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post #1 of 27
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Son of a bitch Andrew Sweeney, making me fall in hot lust with a show that's not on DVD. But damn, this is a really special show. I know there's a lot of fans in here.
post #2 of 27
Did you see the episode on the world's fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron. Their challenge was the car vs plane to deliver a package


Edit: Wrong car.
post #3 of 27
I take full fucking credit.

The Africa episode is still the best.
post #4 of 27
You can get a lot of sort of clip-shows of various episodes on DVD, I got their 'challenges' DVD for xmas. Totally brilliant show.
post #5 of 27
I think you'll find most fans of this show download it, a lot of us here in Australia do as we're about a year and a half behind and the version we get is edited to fit in adds.

But yeah, great show.

They often severely pan the American cars they review - are they really that bad ?
post #6 of 27
Clarkson's a cock, though.
post #7 of 27
I found this show last summer and fucking love it! I've always been a huge car nut. I got BBC Canada which seems to be a year behind. My best friend just downloaded the 10th season (or series, whatever crazy brit system) and I've overdosed on them of late.

I'm actually getting a little tired of Clarkson's shtick, and the same joke (ie "so you're saying you'd have this car you just raved about? NO!").

But I love the carzy shit they do, the Africa episode is my favorite so far, just slightly ahead of the American one. They are constanly coming with things that make me so badly want their job. "I'm going to get chased by a tank through the woods and open field while driving a Range Rover Sport."
post #8 of 27
Top gear is such an awesome group experience.

It's not even a male bonding thing, it's a great watch when you have some people over but no one's really in the mood for the suspension of disbelief a movie requires. Just for the kind of suspension of disbelief Top Gear asks of you.


Anyway, fucking adore the North Pole episode. Huskies versus tricked out SUV.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by billylove View Post
Did you see the episode on the world's fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron. Their challenge was the car vs plane to deliver a package


Edit: Wrong car.
No, I'm pretty sure it was Veyron v Cessna, I've seen that ep a few times.

Just saw the one where May takes the Veyron out to the VW test track in Germany and gets it up to 250MPH (407 FUCKING KILOMETRES AN HOUR). That. Was pretty fucking awesome.

And as I'm one of the few Aussies who *doesn't* have the facilities to DL all the eps as they screen in the UK, I'm finally getting to see the American special next week. Luckily I have a friend or two who *does* DL, so I can vouch for the sheer awesomeness that was the African special. Things like that make me question WHY the hell the Australian rights owners think they can possibly compete with the original and best?
post #10 of 27
Robin.Reliant.Rocket.

Will this show ever stop blowing my mind???

Seriously, what other show does this kind of shit, as impressively?
post #11 of 27
Have you guys had the Diesel endurance race yet? Or the race across London with Bike vs. Car vs. Speedboat vs. Tube? Man I love this show, Sunday evenings over here just aren't the same without it.

What's hilarious is that the current format is due to neccesity more than anything else, as the original Top Gear was cancelled and the high brow car reviewers went to a rival channel to essentially make their clone of the original show. When BBC brought the show back they had to retool the show somewhat with the their only remaining presenter (Clarkson)
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Andrew Sweeney View Post
I take full fucking credit.

The Africa episode is still the best.
I haven't seen the African one yet, but watching them being almost muredered in Alabama was too funny.

I can't get enough of this show. The guests look like they have a blast and the stunts are hilarious. Did they ever rebuild any of the stuff that burnt in the warehouse fire?

I'll be forever grateful for you making me watch this show. I will have to kill you also, of course, because I like to help Nick in such things.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ianthe View Post
Robin.Reliant.Rocket.

Will this show ever stop blowing my mind???
And I love how disappointed they were that the rocket ended up in tiny pieces, like everyone tried so hard that it should've reached escape velocity.
post #14 of 27
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And I love how disappointed they were that the rocket ended up in tiny pieces, like everyone tried so hard that it should've reached escape velocity.
Mushroom cloud. It was awesome. They did intend to glide the Reliant back down so i think the disapointment was real. The Winter Olympics episode was great with the shining moment being the Mini Cooper ski jump. It was also one of the best uses of the A-Team theme since Hannibal was chomping a cigar. There are some really good moment in some of the older episodes if you haven’t seen them. Seeing Lionel Ritchie loose a tire in the reasonably priced car was good fun.

I’m a die hard junkie. I have all the episodes (I learned about torrent sites because of Top Gear. That and the World Rally Championship are the only things I still use them for). The production values are amazing, the music is extraordinary for a TV show ,the cars are awesome (who doesn’t want a Zonda S to run through the tunnel to Monaco from Nice?), but it is entertaining enough that anyone can watch it.

I also don’t mind Clarkson. He is a blowhard, but I think his heart is in the right place. I read his London Times car reviews and commentaries every week. His books are also alright. They are good for flights where you want to read for a half hour or so and then doze off.
post #15 of 27
Yeah the music selection is usually pretty great (maybe I just think that because they use a lot of music that I also happen to own...). Personally I just love the variety of ways they have described dying via high speed/foolishness-related car accidents. Current fave being:

"You'll come come flying through the Pearly Gates. ON FIRE"
post #16 of 27
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Personally I just love the variety of ways they have described dying via high speed/foolishness-related car accidents. Current fave being:

"You'll come come flying through the Pearly Gates. ON FIRE"
“You are almost certainly going to crash. So, someone, who you perhaps don’t like very much, will end up with your eyes.”

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FNpIvUTIGlk
post #17 of 27
Robin.Reliant.Rocket. and the America episodes are truly classic TV. Will have to watch the Africa one some time.
post #18 of 27
Two things:

Is Top Gear something I could get from Amazon UK Video On Demand?

-and-

What with the White Stig/Ben Collins controversy what do Chewers and especially British Chewers think about this kerfuffle? Why would people be so on about unmasking The Stig and just fucking with a fun conceit? And if there is a new Stig in Series 16 will it be a new color and if so what color do you think he will don this time? This seems to say that they will stick with white with some black accents. I'd rather a green or red Stig or even that pink one to keep the people who want to unmask wondering about a female driver.
post #19 of 27
Top Gear USA will not be anywhere near as awesome as the british Top Gear...but I'll watch it anyway.
post #20 of 27
The Stig thing sucks big time. The last Stig retired and then published a book which sort of allowed the mythos to carry on (hence going from black to white stig). Ben Collins cleary wanted to cash in on it all while he was still The Stig and has basically shafted all the fans in doing so.

It will be interesting to see how they handle it.
post #21 of 27
I learned a lot from Top Gear (UK)..like a saloon = a sedan and such. I will watch the US version to see if it lives up to the "brilliant but rubbish". One of the best things they original did was the Toyota truck that just put thru the wringer (top of a falling building), so much so, that Toyota added some of that to an actual commercial...
post #22 of 27
There should only be one version of Top Gear and that is the original UK version. We made a version here in Australia and dear lord it has been just terrible.
post #23 of 27
After the first episode of the American version it's just ok. Not bad enough to make me take it off the DVR but it felt like they were just sort of going through the motions. Tanner can certainly drive the hell out of a car but the other two were nonentities in my mind, especially Adam Ferrera who seems to bring nothing but smug annoyance to the show. Ill stick with it a few more episodes and hopefully it finds its own groove instead of trying too hard to imitate the UK version.
post #24 of 27
Back at the proper Top Gear;

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The Top Gear team will follow in the footsteps of the Three Wise Men this Christmas. BBC2's Top Gear Christmas special will see Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May travel to Bethlehem, crossing Iraq, Jordan and Israel on the way.
Can't. Wait.
post #25 of 27
You had me at "The Top Gear team..."
post #26 of 27
This show is single-handedly responsible for my love of cars.
post #27 of 27
I almost want them to do it on Camels, for the comedy value.
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