SPEEDVISION, one of the first automotive and motorsports television networks, is returning after a nine-year hiatus. The original SPEEDVISION network went on the air on December 31, 1995 and ended its original program in 2013.
“The original SPEEDVISION was the best media brand ever offered to the auto enthusiast audience and those fans still see it as the high-water mark in the genre,” said Scanlon. “I know from first-hand experience that the team of content creators and strategic partners that we’ve enlisted for the new SPEEDVISION will match and build upon the legacy of the original, which has been imitated many times but never equaled.”
The revived SPEEDVISION will make its debut this fall with more than 500 hours of premium content as a free ad-supported television (FAST) network. The extensive programming lineup features well-known talent and experts, including Wayne Carini, Bill Goldberg, Mark Worman, Stacy David, Ant Anstead, and Ray Evernham.
Robert Scanlon, co-founder of the original SPEEDVISION network, will helm the network that’s backed by a group of advisors including pro wrestling superstar, Bill Goldberg, and NASCAR team owner and vehicle magnate, Rick Hendrick. SPEEDVISION will be available to viewers free of charge and without a formal subscription.
“Before or since, no media brand has captured the spirit of car culture quite like SPEEDVISION,” said Rick Hendrick. “It was so successful for so long because of the way the expertise, authenticity and respect for the audience came through in the content. The return of SPEEDVISION is long overdue and will be a big win for all car enthusiasts.”
In the 1990s SPEEDVISION made a major impact in the collector car industry and helped shape the way auctions are covered today.
SPEEDVISON and Barrett-Jackson joined forces in 1996 with its first coverage of the Scottsdale collector car auction, taping part of the event. This initial coverage was an industry first and with high viewer ratings from the 1996 auction SPEEDVISION broadcasted six hours of live coverage of the 1997 Scottsdale auction. It was the first live coverage in the collector car industry, and a game changer for Barrett-Jackson.
“We pulled phenomenal ratings,” Craig Jackson recalls. “It was groundbreaking, and changed the world of car collecting forever. It brought new blood into the hobby – we put this on television and it just kicked the doors down.
At launch, the network will be available on nine FAST platforms; including Redbox, Plex, TCL CHANNEL, MyBundle.TV, VIDAA, LocalNow, TheGrio, Sports.tv and Mansa.