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American Thunder Hosts Start New Show

Monday, February 22, 2010
Michele Smith at Rats Hole.
American Thunder's Michele Smith flashes a great smile at the Rat's Hole Custom Bike Show in Daytona. The long-time AT hostess is starting up a new show along with co-star Jay Barbieri on Discovery Network's HD Theater Channel.
After 15 years of hosting American Thunder on SPEED TV, it appears that long-time hosts Michele Smith and Jay Barbieri are setting out on a new venture. The duo has been ambassadors of the cruiser scene longer than most motorcycle industry shows stay in syndication. But fret not. They’ll continue to do their thing, just for a different network. Smith and Barbieri will now star on a similar show to be aired on Discovery Network’s HD Theater Channel. According to custom bike builder and mad blogger Cyril Huze, the new show will be called Two Wheel Thunder with the first episode set to debut on April 12, 2010. Mustang’s Metal Shop also confirmed that the show is tentatively to be titled Two Wheel Thunder after Jay showed up to film a clip of the new show at their shop.

One complication that may arise is the fact that there’s already a show called Two Wheel Thunder. It is associated with the website www.roadwheeler.com,  an online motorcycle magazine that services Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Western WVA. It even has an interview on YouTube featuring none other than American Thunder’s Jay Barbieri, which is posted below. Regardless of its eventual title, keep your eye out for Jay and Michele on their new show as they continue to bring you vignettes from the V-Twin scene.

Post Tags: Motorcycle TV programs, American Thunder, Two Wheel Thunder
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DP -2 Wheel Thunder April 3, 2010 05:47 PM
2 Wheel Thunder Ltd is also a Kentucky licensed business owned by Roadwheeler Magazine
Blackmax -I know that video March 5, 2010 04:24 AM
Yes, I'm familar with both shows as once upon a time, I worked for both. I was the asst. producer/cameraman/researcher on this particular video, with Jay, Colby & Stephanie. There has been a split between Road Wheeler & Two Wheel Thunder TV with several entities vieing for and/or claiming the name of Two Wheel Thunder(TV).
Road Wheeler is now producing it's own video for web-cast(see online magazine & video at www.roadwheeler.com), but both Michelle & especially Jay, have been very gracious & helpful in efforts to help out a fellow (albeit local) outlet & personally have helped me, with tips & pointers for my fledging career as a motorcycle journalist. So, I wish for both of them continued & new success in this new venture. I was a huge fan of the orginal American Thunder & I hope the chemistry on this show is as good, if not better.
We will be watching !!!!!!!
DP -Roadwheeler Magazine March 2, 2010 03:51 PM
Roadwheeler Magazine is a print and online version, not just an online magazine