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TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 11:53 am

OK, so due to lack of TOP GEAR until recently I was watching some episodes of FIFTH GEAR. And really it is horrid. OK maybe not quite as bad as horrid, but it is pretty soft or tame or boring as compared to TOP GEAR. So what is it for you guys?

FIFTH GEAR or TOP GEAR...?
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 3:43 pm

None, TURBO on M6  Smile

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 3:55 pm

Top Gear

filler filler

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 5:16 pm

Top gear easily!!

I went to Supercar racing at the weekend and tiff needal, the Fifth gear presenter, was in the pit lane and I had a pit lane pass and believe me he is as boring off the camera as he is on the camera!

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 6:18 pm

Top gear.

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 6:53 pm

Fifth gear is quite boring a part from the tests they do, like crashing a Espace a few weeks back etc.

The rest of the show is boring.

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 7:39 pm

Top Gear...
Jeremy Clarkson just cracks me up... over exaggeration, sarcasm, riddicule, then of course there are the sidekicks! Not forgetting the stig.... well the stig isn't funny but is still good to watch.
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 10:48 pm

I think the contents of both programmes are different.

Top Gear review cars that 99% of the general public who can't afford them meanwhile Fifth Gear review cars that majority of the general public might buy.
They are both good fun to watch but Top Gear wins it for me.
 
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 10:51 pm

Top gear!

Does anybody here know who the stig is?

i thought it was damon hill, then Nigel Mansell now i have heard that it is somebody else.
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Tue May 09, 2006 10:53 pm

Top Gear for me also alas I fear Dazultra will have his own views on this matter.

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 10:58 pm

Quoting MetalInyoni (Reply 8):
Does anybody here know who the stig is?

I've heard Julian Bailey mentioned
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Tue May 09, 2006 11:01 pm

Top Gear!

Fifth Gear is a wannabe..

Quoting MetalInyoni (Reply 8):
Does anybody here know who the stig is?

I am pretty sure that "The Stig" is from Sweden. Stig is a Scandiavian name, and I remember someone telling me some time ago that he is from Sweden. Don't remember who told me that though.

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 12:15 am

Quoting MetalInyoni (Reply 8):
Does anybody here know who the stig is?

I did hear who it was, but I'd never heard of him and have since forgotten. It was on here a few months ago. Definitely not any of the mainstream drivers.

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 12:33 am

Quoting Captaink (Thread starter):
OK, so due to lack of TOP GEAR until recently I was watching some episodes of FIFTH GEAR. And really it is horrid. OK maybe not quite as bad as horrid, but it is pretty soft or tame or boring as compared to TOP GEAR. So what is it for you guys?

If you want raw informative auto journalism, Fifth Gear is best. But for a fun look at cars, nothing beats Top Gear. I just showed my brother-in-law here in KY the latest Top Gear episode, and he laughed his ass off. Hammond driving around in a pink Micra with a bag over his head - priceless. Making a home-made covertible out of a minivan, and testing a £400,000 car, wrecking it, and then complaining that it didn't have enough downforce - what other program will do that?

That's the whole point. Notice that Top Gear is a full hour show, with no commercial breaks. Most auto shows are sponsored by Ford and other manufacturers, and they don't want to piss off their sponsors by slagging a car. Top Gear has no fear - if they think a car is trash, they say so. But on the other hand, if they say a car is great, they have credibility.

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 11):
I am pretty sure that "The Stig" is from Sweden. Stig is a Scandiavian name, and I remember someone telling me some time ago that he is from Sweden. Don't remember who told me that though.

The "Stig" is a name given by Clarkson, from his schooldays at Repton School: "new boys at Repton were always called Stig".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stig

There have been 2 Stigs so far, and more than one stand-in. For example, that episode when the Stig is seen in a Renault F1 doing a timed lap, that wasn't really Stiggy, but one of Renault's own test drivers.
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 12:37 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 13):
There have been 2 Stigs so far, and more than one stand-in. For example, that episode when the Stig is seen in a Renault F1 doing a timed lap, that wasn't really Stiggy, but one of Renault's own test drivers.

Not to mention the stand-in driver who drove a snow-scooter down the Ski Jumping hill in Lillehammer.

As for me, it's all about Top Gear. I just find Fifth Gear too uninteresting for me.
 
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 12:42 am

Top Gear easily. Although I do think that Tiff Needal is unintentionally funny, especially when he starts literally throwing supercars round that little track with his usual bored expression. Something amusing about that.
 
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 1:09 am

Top Gear, if only so I do not have to endure Tiff Needell's accent.
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 1:13 am

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 10):

Yes, you heard right, it is Julian Bailey.

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 1:30 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 13):
The "Stig" is a name given by Clarkson, from his schooldays at Repton School: "new boys at Repton were always called Stig".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stig

There have been 2 Stigs so far, and more than one stand-in. For example, that episode when the Stig is seen in a Renault F1 doing a timed lap, that wasn't really Stiggy, but one of Renault's own test drivers.

Myth busted I guess! Big grin
Thanks for the info! Cool to think that he may have a past as an F1 driver  Smile
 
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 3:13 am

For entertainment and humour, it has to be Top Gear, Hammond, May and Clarkson are great presenters and real pranksters. As mentioned, they only review sports and performance cars that only the rich can afford. Fifth Gear isn't bad either, i watch both.
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 3:43 am

Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 19):
As mentioned, they only review sports and performance cars that only the rich can afford.

That's hardly fair. They test plenty of cheaper cars, the Honda Civic and the Nissan Micra convertible in the last show. But yeah, they do lean on the expensive side, because frankly, it's what the people want. How many of us has the opportunity to drive a Ford GT or a Pagani Zonda? Watching them do it is as close as most of us will get.
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 3:51 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 20):
That's hardly fair. They test plenty of cheaper cars, the Honda Civic and the Nissan Micra convertible in the last show. But yeah, they do lean on the expensive side, because frankly, it's what the people want. How many of us has the opportunity to drive a Ford GT or a Pagani Zonda? Watching them do it is as close as most of us will get.

I agree with you Cfalk,Fifth Gear is boring, test, test and another test. Even though they test supercars in Top Gear ( most of the people cant afford them), they give us the feeling of driving them, plus top gear is funny, the hosts are good, remember when they tested Cars against 747 power?, that king of episode make Top Gear Best TV show about cars.....
 
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 4:11 am

The original and best, Top Gear. I absolutely love it.
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 10:07 am

Top Gear, no question about it!

I don't know how any of you feel about it, but I really can't stand Tiff Needell's voice. He may be a great driver, but that voice just puts me over the edge!  banghead 

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 11:21 am

TOP GEAR ROCKS!!

I started watching this show on BBC Canada a few weeks back and now i make sure to tape every new episolde each week on my PVR. The show just rocks. End of Story.
 
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 12:09 pm

Quoting AC773 (Reply 23):
Top Gear, no question about it!

I don't know how any of you feel about it, but I really can't stand Tiff Needell's voice. He may be a great driver, but that voice just puts me over the edge!

HAHA, i am not too keen on listening to Tiffs voice either. How funny that everyone thinks the same.

I have watched a number of Top Gears where they review affordable cars, although generally they lean to super/expensive cars. The Ford Focus is a popular car amongst the Top Gear crew for example.
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Wed May 10, 2006 3:55 pm

so has Hammond had his teeth done?  Wink
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 4:16 pm

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 26):
so has Hammond had his teeth done?

The million dollar question.

Also I wonder what day time show he was on....
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 4:27 pm

Quoting Captaink (Reply 25):
I have watched a number of Top Gears where they review affordable cars, although generally they lean to super/expensive cars. The Ford Focus is a popular car amongst the Top Gear crew for example

Not to mention the Fiat Panda which Jeremy Clarkson praised like there was no tomorrow.
 
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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 6:54 pm

Quoting Captaink (Reply 27):
Also I wonder what day time show he was on....

It was the Five O'clock show I think, it was on ITV1 then Channel Four.

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 28):
Not to mention the Fiat Panda which Jeremy Clarkson praised like there was no tomorrow.

Probably only because it annoyed the eco-mentalists, because the Panda he was driving was 4X4

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RE: TOP Gear Or Fifth Gear

Wed May 10, 2006 7:12 pm

Top Gear for me - 5th gear can be more informative but you rarely see the presenters together so there is little chance for interaction between them. On Top Gear though the presenters spend much of the show with each other and an audience so you get a lot more reaction to comments and the humour is excellent. The chemistry between Clarkson / Hammond / May is what makes the show work.
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