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Old 04-21-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
An American version of TopGear: itís official!
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Yes, itís true. The History channel and BBC Worldwide announced today that work has begun on an American version of TopGear, with US presenters fronting the new show.

The first series of ten episodes will air on History next fall (an American-only season not dissimilar to Ďautumní, we believe), though exact dates are yet to be finalised. It will be hosted by Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood.

Tanner Foustís name should be familiar to TopGear faithful. Heís a renowned stunt driver (The Bourne Ultimatum, no less) and X-Games rally gold medallist whoís also done the business at Pikes Peak and in international ice racing championships. Not only that, he beat Jenson Button around Wembley Stadium during 2008ís Race of Champions. Rumours he learned everything he knows from Captain Slow remain unconfirmed.

Adam Ferrara (very difficult not to type ĎFerrarií there, force of habit) is a renowned petrolhead who ranks the Pagani Zonda F Roadster as his top car. Only, we may assume, because the Hyundai i10 1.2 hasnít made it to US shores yet. Heís also a stand-up comedian and stars in firefighting drama series Rescue Me.

Rutledge Wood is a race analyst best known for reporting on NASCAR. Think Martin Brundle with a beard, but with no need for the words Ďright turní in his lexicon. Weíre impressed that he owns a 1953 Plymouth Suburban, and even more impressed that it was given to him by The King himself, Richard Petty. Thatís a good friend to have.

It hasnít been decided yet if the show will air in the UK, but weíll keep bringing you the details as soon as we can. Watch this space.

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Old 04-22-2010, 09:57 AM
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I followed the link to the in the original post on the Top Gear blog. Do not waste your time.

If "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," the Americans are praising Top Gear. As they should. It's a great show.

In contrast, all I see is a whole lot of Brits bashing Americans--wrapped in the guise of criticizing a not-yet-aired car show.

It's pretty funny when Jeremy says things like, "It's as though you are towing a horse trailer or have an American in the back seat." I am paraphrasing but I have heard the lithe Clarkson (cough, cough) make comments to this affect. His remarks are funny since there is some truth to what he says. He also has a number of self-deprecating remarks.

None of the commentators there are of Jeremy Clarkson's caliber. Their anti-American comments are just not funny. They are simply mean. Where is the substance? Where is the love?
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I think, IMHO, much to Messrs. Clarkson and Mays' dismay, Richard Hammond makes the UK version of the show what it is.
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I think, IMHO, much to Messrs. Clarkson and Mays' dismay, Richard Hammond makes the UK version of the show what it is.
Clarkson and May are pretty funny especially the Romanian episode when when May hit Jeremy in the plums...however I'm with you when you say the Hamster makes the show....classic Hammond below:


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There is a certain sense of class yet normalcy with the British hosts of Top Gear. I just don't see that combo with these new guys at all.
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