Top Gear tries to cull The Voice of Reason
There has been a lot of fuss about Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension by the BBC recently. Amidst all this, BBC are losing a fair share of revenue in this new venture. Whilst I applaud their stand against an employee whom punched a colleague, Oisin Tymon, over a dinner issue one can only wonder about the supposed real issue – possibly in house politics? Sure, where Clarkson goes there is bound to be politics but isn’t this what the show is all about. Love him or loathe him the fact is there also two other stars in the show, May and Hammond. The show is just not the same without any of them being there, not just Clarkson. Clarkson May just be a Knob, but we love the guy!
Is Top Gear overrated?
We doubt it, this is entertainment, real entertainment. With over 6 million UK viewers this series is frighteningly appealing. The stars are bright and funny, add ridiculousness in a world full of do-gooders and tree-huggers, light fires where there is no wood and don’t forget the power of British humour.
On the subject of Top Gear, what other popular car TV series are there?
Well of course you have the USA version with Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood gearing up for an American audience. Quite good really but with very little politics from any of the crew to add to the fun, the presenters rely on their individually honed skills which they have in spades. Foust is a world champ in many areas, this adds credibility to the program.
Top Gear Australia did not enjoy the viewership of the British and American series and was cancelled in 2011. However there have been threats to re-vitalise the series.
Fifth Gear, originally on channel 5 features Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Jonny Smith. Although a popular show it does lack the political incorrectness of Top Gear.
On YouTube we have “Drive” featuring Chris Harris. Always on cue, Harris is witty and straight to the point – website found here chris-harris.kinja.
There are countless other programs geared up, pun intended, to enrich the viewer but none seems as enthralling as the BBC Top Gear. Most petrol-heads step over the hype and focus on reality, the brute power, top speed and gadgets that really work. Most petrol heads also have a sense of humour, in house political correctness will not have much support because who really wants to see a silent solar powered car eating bio fuel going around a track at 50 mph. Bring on the Maclaren’s, Porches, Ferraris and Lambos.