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I don't usually watch Top Gear. In fact I think it's safe to say I probably haven't seen a complete episode in my life. I caught this evenings though as Rosie is down (for a job interview tomorrow) and she's a TG fan.

It was absolutely fantastic and really funny.

Basically the three presenters had to buy three rundown second hand cars in lower Florida and drive them all the way to New Orleans, whilst completing various tasks en route.

Some of these tasks were amusing (what tat for the car could you buy for $100 - one brought an in-car shower :p), some were fairly gross (there evening meal could only comprise of meat they found at the side of the road - ala roadkill) and some were potentially very dangerous (they had to write slogans on the sides of each others cars and drive through Alabama without getting areested or shot.  The cars were certainly stoned and the presenters - and camera crew in a seperate vehicle -all had to make a very quick escape from a couple of truckloads of irrate and pissed off Alabama locals!).

It was brilliant television. I never thought I'd say that about a car program!


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Feb. 12th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
I never used to like Top Gear when I was younger. I don't think it's changed because I drive now, but because James May and Richard Hammond take the piss out of Jeremy Clarkson so much that I no longer feel the immense hatred I once did towards him. The other boys have convinced me that he doesn't take himself all that seriously.

Either that or he's mellowed with age.

You should've seen the one where they showed Richard Hammond's accident. :S
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
i got into via my old housemate who's a petrol head - i loved the scene last night when the one woman said something to the effect of 'if you are trying to upset some hicks well youve done it - i am a hick and i am going to get my buddies' :D too funny!
Feb. 12th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Top Gear's effectively gone beyond a car show. As a non-driver it's still one of my favourite TV programmes.
Feb. 12th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
Top Gear used to just be about cars, now its an entire lad culture thing. It's impulsive viewing. The ensemble film bits are getting a bit like american wrestling though - highly amusing but blatantly staged.
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
Well how else could they have got a cow strapped to the top of Clarkson's car?!

I don't think it's "Lad culture" (mainly because I HATE that phrase - they're not 'lads'). I think the fact that they've made it more about the personalities of the presenters helps to reel in more viewers - as a woman, i felt like the show was quite sexist before it became the Top Gear we see today, so in fact I'd say that it USED to be a lad culture thing.

From my experience of TG, most of the cars they do review are way out of the average person's budget. I personally think that the one-off specials are a way of making sure that the presenters (Clarkson in particular) are reminded of what it's like to drive REAL cars.

And the more I watch The Stig, the more convinced I am that 'he' is actually a 'she'.
Feb. 12th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
don't think it's "Lad culture" (mainly because I HATE that phrase - they're not 'lads')...

Oh, please. The humour is a direct extension of the likes of FHM and Loaded.
Feb. 12th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
I guess in every sense apart from not really at all, yeah.
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Have you ever read either of those magazines? The only magazines you get are SFX and Private Eye.
Feb. 12th, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)
Tis a funny show.

And The Stig is God.
Feb. 12th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
I have been waxing lyrical about TG for over 2 years...and do you listen..no..you just ignore it. Then suddenly you watch it because of Rosie and "ohhhhh look. it's brill".

Obviously I should put on my belly dancing outfit more often to make you pay attention.

Then again..Maybe not!

Feb. 12th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
Oh go on, put the costume on anyway... and give us a shimmy. I want photos and video. lol
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
I think not, due to the fact that I have an adoring public to maintain.

Anyway, where on earth to you think they get belly dancing outfits in my size.

Angus..>help me..>She is bullying me again!!
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
Sometimes you SCARE me!!
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
Sometimes we need to be scared! :P
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
err if you goto Essen at ANY point...remind me to hide behind the stall when you visit :P

Feb. 12th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
i doubt I'd want any of your wares anyway :P
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
I love Top Gear.
I was practically rolling on the floor laughing at this one. augeas kept asking me if it was really like that in Alabama. I did have to explain to him that as an American from the North not the South, the deep South is a foreign land to me, which I have every bit as biased a view of as anyone from the UK. Though I do have relatives in FLorida and could confirm that Florida is hot and humid and full of old people driving slowly on the highways. (The last point having been was only briefly alluded to on TG)
Feb. 13th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)
I have zero interest in cars, but have ended up watching Top Gear a couple of times through teatime channel-hopping because it's such compelling *theatre*. Even though Clarkson is an arse.
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