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(Jalopnik)   Turns out that "Jeff Gordon terrifies a car salesman" ad is completely fake   (jalopnik.com) divider line 62
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2013-03-13 02:05:59 PM
That may be fake, but according to the book The Right Stuff, Andrews AFB test pilot Chuck Yeager and friends used to spend weekend breaks taking flying lessons.
 
2013-03-13 02:20:50 PM
Without having seen the video
I can say without reservation
No Fin Sht it was staged
 
2013-03-13 02:26:54 PM
Yeah, it's a big "Duh" but it was pretty hilarious.
 
2013-03-13 02:43:48 PM
Duh?
 
2013-03-13 03:11:48 PM

mr_a: That may be fake, but according to the book The Right Stuff, Andrews AFB test pilot Chuck Yeager and friends used to spend weekend breaks taking flying lessons.


That would be epic...
 
2013-03-13 03:48:06 PM
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!
 
2013-03-13 03:53:02 PM
I'll bet no one saw that coming
 
2013-03-13 03:55:17 PM

DownDaRiver: Without having seen the video
I can say without reservation
No Fin Sht it was staged


That it was staged wasn't particularly surprising.  That, for whatever reason they couldn't even let Jeff Gordon tear ass around in a Camaro is the weakest of sauce.  Maybe I'm just spoiled by seeing the Stig and all sorts of other racing drivers unafraid to do crazy, stupidly awesome crap in road cars on Top Gear (even the US has Tanner doing all manner of burnouts and spins).  I guess what I really want to say is why does it have to be stupid fake?  Like the '09 on the windshield?
 
2013-03-13 04:25:08 PM
scottystarnes.files.wordpress.com

"Well, no shiat"
 
2013-03-13 04:27:46 PM
Wow, shocker. Really, I'm stunned.

/No I'm not.
 
2013-03-13 04:31:23 PM
From the comment section in TFA:

I knew it wasn't Jeff Gordon because the driver turned the steering wheel both ways.

I laughed a little at that one.
 
2013-03-13 04:33:12 PM
It was obviously fake, but it was still fun to watch. I knew it wasn't Jeff Gordon because the driver turned the steering wheel both ways.

Ok, which one of you posted that
 
2013-03-13 04:39:19 PM

factoryconnection: That, for whatever reason they couldn't even let Jeff Gordon tear ass around in a Camaro is the weakest of sauce. Maybe I'm just spoiled by seeing the Stig and all sorts of other racing drivers unafraid to do crazy, stupidly awesome crap in road cars on Top Gear (even the US has Tanner doing all manner of burnouts and spins). I guess what I really want to say is why does it have to be stupid fake?


Jeff Gordon doesn't race in stock cars.  He doesn't race anything even close to stock cars.  The traction, balance, shifting action, etc. are all different.  And when he's behind the wheel of whatever the hell he drives on public roads, he's bound by the same traffic laws as the rest of us (tho I wouldn't be shocked if redneck cops gave him a free pass).  Oh, the fundamental concepts are the same, but it'd be like Usain Bolt playing a down in the NFL as wide receiver -- sounds awesome in theory, and sure the talent's there, but in reality there's a lot of missing experience to catch up on.  It would take days of practice to get him up to speed, but why would he bother?  It's just an ad.  For what they wanted -- just his face on the screen selling shiat -- he was probably in and out of the studio in half a day.

He's only in there because he's a celebrity.  There are professional stunt drivers that, because of their experience, can annihilate Jeff Gordon's skills in a stock car -- and their hours are cheaper.
 
2013-03-13 04:45:42 PM
So.......they hired a professional driver to play the role of....a professional driver.  Hm
 
2013-03-13 04:47:25 PM
Who knew?
 
2013-03-13 04:54:34 PM
We need a whole new thread to say what everyone was already saaying in the other?
 
2013-03-13 05:12:19 PM

dragonchild: There are professional stunt drivers that, because of their experience, can annihilate Jeff Gordon's skills in a stock car -- and their hours are cheaper.


Also, can you imagine the liability insurance difference between an average stunt driver and multi-multi millionare Jeff Gordon, who is not trained as a stunt driver?
 
2013-03-13 05:19:42 PM
well, I knew it wasn't Jeff Gordon because the driver's side didn't have a booster seat
 
2013-03-13 05:20:11 PM

downstairs: dragonchild: There are professional stunt drivers that, because of their experience, can annihilate Jeff Gordon's skills in a stock car -- and their hours are cheaper.

Also, can you imagine the liability insurance difference between an average stunt driver and multi-multi millionare Jeff Gordon, who is not trained as a stunt driver?


They didn't use an actual stunt driver though, just another racer...Brad Nofsinger.
They should have gone with Stanton Barrett, he's raced NASCAR and is a Hollywood stunt driver.
 
2013-03-13 05:21:43 PM
What is the difference between a "real" advertisement and a "fake" one?
 
2013-03-13 05:22:38 PM

non-racer X: downstairs: dragonchild: There are professional stunt drivers that, because of their experience, can annihilate Jeff Gordon's skills in a stock car -- and their hours are cheaper.

Also, can you imagine the liability insurance difference between an average stunt driver and multi-multi millionare Jeff Gordon, who is not trained as a stunt driver?

They didn't use an actual stunt driver though, just another racer...Brad Nofsinger.
They should have gone with Stanton Barrett, he's raced NASCAR and is a Hollywood stunt driver.


Ok, all good.  I didn't read the article.  Either way, no way in the universe Hendrick Motorsports or his sponsors are going to let him do something like this.
 
2013-03-13 05:30:31 PM

Timmy the Tumor: well, I knew it wasn't Jeff Gordon because the driver's side didn't have a booster seat


And he turned left AND right.
 
2013-03-13 05:33:07 PM
There's a whole generation of NASCAR drivers who broke in as stuntdrivers on "Days Of Thunder"....also it's "Gifted Youth", not 'You' or 'Utes'....
 
2013-03-13 05:35:27 PM
That's all fine and dandy but it was a funny ass commercial anyway.


/of course it was fake.
 
2013-03-13 05:38:12 PM

joonyer: What is the difference between a "real" advertisement and a "fake" one?


Real (or as real as you'll ever get): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ve4M4UsJQo

Cite:  http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/hondacog.asp

Yeah it took a lot of takes, but consider they used genuine takes instead of gimmicks.  WYSIWYG.
 
2013-03-13 05:47:58 PM

dragonchild: joonyer: What is the difference between a "real" advertisement and a "fake" one?

Real (or as real as you'll ever get): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ve4M4UsJQo

Cite:  http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/hondacog.asp

Yeah it took a lot of takes, but consider they used genuine takes instead of gimmicks.  WYSIWYG.


How did they get the tires to roll up hill? (24 second mark)
 
2013-03-13 06:01:19 PM

Broktun: How did they get the tires to roll up hill? (24 second mark)


Explained (albeit badly) in the Snopes link; they used weights.  I imagine the weights were anchored to the top inside walls of the tires, so when they roll forward the drop of the weight provides enough energy to get the tires rolling uphill.
 
2013-03-13 06:02:56 PM

Broktun: How did they get the tires to roll up hill? (24 second mark)


My guess is the wheels are weighted so that the top is heavier than the bottom, letting them topple forward when nudged slightly.
 
2013-03-13 06:18:37 PM

radiovox: So.......they hired a professional driver to play the role of....a professional driver.  Hm


That's what I was thinking but you explained it funnier.
 
2013-03-13 06:36:07 PM

Cybernetic: From the comment section in TFA:

I knew it wasn't Jeff Gordon because the driver turned the steering wheel both ways.

I laughed a little at that one.


My coworker showed this to me at work today, I asked who Jeff Gordan is and he said 'a NASCAR driver' First thing I asked him, you sure he's a NASCAR driver? He seems to be turning both ways.

/he laughed
//he's a big NASCAR fan.
 
2013-03-13 06:51:47 PM
No kidding.  I was suspecting it was a fake from the get go, but when they did the "up the warehouse ramp at full speed" trick and the sales dude wasn't in a five point harness and neither was Gordon, that was it.  No insurance company in the world would allow a commercial to shoot that and especially without a disclaimer for the "salesman".
 
2013-03-13 07:02:15 PM

dragonchild: factoryconnection: That, for whatever reason they couldn't even let Jeff Gordon tear ass around in a Camaro is the weakest of sauce. Maybe I'm just spoiled by seeing the Stig and all sorts of other racing drivers unafraid to do crazy, stupidly awesome crap in road cars on Top Gear (even the US has Tanner doing all manner of burnouts and spins). I guess what I really want to say is why does it have to be stupid fake?

Jeff Gordon doesn't race in stock cars.  He doesn't race anything even close to stock cars.  The traction, balance, shifting action, etc. are all different.  And when he's behind the wheel of whatever the hell he drives on public roads, he's bound by the same traffic laws as the rest of us (tho I wouldn't be shocked if redneck cops gave him a free pass).  Oh, the fundamental concepts are the same, but it'd be like Usain Bolt playing a down in the NFL as wide receiver -- sounds awesome in theory, and sure the talent's there, but in reality there's a lot of missing experience to catch up on.  It would take days of practice to get him up to speed, but why would he bother?  It's just an ad.  For what they wanted -- just his face on the screen selling shiat -- he was probably in and out of the studio in half a day.

He's only in there because he's a celebrity.  There are professional stunt drivers that, because of their experience, can annihilate Jeff Gordon's skills in a stock car -- and their hours are cheaper.


Bla, bla, bla.  Jeff Gordon spent an afternoon in an F1 car at Indy and was posting reasonable times, by the end of the day.  JG was the prototype for the current generation of Cup drivers who grew up on dirt tracks and road courses.  Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, and yes Jimmie Johnson can race anything with four wheels.

Juan Pablo Montoya was *winning* F1 races, when he came to NASCAR.  How's he doing there?  In good equipment, he's average.  This is from a guy who likes JPM, or at least I like his wife's tits.
 
2013-03-13 07:03:28 PM
In the last thread people were still insisting the salesman must be real even if the video is fake. wtf, he was a TERRIBLE actor from the first 3 seconds. It was like watching bad community theater.

The eagle that stole the baby was a better actor than the salesman.
 
2013-03-13 07:54:17 PM

dragonchild: factoryconnection: That, for whatever reason they couldn't even let Jeff Gordon tear ass around in a Camaro is the weakest of sauce. Maybe I'm just spoiled by seeing the Stig and all sorts of other racing drivers unafraid to do crazy, stupidly awesome crap in road cars on Top Gear (even the US has Tanner doing all manner of burnouts and spins). I guess what I really want to say is why does it have to be stupid fake?

Jeff Gordon doesn't race in stock cars.  He doesn't race anything even close to stock cars.  The traction, balance, shifting action, etc. are all different.  And when he's behind the wheel of whatever the hell he drives on public roads, he's bound by the same traffic laws as the rest of us (tho I wouldn't be shocked if redneck cops gave him a free pass).  Oh, the fundamental concepts are the same, but it'd be like Usain Bolt playing a down in the NFL as wide receiver -- sounds awesome in theory, and sure the talent's there, but in reality there's a lot of missing experience to catch up on.  It would take days of practice to get him up to speed, but why would he bother?  It's just an ad.  For what they wanted -- just his face on the screen selling shiat -- he was probably in and out of the studio in half a day.

He's only in there because he's a celebrity.  There are professional stunt drivers that, because of their experience, can annihilate Jeff Gordon's skills in a stock car -- and their hours are cheaper.


I agree with everything you say except the redneck cops maybe let him off on a ticket. I lived over 20 years in the south and they pretty much hate the guy. The I did know two Jeff Gordon fans, mainly because his name was also Jeff Gordon . I was the other Jeff Gordon fan, though it was because I hate NASCAR so I rooted for Gordon to piss them off.
 
2013-03-13 08:44:56 PM
Kevin Harvick taught Jeff Gordon how to do burn outs in a race car.  I doubt he could drive like that.  I'v also seen Jeff Gordon commercials where he doesn't even take his helmet off.  So imagine how easy that commercial was for him.
 
2013-03-13 08:55:11 PM
Duh.

IMPOSSIBLE to make Jeff Gordon "More dorky"
 
2013-03-13 08:58:27 PM

Timmy the Tumor: well, I knew it wasn't Jeff Gordon because the driver's side didn't have a booster seat


OR a vibrator strategically placed just so ....
 
2013-03-13 09:32:29 PM
The rest of the commercials are real though, right?
 
2013-03-13 09:53:19 PM
Not withstanding all the driving comments, they simply couldn't take the chance they would give the salesman a heart attack and get sued.
 
2013-03-13 10:59:54 PM

dragonchild: factoryconnection: That, for whatever reason they couldn't even let Jeff Gordon tear ass around in a Camaro is the weakest of sauce. Maybe I'm just spoiled by seeing the Stig and all sorts of other racing drivers unafraid to do crazy, stupidly awesome crap in road cars on Top Gear (even the US has Tanner doing all manner of burnouts and spins). I guess what I really want to say is why does it have to be stupid fake?

Jeff Gordon doesn't race in stock cars.  He doesn't race anything even close to stock cars.  The traction, balance, shifting action, etc. are all different.  And when he's behind the wheel of whatever the hell he drives on public roads, he's bound by the same traffic laws as the rest of us (tho I wouldn't be shocked if redneck cops gave him a free pass).  Oh, the fundamental concepts are the same, but it'd be like Usain Bolt playing a down in the NFL as wide receiver -- sounds awesome in theory, and sure the talent's there, but in reality there's a lot of missing experience to catch up on.  It would take days of practice to get him up to speed, but why would he bother?  It's just an ad.  For what they wanted -- just his face on the screen selling shiat -- he was probably in and out of the studio in half a day.

He's only in there because he's a celebrity.  There are professional stunt drivers that, because of their experience, can annihilate Jeff Gordon's skills in a stock car -- and their hours are cheaper.


If said stunt drivers could do so, they would be doing so.

Instead they're making movies and commercials for 5 pct of what a NASCAR driver makes just in endorsements.

Go back to telling us how fast drift cars are, because you sound slightly less moronic then, but only slightly
 
2013-03-13 11:17:18 PM
King5 TV in Seattle was still re-broadcasting it as real tonight.
 
2013-03-13 11:23:40 PM
I first read that as Jeff Goldblum and it made more sense.
 
2013-03-13 11:59:52 PM
I have never posted in a racing thread. 'cept twice today...
wait I don't think I posted earlier..You guys wait here...

// nevermind.
 
2013-03-14 12:32:13 AM
Hmm. First thing i noticed when i saw it was the '09 sticker on the car's window, but the steering wheel was the newer model (i'm not sure how else to tell the difference) Then I noticed he put the can in a non-factory cup holder, which looked like it was installed for an ideal camera angle.
 
2013-03-14 06:52:18 AM
ktliterary.com
 
2013-03-14 07:48:59 AM
It's obvious that it was fake since the car was making right turns.
 
2013-03-14 07:59:42 AM
Thank God, I almost enjoyed watching it.  So glad subby saved me.
 
2013-03-14 08:48:30 AM
That Geico gecko really can talk...right?
 
2013-03-14 09:00:26 AM
jolamble.com

Noooooooo!
 
2013-03-14 09:01:12 AM
You know what would be original? A "right turns" joke. Just as original as a "Lighten up, Francis" reference in yesterday's pope thread.
 
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