EXCLUSIVE: Tim Allen, Ty Burrell lead inaugural guest lineup for U.S. ‘Top Gear’

DSC_1216 small 2 Tim Allen, Ty Burrell, Buzz Aldrin, Tony Hawk, Bret Michaels, Dominic Monaghan, Kid Rock and MIchelle Rodriguez will be among the guest stars appearing on the coming premiere season of the U.S. version of “Top Gear,” which will debut on History in November.

Even bigger news for hardcore fans of the program (co-produced by BBC Worldwide Prods.) might be that the season will also feature a Stig — a masked-identity stunt driver for each car who has been the subject of major speculation in earlier seasons of the U.K. version (his Facebook page boasting more than 3 million fans). The identity of the most recent Stig, Ben Collins, was recently revealed following a court battle over whether he could publish a book on his experiences. (At right, Burrell stands with the new U.S. Stig in his first official photo.)

The current British version of “Top Gear” launched in 2002. A U.S. version had been gestating in various forms since 2007, at one point headed for NBC, before getting the greenlight from History, which notes that its first program ever was “Automobiles: Corvette.” 

Adam Ferrara (“Rescue Me”), racer and stunt driver Tanner Foust and analyst Rutledge Wood will host the new U.S. edition of the show, exec produced by Scott Messick along with John Hesling of BBC Worldwide and David McKillop and Dirk Hoogstra of History.

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