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2013-02-05 10:27:56 AM  
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For a few different reasons.
 
2013-02-05 10:35:44 AM  
Trivia: P45 is the form you get in the UK after you've been fired, quit your job, etc.
 
2013-02-05 10:38:43 AM  

skodabunny: Trivia: P45 is the form you get in the UK after you've been fired, quit your job, etc.


oh that's funny. thank you for that.
 
2013-02-05 10:42:57 AM  
The BBC Top Gear is LOADS funnier than the US version.   James, Jeremy and Richard are great co-hosts, I envy them their jobs!   Great fun and getting paid for it!
 
2013-02-05 10:43:46 AM  
Well, 2 stroke deathtrap with very high center of gravity that backfires...  Let's get ON THIS, PEOPLE!

/actually, don't. Ever.
 
2013-02-05 10:47:59 AM  

lc6529: The BBC Top Gear is LOADS funnier than the US version.   James, Jeremy and Richard are great co-hosts, I envy them their jobs!   Great fun and getting paid for it!


I think that's the best part of the whole thing. They are just really having fun and they're not trying to hard. Our boys try too hard.

And their there are moments like this:

Link
 
2013-02-05 10:50:07 AM  
Top Gear alone is enough justification for the entire British Isles to exist!

/well that and Jaguar E-types...
 
2013-02-05 10:57:36 AM  

whipbambucket: Top Gear alone is enough justification for the entire British Isles to exist!

/well that and Jaguar E-types...


and nigella lawson
 
2013-02-05 11:06:49 AM  
Stealth - I also think James, Jeremy and Richard seem to truly be friends, not saying the hosts on our US version are not friends but the BBC hosts have a casual relaxed atmosphere
that can only happen among people truly comfortable being around each other and trusting each other.

Hammond is the funniest one in my opinion who has also done other shows.    My favorite Hammond moment was when he got truly attached to a Opel Kadet he picked up when they did a segment in Botswania.   He got so attached to Oliver he had it shipped home and restored him.

http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/richard-hammond-oliver-opel-kadett- ge ts-rebuilt-2012-04-11
 
2013-02-05 11:07:34 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: lc6529: The BBC Top Gear is LOADS funnier than the US version.   James, Jeremy and Richard are great co-hosts, I envy them their jobs!   Great fun and getting paid for it!

I think that's the best part of the whole thing. They are just really having fun and they're not trying to hard. Our boys try too hard.

And their there are moments like this:

Link


Well that and TopGear UK doesn't have to worry about pissing off sponsors.  They do have to worry about ticking off the BBC execs, but it seems they know how to work that system well enough to slide stuff through.

I don't know if the US version will ever gel.  I know most of the stuff on the UK version is scripted, but it seems less forced than the US version.  I wonder if any liability stuff comes into play that restricts the US more than the UK version.
 
2013-02-05 11:13:11 AM  
This week's episode was even better.  Between laser tag, and the way the other two screw with Hammond's Viper, it was awesome.
 
2013-02-05 11:16:09 AM  

wingnut396: I wonder if any liability stuff comes into play that restricts the US more than the UK version.


I think you have that backwards. We biatch about it but we in the colonies have it pretty good.

/compared to other places.
 
2013-02-05 11:24:38 AM  
wingnut396
Well that and TopGear UK doesn't have to worry about pissing off sponsors. They do have to worry about ticking off the BBC execs, but it seems they know how to work that system well enough to slide stuff through.
I don't know if the US version will ever gel. I know most of the stuff on the UK version is scripted, but it seems less forced than the US version. I wonder if any liability stuff comes into play that restricts the US more than the UK version.

Even Top Gear Australia is not bad, but the US version needs help. You have two members that seem to truly hate one arrogant cast member, and none really have a unique vision about what a car should be. Other then doing the same canned Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge argument.
 
2013-02-05 11:26:04 AM  
Top Gear is possibly the greatest show on TV. Even people who don't care about cars think it's great.
 
2013-02-05 11:35:35 AM  
Hoverround takes meeee where I wanna gooo
 
2013-02-05 11:55:21 AM  

lc6529: Stealth - I also think James, Jeremy and Richard seem to truly be friends, not saying the hosts on our US version are not friends but the BBC hosts have a casual relaxed atmosphere
that can only happen among people truly comfortable being around each other and trusting each other.

Hammond is the funniest one in my opinion who has also done other shows.    My favorite Hammond moment was when he got truly attached to a Opel Kadet he picked up when they did a segment in Botswania.   He got so attached to Oliver he had it shipped home and restored him.

http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/richard-hammond-oliver-opel-kadett- ge ts-rebuilt-2012-04-11


May has done James May Toy Stories which have been entertaining to watch.

Clarkson did Meet the Neighbors which if you have ever lived in Europe, you can truly appreciate. It is hilarious. I remember reading how the BBC couldn't replay the season thru because it upset the other countries (might be a rumor...haven't checked snopes).

The thing about the other series is that each one is truly the personality of the specific presenter. Toy Stories is like James May but full on. Same with Clarkson.

We watch TG America in my house but there is just something missing. I like Rutledge, I even like Ferrara, but Tanner just is missing something. Maybe it is the chemistry...the deliver, I don't know. They need someone who can actually drive and do interesting things with a car but with tanner it just seems flat.

I really don't like star in a reasonably priced car anymore...or the American Stig.
 
2013-02-05 11:59:11 AM  
Every sunday my wife let's me sleep in and when I wake up she has a plate of bacon or sausage, OJ, some eggs and Top Gear Playing on the TV willing to replay any I missed.

She's also Latino, hot, & gave me the cutest baby ever.

Not sure where she got it but it is damn cute.
 
2013-02-05 12:06:23 PM  

ajgeek: Well, 2 stroke deathtrap with very high center of gravity that backfires...  Let's get ON THIS, PEOPLE!

/actually, don't. Ever.


it wasn't backfiring, it was hitting raised manhole covers.
 
2013-02-05 12:24:40 PM  
The US version of Top Gear is ass.

The only really crappy part I've seen on it was the hypnotism bit they did once, everything else has been awesome.
 
2013-02-05 12:39:00 PM  
That was zany. How do you get out?
 
2013-02-05 12:40:37 PM  
The bit where he goes onto Dragons Den and tries to pitch the idea was hilarious.

Saw a couple of them trying hard not to laugh and break their hardass personas.
 
2013-02-05 12:41:38 PM  

moothemagiccow: That was zany. How do you get out?


the helmet portion flips up, and the side panels swing out. so it's kinda exo-skeleton'ish, but funnier.
 
2013-02-05 01:01:17 PM  
My God..... It's full of cars....

//Loves Top Gear UK.
 
2013-02-05 01:36:37 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-05 02:21:27 PM  

Enemabag Jones: wingnut396
Well that and TopGear UK doesn't have to worry about pissing off sponsors. They do have to worry about ticking off the BBC execs, but it seems they know how to work that system well enough to slide stuff through.
I don't know if the US version will ever gel. I know most of the stuff on the UK version is scripted, but it seems less forced than the US version. I wonder if any liability stuff comes into play that restricts the US more than the UK version.

Even Top Gear Australia is not bad, but the US version needs help. You have two members that seem to truly hate one arrogant cast member, and none really have a unique vision about what a car should be. Other then doing the same canned Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge argument.


I agree, the domestic F/C/D dick waving gets old.  Maybe it is also because they poorly recycle some of the UK challenges too.
 
2013-02-05 02:33:54 PM  

wingnut396: I don't know if the US version will ever gel. I know most of the stuff on the UK version is scripted, but it seems less forced than the US version. I wonder if any liability stuff comes into play that restricts the US more than the UK version.


The first episode of Top Gear US in their latest season that I've seen ("College Cars") was not a re-do of a UK challenge and was genuinely good.  Having Tanner in the lineup, being that he seems like he could be the Stig himself, is bad because he wins every skill challenge but good because it makes the others CHEAT in the most deliberate ways.

PanicMan: Top Gear is possibly the greatest show on TV. Even people who don't care about cars think it's great.


My wife enjoys it, and she is the very definition of "non enthusiast" when it comes to cars.

Tanukis_Parachute: I like Rutledge, I even like Ferrara, but Tanner just is missing something. Maybe it is the chemistry...the deliver, I don't know.


I don't think that Tanner has a redeemable personality.  He is an incredibly sore loser.  Adam has IDGAF down to a science, and Rutledge is such a reasonable good-ol-boy, but Tanner needs work.
 
2013-02-05 02:34:01 PM  
haha he put the extra gas into the trash bin. I can just imagine someone tossing a cigarette butt or burnt match out after he pulled away.
 
2013-02-05 02:35:59 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: wingnut396: I wonder if any liability stuff comes into play that restricts the US more than the UK version.

I think you have that backwards. We biatch about it but we in the colonies have it pretty good.

/compared to other places.


If you ever strapped a hot air baloon onto a camper in the US and floated into the airspace of a major airport, there is absolutely no possible way you would ever be able to finish filming the episode.  At a minimum, you would be forced down, taken into custody, and your craft would be impounded.  Most likely, there would me a media circus akin to "baloon boy".
 
2013-02-05 02:37:20 PM  

Theory Of Null: haha he put the extra gas into the trash bin. I can just imagine someone tossing a cigarette butt or burnt match out after he pulled away.


They showed some pink colored liquid going into the trash bin.  It could have easily been clever editing and it was just Clarkson's way of biatching about a 2L minimum limit.
 
2013-02-05 02:38:16 PM  

Tricky Chicken: The Stealth Hippopotamus: wingnut396: I wonder if any liability stuff comes into play that restricts the US more than the UK version.

I think you have that backwards. We biatch about it but we in the colonies have it pretty good.

/compared to other places.

If you ever strapped a hot air baloon onto a camper in the US and floated into the airspace of a major airport, there is absolutely no possible way you would ever be able to finish filming the episode.  At a minimum, you would be forced down, taken into custody, and your craft would be impounded.  Most likely, there would me a media circus akin to "baloon boy".


Well, you can't be too careful in this post 9/11 world.  Better scramble the F-15s just to be safe.
 
2013-02-05 02:41:15 PM  

Tricky Chicken: If you ever strapped a hot air baloon onto a camper in the US and floated into the airspace of a major airport, there is absolutely no possible way you would ever be able to finish filming the episode. At a minimum, you would be forced down, taken into custody, and your craft would be impounded. Most likely, there would me a media circus akin to "baloon boy".


Yes, and everything on Top Gear UK is represented completely accurately as it happened, and all the jokes, pranks and blunders are completely unscripted.
 
2013-02-05 02:51:02 PM  

wingnut396: Theory Of Null: haha he put the extra gas into the trash bin. I can just imagine someone tossing a cigarette butt or burnt match out after he pulled away.

They showed some pink colored liquid going into the trash bin.  It could have easily been clever editing and it was just Clarkson's way of biatching about a 2L minimum limit.


Yep - it's all scripted.  I was wondering how he was going to pay for it too.  He'd probably have to get out to retrieve his wallet.

And anyone who tosses a burning cigarette or a hot match into a trash can deserves to be blown up.
 
2013-02-05 03:35:43 PM  

lc6529: The BBC Top Gear is LOADS funnier than the US version.   James, Jeremy and Richard are great co-hosts, I envy them their jobs!   Great fun and getting paid for it!


Yeah true but after years of doing the show the BBC guys are burned out.
Still better than the US version but that's not saying much.
 
2013-02-05 03:54:55 PM  

factoryconnection: Tricky Chicken: If you ever strapped a hot air baloon onto a camper in the US and floated into the airspace of a major airport, there is absolutely no possible way you would ever be able to finish filming the episode. At a minimum, you would be forced down, taken into custody, and your craft would be impounded. Most likely, there would me a media circus akin to "baloon boy".

Yes, and everything on Top Gear UK is represented completely accurately as it happened, and all the jokes, pranks and blunders are completely unscripted.


Yeah, the official report into Hammonds crash  http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/releases/richardhammond.pdf shows the kind of preparation, planning, risk assesment etc that goes into these things.  The balloon caravan thing was definably cleared with the airfield and ATC before it happened and scripted to make it look like they blundered into harms way.

It doesn't spoil it for me in the same way that knowing the stunts in a movie are planned and staged takes away from the movie.
 
2013-02-05 04:27:35 PM  
I want a Jeremy Clarkson Lego mini figure now.
 
2013-02-05 04:46:37 PM  

factoryconnection: Tricky Chicken: If you ever strapped a hot air baloon onto a camper in the US and floated into the airspace of a major airport, there is absolutely no possible way you would ever be able to finish filming the episode. At a minimum, you would be forced down, taken into custody, and your craft would be impounded. Most likely, there would me a media circus akin to "baloon boy".

Yes, and everything on Top Gear UK is represented completely accurately as it happened, and all the jokes, pranks and blunders are completely unscripted.


I still remember the episode where they turned a piece of farm equipment into a snow plow.  They had them driving down the road setting random cars and people on fire.   I have no problem with it being scripted.  it's still damn fun.

My favorite car review ever:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e7R3y-qwZ0
 
2013-02-05 05:31:18 PM  
Not everyone loves Top Gear
 
2013-02-05 06:54:27 PM  

Girion47: Not everyone loves Top Gear


Rich Hall on Jeremy Clarkson.
 
2013-02-05 07:28:23 PM  

lc6529: Stealth - I also think James, Jeremy and Richard seem to truly be friends, not saying the hosts on our US version are not friends but the BBC hosts have a casual relaxed atmosphere
that can only happen among people truly comfortable being around each other and trusting each other.


The US TOP GEAR can be moderately amusing when they're not re-making things that were done originally (and better)
on the BBC version, but their biggest downfall is their utter lack of chemistry.  The writers have obviously fallen into the
trap of assuming that trading insults equals comraderie, and of the three the only one who does the best on screen is
(not surprisingly) Adam Ferrara, who has no more familiarity with cars than any schmoe from Long Island but who at least
can act, unlike the other two mooks on the show (though I have a soft spot for Rutledge Wood since he has a passing
resemblance to my brother.

About the only thing US TOP GEAR does better than the BBC version is the little video-game like animation they have
of their celebrity test track; it gives a good sense of where they are on the track (even though its a SOP to the lower
attention span and intelligence level of the US viewer).  And that's not enough to get me to watch it except when I
stumble on a rerun on a Saturday afternoon.
 
2013-02-05 08:36:33 PM  

Tricky Chicken: The Stealth Hippopotamus: wingnut396: I wonder if any liability stuff comes into play that restricts the US more than the UK version.

I think you have that backwards. We biatch about it but we in the colonies have it pretty good.

/compared to other places.

If you ever strapped a hot air baloon onto a camper in the US and floated into the airspace of a major airport, there is absolutely no possible way you would ever be able to finish filming the episode.  At a minimum, you would be forced down, taken into custody, and your craft would be impounded.  Most likely, there would me a media circus akin to "baloon boy".


As said earlier, it's all well planned out. The other 'secret' they have is that the BBC is a tax-funded government agency, and more easily able to interface with other agencies and the military than a private production company. They get cooperation that big budget movies can't get in the US.
 
2013-02-05 10:48:59 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: About the only thing US TOP GEAR does better than the BBC version is the little video-game like animation they have of their celebrity test track; it gives a good sense of where they are on the track (even though its a SOP to the lower
attention span and intelligence level of the US viewer).  And that's not enough to get me to watch it except when I
stumble on a rerun on a Saturday afternoon.


And not enough to watch for nearly a year now, it would seem. TGUSA has stopped doing test track runs, both with "stars" and with their Stig. The entire episode is the challenge. This week it was taking three beaters to Mexico for "spring break" -- and it actually wasn't so bad. Not as good as the UK blokes, but entertaining and watchable nonetheless.
 
2013-02-05 11:37:11 PM  

flaminio: DjangoStonereaver: About the only thing US TOP GEAR does better than the BBC version is the little video-game like animation they have of their celebrity test track; it gives a good sense of where they are on the track (even though its a SOP to the lower
attention span and intelligence level of the US viewer).  And that's not enough to get me to watch it except when I
stumble on a rerun on a Saturday afternoon.

And not enough to watch for nearly a year now, it would seem. TGUSA has stopped doing test track runs, both with "stars" and with their Stig. The entire episode is the challenge. This week it was taking three beaters to Mexico for "spring break" -- and it actually wasn't so bad. Not as good as the UK blokes, but entertaining and watchable nonetheless.


I think that is more of a time issue, or it at least makes it worse.  The UK one is what, 50 minutes or so?  The US version has to fit in about 35 or 40 minutes of actual footage so they can insert gobs of commercials.  Further time is taken away by explaining what is going to happen after the break and then setting up what happened before the break.
 
2013-02-06 12:55:50 AM  
The UK one is what, 50 minutes or so?

Nope.
The UK one is a full 60 minutes on BBC in Britain.  No commercials there.  It gets chopped down to make room for the commercials in the N.A. markets.

For the full BBC edition, look for the StreetFire links.
http://www.streetfire.net/video/top-gear-season-19-episode-2_2418739 .h tm
 
2013-02-06 07:46:30 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: Girion47: Not everyone loves Top Gear

Rich Hall on Jeremy Clarkson.


Rich Hall was a guest on TG, sang a song and went round the track in 1.54.

Hall and Clarkson have also appeared together on QI a few times.
 
2013-02-06 08:37:37 AM  

Flint Ironstag: Rich Hall was a guest on TG, sang a song and went round the track in 1.54.

Hall and Clarkson have also appeared together on QI a few times.


I know; the Rover poem is good.
 
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