Edited by tealcandtrip, Feb 22, 2012 @ 10:06 AM.
Top Gear USA
Posted Feb 21, 2012 @ 12:37 PM
Posted Feb 22, 2012 @ 12:08 AM
Can someone explain why the trucks where jumping like bunnies on crack during the hill climb?
Because if you don't match engine revs with the gear you are trying to shift into with a manual, then the car will 'hop', so they were basically missing gears and not matching revs.
Everytime I want to like this show, they do something mega lame, like the Mustang vs Pony Express challenge. The original Top Gear challenges are setup to highlight some impressive feature that ostensibly means a normal car can't compete with. But in the Mustang challenge, they went the speed limits the whole way, so they didn't do anything that you couldn't pull off equally well in a Kia Rio or Chevy Aveo. Tanner drifting through those corners may make it look like it was doing something impressive, but sorry, no I don't think so. Block off the stupid road so you can speed or can the challenge.
Edited by TheOverdog, Feb 22, 2012 @ 12:11 AM.
Posted Mar 3, 2012 @ 6:41 PM
I truly thought the Pinto was going to blow up, though (for real, not the staged "blow-up" at the end of the derby.) Every time one of the guys would rear-end it, I cringed.
Joe Montengna (Montegna?) was a very good guest. Loved his story about his first car.
Posted Mar 5, 2012 @ 2:05 AM
There's a perfect-looking turquoise Corvair in Bishop, CA - spotted it in a parking lot back in October & when we came out from breakfast it was gone, so assuming it still runs! So if Rut wants to replace his winning car, he's got a lead on a "new" one...
Last week's muscle car show I didn't hate the cars vs. Pony Express segment only because the scenery was so spectacular...
Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 1:04 PM
Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 8:22 PM
As for Spamela Anderson, I have a feeling she was put in the farmer/rancher's trailer that was following them. My son laughed so hard at the pig fart he actually fell off the couch. He is 9, so farting is the funniest thing ever to him, but I'll admit to laughing until tears came. Mostly at him, but I like a good fart joke too.
Tiny Dancer, hold me closer still gives me the giggles.
Posted Mar 15, 2012 @ 2:13 PM
How cute were they all with the grannies? Adam in particular charmed as he offered his wisdom (recently gained from the Ariel Atom training, I guess) on hitting the apex, plus he was a proper gentleman, offering his arm and opening and closing doors. First time he's been really appealing - maybe I'm just a little old lady at heart! ;)
Liked that it hearkened back to Original Recipe Top Gear elements without directly copying them: strangers instead of mums, driving in NYC ("Never take the FDR!") but not in a race, racing to see if a hair piece will fly off themselves instead of a passenger. Always improving; well done.
Posted Mar 22, 2012 @ 10:18 AM
- All of the three designs were rip-offs of the UK version- the comically long car, the two front-ends, the semi-exposed seating. I guess the Pope-mobile was semi-original
- The cocktail-and-Stig challenge was different-ish but I think that's because the designs and decor weren't weird enough to warrant much exploration and comment from the hosts.
- The challenge of parallel parking and avoiding being shot at
- Having one a host get comically lost, and then a passenger abandoning a limo because they were running late.
Did they switch their target audience from developing new American viewers to American fans of the British show? If that's the case, TG/US really needs to do something to own their challenge or at least look like they want to improve upon the source material. I know TG/US copied the truck challenge pretty closely too, but for some reason this limousine thing bothered me 1000x more.
Posted Mar 22, 2012 @ 12:42 PM
Posted Mar 23, 2012 @ 1:09 PM
One thing I did like about the last episode was Vampire Bill's driving skills. Damn! Stephen Moyer showed some serious driving ability. A 2.5 second improvement is substantial. I'd like to see what he could do on the Top Gear UK track.
Edited by charlesmartel, Mar 23, 2012 @ 1:57 PM.
Posted Mar 25, 2012 @ 3:19 PM
Edited by cstad, Mar 26, 2012 @ 5:05 PM.
Posted Mar 26, 2012 @ 1:48 PM
ETA: Two funny women - I'm sure neither would take offense!
Edited by InnerCanuck, Mar 27, 2012 @ 12:16 AM.
Posted Jul 5, 2012 @ 1:32 AM
Rally car driver Tanner Foust and Hollywood stuntman Greg Tracy set a world record Saturday by driving two Hot Wheels all-wheel-drive advance rally spec coupe cars through the 66-foot tall Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare track at X Games LA.
One of the things that made me fall in love with this show was Tanner's driving skills. I just want to put him in my pocket and take him home.
Posted Aug 16, 2012 @ 8:50 AM
And Tanner's story about the clown nose, while a little long, was pretty funny. I agree with Adam, though, that the Dodge Charger looks menacing. (And as a side note, I do enjoy Adam's descriptions because he'll surprise me with his choice of language--describing the Charger as Orwellian? Kudos.) The Ford one looks too bland. And Chevy, why oh why would you name a car Caprice?? Do you not understand English? I hope it doesn't mean it capricious in how it runs. Lordy.
Nothing in the studio, which I think helps the show because they seem awkward and fumbling in front of an audience.
Posted Aug 17, 2012 @ 12:53 AM
These guys are at their best when they're just messing with each other. Forget the cars, it's just an hour long prank show. Making Rutledge puke on TV will just never get old.
Forgot to add: the police in my city have switched to Dodge Chargers, so it was funny seeing it do SO BADLY in the challenges, though I suspect it was more driver error than the car.
Edited by PixiesSix, Aug 17, 2012 @ 12:55 AM.
Posted Aug 17, 2012 @ 9:25 AM
I think I've finally reconciled with this show. At first, I didn't like how little of the Original Recipe was conserved -- where are the super cars? -- or how much of it was copied. But I've come to the conclusion that trying to put on a complete US knockoff of the UK show would've been a failure. With so many of us unemployed (including myself) and struggling, I don't think we would've really twigged to watching $200,000 Ferraris go around a track every week. That's fine on the Mother Ship, I get enough of that there. So the US version HAD to be a distinctly US show, and that's become OK by me.
Posted Sep 14, 2012 @ 1:07 AM
Posted Sep 20, 2012 @ 6:58 PM
Personally, I was not surprised that Rut won, nor was I all that surprised that he didn't drive the off-roader. IMO, it's no different from a couple of segments on the mothership wherein James May was involved in a race but wasn't behind the wheel of the car.
Unfortunately, I believe BSSC will be back in February when the second half of Season 3 starts.
Posted Dec 18, 2012 @ 9:28 AM
Watching the US knockoff is like having a can of Mountain Dew and a can of Mountain Lightning, and then choosing to drink the Mountain Lightning. Just give me the Mountain Dew. You can keep the Mountain Lightning.
Posted Feb 1, 2013 @ 11:36 PM
The new season just started. The guys went to Mexico. Luchadores, mariachis and a quinceañera! These guys are beyond ridiculous! I can't believe they get paid to act like children playing with cars. I love how whenever, or should I say inevitably, when Adam's car breaks down, it's the true car nerds, Rutledge & Tanner who McGuyver back together.
Posted Feb 3, 2013 @ 2:09 AM
Have they decided to completely chuck the studio setting? I wouldn't mind if it's a permanent change. Give me the guys on the road in crappy cars just messing with each other for an hour and I'm happy. Even American Stig is kinda redundant since wee little Tanner is pretty much Host Stig.
Posted Feb 14, 2013 @ 4:46 PM
Posted Feb 20, 2013 @ 4:18 PM
One moan though- I wish the hosts would put their bloody seatbelts on. My Dad was a firefighter- I've heard the horror stories of people being ejected from crashed cars. I cringe every time I see them driving without their belts on.
(Rut gets a pass- he had his on.)
Edited by kookicat, Feb 21, 2013 @ 3:20 PM.
Posted Feb 21, 2013 @ 8:05 PM
For some reason I laughed so hard at this exchange: "I paid XXX Dollars." Adam: "American?"
Posted Feb 22, 2013 @ 3:54 PM
Edited by kookicat, Feb 25, 2013 @ 1:42 PM.
Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 8:58 AM
And for the McLaren bit, when the NASCAR driver was mocking it out, all I could think of was the McLaren was street legal and you can't drive a NASCAR vehicle on the roads with no lights or mirrors. And then Tanner made the point at the end, but still. Shut up stupid NASCAR driver with your ridiculous looking car plastered with stickers.
I am looking forward to car football, though it seems like it will be much more difficult with the nets on the top.
Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 2:35 PM
The three of them seem to be finally relaxing and it's nice to see. I laughed so hard at Adam's bank job comment.
Posted Mar 4, 2013 @ 1:31 AM
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Posted Mar 5, 2013 @ 6:56 PM