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Some say this is the IC Top Gear thread

the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1Indy Icrontian
edited Aug 2011 in The Pub
All we know is,

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  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Series 17 is coming to a close. Will there be a Series 18?
  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    I like American Top Gear...

    Series 17 is turning out to be a really solid season. I can't think of a segment off hand that made me groan, unlike the previous few series where they seemed a bit over-scripted and contrived. I like the use of used cars more in this series. I think the BBC's budget cuts have had an interesting affect on the production of the series and they're just now understanding how to work with the economic change and still make a great show.

    I suspect we'll get a single Thanksgiving/Christmas special this year before Series 18 starts in January. I don't see Clarkson, May or Hammond stopping at this point in time.
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    The "races" sometimes can fall flat. I have a hard time considering it a race when the dirtbike / snowmobile / mountainbiker / skiier / snowboarder is doing backflips.

    Now, the 'who is fastest to the airport in rush hour, boat, biker or car' are great, and are actually making a point, imho. Probably why TG:A did the Florida Keys "Miami Vice" segment.
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Also, I don't have a ton against TG:A, they're where I'd expect for a 1st / 2nd season. Their stuff seems way overly scripted, and the 3rd guy ("the Breaker") isn't memorable / doesn't seem to offer much to the show. I get it, you're a Jersey guy who likes big cars, etc. At least James May can go on for minutes about styling, history, technicalities, etc. This guys just seems...dumb.
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    What about 'The Car Show'? I caught the last half of the first episode - it's Adam Carolla's competing show to TG:A. He announced during the episode that it sucked, they didn't have their momentum yet, and he was right, but it has potential. At least they went out to the historic car show, etc, instead of sitting on a runway or in a field somewhere. Also, I think I heard maybe 3-4 racist jokes in there? In contect, was funny, but I can see the HRRDUUR's getting the show pulled for it.
  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Haven't watched The Car Show yet. It's streaming online so I haven't bothered with torrents. I plan on giving it a watch soon just to see it.

    American Top Gear still has a ways to go, it's true. But consider how Top Gear took three series before it really hit its stride under the new format. They had that one fat bloke who talked about used cars and was completely boring. It wasn't until James May came aboard that they really started to go well. I think the US crew has potential for the same level of chemistry without resorting to re-casting the show so this new upcoming season will really tell how they're going. Personally I think Rutlidge is the best guy on it. Tanner Faust can't seem to express himself past his "I'm a race driver" smirk. Adam Ferrera also suffers because he's only believable when he's truly emotional about a car, and he seems unable to talk at those points. Until he learns to express himself better, he's dead weight on the show.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx :KAPPA: Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Agreed that Rutlidge is the best of TGA. I like Faust a lot, it just seems like he has yet to totally get comfortable being in front of a camera doing a show.

    Also, Top Gear UK is 80% responsible for my current car being manual transmission (GT5 is the other 20%)
  • GattsuGattsu Orlando, Florida Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Where is the car porn? I came here specifically for car porn. Fine I'll start it off.

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    And my personal car that I affectionately call, "The Beast"

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  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    I have nothing to contribute to this thread except for an approving nod.

    /me nods approvingly.
  • RootWyrmRootWyrm Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    1) See First Post
    2) See Item 1

    Now if only the BBC would let us get Top Gear legally in the states. Instead of See Rule 1.
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    RootWyrm wrote:
    1) See First Post
    2) See Item 1

    Now if only the BBC would let us get Top Gear legally in the states. Instead of See Rule 1.

    BBC America, Directv. But I get your point.
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Thrax wrote:
    I have nothing to contribute to this thread except for an approving nod.

    * Ryder nods approvingly.
    :rockon:
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    UPSLynx wrote:
    Also, Top Gear UK is 80% responsible for my current car being manual transmission (GT5 is the other 20%)

    Driving an automatic is boring. I learned on a manual, and I've only had one automatic transmission (hated that car).

    Top Gear is 100% responsible for my wife wanting an orange BMW 1M. Of course I wouldn't complain if one showed up in my driveway either.
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    TG:A is rough around the edges, but not bad. Their Michigan visits were a lot of fun. It's nice to see a national show about cars acknowledge Detroit appropriately.

    Gattsu - The Aventador is HOT. True car pornography.

    Since we're sharing our rides:
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    If my wife was even remotely proficient at driving a manual (Trust me, I've tried, it's not worth it anymore), then both of my cars would be that way. As it stands, only the black one is a stick (as it should be).
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    I drove a '96 Camaro Z28 in high school - that was a terrible, terrible idea. 3 tickets later...

    Got it up to 141 once between Holland and Grand Rapids - most terrified I've ever been in a car. Pedals, steering wheel, stick were all shaking like Jodie Foster's chair in 'Contact'.

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  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Never taken mine over 120, but it's rock-solid at any speed even now at 110k miles. But that could also be some differences between Gen 3 and Gen 4.
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    I miss my 97 Acura Integra GS-R. Some guys decided to steal it for the engine.

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    I got up to 125 and still had 2.5k RPM to go till redline :P
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    My brother had a blue one once. Rolled it through a Chicago median coming home late from work one night. Complete toast.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx :KAPPA: Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    mertesn wrote:
    Driving an automatic is boring.

    That's what I love about driving stick with my G35S. Every single outing becomes exciting and fun. I drove to Walmart yesterday to return a picture frame, and passing this Audi A4 while trying to get onto the freeway was just exhilarating. It was a seven minute drive.

    RE: Top Gear, which bit do you guys love the most from the show? I know everyone mentions the Reliant Robin (rightfully so, it's hysterical), but what other segments do you love?

    I really enjoyed the Paramount Marauder bit. When he pulls up to that McDonalds and all you see is a giant TIRE in the camera, I frigging lost it.
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    The first boats out of cars one was brilliant. James and his 'sailboat', plus Jeremy rolling his hilux no more than 20 feet from the goal was just awesome.

    The indestructible hilux is also a great one (IIRC, that truck is still attached to the wall of the studio).

    James "Captain Slow" May setting the TopGear drivers' speed record in the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport only to get beaten immediately by a Bugatti factory driver. "When I asked them how long the tires will last at 250mph they told me 'Well, we know how long they last at 240...'"

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  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    The make-your-own-caravan episode killed me the first time I watched it.

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  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    UPSLynx wrote:
    I really enjoyed the Paramount Marauder bit. When he pulls up to that McDonalds and all you see is a giant TIRE in the camera, I frigging lost it.

    I hadn't seen that episode.

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    Jeremy driving the Peel P50 through the BBC's offices is pretty funny when you see his head go by in the background of the newscast.

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  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Jackie and I were friggin' rolling (and so was the car) at the Reliant Robin segment from last season. SO GOOD.
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Thrax wrote:
    Jackie and I were friggin' rolling (and so was the car) at the Reliant Robin segment from last season. SO GOOD.

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  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    The racing boat vs Ferrari Daytona is one of my favorites just for the cinematography and the sound.

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    but I think this piece on the decline of British sports cars is what's moved me the most emotionally. Series 15 Episode 6. It's good stuff. Also, their Senna tribute was epic.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/13656079?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0"; width="400" height="265" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href=" Gear Ayrton Senna Tribute</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/huntington">Eric Huntington</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>;
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    I also very much enjoy their cross-country Latin America adventure. Ditto their Middle East adventure.
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    I enjoyed the African adventure episode. They must have had super mechanics to get through the desert in those second hand cars, I don't know how "Oliver" held up so well XD. The Vietnam trip was pretty cool too.

    Also the episode where Clarkson designed his own car interior and the guys nearly broke themselves testing it on the track.

    The best part of the Reliant Robin was when they made Stig try to take it for a lap around the test track ;D
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Winfrey wrote:
    The best part of the Reliant Robin was when they made Stig try to take it for a lap around the test track ;D

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  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    Clarkson tested some car, and said it'd be perfect if sitting in the front seat was as comfortable as the back seat. Cut to a lot of string and sticks later, and Clarkson drives the car from the back seat... into a ditch. Followed by Clarkson filling out the insurance form:
    Person filling out this form: Jeremy Clarkson
    Were you in the car at the time of the accident: Yes
    Where were you sitting in the car: In the back seat.

    Who was driving the car at the time of the accident: Jeremy Clarkson
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Jul 2011
    After driving this Fiat around the midwest, I am nearly dead-set on getting a manual for my next car, whenever and whatever that may be.
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