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2014-01-28 07:48:28 AM
What subbs says. Spot on.
 
2014-01-28 07:57:23 AM
Then I too young.
 
2014-01-28 09:21:41 AM
Good.

And TFA explains that that is the point of the show, not a fault.
 
2014-01-28 09:23:14 AM
And someone is saying that like it's a bad thing?

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2014-01-28 09:23:32 AM
MOAR BHP!!!
 
2014-01-28 09:24:25 AM
Which explains why it is so much fun to watch with my two young sons
 
2014-01-28 09:25:50 AM
It's juvenile, not infantile.  That is an important distinction, because it raises the age from 9 to 12.
 
2014-01-28 09:29:40 AM
No kidding. It's pretty much  scaled-up version of playing with Matchbox. Or Hot Wheels.
 
2014-01-28 09:30:50 AM
Nine seems generous, still vroom.
 
2014-01-28 09:36:34 AM
Oh, I'll take it up to about 15.  You don't lose the zeal for the ideal until you have to actually live with the damn machines on a day to day basis.
 
2014-01-28 09:40:29 AM

Marcus Aurelius: It's juvenile, not infantile.  That is an important distinction, because it raises the age from 9 to 12.


this.
 
2014-01-28 09:42:28 AM
Some say the writer of this article is no fun at parties.
 
2014-01-28 09:48:16 AM
It would seem to depend on which presenter is being focused on.  Clarkson can give the most childish remarks on "POWER!" and also reflects on how kid-minded he is.  May gives the most mature commentary and scenes.  He and Clarkson regularly come at odds and will often belittle the other's extreme.  Hammond is a middle-of-the-road personality, swaying between.

The best part of the series are their specials, especially when trekking across areas outside of Western Europe (read as Romania, Botswana, and Vietnam).  The common theme of transport, while usually cars, also turns to other modes, like mopeds, aircraft, and high-speed trains.

/Why yes, I have been watching regularly on Netflix.
 
2014-01-28 09:48:35 AM

Slartibeerfest: Some say the writer of this article is no fun at parties.


...and that his heart is made of cottage cheese... {shoulder shrug}
 
2014-01-28 09:48:38 AM

Slartibeerfest: Some say the writer of this article is no fun at parties.


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2014-01-28 09:49:37 AM
Wow television aimed at nine year olds sounds bad until you ask yourself what age is everything else aimed at.  Now we know that farkers only watch intellectual programs so they might have to do some research but what age is storage wars, pawn stars and honey boo boo aimed at?
 
2014-01-28 09:51:08 AM

Cheron: Wow television aimed at nine year olds sounds bad until you ask yourself what age is everything else aimed at.  Now we know that farkers only watch intellectual programs so they might have to do some research but what age is storage wars, pawn stars and honey boo boo aimed at?


Not age, mental capacity.

Honey Boo Boo and the like are aimed at people with roughly the mental acuity of a Potato.
 
2014-01-28 09:53:37 AM

LonMead: Slartibeerfest: Some say the writer of this article is no fun at parties.

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"Some say the Scottish released him a little bit too soon, and that he spent all week pushing an effigy of Rubens Barrichello through his desk fan. All we know is he's called the Stig."
 
2014-01-28 09:54:55 AM

kyleaugustus: It would seem to depend on which presenter is being focused on.  Clarkson can give the most childish remarks on "POWER!" and also reflects on how kid-minded he is.  May gives the most mature commentary and scenes.  He and Clarkson regularly come at odds and will often belittle the other's extreme.  Hammond is a middle-of-the-road personality, swaying between.

The best part of the series are their specials, especially when trekking across areas outside of Western Europe (read as Romania, Botswana, and Vietnam).  The common theme of transport, while usually cars, also turns to other modes, like mopeds, aircraft, and high-speed trains.

/Why yes, I have been watching regularly on Netflix.


The one they did recently, trying to find the source of the Nile, was fantastic!

I'd also recommend you check out Long Way Round and Long Way Down! Ewen McGreggor and a friend riding motorcycles around the world!

They even stop at the moisture farm set from A New Hope.
 
2014-01-28 09:55:27 AM

kyleaugustus: The best part of the series are their specials, especially when trekking across areas outside of Western Europe (read as Romania, Botswana, and Vietnam).  The common theme of transport, while usually cars, also turns to other modes, like mopeds, aircraft, and high-speed trains.


My wife prefers the ones where they go to America. She likes listening them make fun of us.

My favorite segments are the ones where they're given X amount of money to buy a car.
 
2014-01-28 09:56:22 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Cheron: Wow television aimed at nine year olds sounds bad until you ask yourself what age is everything else aimed at.  Now we know that farkers only watch intellectual programs so they might have to do some research but what age is storage wars, pawn stars and honey boo boo aimed at?

Not age, mental capacity.

Honey Boo Boo and the like are aimed at people with roughly the mental acuity of a Potato.


Was about to say pretty much that.

The only thing worse than aiming for a low mental capacity, is aiming for Lowest Common Denominator. Only because it makes me weep for the common populace of the countries it was meant to target.
 
2014-01-28 10:00:28 AM

Ivandrago: kyleaugustus: The best part of the series are their specials, especially when trekking across areas outside of Western Europe (read as Romania, Botswana, and Vietnam).  The common theme of transport, while usually cars, also turns to other modes, like mopeds, aircraft, and high-speed trains.

My wife prefers the ones where they go to America. She likes listening them make fun of us.

My favorite segments are the ones where they're given X amount of money to buy a car.


My favorite was when they made caravans and Jeremy took his on the motorway.
 
2014-01-28 10:02:14 AM

Ivandrago: kyleaugustus: The best part of the series are their specials, especially when trekking across areas outside of Western Europe (read as Romania, Botswana, and Vietnam).  The common theme of transport, while usually cars, also turns to other modes, like mopeds, aircraft, and high-speed trains.

My wife prefers the ones where they go to America. She likes listening them make fun of us.

My favorite segments are the ones where they're given X amount of money to buy a car.


And are the required to do something suicidally insane with them, like build boats.
 
2014-01-28 10:04:07 AM

dionysusaur: Ivandrago: kyleaugustus: The best part of the series are their specials, especially when trekking across areas outside of Western Europe (read as Romania, Botswana, and Vietnam).  The common theme of transport, while usually cars, also turns to other modes, like mopeds, aircraft, and high-speed trains.

My wife prefers the ones where they go to America. She likes listening them make fun of us.

My favorite segments are the ones where they're given X amount of money to buy a car.

And are the required to do something suicidally insane with them, like build boats.


And then it works...
 
2014-01-28 10:07:11 AM
I enjoyed the episode where James May flew the caravan hot air balloon.

There have been better episodes, but that was just crazy.
 
2014-01-28 10:08:16 AM

Marcus Aurelius: Ivandrago: kyleaugustus: The best part of the series are their specials, especially when trekking across areas outside of Western Europe (read as Romania, Botswana, and Vietnam).  The common theme of transport, while usually cars, also turns to other modes, like mopeds, aircraft, and high-speed trains.

My wife prefers the ones where they go to America. She likes listening them make fun of us.

My favorite segments are the ones where they're given X amount of money to buy a car.

My favorite was when they made caravans and Jeremy took his on the motorway.


www.topgear.com
 
2014-01-28 10:08:42 AM
Sorry Mr. Article Writer Guy, I refuse to stop liking things that you don't like.
 
2014-01-28 10:08:56 AM
Saw this in a thread the other day and had to save it to share.

/you're welcome

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2014-01-28 10:10:17 AM

Vacation Bible School: dionysusaur: Ivandrago: kyleaugustus: The best part of the series are their specials, especially when trekking across areas outside of Western Europe (read as Romania, Botswana, and Vietnam).  The common theme of transport, while usually cars, also turns to other modes, like mopeds, aircraft, and high-speed trains.

My wife prefers the ones where they go to America. She likes listening them make fun of us.

My favorite segments are the ones where they're given X amount of money to buy a car.

And are the required to do something suicidally insane with them, like build boats.

And then it works...


Or fails (the Orang's 3-story RV, the limos, the trains) in glorious ways.
 
2014-01-28 10:10:19 AM

Vacation Bible School: And then it works...


Well, to be fair, one worked.

One of my favs:

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2014-01-28 10:11:48 AM

FuLinHyu: Saw this in a thread the other day and had to save it to share.

/you're welcome

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But can it make elevenses?
 
2014-01-28 10:18:28 AM
It's the best television show... *In the world*.
 
2014-01-28 10:25:38 AM
If this thread were a woman...
 
2014-01-28 10:26:57 AM

LonMead: Slartibeerfest: Some say the writer of this article is no fun at parties.

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How addicted to TG am I that I can look at that and think... America special. Moroso Motorsports Park, the Stig's American Cousin, BigStig, (not RigStig) Camaro/Caddy/Ram150, finishing the braking challenge in that order, and Hamster almost goes into the drink.
 
2014-01-28 10:32:08 AM
My Favs

1. Drive from Bolivia to the Pacific Ocean

2. Drive across Africa

3. Ford Fiesta review-faster than a corvette in a shopping mall and driving it off a landing craft in a beach assault withe Royal Marines

4. Find the true source of the Nile (using the "logic" that the Mediterranean is really just a lake and the Strait of Gibraltar is wear the Nile empties int the ocean)

5. Make a Space shuttle (how hard could it be?)

6. Make a combine into a snowplow

7 Make an Electric Car

8. tie: Prove that small British roadsters were good cars/Prove that the UK made good cars (Filled them with water episode)

9. Prove that the Commies never made a good car

10 Any race a bullet train episode

11 Race public transport/Bike Boat/SUV to the Airport at rush hour

12. Make a commercial for Volkswagen

13. Trip from SF to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

14. Trip from WV to NYC

15. Lorry Drivers
 
2014-01-28 10:49:25 AM
THIS to pretty much every comment above.

The show is fun, insane, stupid, hilarious, and insightful.  It massively expanded my knowledge about cars, what with the Communist v. British Cold War challenge, bringing out the Grosser and it's horn, the side bits about obscure (to me) old European races, etc.

Love the show and watching it with my kids.  Even the wife likes it.  I think of it as a funny family show that actually teaches you something.
 
2014-01-28 10:56:42 AM

hasty ambush: My Favs

1. Drive from Bolivia to the Pacific Ocean

2. Drive across Africa

3. Ford Fiesta review-faster than a corvette in a shopping mall and driving it off a landing craft in a beach assault withe Royal Marines

4. Find the true source of the Nile (using the "logic" that the Mediterranean is really just a lake and the Strait of Gibraltar is wear the Nile empties int the ocean)

5. Make a Space shuttle (how hard could it be?)

6. Make a combine into a snowplow

7 Make an Electric Car

8. tie: Prove that small British roadsters were good cars/Prove that the UK made good cars (Filled them with water episode)

9. Prove that the Commies never made a good car

10 Any race a bullet train episode

11 Race public transport/Bike Boat/SUV to the Airport at rush hour

12. Make a commercial for Volkswagen

13. Trip from SF to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

14. Trip from WV to NYC

15. Lorry Drivers


What no love for driving the Peel P50 through the office?

But a lot of those are my favorites too. I can watch them anytime and still laugh my ass off.
 
2014-01-28 11:04:39 AM
groppet:

What no love for driving the Peel P50 through the office?


"She has got quite a nice bottom...did I just say that out loud?"
 
2014-01-28 11:10:20 AM

groppet: hasty ambush: My Favs

1. Drive from Bolivia to the Pacific Ocean

2. Drive across Africa

3. Ford Fiesta review-faster than a corvette in a shopping mall and driving it off a landing craft in a beach assault withe Royal Marines

4. Find the true source of the Nile (using the "logic" that the Mediterranean is really just a lake and the Strait of Gibraltar is wear the Nile empties int the ocean)

5. Make a Space shuttle (how hard could it be?)

6. Make a combine into a snowplow

7 Make an Electric Car

8. tie: Prove that small British roadsters were good cars/Prove that the UK made good cars (Filled them with water episode)

9. Prove that the Commies never made a good car

10 Any race a bullet train episode

11 Race public transport/Bike Boat/SUV to the Airport at rush hour

12. Make a commercial for Volkswagen

13. Trip from SF to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

14. Trip from WV to NYC

15. Lorry Drivers

What no love for driving the Peel P50 through the office?

But a lot of those are my favorites too. I can watch them anytime and still laugh my ass off.


Yup have to add that own.  Particularly when you seem him drive by in the background during a newscast.
 Her bottom is Ok

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2014-01-28 11:10:33 AM
Crossing the channel with an outboard and a Toyota truck was pretty damned good.
 
2014-01-28 11:16:27 AM
www.collectorsquest.com
 
2014-01-28 11:17:09 AM

groppet: hasty ambush: My Favs

1. Drive from Bolivia to the Pacific Ocean

2. Drive across Africa

3. Ford Fiesta review-faster than a corvette in a shopping mall and driving it off a landing craft in a beach assault withe Royal Marines

4. Find the true source of the Nile (using the "logic" that the Mediterranean is really just a lake and the Strait of Gibraltar is wear the Nile empties int the ocean)

5. Make a Space shuttle (how hard could it be?)

6. Make a combine into a snowplow

7 Make an Electric Car

8. tie: Prove that small British roadsters were good cars/Prove that the UK made good cars (Filled them with water episode)

9. Prove that the Commies never made a good car

10 Any race a bullet train episode

11 Race public transport/Bike Boat/SUV to the Airport at rush hour

12. Make a commercial for Volkswagen

13. Trip from SF to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

14. Trip from WV to NYC

15. Lorry Drivers

What no love for driving the Peel P50 through the office?

But a lot of those are my favorites too. I can watch them anytime and still laugh my ass off.


My favorites are the episodes where they demonstrated the invulnerability of the Toyota Hilux.

/"Park on top of a 20-story building, that we then implode... and drive away." "Check."
//"Drive up an active volcano." "Check"
///"Drive to the North Pole." "Check"
////I fully expect the Toyota Hilux to be the first automobile on the moon.
 
2014-01-28 11:19:47 AM
So four years older than the mantal age of the audience for most American reality TV?
 
2014-01-28 11:29:11 AM
No love for the conkers episode??
 
2014-01-28 11:30:40 AM

JeffKochosky: My favorites are the episodes where they demonstrated the invulnerability of the Toyota Hilux./"Park on top of a 20-story building, that we then implode... and drive away." "Check."//"Drive up an active volcano." "Check"///"Drive to the North Pole." "Check"////I fully expect the Toyota Hilux to be the first automobile on the moon.


Hilux: The Timex of pickups. They tried crashing it into a tree, drowning it, hitting it with a wrecking ball, dropping a caravan on it, burning it and having it sit on top of a building that was imploded and it still ran.

In the words of Clarkson: "What do you have to do to kill one?"

Ivandrago: kyleaugustus: The best part of the series are their specials, especially when trekking across areas outside of Western Europe (read as Romania, Botswana, and Vietnam).  The common theme of transport, while usually cars, also turns to other modes, like mopeds, aircraft, and high-speed trains.

My wife prefers the ones where they go to America. She likes listening them make fun of us.

My favorite segments are the ones where they're given X amount of money to buy a car.


Check out Series 9, Episode 3. They are given $1000 to buy a car and go on a road trip from Miami to New Orleans. (This is the one where they are run out of town by rednecks.)
 
2014-01-28 11:31:30 AM
Isn't it like one of the most watched programs in the world? Like 300 million viewers or something?

My favorite was the 1500 point teen car challenge. I almost died laughing on the last challenge.
 
2014-01-28 11:39:17 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Vacation Bible School: And then it works...

Well, to be fair, one worked.

One of my favs:

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That was great, but nothing can touch their sensible, real-world, test of the Ford Fiesta.
 
2014-01-28 11:45:14 AM
www.miataturbo.net
\just posted this in another thread
\\loved this episode
\\\actually love most of them
 
2014-01-28 11:46:51 AM

hasty ambush: My Favs

1. Drive from Bolivia to the Pacific Ocean

2. Drive across Africa

3. Ford Fiesta review-faster than a corvette in a shopping mall and driving it off a landing craft in a beach assault withe Royal Marines

4. Find the true source of the Nile (using the "logic" that the Mediterranean is really just a lake and the Strait of Gibraltar is wear the Nile empties int the ocean)

5. Make a Space shuttle (how hard could it be?)

6. Make a combine into a snowplow

7 Make an Electric Car

8. tie: Prove that small British roadsters were good cars/Prove that the UK made good cars (Filled them with water episode)

9. Prove that the Commies never made a good car

10 Any race a bullet train episode

11 Race public transport/Bike Boat/SUV to the Airport at rush hour

12. Make a commercial for Volkswagen

13. Trip from SF to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

14. Trip from WV to NYC

15. Lorry Drivers


Imma let you finish but the Polar and Vietnam specials were the best Top Gears of all time!
 
2014-01-28 11:46:59 AM

hasty ambush: 5. Make a Space shuttle (how hard could it be?)


That's my favorite bit. Youtube for anyone who hasn't seen it (skip to 7:20 if you have a short attention span).
 
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