story Lab, a division of Aegis Media. Executive producers for “Motor City Masters” include Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Rick de Oliveira and Scott Freeman from Bunim/Murray Productions, as well as Lisa Eisenpresser from The Story Lab. Kirk Durham from Bunim/Murray Productions serves as co-executive producer.