Who Is Eric Stromer?

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As part of our coverage of the announcement of the Top Gear USA pilot, we've put together a special feature on each of the three co-hosts. First was Adam Carolla, then Tanner Foust and lastly, Eric Stromer. Meet Eric Stromer, recently announced member of our Top Gear USA host trio and lover of the Toyota Camry hybrid. He's certainly got a pretty face — looks made for TV, but who is this guy? Does he have the chops to make it as a host on the American imported version of our beloved Top Gear franchise? Does he whiten his teeth? All fair questions.

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Well, aside from being a pretty face on TV, he's apparently handy with a hammer and saw. Stromer also has his own self-promoting Web site which conveniently gives us a raft of insight into the leather arm-band wearing, eco-friendly co-host.

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If you discount his time as a prop on "Santa Barbara," a show from the middle of 1980's daytime drama hell we'd watch only when the remote control was broken and we were home sick from school, and a couple stints on a few other TV shows, Eric has primarily been a construction guy. After 20 years running a construction company, the 47-year-old former People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" was tapped for "Home Improvement with Eric Strommer," "Clean Sweep," and "Over Your Head," all produced for HGTV.



When Eric isn't hosting stuff, he's apparently going to women's shows. Well, at least in 2006 he was. And he's working on a solo music project which has resulted in (bad) songs on his site that you can buy or sample-stream (if you can make it through them, you may be the progeny of Superman).

Now that you have all the facts, we know you'll join us in feeling absolutely comfortable with the idea of this guy getting a spot hosting the US version of the most amazing car show in the world. Absolutely comfortable. Well, maybe if he gets his teeth whitened and learns how amazingly well a Camry hybrid fits in a junkyard crusher. [EricStrommer.com and Youtube]

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This is a repeat from a previous post, but I think it deserves a replay!

Oh for Christ sakes you whiny bunch of pansies. This is America, in which everything is done for the almighty dollar, and almost nothing else matters. That's why there will be a Top Gear America, and it will appeal to the same people who tune in for NASCAR, the NFL, the WWF, Spike TV, Pay Per View UFC. In other words, this will be NOTHING like the British Version of Top Gear.

The only thing the BBC gets is a royalty for using the Top Gear Name. It looks like Adam Corolla's Production Company might be involved, as well as other producers that put together other "car" type shows.

I doubt if we get an American Stig, don't look for celebrities driving a reasonably prices car on a Track, there won't be anyone surrounding the hosts if they actually have a live audience, and there will be a slant on American, and Japanese iron. Don't look for anything made by the cottage industries in the UK, or other strange European Marks (Like anything made by the Swiss, or the German Tuners, or anything French, Italian, or Spanish that you can't get here).

The cars will be heavily based on Muscle (Roush, Saleen, Challenger, Corvette, Camaro, G8), Exotic (Porsche, Ferrari, Lambo, Maser, probably not Bugatti), Truck, and Japanese Tuner (WRX, EVO, GT-R). I am also willing to bet that a great deal of the time will be spent on cars that Top Gear make fun of, but the US version won't (Hyundai, Kia, Aveo, Minivans, Caravans, you know which ones).

And there will be a lot of commercials, which will pay for the production costs, the hosts, and the show itself. So for an hour long show, there will be maybe 40 minutes of actual content.

On the topic of this particular host, hey why not? This is America (again I have to stress that), and anyone can be tapped for any job. Just look at who the current President is, and he really isn't the sharpest tool in the shed!