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Created byJohn H. Davis
StarringJohn H. Davis
Pat Goss
Zach Maskell
Yolanda Vazquez (past)
Joyce Braga (past)
Elizabeth A. Nardone (past)
Charlotte Nichols (past)
Craig Singhaus (past)
Lisa Barrow (past)
Jennifer Khasnabis (past)
Anquionette Crosby (past)
Jessica Choksey (past)
Henry Kopacz (past)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons39
No. of episodes1,820
Executive producer(s)John H. Davis
Production location(s)Owings Mills, Maryland
Running time30 minutes
Original networkMaryland Public Television (PBS)
Picture format480i SDTV (1981-2009; seasons 1-28)
1080i HDTV (2009-present; seasons 29-present)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOctober 15, 1981 (1981-10-15) –
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MotorWeek is an American half-hour automotive television series. The program premiered on October 15, 1981 and was hosted by automotive journalist John H. Davis, who is also the series’ creator and executive producer.[1] MotorWeek is produced by Maryland Public Television and is seen nationwide on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Motor Trend network, V-me and internationally on the American Forces Network.

The half-hour program is presented in a magazine style format, with reviews, comparisons, news, and features. MotorWeek's first slogan was "Television's automotive magazine" from 1981 to 1995, and was changed to "Television's original automotive magazine" in Season 15 (1995-1996), although the BBC's Top Gear debuted in 1977.


On September 11, 1993, during the premiere of Season 13 (1993-1994), MotorWeek began syndicating to local stations, and was first syndicated by ITC Entertainment from 1993 to 1998. It has also aired on Speedvision, Speed Channel, Velocity, Velocity by Discovery, the Spanish-language network V-me, and Motor Trend.


Each year, MotorWeek puts more than 150 new cars, trucks, and SUVs to the test, providing consumer-oriented vehicle reviews. Its video Road Test segments focus on performance, technology, practicality and dollar value, and feature MotorWeek's exclusive energy efficient rating system which compares each vehicle’s fuel economy to the best-rated vehicle in its class. The MotorWeek team includes master technician Pat Goss who brings viewers practical advice for keeping cars on the road and out of the shop. Reporters present timely reports on consumer trends, safety issues and the environment, along with innovative, offbeat stories on the automotive world gone extreme. Beginning in 1983, MotorWeek launched its Drivers’ Choice Awards which are among the auto industry’s most prestigious honors. The Drivers’ Choice Awards are unique for their consumer focus and represent the definitive list of best automotive picks in the most popular vehicle categories, including the coveted “Best of the Year” award. They are presented annually during the Chicago Auto Show. Beginning in season 29 (2009-2010), MotorWeek began broadcasting in widescreen 1080i HDTV.


MotorWeek started on October 15, 1981 and is still continuing today. They have over 1,820 episodes with road tests, comparison tests, first impressions, and more. They post older episodes and clips onto YouTube with the Retro Review name. From Season 1-6, they produced 26 episodes each season. Season 7-Present produced 52 episodes each season. Complete episodes are available on PBS by donations.


MotorWeek started a Podcast on September 3, 2008. There is more content on the podcasts to express opinions, new, and upcoming vehicles.


Active Segments[edit]

  • Road Test: Featuring a road test of new vehicles.
  • Goss' Garage: Pat Goss would teach viewers on how to keep automobiles in good repair.
  • Quick Spin: Take a quick spin on new vehicles.
  • Two Wheelin': A two wheel review on motorcycles.
  • First Drive: A first look at new vehicles.
  • Muscle Car Memories: A wide variety of vintage, classic, and memorable muscle cars.
  • Behind The Wall: The MotorWeek staff takes behind the wall for their high speed driving skills.
  • Car of the Week: Featuring a photo album of automobiles sent in by viewers.
  • Stomp, Stay, and Steer: John Davis teaches viewers on how to stomp, stay, and steer.
  • A Quick Look: Featuring a quick look at new vehicles.
  • Long Term Test Update: News on cars loaned to MotorWeek for tests.
  • MotorNews: An in-depth report on new vehicles.
  • Over The Edge: An automotive industry on overdrive.
  • FYI: Featuring an in-depth report on consumer trending.
  • Retro Review: A look back at MotorWeek reviews from past seasons.
  • Eye Spy: Featuring photographic closeups of automobiles.
  • Taking the High Road: Featuring automobiles from the past and present.

Discontinued/Rennamed Segments[edit]

  • The Exotics Spot: Reviewing older vehicles.
  • Motorshop: Rennamed to Goss' Garage. First seen on the unaired pilot. Hosted by Craig Singhaus.
  • What's New on Wheels: A close look at new products on the automotive scene. Renamed to MotorNews

Theme music[edit]

From the show's premiere in 1981 until 1987, MotorWeek's original theme music was composed by Don Barto. Beginning with the Season 7 (1987–88), Mark Roumelis took over as music composer. The unaired pilot also featured music from Mark Roumelis, but it is different than the piece he made for the 1987-1988 season.


During the first six seasons of MotorWeek, the set looks like a styling studio with cars, drafting tools, and paraphernalia on the wall was used from 1981 to 1987. Beginning with the 1987-88 season, MotorWeek began taping outdoors rather than in a studio.


From its 1981 premiere to present day, MotorWeek has used the 75-80 Dragaway.[2]


  1. ^ "Who's Who". MotorWeek. Maryland Public Television. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "MotorWeek Over The Edge:75-80 Dragaway". YouTube. Maryland Public Television.

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