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The Rebels of the Car World are Back! Season 2 of VEGAS RAT RODS Premieres January 7 on Discovery

– Shot on location in Las Vegas, the Canadian original series stars Ontario natives Twiggy Tallant and new crew member Grant Schwartz –
– Also on Thursday, Season 3 of MEGASPEED returns, featuring an episode inside the home of Craig Jackson, CEO of Barrett Jackson, and a private tour of his extensive vehicle collection –

VVR Crew

Meet the VEGAS RAT RODS Crew: (L-R): Steve Darnell, Twiggy Tallant, Grant Schwartz, Barber Dave, Justin Kramer, Dan Coggins, and Travis Deeter

TORONTO (December 9, 2015) – It’s turbo speed ahead as Steve Darnell and his Welder Up’ gang return to Sin City for a second season of VEGAS RAT RODS, featuring 10 killer new vehicles that are bold, bitchin’, and definitely badass. Premiering Thursday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery, the 10-part original Canadian series from Toronto’s Proper Television (CANADA’S WORST DRIVER and MASTERCHEF CANADA) follows Darnell and his crew at their custom car shop as they create rolling works of art from everyone else’s junk. This season showcases builds created in the spirit of rat rods that are bigger, badder and breaking the mold. Sometimes the best action in Vegas happens off the strip!

In the Season 2 premiere of VEGAS RAT RODS, “Wagon Rod” (Thursday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), Darnell is asked to transform a Chevy wagon into something faster and meaner, complete with a corvette suspension, a new LS3 engine, and all the modern conveniences any family man could ask for. The Welder Up crew makes this Wagon Rod a kind of Jekyll-and-Hyde creation: badass to the eye, but comfortable enough to throw in the kids and dog for a weekend of adventure. Twiggy takes on a new responsibility as “parts girl,” but Steve puts a wrench in her first assignment. And new guy Grant is brought on board to help with the heavy workload, and naturally the crew initiates him. Click HERE for a sneak peek of VEGAS RAT RODS.

Also, on Thursday Jan. 7 on Discovery, MEGASPEED, produced by Bell Media’s own Exploration Production Inc., returns for a third season at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. A six-episode documentary series, the Canadian original circuits the globe from Jamaica to Iceland and Belgium, profiling personalities from the world’s most iconic motorsports events.

This season features a wide variety of dreamers and schemers, including a visit to the home of Craig Jackson, CEO of Barrett Jackson, for a private tour of his extensive vehicle collection and one-of-a-kind garage. When Jackson isn’t running his world famous Barrett Jackson car auctions, returning to Scottsdale Jan. 23-31 (airing on Discovery Velocity), he’s out driving rare, exotic cars.

**Media Note** Hi-resolution photography, bios, episode synopses, and select screening links are available online at BellMediaPR.ca.

In the Season 3 premiere of MEGASPEED, “Rolex 24” (Thursday, Jan. 7 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery and Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Velocity), Wayne Taylor Racing is the underdog heading into The Rolex 24 At Daytona, the first auto race on the North American racing calendar. The race, two times around the clock, is a test of endurance, perseverance, and mental toughness with 67 cars sharing the narrow, high-banked tri-oval of the Daytona International Speedway. And later, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Flat Track Championship, and meet a Hollywood fabricator who makes hot rod dreams come true. Click HERE for a sneak peek of MEGASPEED.

 VEGAS RAT RODS is produced for Discovery by Toronto’s Proper Television. The series is executive produced by Guy O’Sullivan and Jennifer Scott. For Discovery, Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media.

MEGASPEED is produced by Exploration Production Inc. in association with Discovery Canada. Gemini-nominee Karen McCairley (MIGHTY SHIPS, ALIEN MYSTERIES) is the show’s Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.

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The Rebels of the Car World are Back! Season 2 of VEGAS RAT RODS Premieres January 7 on Discovery

– Shot on location in Las Vegas, the Canadian original series stars Ontario natives Twiggy Tallant and new crew member Grant Schwartz –
– Also on Thursday, Season 3 of MEGASPEED returns, featuring an episode inside the home of Craig Jackson, CEO of Barrett Jackson, and a private tour of his extensive vehicle collection –

VVR Crew

Meet the VEGAS RAT RODS Crew: (L-R): Steve Darnell, Twiggy Tallant, Grant Schwartz, Barber Dave, Justin Kramer, Dan Coggins, and Travis Deeter

TORONTO (December 9, 2015) – It’s turbo speed ahead as Steve Darnell and his Welder Up’ gang return to Sin City for a second season of VEGAS RAT RODS, featuring 10 killer new vehicles that are bold, bitchin’, and definitely badass. Premiering Thursday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery, the 10-part original Canadian series from Toronto’s Proper Television (CANADA’S WORST DRIVER and MASTERCHEF CANADA) follows Darnell and his crew at their custom car shop as they create rolling works of art from everyone else’s junk. This season showcases builds created in the spirit of rat rods that are bigger, badder and breaking the mold. Sometimes the best action in Vegas happens off the strip!

In the Season 2 premiere of VEGAS RAT RODS, “Wagon Rod” (Thursday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), Darnell is asked to transform a Chevy wagon into something faster and meaner, complete with a corvette suspension, a new LS3 engine, and all the modern conveniences any family man could ask for. The Welder Up crew makes this Wagon Rod a kind of Jekyll-and-Hyde creation: badass to the eye, but comfortable enough to throw in the kids and dog for a weekend of adventure. Twiggy takes on a new responsibility as “parts girl,” but Steve puts a wrench in her first assignment. And new guy Grant is brought on board to help with the heavy workload, and naturally the crew initiates him. Click HERE for a sneak peek of VEGAS RAT RODS.

Also, on Thursday Jan. 7 on Discovery, MEGASPEED, produced by Bell Media’s own Exploration Production Inc., returns for a third season at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. A six-episode documentary series, the Canadian original circuits the globe from Jamaica to Iceland and Belgium, profiling personalities from the world’s most iconic motorsports events.

This season features a wide variety of dreamers and schemers, including a visit to the home of Craig Jackson, CEO of Barrett Jackson, for a private tour of his extensive vehicle collection and one-of-a-kind garage. When Jackson isn’t running his world famous Barrett Jackson car auctions, returning to Scottsdale Jan. 23-31 (airing on Discovery Velocity), he’s out driving rare, exotic cars.

**Media Note** Hi-resolution photography, bios, episode synopses, and select screening links are available online at BellMediaPR.ca.

In the Season 3 premiere of MEGASPEED, “Rolex 24” (Thursday, Jan. 7 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery and Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Velocity), Wayne Taylor Racing is the underdog heading into The Rolex 24 At Daytona, the first auto race on the North American racing calendar. The race, two times around the clock, is a test of endurance, perseverance, and mental toughness with 67 cars sharing the narrow, high-banked tri-oval of the Daytona International Speedway. And later, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Flat Track Championship, and meet a Hollywood fabricator who makes hot rod dreams come true. Click HERE for a sneak peek of MEGASPEED.

 VEGAS RAT RODS is produced for Discovery by Toronto’s Proper Television. The series is executive produced by Guy O’Sullivan and Jennifer Scott. For Discovery, Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media.

MEGASPEED is produced by Exploration Production Inc. in association with Discovery Canada. Gemini-nominee Karen McCairley (MIGHTY SHIPS, ALIEN MYSTERIES) is the show’s Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.

– DISCOVERY –

For more information

Sarah Goddard

sarah.goddard@bellmedia.ca

Renee Dupuis

renee.dupuis@bellmedia.ca

Meghan Hardy

mhardy@propertelevision.com

About Bell Media Independent Production:

Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. CTV recently announced its first-ever serialized drama CARDINAL. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the smash-hit thriller BITTEN, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, upcoming cult comedy LETTERKENNY, and the new original drama FRONTIER. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others.

About Discovery:
With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery ranks as the #1 Canadian entertainment specialty network in primetime among total viewers and all the adult demos. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.

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