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Big Lips, Fast Cars: Top Gear Wants Angelia Jolie as Co-host


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When it comes to witty, opinionated reviews on cars, Jeremy Clarkson is the king. However, his British mug isn’t exactly eye candy. Come to think of it, none of the hosts of the BBC’s spectacularly popular show Top Gear are exactly pleasing on the eyes. James May looks like a weathered Janis Joplin, and Richard Hammond strikes me as what Steve Buscemi and Ryan Seacrest’s love-child might look like. The Stig, of course, doesn’t count. Continue reading

Top Gear is Back this Sunday, November 14th!


Just a heads up to all the Top Gear fans, the boys back in action this Sunday.  I just checked BBC America’s TV schedule and it doesn’t look like they’ll be airing Season 14 any time soon, you’ll have to find other means of watch it.  What will they be getting themselves into this season? Trailer here.

Top Gear Twist: Porsche Panamera vs. the Postal Service


Lets face it, sometimes the postal service leaves a little to be desired.  They may push through rain, sleet and snow, but I know I’ve waited a couple of weeks for a letter that should have taken 3-4 days.  Sometimes it seems like I could have driven my my aunt’s house and delivered the letter by hand.  Well that’s what Top Gear set out to do in their latest race; they took a Porsche Panamera and pitted it against a postage stamp, watch the videos to find out who wins.

Top Gear Now Available for Download on the Xbox 360


Top Gear episodes can be hard to come by here in the states.  If you have a decent cable TV package, you can sometimes catch episodes on the BBC2 network.  Sure you can also scourage the internet in search of that perfect episode; YouTube, Hulu, torrent files, etc.  But if you want a legal way to own copies of the show, then you’re left with fewer options.  It can take forever for the TG crew to release the episodes on DVD.   So why wait?  Enter the Xbox Live Marketplace.  For 160 points, which is about $2 worth, you can own your favorite episodes from seasons 10, 11 & 12.  If you don’t own an Xbox, you can also find episodes of Top Gear on iTunes for about the same price.

Top Gear Swag as Clever as the Show


British humor can often be dry, but some of the funniest shows of all time have originated from across the pond; Benny Hill, Monty Python, Three’s Company… heck even The Office got it’s start over there.

Top Gear is currently my favorite show on teh BBC. Clarkson, Hammond and May have excellent chemistry on set, but it is their writers that make the show truly great. Thankfully, they do more than just write commentary for the show. Here’s a shout of the tag found on an official Top Gear shirt.

Top Gear T-Shirt Tag - A Humorous Disclaimer

Source: Jalopnik

American Top Gear Website Goes Live!


The UK Top Gear crew has put together a new section of their website that is dedicated for the American audience.  On this new section you’ll find only the best reports taken from the Top Gear television show, Top Gear Magazine and Top Gear’s UK website, but now with a little more “American flavor.” 

It’s nice to see some love for the US audience.  No official word yet on whether the US version of the Top Gear television show will get a spot on site, but my guess is that it’ll find a home there. 

See it first hand at http://www.topgear.com/us/

Next Season of Top Gear to Start November 2, 2008: Brought to you by AutoAnything


Tickets for Top Gear’s studio audience are currently being sold for Wednesday, October 29th.  This would be for the first episode of Top Gear’s new season, which would indicate that the first episode should air on Sunday, November 2nd.  Can’t wait to see what trio has in store for us. 

Sneak Peak: Judging by the photos I’ve seen, there will be a shootout between Chevy’s ZR1, the Dodge Challenger and Cadillac’s CTS-V.  Whether that will be featured in the first episode or not will remain to be seen, but it’s definitely in the works.

Sources: Final Gear and AutoBlog

AutoAnything Noticed a Revamped, Restyled TopGear.com


If you follow this blog, you’d know we’re huge fans of Top Gear.  The changes to their site debuted yesterday and they look great.  There’s over 300 high-quality videos from the Top Gear show, new blogs, car reviews and lots more.  If you get a chance, I recommend you cruise on over there and check out the redesign at TopGear.com.

Top Gear Magazine Reviews the Corvette ZR1


Although their review is expectedly a far cry from what Jeremy Clarkson will have to say, the review is quite favorable.  You would think it would have to be since it holds the record for the fastest production car to go round the Nurburgring.  They found it to be compliant and supple on regular roads, but when you floor it you have limitless power.  To put it briefly, they said to “make no mistake. What we have here is one of the truly great supercars.”

I have a feeling that in Clarkson’s review, he will talk about how cheap the interor is and how flimsy the body panels are, but then he’ll throw it around the track and fall in love with it.  Time will tell, the new season of Top Gear should be starting in a few months.  Stay tuned and we’ll keep you in the loop!

Source: TopGear.com

Top Gear Tests the Nissan GTR!


Being a HUGE fan of the new GTR, and an even bigger fan of Top Gear, I just had to bring this video to you all.  At the end of this video, the Stig puts the GTR through it’s paces on the Top Gear Test Track.  I’m not going to spoil it for you, but its fast!  Now you can really see why the Nissan GTR is making tidal waves in the car industry…

Top Gear is coming to American Television


Unfortunately Clarkson, Hammond, and May have decided to stay on their side of the pond, so Hollywood did what Hollywood does and re-cast the show with some good ol’ American boys. Who got selected to host the new show? You might know Adam Carolla from either his popular radio talk show or the legendary production run of “The Man Show”, which he co-hosted with Jimmy Kimmel. Tanner Foust was also chosen to host the show, bringing with him his experience and clout from the world of rally, drifting, various other motorsports. Tanner is also a stuntman on the side, so that should indicate some interesting driving challenges to be included in the series. And Eric Stromer, that handyman from HGTV, was selected to bring a more refined outlook on the cars and trucks they’ll be testing, and maybe even a fraction of the female audience. It should be a good blend of personalties, something the British version had masterfully managed. The new show is tentatively being called “Gear”, look for it on NBC next year.

Top Gear: New Season starts June 22nd


Not sure how many Top Gear followers are out there, but I personally adore this TV show.  Between Jeremy Clarkson’s never-ending thirst for more horsepower, Richard Hammond’s silly antics, and James May’s general complaints about everything in life, there just isn’t much to hate.
Entering its 11th season, or series if you’re on the other side of the pond, Top Gear is the top-rated car enthusiast show over in Europe.  They have reviewed everything from a SmartCar to the Bugatti Veyron.  This season proves to be one of their most challenging yet as there have been few new exotic cars released this year.  I expect to see more fun challenges like last seasons race to the North Pole.
It can be hard to find playing stateside, but I was able to catch re-runs on the BBC2 last night.  If you’ve never seen it, program your DVR to record the series or keep your eye out for re-runs, you won’t regret it.