Tag Archives: Top Gear

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. 

Jezza and the Reliant Robin

28 Sep

Last night, BBC America premiered season 15 of Top Gear, in which Jeremy Clarkson drove a three-wheel 70s-era Reliant Robin, and hilarity ensued.

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Fun Stuff

7 Apr

Shorpy is the closest thing we have to traveling back in time 100 years. Every day, Shorpy posts a super-high-res scan of an image, usually from the Detroit Publishing company. If you zoom in on the image, you get an incredible snapshot of daily life a century ago. I can’t explain why, but I find it beautiful and fascinating.

Also, I had previously designated the Amazing Race as the best damn show on TV. While I still watch and enjoy TAR, Top Gear has since replaced it as the best damn show on TV. There is no such thing as an unfunny or unentertaining episode of Top Gear. BBC America Mondays at 8pm.

The best road test ever in the history of ever: Jeremy Clarkson’s sensible Ford Fiesta test.

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And yes, the Fiesta will be available in American Ford showrooms imminently.

Clarkson Tests the Fiesta

21 Jun

Best and most thorough test of a car, ever.

Top Gear does Muscle Cars

17 Feb

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The Tesla Roadster

15 Dec

The definitive test(s)

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