Howard Donald and Dario Franchitti to front classic car show

Take That's car-mad Howard Donald and professional racing driver Dario Franchitti are to co-present a new Channel 4 TV classic car show called Mission Ignition

Channel 4 is launching a new TV car show, called Mission Ignition, in which two teams of amateur car enthusiasts have to rebuild a classic car – with the winners getting to keep the car.

The new series fo four 60-minute shows, will be fronted by accomplished historic racer Howard Donald, best known as a member of Take That of course, but also an enthusiastic classic car collector. His co-presenter will be three time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti.

Howard and Dario will each head one of the teams, as they battle to re-assemble a classic car, with the first team to rebuild it and start their engine getting to keep it.

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Howard Donald left his job as a panel beater and vehicle sprayer to join Take That in 1989, but more recently he has taken up historic racing, taking part in the Silverstone Classic in an Austin A30, and also in HRDC races in his Lotus Cortina. He also owns a large collection of Porsches as well as a Ferrari F40.

'I've always loved classic cars, so the opportunity to be involved in Mission Ignition and see these historic cars rebuilt is fantastic,' says Howard.

The series was ordered by Channel 4 head of formats Dom Bird and Commissioning Editor for Formats Jonny Rothery, who said, 'watching the two teams battling it out for the keys to some beautiful classics is truly gripping. Followed closely by the growing rivalry between Howard and Dario, it’s not just a show for wannabe mechanics but for anyone who loves watching passionate people on screen.'

Nathan Eastwood of production company East Media said, 'There is no show on TV that looks like this, we’ve got amazing and passionate talent in Dario and Howard. I can’t wait for everyone to watch & enjoy the series. The show is packed with take out, genuine edge of the seat tension with a dream prize at the end.'

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