Iconic Hollywood Car Designer George Barris Selected Top Judge for SPEED’s Car Warriors

Creative Mind behind Batmobile, Munster Koach Leads Panel Featuring Experts Jimmy Shine and ‘Mad Mike’ Martin

CHARLOTTE, NC _ January 04, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – With decades of experience under his belt, having designed some of Hollywood’s most recognizable custom cars ever, George Barris, ‘King of the Kustomizers,’ joins fellow automotive geniuses Jimmy Shine and “Mad Mike” Martin as judges for SPEED’s new all-star build show, Car Warriors, set to premiere Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. ET.

The one-hour weekly series, shot on a purpose-built set developed on the grounds of Ted Moser’s famed Picture Car Warehouse in Northridge, Ca., features a hand-picked, eight-person All-Star automotive team taking on shops from around the country in a pressure-packed, 72-hour restoration project, matching wits, skills and stamina on a wide variety of vehicles. Barris, Shine and Martin review the results and determine the winning team.

“The time frame will be their biggest challenge,” Barris said. “The teams need to be prepared to work around the clock with little break. It’s tiresome… they are going to have coffee coming out of their ears in order to allow them to stay awake, focused and driven to win.”

Barris designs dominated 1960’s television. The Munsters, The Beverly Hillbillies, My Mother the Car, Mannix, The Good Guys and hundreds of TV specials were just a few of the Barris projects that generated millions of images and toy models of America’s best-loved cars. However, the most famous TV car in the entire world (even to this day) is Barris’ 1960s Batmobile, created for one of the most-beloved series of our time – Batman, with Adam West and Burt Ward.

For a look at Barris’ famous creations, please visit www.barris.com.

Barris’ client list reads like a stroll on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame, as he has done custom work for John Wayne, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Sean Connery, Peter Fonda, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

Joining Barris on the Car Warriors judging panel are Shine, lead builder at the world famous So-Cal Speed Shop, and Martin, the wiring magician from Galpin Auto Sports and the popular television series Pimp My Ride.

Hosted by Marc Istook, Car Warriors headlines an aggressive 2011 SPEED prime time programming campaign. Beginning the week of Feb. 21, SPEED is launching six new titles following its highly rated coverage of NASCAR’s season-opening Speedweeks events from Daytona Beach. In addition to Car Warriors, the network is rolling out:

(Note: The list below identifies working titles that may change by air time)

American Trucker (Thursdays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET, two 30-minute episodes) – Produced by BCII Productions (Overhaulin’, Livin’ the Low Life, Payback, Hot Rod TV) and hosted by designer/artist and fanatical truck expert Rob Mariani, a finalist on HGTV’s Design Star, this new show introduces the audience to iconic trucks, the famous routes they followed and the cargo missions that made history.

Car Science (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, two 30-minute episodes) – The producers of the popular franchise series Sports Science and Fight Science bring a mad-cap scientific approach to the world of automobiles.

Speedmakers (Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, 60 minutes) – Produced by Michael Hoff Productions (Ultimate Factories, Mega Structures, Ghost Detectives), Speed Makers takes a look at the iconic builders and epic innovators of acceleration. From celebrated mega-structures like Daytona International Speedway to behind the scenes at Aston Martin, this show celebrates the masterminds of engineering power.

Ticket to Ride with Dan Neil (Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET) – Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal automotive writer Dan Neil takes viewers inside the business of cars, offering insightful test drives, interviews and commentary with a trademark wit that has made Neil a must-read for car lovers.

The 10 (Wednesday at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET, two 30-minute episodes) – A fast-paced list program, highlighting the best of the best from the world of NASCAR. First season topics include Most Bizarre Finishes, Throw-downs, Talladega Moments, All-Time Races, Closest Calls and Earnhardt Moments.

In 2011, SPEED’s Monday-Sunday NASCAR coverage continues to anchor the network, with NASCAR Race Hub (Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m. ET) and several new programs in development. Weekend programming continues to be loaded with live racing coverage from the worlds of NASCAR, Formula One, Grand American Road Racing, AMA Supercross, MotoGP, ARCA and others, as well as industry-leading motor sports news programs Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain and The SPEED Report.

About SPEED™

SPEED, anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in more than 82 million homes in North America, SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services. For more information, please visit SPEED.com, the online motor sports authority.

About FOX Sports Media Group

FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman & CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.com and scout.com, reaching over 20 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.