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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

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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.

National Geographic Tours the Lambo Factory


In NG’s latest documentary, they head to the Lamborghini factory to find out how much work goes into building a raging bull. In this video, they show the attention to detail that the technicians use when painting the body panels.

Mythbusters Blows Up a Camry, No One Mourns


Mythbuster’s compares Hollywood explosions to Mafia-style executions.  In the first blast, there are just a few gallons a gasoline and a small amount of explosives to ignite the flammables.  But in the second explosion, they used hundreds of pounds of explosives in the hood, trunk and cabin to turn the well-built import into a few hunks of twisted metal. Loose the Monday blues by enjoying carnage and destruction that only Mythbuster’s can deliver.

Rocket vs. Crotch Rocket vs. Golf Ball?


Richard Hammond narrates and races his Honda Firebird “motorbike” against a massive rocket-shaped firework and a golfer… a completely useless comparison, but still fun to watch.

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.

Super Car Showdown: Bugatti Veyron vs. McLaren F1


Bugatti Veyron vs Mclaren F1
The production crew over at Top Gear has outdone themselves once again. This could be called the ultimate drag race. A showdown of Goliath and Goliath. In the right lane, we have a McLaren F1, the former champion of all things speed. In the 1990’s, the F1 broke the world record for the fastest production car by hitting 242 MPH. 15 years later, the Bugatti Veyron became the new heavy-weight champion, breaking the 250 MPH barrier and setting the record at 252 MPH. Although SSC’s Ultimate Aero and the Porsche 9ff GT9 claim faster speeds than the Veyron, neither of them are as refined or polished as the Veyron. If I were to choose one of these, the Veyron would most certainly be my choice.
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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.

DiabloSport has been named “Worlds Greatest Automotive Performance Company”


AutoAnything is committed to quality, which is why we carry big name brands that devote a lot of their time to Research and Development. It’s not often that our partners get nationally recognized for all their hard work, but when it does happen, you gotta give credit where credit is due.

The Travel channels television show, Worlds Greatest, did a feature on DiabloSport. After looking at their operations, the ingenuity of their products & their upcoming DiabloSport Trinity programmer, the show’s host dubbed them the Worlds Greatest Automotive Performance Company. Here the clip from the broadcast:

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

The Identity of the Stig


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…well, sort of.  The identity of the Stig, Top Gear’s official Power Lap driver, is a closely guarded secret.  So close, in fact, that when the last Stig, Perry McCarthy, publicly revealed his identity, Top Gear killed him off by driving him off an aircraft carrier at 110mph.  Fearing for his life (and probably his job), the Stig’s replacement has made sure to not make the same mistake, closely following the shows guidelines to maintain his anonymity.

But the paparazzi is persistent, to say the least, and there’s been some leaks in Top Gear’s crew.  Not enough information is known to officially put a name on who the Stig really is, but we now know that he is in his 30’s, lives comfortably in a £300,000 home and drives a boring £15,000 car.  It’s been estimated that, between his job with Top Gear and his professional stunt driving gig, the Stig makes about £150,000 per year.

To quote Jeremy Clarkson, I guess the Stig really is a Tame racing driver.  Check out the video after the jump to see the old Stig’s demise.

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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 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.