Buffalo Played a Great Role on Top Gear USA

31 Oct

If you missed the Top Gear USA episode they shot in Buffalo and Youngstown – one of the best episodes the American iteration has ever done, WNY notwithstanding – you can still watch it on the History Channel on the following dates and times:

  • – November 05, 2013 – 11:02-12:01AM ET
  • – November 06, 2013 – 03:03-04:02AM ET
  • – November 12, 2013 – 12:00-01:00PM ET

Or you can watch it in full at this link in a week or so. 

Fans of the British version sometimes haughtily dismiss the American version as being inferior. It is. But in the same way that Paris is better than the French version of Epcot, it doesn’t mean it’s not fun in its own way. While the British show features a contemporary review, and the Stig taking it for a power lap, the News, a funny challenge or feature, and a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, the US version jettisoned the parts that were awkward for its hosts (almost everything) and now just stick to the challenge feature. Frankly, it’s the best part of the British show, too – you don’t remember how fast an Ariel Atom went around the track, but you remember when Jezza raced James and Hammond from the South of France to London, pitting a Bugatti Veyron against a Cessna. 

Top Gear in WNY is funny and compelling, and above all, it makes Buffalo and western New York look absolutely gorgeous. It’s nice to be able to see Buffalo used as a backdrop without a septuagenarian lecturing you about how significant the buildings and street grid are, and instead being used by three guys having a good time. 

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