New Series LAST CAR STANDING Shakes, Rattles, and Rolls Onto Discovery, April
- LAST CAR STANDING and Canadian Tire-sponsored Photo Contest will see one
lucky winner receive a briefcase packed with $10,000 in Canadian Tire
- Viewers can chat LIVE with LAST CAR STANDING host Christian Potenza, sharing
stories about their own clunkers and junkers -
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TORONTO, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Clunkers, old buckets of bolts, and other
wrecks on wheels are the unlikely "stars" of LAST CAR STANDING, a new
high-stakes, high-impact Discovery Canada series that pits the proud owners of
lousy cars against each other in a series of escalating driving challenges.
Why? For the chance to restore their ride to its original glory! An original
Canadian production by Toronto's Proper Television, the eight-part series
premieres Monday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. Hosted by Christian
Potenza (SIDEKICK, TOTAL DRAMA), each episode of LAST CAR STANDING features
five diverse and fun-loving drivers - each trapped in a love-hate relationship
with an embarrassing clunker - who put it all on the line through four brutal
rounds of competition until only one last car is standing. Viewers can get in
on the bumper-busting action through an exclusive online contest with series
sponsor Canadian Tire, and a whole trunk-load of cool web extras.
One by one, each eliminated driver must watch as their beloved beast endures
the ultimate humiliation of being impaled on the massive Spike of Shame. But
the driver - and the car - that withstands the grind of competition at the end
of each episode gets a $10,000 automotive upgrade and best-car bragging
rights…or… the chance to return for the Grand Finale to compete against
other champion beaters for a $50,000 "better-than-new" vehicle restoration and
the title of The Ultimate LAST CAR STANDING!
In each episode, cars are grouped according to class, from rusty old "Boats"
and sub-standard Subcompacts, to faltering 4x4s to rundown Vans. At one
point in time, each of these cars was a pristine showroom beauty, but over the
years, these once-perfect automobiles have been allowed to fall apart. Each
group is put through four elimination rounds until there's just one motor
still running. The challenges start with a race around the treacherous Hot
Lap; then on to a gruelling climb, tow, or launch up LCS's giant adjustable
hydraulic ramp. Next, it's a head-to-head-to-head battle up and down (and over
and around) on the dreaded Drag Strip Challenge; and finally the Beater Buster
showdown - the ultimate, punishing, automotive obstacle course designed to
push each car's capacity to its breaking point.
LAST CAR STANDING premieres April 22 with the clash of the "Mid-size" cars,
-- '96 Dodge Stratus - The aging purple sedan is affectionately
known as "Barney" by its owner, Annia.
-- '91 Honda Accord - The battery must be disconnected every night
or it will die, and the transmission is a little "jumpy,"
according to its owner Petros.
-- '94 Volvo Wagon - The leaky sunroof means that owner Bill
requires an umbrella while driving in rainy weather.
-- '96 Chrysler Sebring convertible - Named "The Black Coffin" by
owner Alex's mother because she thinks the vehicle is a death
trap. And she's probably right.
-- '97 Cadillac Catera - The Catera's sudden electrical failures
give new meaning to the term "stop and go traffic," claims its
The series - and dumpster-worthy cars - continues with "Boats" (April 29),
"Sporty Cars" (May 6), "Econo-boxes" (May 13), "Vans" (May 20), "Sub-Compacts"
(May 27), and "4x4s" (June 3). The season wraps with the Grand Finale on
June 10, when the five "winning" wrecks from LAST CAR STANDING episodes return
to face off for $50,000 in automotive upgrades! It's a tough choice that will
have viewers debating which option they'd choose for their own car…
And the Grand Finale winner isn't the only lucky one! One viewer will also
have the chance to fix up their own wheels - or anything else in desperate
need - with $10,000 in Canadian Tire "Money"®. Together with the broadcast
premiere on April 22, LAST CAR STANDING and Canadian Tire will launch an
online photo contest at LastCarStandingContest.ca . To enter, viewers can
upload photos of their own cars for a chance at the Grand Prize: a briefcase
containing $10,000 in Canadian Tire "Money"®. Nine secondary prizes - gift
packs containing car products - will be randomly drawn and awarded weekly. The
interactive experience extends through the Discovery Social Screen and on
mobile via the Discovery App; and viewers can drive the LAST CAR STANDING
conversation with host Christian Potenza during LIVE chats on Twitter
(@LastCarStanding) during each Monday's 10 p.m. ET broadcast (hashtag #Last
Car). At Discovery.ca, viewers can watch full episodes and video extras,
explore photo galleries, and find series and episode descriptions.
The world is just awesome! With compelling real-life programming that inspires
and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and
amazement. 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 is offered in
standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) simulcast - for viewers who
want an even bigger and bolder experience. 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.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Discovery Canada on Facebook:facebook.com/discoverycanada
Discovery Canada on Twitter: twitter.com/DiscoveryCanada
Jodi Cook, Discovery, 416.384.4603 firstname.lastname@example.org Noah Zatzman,
Discovery, 416.384.5903 email@example.com Jessica Culp, Canadian
Tire, 416.480.8261 firstname.lastname@example.org
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