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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5079 times:

In less than 24 hours  

Preview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VPei3rNWqWk

We've been in withdrawal for a year now, since they cancelled last summer's season due to the Olympics. Frankly I would have preferred that they cancelled the Olympics because they interfered with Top Gear, but anyway...

But I am a bit bummed that they only have 6 shows this season - I would have hoped that they would have stacked their Summer budget and done enough for at least 10 shows.


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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5036 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Thread starter):

For the first time, the new episodes will air on BBC America barely a week after they aired in the UK. The US version will start back up pretty soon as well, so we'll definitely get out Top Gear fill in the next few months.


User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8845 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4996 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Thread starter):

It is good, something we can both agree on. I will check that out tomorrow night. Just today, I rearranged my/our DVR so I can watch programs in my favorite place. I had the DVR there, big mistake. My wife records every thing that I do not watch. There was always a conflict. Not anymore, she will move, not I.

[Edited 2013-01-26 16:08:18]


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User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4938 times:

Can I get a "freaking finally?" We've kept trying to record it on DVR in my house and kept getting retreads of old material.

User currently onlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2966 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4905 times:

Hallelujah. I'll be watching it tomorrow... can't wait.


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User currently offlinetrav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4828 times:

Is there any word on when it will be available on BBC Canada?

User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1302 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4791 times:

finalgear.com is your friend if you're not in the UK. They'll usually provide a link for downloading within 30 minutes of the show having aired.


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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3737 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4752 times:

With such a cult following, it's a shame that the BBC is not able to be more consistent with shooting episodes.

They look expensive and long to produce, but it can't be more than a drop in the bucket for the BBC.



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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4695 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 7):

They look expensive and long to produce, but it can't be more than a drop in the bucket for the BBC.


I read the budget per episode was £250,000. All paid for by the British people. Watch it or not, you're still paying for it  

I can't wait. I love Top Gear.


User currently offlineba6590 From UK - England, joined Jul 2007, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4680 times:

At last, a reason to look forward to Sunday evenings again.

Quoting Dreadnought (Thread starter):
But I am a bit bummed that they only have 6 shows this season

The TV guide on my Sky box says tonight's episode is 1/7. So there is hope we might get one more than 6.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4673 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 8):
I read the budget per episode was £250,000. All paid for by the British people. Watch it or not, you're still paying for it  

Actually, Top Gear is funded 100% from Top Gear revenue, as they produce a profit for the BBC just from over seas sales  


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15718 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4670 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 1):
The US version will start back up pretty soon as well, so we'll definitely get out Top Gear fill in the next few months.

It's getting better, but still nowhere close to the UK version.

Quoting ba6590 (Reply 9):
The TV guide on my Sky box says tonight's episode is 1/7. So there is hope we might get one more than 6.

The seventh might be a "Best of" episode.



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User currently onlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2966 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4663 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 8):
I read the budget per episode was £250,000. All paid for by the British people. Watch it or not, you're still paying for it  

Top Gear makes more money for the BBC than anything else. It's watched in 170 countries... it is a cash cow.



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
It's getting better, but still nowhere close to the UK version.

They're pretty much doing their own versions of the stunts that the UK version has previously done, which probably makes it easier to do shows. I'm sure many of the viewers of the US version of the show have not watched a lot of the earlier series of the mother show (BBC America has done a really great job with airing the earlier series of the show and most of the episodes are also available for streaming via Netflix [although some episodes from some seasons are not available].) so these stunts are new to them.


User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4586 times:

I'm withholding judgement until after tonights episode, but to be honest I don't have high hopes - half a season last year, no Christmas special (after a Christmas special the previous year that was totally panned), only 6 episodes this season and a low key run up to its start.

Last years season seemed a little forced as well, but then I was surprised that the three had signed 3 year contract extensions at the start of this year, so either they feel they've refreshed it enough so it won't totally die this year.


User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2948 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

Quoting ba6590 (Reply 9):
The TV guide on my Sky box says tonight's episode is 1/7. So there is hope we might get one more than 6.
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
The seventh might be a "Best of" episode.

It looks like they've rolled the Christmas Special into the normal season, which has bumped it up to 7 episodes rather than the planned 6.


User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4484 times:

I'm still downloading the broadcast torrent - still an hour to go. I'm sitting here jones-ing like a drug addict 


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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1302 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4452 times:

Well, the boys are back in form. Excellent footage, great cars and that wicked sense of humour you only get on the original TG. In fact, it it was not for the humour it would not be worth watching. Which is where, I believe, TG US falls flat on its face. Those 3 guys simply are not funny. Neither were the 3 ozmates.

For those still downloading, it will be worth it. Rallying a Bently Conti is such a preposterous idea, it cannot fail. And it does not. Jezza building his own car and trying to flog it at Dragons Den was brilliant. Fastest SIARPC ever as well. Sort of.

And there is a new fastest car on the TG track to boot.



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User currently offlineRedd From Poland, joined Jan 2013, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4446 times:

I'm downloading as we speak... It's insane how important this show has become to us guys,,, I'm all giddy waiting to watch the episode... hehe...

User currently onlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2966 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4440 times:

It was a good episode; I'm glad they are back.


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7690 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4437 times:
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Quoting B777LRF (Reply 17):
And there is a new fastest car on the TG track to boot.

Yeah - that new Pagani was awesome, and beautiful.



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User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2127 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4416 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 20):
Yeah - that new Pagani was awesome, and beautiful.

It is overall beautiful, but I couldn't stop staring at those side view mirrors.


User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3609 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4400 times:

I work at a ski resort in Colorado and we had top gear here two weeks ago filming a segment on the ski slopes. They were racing a Bentley against a skier down the mountain. So look for that soon.

User currently offlineRedd From Poland, joined Jan 2013, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4397 times:

The episode was great, the Pagani was amazing... Good to see top gear again!.

User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4362 times:

Quoting Redd (Reply 23):
the Pagani was amazing

We saw something very new today - those active airfoil panels on the Pagani seemed to be very effective. I wonder how soon Ferrari, Lambo and others start doing the same on their hypercars.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 25, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4470 times:

Hmm, it was one of those episodes where I probably wouldn't watch it again if I had the DVD. Too much sideshow, and not enough driving. James' Bentley segment ended abruptly, almost as if the film had run out.


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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 26, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day ago) and read 4454 times:

Brilliant Episode. The ending was hilarious as they managed to combine two of my favorite shows! Looks like its going to be a great season, and I hope to see Lewis Hamilton come back and get the top time.

Top Gear US starts on Tuesday for its 3rd season and while its not as good as the UK version (obviously), its gotten progressively better, and I will be watching it as well.


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5980 posts, RR: 3
Reply 27, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day ago) and read 4516 times:

Bog standard Top Gear episode, so overall not too bad a way to spend an hours time. The Pagani is stunning, the Bentley rally segment was amusing, Damian Lewis equally so (terrible luck with the weather, I was hoping he'd be asked to come back on a slightly better day weatherwise), and the P45 segment went on for too long.

Looks like they'll have a US race of sorts, a Nile episode, and another train vs. car segment (but where to? They've done the TGV twice already, so Germany perhaps? Didn't look like an ICE though...)


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7165 posts, RR: 13
Reply 28, posted (1 year 6 months 23 hours ago) and read 4494 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 24):
I wonder how soon Ferrari, Lambo and others start doing the same on their hypercars.

Ferrari, on the very next F70...almost certainly.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7690 posts, RR: 21
Reply 29, posted (1 year 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 4425 times:
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Anyone familiar with the British 80's children's tv show Rainbow may well enjoy this Top Gear spoof - not for the easily-offended though! It's hilarious, just look past the shoddily-assembled puppets and bear with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMHhy-mGndI



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (1 year 6 months 12 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 27):
the P45 segment went on for too long.

I thought so too. Wasn't too funny towards the end, but maybe that's because I wasn't entirely clued in on Dragon's Den. The Pagani was just awesome, and I agree with the Hamster when he said that Pagani are doing what Lambo and Ferrari did a few decades back. And a 1:13 time..! I'm waiting for the day something does the TG track in under a minute   

Overall, the montage for the season looks promising, however I doubt they'll beat the specials of the past (Namibia, Vietnam).



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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 31, posted (1 year 6 months 12 hours ago) and read 4315 times:

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 30):
I'm waiting for the day something does the TG track in under a minute

It's already been done, 59 seconds from memory, just not by a road legal car! It's amazing to see how the times have fallen since the new format Top Gear started. Only a few years ago, there wasn't much to beat 1 minute 20 seconds. Now look at the times. It show's how much engineering and technology is improving year on year.

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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 32, posted (1 year 6 months 12 hours ago) and read 4315 times:

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 30):

Overall, the montage for the season looks promising, however I doubt they'll beat the specials of the past (Namibia, Vietnam)

It's a tough one - when they first started doing special, full episode shows (in order: Winter Olympics, North Pole, Botswana, Vietnam, Bolivia, Middle East, India) it was new and different. Now we have come to a point that we expect a special show at least once a year. You can only do Africa or jungles so often before you start repeating yourself.

India was panned for a lot of reasons - but mostly because bits were obviously scripted and they pretend it isn't. C'mon, the placement of the signs on the trains was just a little too convenient, getting ripped just in the right place. Some moments were just stupid - did they really expect their dinner party in Delhi to be anything but a complete failure? It's so embarassingly bad I fast forward through that whole part if I rewatch it. You did not get that sense of "pushing too hard" from the earlier attempts like Botswana or North Pole.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 33, posted (1 year 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 4295 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 32):
You can only do Africa or jungles so often before you start repeating yourself.

I'm looking forward to next week's race, which is supposed to be Vegas to Los Angeles to the Springs, then on down to Mexico. I still think the best full-episode race/special was the in-episode Challenger-Corvette-Cadillac race to the Salt Flats in series 12. They were still doing mainly pure driving rather than making the local antics the focus of the show.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 34, posted (1 year 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 4265 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 32):

The India special failed because it was just a road trip, with European sourced cars - all of the other road trip style specials had a goal (beat the cost and convenience of a fly-drive, find the best road for driving, drive the spine of africa etc), challenges set by the crew and most of them had an inbuilt source of amusement in cars that invariably failed, while India was nothing more than "we spent thousands of pounds on imported cars, and had a drive round".


User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 35, posted (1 year 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 4249 times:

Here is an idea for a future special. To drive the entire length of the old Trans Siberian Railroad in Soviet-era Russian cars.


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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 36, posted (1 year 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 4243 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 1):

For the first time, the new episodes will air on BBC America barely a week after they aired in the UK. The US version will start back up pretty soon as well, so we'll definitely get out Top Gear fill in the next few months.

I gave the US version a chance at first, but it's shorter because of commercial breaks and not nearly as good as the UK version. I haven't watched it since the 3rd episode of Season 1. The chemistry of the hosts can't compare to Hammond, Clarkson and May.

Quoting francoflier (Reply 7):
They look expensive and long to produce, but it can't be more than a drop in the bucket for the BBC.

I read somewhere that Top Gear UK is the most watched TV show in the world. If the BBC isn't making bucket loads of money off this show something's wrong.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 32):
You can only do Africa or jungles so often before you start repeating yourself.

This year they're doing another Africa special where they're going to use estate cars bought online. I really liked the last Africa special where Hammond drove Oliver.

Easily one of the best shows on TV worldwide, I can't wait for this season.



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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 37, posted (1 year 6 months 7 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 36):
I gave the US version a chance at first, but it's shorter because of commercial breaks and not nearly as good as the UK version. I haven't watched it since the 3rd episode of Season 1. The chemistry of the hosts can't compare to Hammond, Clarkson and May.

While I agree it does not compare to the UK version, I have to admit that it has gotten much better since the first season, their chemistry has certainly improved and at least (for the most part) U.S. people can identify with most of the cars.

I'd give it another chance. 3rd season starts tomorrow.


User currently onlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2966 posts, RR: 1
Reply 38, posted (1 year 6 months 6 hours ago) and read 4170 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 36):
I read somewhere that Top Gear UK is the most watched TV show in the world. If the BBC isn't making bucket loads of money off this show something's wrong.

It is by far the most popular show that the BBC has; they make millions, more than anything else they do.



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 39, posted (1 year 6 months 4 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 36):
I read somewhere that Top Gear UK is the most watched TV show in the world. If the BBC isn't making bucket loads of money off this show something's wrong.

No advertising on BBC2 - most viewers download it off of the 'net. Not that much money to be made that way.

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 37):
I'd give it another chance. 3rd season starts tomorrow.

The first season was a simple re-hash of the British episodes. Second season they are starting to do their own thing.

But I am hoping that they stop being so US-centric, and start spending a little time on the international front. It might be fun seeing those three trying to deal with Africa or Asia  



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 40, posted (1 year 6 months 4 hours ago) and read 4147 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 39):
No advertising on BBC2 - most viewers download it off of the 'net. Not that much money to be made that way.

No, most viewers watch it on commercial stations/networks around the world who pay the BBC a licensing fee to broadcast the show. It works just like a syndicated show to independent stations in the US would work.



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13039 posts, RR: 12
Reply 41, posted (1 year 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 4128 times:

I am of mixed feelings of the UK Top Gear and the US version. Showing exotic cars pushed to limits, some parts of their 'on the road' shows are great, but some of their behavior is just cringe producing and insulting to locals. Sometimes their humor is a bit childish. I am online with some people in the UK who love British Cars, especially those of Austin/Rover/Jaguar/Morris et al, and bash Top Gear UK for their apparent hatred of and destroying fine examples of such cars (like a Marina) as well as the host's behaviors.
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If you want something a bit different there is Fifth Gear. In the USA it is shown on the Discovery-Velocity cable/dish channel A bit less silly and destructive, they have in their 3-4 main players an adult woman, and in recent episodes I have seen one of Asian Indian heritage - it's not just a white man's club as TG UK and US are. I am surprised that the US version didn't have a better mix of hosts.

Yes, I will watch UK TG when on BBC America (with it poor grade commercials) and US TG, and if I catch it, Fifth Gear.


User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 42, posted (1 year 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 4103 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 39):
But I am hoping that they stop being so US-centric, and start spending a little time on the international front. It might be fun seeing those three trying to deal with Africa or Asia

I agree here, but for what it's worth, I don't think TGUK did anything internationally (outside of Europe) until season 7 or 8. They have to get a bigger budget.


But as we have some time till the next episode, probably my favorite TGUK challenge:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtTnfFH2Hjc

and Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhwoUxeTWsA
The first 15 seconds of this clip - sums up just about everything I love about Top Gear UK


User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 43, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4078 times:

I loved the first episode of TG UK Season 19, glad I found a way to stream it online. I think May wears the same shirts every year.

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 37):
I'd give it another chance. 3rd season starts tomorrow.

After I watched the TG UK episode tonight I watched the US TG Season 3 Episode 5 by random to give it a chance. It was the "Tractor Challenge". 75% of the episode was 3 guys in tractors trying to cart cows around or move barns to a farmer's house before they even started talking about cars. No thanks, completely boring. The NY guy is annoying and I may be wrong but the only one of the three hosts that drives a car that goes over 200 mph is a race car driver. At least on TG UK all three of them do that. Mr. Slow even holds the record for going the fastest in a supercar on the UK version.

I'd like to watch the Aussie version to give it a try as well. They were guests on the UK show when they did the top bottom car race. Anyone got a link?



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15718 posts, RR: 26
Reply 44, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4076 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 43):
After I watched the TG UK episode tonight I watched the US TG Season 3 Episode 5 by random to give it a chance. It was the "Tractor Challenge". 75% of the episode was 3 guys in tractors trying to cart cows around or move barns to a farmer's house before they even started talking about cars.

I like the variety per episode of the UK version much better than the US version. Usually it seems that the pattern is a big challenge followed by a race with something cool.

That said, I can understand why they do it:
1) The US version has sponsors, so doing car reviews like the UK version could get awkward as they need ad revenue. I know this issue was talked about a lot leading up to the debut of the US version but I haven't heard much since. The producers probably like the crazy Top Gear stuff more than just being a funnier version of Motorweek anyway, which leads to the second point.
2) They have less time. Losing twenty minutes or so per episode is no small matter. I think in the US the UK versions usually have the news segment cut and sometimes part of the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car interview. Again, I can see why the showrunners would want to spend the time they have on fun stuff.
3) It has better rerun value. I like the old Top Gears they show here, but while the challenges and races are always excellent, even I lose some interest if they are reviewing the last generation 5 Series or something like that. Not having the more serious newsy bits helps the show play better in the future.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 43):
The NY guy is annoying and I may be wrong but the only one of the three hosts that drives a car that goes over 200 mph is a race car driver.

That's another issue with the US version that made it a bit less entertaining than the UK version although it seems to be getting a bit better. In the UK version, all three of the hosts are for the most part equally inept, although each in his own way. In the US version, Tanner is a better driver than the other two so he either stomps the others or the challenges have to be made so they don't favor a professional driver. I think that any of them could and would do a high performance segment, but when you put them head to head it isn't a fair fight.



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 45, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4017 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 32):
You did not get that sense of "pushing too hard" from the earlier attempts like Botswana or North Pole.
Quoting moo (Reply 34):
while India was nothing more than "we spent thousands of pounds on imported cars, and had a drive round".

Indeed. There were so many challenges they could've set themselves here, instead they just drove up some hills and left their cars there. It was really disappointing. From this season's montage, it looks like they're going to be following the river Nile in Africa. I hope it doesn't end up like the India special.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 35):
To drive the entire length of the old Trans Siberian Railroad in Soviet-era Russian cars.

Or, maybe race the Trans Siberian (maybe a portion of it, considering vast stretches of roads in that neck of the woods aren't worth writing home about) on another mode of transport. They really ought to do a Russia special, I'm sure there's tons of possibilities in a country that huge. Maybe James can fly one of his little airplanes into Red Square retracing the path of Mathias Rust while Pinky and Perky chase him down in BMP-3s carrying Igla missiles.  



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 46, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 44):
I like the variety per episode of the UK version much better than the US version. Usually it seems that the pattern is a big challenge followed by a race with something cool.

I agree, the UK version is much better because of the variety. Mostly each host gets a segment all to their own and they sometimes get them all together as well.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 44):
The US version has sponsors, so doing car reviews like the UK version could get awkward as they need ad revenue.

The US version could add variety if they looked at the time between each commercial break as a segment and give each host individual time like the UK version does. That said, Europeans are much more interested in supercars than Americans. I'm not sure that format would work.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 44):
They have less time. Losing twenty minutes or so per episode is no small matter. I think in the US the UK versions usually have the news segment cut and sometimes part of the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car interview. Again, I can see why the showrunners would want to spend the time they have on fun stuff.

I think there is a lot of fun stuff in the UK version. And, a lot of Hollywood folks like the show and show up there. Admittedly, I don't watch the US version much but it would be nice if they could pull off a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car here with the US version.



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User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2127 posts, RR: 1
Reply 47, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3907 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 46):
I think there is a lot of fun stuff in the UK version. And, a lot of Hollywood folks like the show and show up there. Admittedly, I don't watch the US version much but it would be nice if they could pull off a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car here with the US version.

They use to, but they haven't a "Big Star, Small Car" (as they call it) segment in quite a while. That is completely fine with me, it use to be one of the worse segments of the show and honestly the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is generally one of the weaker points of the UK show.


User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 48, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

Wow ! After reading about 20 posts so far, I'm beginning to think I must be the only guy in the whole world who doesn't watch "Top Gear" ! BTW...............what is it anyway ? Something about cars ? If so, it's probably why I don't watch it; (not too interested in cars)

Charley



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 49, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3861 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 48):

Wow ! After reading about 20 posts so far, I'm beginning to think I must be the only guy in the whole world who doesn't watch "Top Gear" ! BTW...............what is it anyway ? Something about cars ? If so, it's probably why I don't watch it; (not too interested in cars)

I think you'd enjoy it. It's not a car geek show like 'Motorweek'. It's fun.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 50, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3861 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 48):
what is it anyway ? Something about cars ?

The quick and dirty: Three bumbling middle-aged English blokes drive around in supercars (preferably) using challenges and films of mini-documentary form, where things usually end up badly for either the car or the presenter in the end. When things actually go right, there's much cheering throughout the land. There's also a masked driver, who is supposed to be of F1 caliber, who does a serious bit where he takes one of the subject cars around the track at a marginally-used airport in the UK where the base of operations for this program takes place.

All in all, not a bad way to kill an hour if you love the smell of petrol in the morning.



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 51, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3852 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 50):
All in all, not a bad way to kill an hour if you love the smell of petrol in the morning.

Even if you don't. My wife would not know a carburetor from a chicken casserole, and she enjoys watching it.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 52, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3840 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 51):
My wife would not know a carburetor from a chicken casserole, and she enjoys watching it.

How is she with caravaning?



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 53, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3765 times:

We have Dish Network with about 150 channels.........I wonder if it's on there ? What day is it on ? Anything that that can cause THIS crowd to "agree" on anything must really be spectacular !

BTW.........I used to watch "Motorweek"..........I kinda liked that guy !

Charley

P.S. Be sure to check out may "account" of a vehicle-related incident in the thread "car that gets 115 mpg"



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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 54, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3759 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 53):
We have Dish Network with about 150 channels.........I wonder if it's on there ? What day is it on ? Anything that that can cause THIS crowd to "agree" on anything must really be spectacular !

BBC America this coming Monday Night 9pm EST / 8pm Central


User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8403 posts, RR: 3
Reply 55, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3759 times:

The british version is a good show. It plays late where I live, so it matches well with alcohol  

User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 56, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3708 times:

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 54):
BBC America this coming Monday Night 9pm EST / 8pm Central

I found it online as well Charley, it takes a little more work to find but you can watch it nearly as soon as it is broadcast on the BBC.



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13168 posts, RR: 78
Reply 57, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 48):
ow ! After reading about 20 posts so far, I'm beginning to think I must be the only guy in the whole world who doesn't watch "Top Gear" ! BTW...............what is it anyway ? Something about cars ? If so, it's probably why I don't watch it; (not too interested in cars)

AeroWesty did a good summation, to add to it, here is a piece by US channel CBS;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tIAcbQGfns


User currently offlinethunderboltdrgn From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 58, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3438 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 48):
Wow ! After reading about 20 posts so far, I'm beginning to think I must be the only guy in the whole world who doesn't watch "Top Gear" ! BTW...............what is it anyway ? Something about cars ? If so, it's probably why I don't watch it; (not too interested in cars)

Charley

Its sort of a car talk-show.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2807 posts, RR: 2
Reply 59, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3438 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 48):
Wow ! After reading about 20 posts so far, I'm beginning to think I must be the only guy in the whole world who doesn't watch "Top Gear" ! BTW...............what is it anyway ? Something about cars ? If so, it's probably why I don't watch it; (not too interested in cars)

It is THE best car show in the world. And no need to be a car maniac, I've seen people who don't care about cars being hooked to the show.

There are some episodes available on Youtube. You can already have an overview of what to expect  



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 60, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3422 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 59):
It is THE best car show in the world.

It is the best car show..........in the world.


BBC America is running a Top Gear marathon leading up to tonight's season premiere. Already had an appearance by the Stig's Italian cousin and Kung Fu Stig.....


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Reply 61, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3396 times:
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Quoting Geezer (Reply 53):
We have Dish Network with about 150 channels.........I wonder if it's on there ? What day is it on ? Anything that that can cause THIS crowd to "agree" on anything must really be spectacular !

On Dish BBC America is channel 135. I've got my DVR all set and ready to go for more Top Gear...



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User currently onlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2966 posts, RR: 1
Reply 62, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

Yesterday's episode, the American road trip, was good fun. I'm liking this series.


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User currently offlinecaliatenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 63, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3342 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 39):
But I am hoping that they stop being so US-centric, and start spending a little time on the international front. It might be fun seeing those three trying to deal with Africa or Asia

yeah they need to go international; i couldnt get into the US Top Gear though..


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 64, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 62):
Yesterday's episode, the American road trip, was good fun.

Perhaps I'm totally out of what's cool for supercars of recent vintage, but I had to have a laugh at the color of James' Aston. In high school in the 1970s that color was known as 'Monster Blue'. I was waiting for him to show off the sound of his Glasspack mufflers! (Oh, what kids did to Chevys and Fords back then.)



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 65, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 64):
Perhaps I'm totally out of what's cool for supercars of recent vintage, but I had to have a laugh at the color of James' Aston. In high school in the 1970s that color was known as 'Monster Blue'. I was waiting for him to show off the sound of his Glasspack mufflers! (Oh, what kids did to Chevys and Fords back then.)

Hey, don't knock glasspacks. They were classy  

Not to mention illegal as hell. I had to coast whenever I saw a police car.



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 66, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3183 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 62):

Yesterday's episode, the American road trip, was good fun. I'm liking this series.

I liked the bit with the marchettis, they definitely oughta do more segments with planes in them  
Which got me thinking.. what would a Top Gear equivalent for airplanes look like?



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 67, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3181 times:

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 66):
what would a Top Gear equivalent for airplanes look like?

Expensive 


User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1302 posts, RR: 3
Reply 68, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

Episode two of this series is the best Top Gear has produced in a very, very long time. I know it's scripted, but they've re-invented themselves just enough to make it sound and look more authentic than the last couple of seasons, and the satire is just dripping off the screen. The boys really are back on form, and I for one can't wait until they broadcast the special later this month.

The only letdown was having Fleetwood in the SIARPC. Great musician, but a bit of a boring old duffer.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 69, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 65):
Hey, don't knock glasspacks.

LOLOL, okay, that made my day. You of all people with glasspacks! What kind of car were you driving then?



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 70, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3126 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 69):
LOLOL, okay, that made my day. You of all people with glasspacks! What kind of car were you driving then?

At the time it was a black 1977 K-5 Blazer with a seriously suped-up 350, 4 speed manual on 38 inch tires and an 8-inch lift. No mufflers or catalytic converters - the glasspacks were the only thing that "kinda" quietened the thing down. I called it the DeathMobile.

BTW, It got 4 MPG, but would suck the headlights out of a Porsche up to around 50-60 MPH when areodynamics took over. It was basically like driving a brick wall around. 

[Edited 2013-02-06 10:45:17]


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 71, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 70):
At the time it was a black 1977 K-5 Blazer

Oh my stars. I guess something like this, but in black. Here all this time I would have put you in a Range Rover if you were going to off-road.   




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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 72, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 71):
Oh my stars. I guess something like this, but in black.

Make it black and add a whole lot of rust, and that was the Deathmobile  

Edit: I found a picture that looks shockingly like the Deathmobile - in fact if it weren't for the fact that this one isn't rusted away, I'd say this could be it.



[Edited 2013-02-06 11:38:08]


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 73, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 72):
Make it black and add a whole lot of rust, and that was the Deathmobile

Definitely not a Range Rover!  



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User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1142 posts, RR: 1
Reply 74, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 6):
finalgear.com is your friend if you're not in the UK. They'll usually provide a link for downloading within 30 minutes of the show having aired.

Cheers.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 35):
Here is an idea for a future special. To drive the entire length of the old Trans Siberian Railroad in Soviet-era Russian cars.

That could make several very good episodes out of that.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 41):
If you want something a bit different there is Fifth Gear. In the USA it is shown on the Discovery-Velocity cable/dish channel A bit less silly and destructive, they have in their 3-4 main players an adult woman, and in recent episodes I have seen one of Asian Indian heritage - it's not just a white man's club as TG UK and US are.

Several of the Fifth Gear presenters used to be presenters of the 'old' Top Gear (before Clarkson, May and Hammond arrived).

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 45):
Maybe James can fly one of his little airplanes into Red Square retracing the path of Mathias Rust while Pinky and Perky chase him down in BMP-3s carrying Igla missiles

   For those interested; James May's aircraft is registered G-OCOK.

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 68):
The only letdown was having Fleetwood in the SIARPC. Great musician, but a bit of a boring old duffer.

I question the relevance of even having the SIARPC segment. Much of the time the 'star' is relatively unknown outside of the UK, which isn't much use to Top Gear's large international audience. While Mick Fleetwood might have been a bit dull, at least most viewers know who he is.....more than what could be said for the 'star' who was on the previous week's show.



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User currently offlineEDKA From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 342 posts, RR: 1
Reply 75, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Quoting zkojq (Reply 74):
Several of the Fifth Gear presenters used to be presenters of the 'old' Top Gear (before Clarkson, May and Hammond arrived).

I am pretty sure Clarkson has been at Top Gear from the begining (1980's)


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2735 posts, RR: 25
Reply 76, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 66):
Which got me thinking.. what would a Top Gear equivalent for airplanes look like?

-Intro music-

Jeremy ¨Tonight, I fly a 77W, Hammond enjoys the comforts of a Cri-Cri... and James tests drives a DeHavilland Comet¨

-Finish intro music-

:D

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User currently offlinebueb0g From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 77, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

Quoting zkojq (Reply 74):
While Mick Fleetwood might have been a bit dull, at least most viewers know who he is.....more than what could be said for the 'star' who was on the previous week's show.

Damian Lewis? Star of Band of Brothers and Homeland? I think a lot of people know who he is, he's legitimately a "star"...



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 78, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

Quoting EDKA (Reply 75):
I am pretty sure Clarkson has been at Top Gear from the begining (1980's)

Here's Clarkson's first appearance on Top Gear in 1988.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8i_ktmqXzU

The show has changed a lot for the better, IMO. Superfly would love the car he's reviewing though.



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User currently offlinebueb0g From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 79, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 78):
Here's Clarkson's first appearance on Top Gear in 1988.

Haha... His Yorkshire accent is much more pronounced than it is now. Interesting stuff.



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 80, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

Quoting bueb0g (Reply 79):

Haha... His Yorkshire accent is much more pronounced than it is now. Interesting stuff.

Yeah, this clip is a little longer that really gives an idea what the show was like in the late '80s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_DgKvc3l0w

Clarkson's whit is there but it's still not as interesting as the show is now. I don't think I realized that they kept the show's musical theme when they transitioned to the new format.



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User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1142 posts, RR: 1
Reply 81, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

Quoting EDKA (Reply 75):
I am pretty sure Clarkson has been at Top Gear from the begining (1980's)

He was. Clarkson was a presenter from the late 1980s to 1999 when he left (returning in 2002 with the new format show). After Clarkson left, Top Gear was presented by Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Quentin Willson who defected to Fifth Gear (on a rival channel) when 'old' Top Gear was cancelled.

Today Fifth Gear is a more formal and informative car show; a TV show that you would watch if you wanted to know if a car you were thinking of buying is any good. Top Gear meanwhile is just (very good) entertainment but little use to all but the wealthiest of consumers.



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 82, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 76):
and James tests drives a DeHavilland Comet¨

Ah yes. An airplane from the 1950's, where he allegedly lives.. 



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1586 posts, RR: 7
Reply 83, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2830 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 76):
Quoting sturmovik (Reply 66):
Which got me thinking.. what would a Top Gear equivalent for airplanes look like?

-Intro music-

Jeremy ¨Tonight, I fly a 77W, Hammond enjoys the comforts of a Cri-Cri... and James tests drives a DeHavilland Comet¨

I would watch that! Damn, I would watch the sh*t out of that!!



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 84, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 76):
Hammond enjoys the comforts of a Cri-Cri

Hammond seems more like a biz jet guy.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 76):
and James tests drives a DeHavilland Comet

James would be in a Constellation or PanAm Clipper, talking about the glory days of comfort travel when it didn't matter when you arrived it's how you got there.



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 85, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2581 times:

I don't know when TG Season 19 episode 3 was shown in the UK. It's still not here in the States, but I just watched the torrent of it. Great episode. I hate watching TG on BBC America with all the commercials. Although I have no idea who Amy Macdonald is, she was a great guest for the show. Nice to have a motor head woman as a guest.

Wasn't that Jeremy's GT he drove? I thought he owned one of those already. I know they do these public transportation vs. the car thing from time to time, but it's still funny.

edit: funny how Captain Slow rides a bike and Hammond runs.

[Edited 2013-02-13 15:59:19]


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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 86, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 85):

I don't know when TG Season 19 episode 3 was shown in the UK. It's still not here in the States, but I just watched the torrent of it. Great episode. I hate watching TG on BBC America with all the commercials. Although I have no idea who Amy Macdonald is, she was a great guest for the show. Nice to have a motor head woman as a guest.

S19E3 will air here in the US on BBC America next Monday as the new episodes air a week after they do on BBC 2. This is better than in the past when it was a few months after the episodes originally aired before they aired them on BBC America.

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 68):
Episode two of this series is the best Top Gear has produced in a very, very long time. I know it's scripted, but they've re-invented themselves just enough to make it sound and look more authentic than the last couple of seasons, and the satire is just dripping off the screen. The boys really are back on form, and I for one can't wait until they broadcast the special later this month.

I haven't laughed that hard watching Top Gear in quite some time. Jezza's "beat the meat" comment was classic.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 39):
But I am hoping that they stop being so US-centric, and start spending a little time on the international front. It might be fun seeing those three trying to deal with Africa or Asia  

You'll be getting your wish as the US Top Gear crew were recently in Iceland doing some filming.


User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 87, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

I enjoyed half of S19 E4. The part where they had Matt LeBlanc and Eric Clapton with the Kia was funny. I also enjoyed the Rugby scrum at Twickenham. As much as they give Americans a hard time, that was basically just a demolition derby with a rugby ball in the middle. I did feel bad for the groundskeeper though.

The part with Hammond in Mexico and the three car comparison was not so interesting.



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 88, posted (1 year 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

So, it seems like the Africa special will be in two parts this time round.. I hope it's worth it   


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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 89, posted (1 year 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 88):
So, it seems like the Africa special will be in two parts this time round.. I hope it's worth it

Its hugely telling that they've gone that route, as it reduces the length of the season in reality.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 90, posted (1 year 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 89):
it reduces the length of the season in reality.

I've actually begun to wonder if the presenters are losing interest in doing the show.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 91, posted (1 year 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 90):
I've actually begun to wonder if the presenters are losing interest in doing the show.

They've just signed 3 year extensions to the contract, so I doubt it.

Its more probable that someone in the BBC is losing interest in the program, and thus the production team is losing the ability to be inventive.


User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 92, posted (1 year 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 87):
the Rugby scrum at Twickenham

I did some research and it looks like that was filmed pretty recently (I'm talking about that particular segment, not the actual show which was very recent as it included jokes about horse meat and the pope resigning). And yet Twickenham is currently being used for the 6-Nations rugby. Were they due to resurface it anyway which was why they let this go on there? The damage looked pretty severe - the part during the scrum looked like the car wheels were buried up to 6" in mud.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 93, posted (1 year 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 91):
They've just signed 3 year extensions to the contract, so I doubt it.

Hopefully we won't see them missing a summer series or Christmas special again, and see the new contract usher in a healthy schedule without episode-padding.



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User currently onlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2966 posts, RR: 1
Reply 94, posted (1 year 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 85):
Wasn't that Jeremy's GT he drove? I thought he owned one of those already. I know they do these public transportation vs. the car thing from time to time, but it's still funny.

As far as I know, no. He had a Ford GT, not a Mustang GT... I'm not sure he even has it anymore.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 95, posted (1 year 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 93):
Hopefully we won't see them missing a summer series or Christmas special again, and see the new contract usher in a healthy schedule without episode-padding.

The current season is the only one planned for this year, with no Christmas special again either.


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4488 posts, RR: 21
Reply 96, posted (1 year 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 95):
The current season is the only one planned for this year, with no Christmas special again either.

There's another series planned for the summer.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 97, posted (1 year 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 96):

Where would you be getting that info from, because there hasn't been a season 20 announced, and there's nothing currently in the BBC production schedule for the rest of this year for Top Gear.


User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 98, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1720 times:

Anyone else enjoy the 1st part of the Africa special? I owe some thanks to whoever put me on to finalgear.com. A lot of it is rubbish like the fact that no one has ever found the source of the Nile, but it was entertaining. If anything I like seeing the landscape of countries like Uganda.


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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8790 posts, RR: 24
Reply 99, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1725 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 98):

Anyone else enjoy the 1st part of the Africa special? I owe some thanks to whoever put me on to finalgear.com. A lot of it is rubbish like the fact that no one has ever found the source of the Nile, but it was entertaining. If anything I like seeing the landscape of countries like Uganda.

It was very good - on par with Bolivia and Vietnam IMHO.

Part 2 on Sunday, and I hear that they are back again in summer  



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7165 posts, RR: 13
Reply 100, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

reminded me of my backpacking around east Africa. Enjoying it very much. I actually want to buy a secondhand car and drive the whole of africa, have been meaning to do so for some time.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13168 posts, RR: 78
Reply 101, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 99):
It was very good - on par with Bolivia and Vietnam IMHO.

For me, the Vietnam one is, so far at least, their crowning glory.
The Bolivia and North Pole ones are great, many people's favourites.
But think of the Vietnam one, a car show that does a special, with no cars involved!
Yet it still works brilliantly!

Perhaps also illustrating that much of the audience, myself included, is not really interested in cars at all.


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5980 posts, RR: 3
Reply 102, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

On the subject of favourite specials, I personally rank the Botswana one as #1 by a mile, followed by the North Pole & Bolivia ones. Vietnam was good, but once you realise how heavily scripted it was, it takes away a lot.

The Nile special is shaping up pretty damn good so far, can't wait for tomorrows conclusion.

[Edited 2013-03-09 06:54:27]

User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2127 posts, RR: 1
Reply 103, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 101):
Perhaps also illustrating that much of the audience, myself included, is not really interested in cars at all.

I don't think anyone really watches Top Gear for the cars anymore. The (few) "reviews" are generally all the same now- this special is going to end with them all saying that despite all the problems the cars were having it is amazing to think that they only got them for 1500 pounds and how they acted as homes for them for several days and how they hold a special place in their hearts yada yada yada. The standard supercar review is one saying hey look how beautiful this car is- point out some quick flaws- then say but look at this with shots of burnouts and drifting and Jeremy screaming in delight. Then depending on the review, another person will appear in a similar competitor (usually in a low shot of the first car where the second car turns out from behind it) and they do the whole thing over again.

Everyone watches for the interactions between the hosts (which is one of the reasons why SIARPC is usually one of the worse segments).


User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 104, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Check this out...

http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20130308-mclaren-boss-on-the-p1

The new McLaren - being driven by Ron Dennis - does the lap 10 secs faster than the next quickest. Ohhh, I wanna see that. Put it in the hands of the Stig and who knows...could be less than 1 min.



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User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2127 posts, RR: 1
Reply 105, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

Quoting bristolflyer (Reply 104):
The new McLaren - being driven by Ron Dennis - does the lap 10 secs faster than the next quickest. Ohhh, I wanna see that. Put it in the hands of the Stig and who knows...could be less than 1 min.

Without knowing the tires that were on it you can't really say all that much. It could have been done with slicks for all we know. 1.13.8 isn't the fastest time of a car around the track ever, it is just the fastest time of a road legal car able to clear a speedbump with road legal tires. (and even then Pagani got some flack with the Huayra for using road legal, albeit barely, modified Zonda R tires for its speed run while using the standard tires for filming the actual segment about the car.)

[Edited 2013-03-09 14:11:58]

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12082 posts, RR: 18
Reply 106, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1432 times:
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Top Gears production team arrived today in New Zealand's Far North (minus the three presenters) to prepare for filming on 90 Mile Beach. Top Gear have been granted permission by the local Council to film a race and other events on the popular beach. The local Maori's (one of New Zealand's cultural people) are all up in arms and angry with the Council for not informing them about Top Gear's plans. The Maori's meet today and asked Top Gear's production team if theres anything in it for them

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/coun...s-over-beach-closure-video-5364795


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12408 posts, RR: 37
Reply 107, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1365 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 99):
Anyone else enjoy the 1st part of the Africa special? I owe some thanks to whoever put me on to finalgear.com. A lot of it is rubbish like the fact that no one has ever found the source of the Nile, but it was entertaining. If anything I like seeing the landscape of countries like Uganda.It was very good - on par with Bolivia and Vietnam IMHO.Part 2 on Sunday, and I hear that they are back again in summer

Just watched the second part of the Africa special - loved every minute of it and would have easily sat through another hour; they just work so well together; it was perfect Sunday evening entertainment. Just immensely, immensely easy to watch and enjoyable. The photography and the general atmosphere were wonderful too.

I do agree that it's not so much about the cars anymore; they could be talking about breeding yaks or knitting pullovers.


User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 108, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1201 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 107):
Just watched the second part of the Africa special - loved every minute of it and would have easily sat through another hour; they just work so well together; it was perfect Sunday evening entertainment. Just immensely, immensely easy to watch and enjoyable. The photography and the general atmosphere were wonderful too.

Some parts were a little contrived like everyone running around looking for the "real" source of the Nile and James breaking an axle right at the end, but that's what Top Gear is really. It would have been funny if they had The Stig show up at the very end and be standing over the Nile source before they got there. I enjoyed the special overall and I can't wait for them to come back in the summer.

Have they given up the Cool Board? I haven't seen that in a long time.



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