Top Gear Comes to America…For Real This Time

by Ed Lau on August 8, 2010

Despite being in limbo for the longest time and I think the whole thing was called off for some time, it appears as though the American version of Top Gear is actually coming to fruition.

Now it isn’t like Top Gear doesn’t have competition. Fifth Gear is also produced in the UK and is hosted by some of the people responsible for the original Top Gear series but to be honest, they’re rather boring. I mean, their most recent season premier featured one of the most gorgeous cars of all time, the Ferrari 458 Italia, and I could barely make it through the episode without snoring. Of course, there are the Australian and, yes, the…ahem…Russian versions of Top Gear as well but they also fail to capture the magic of our favorite pokey motoring show on BBC2.

I mostly credit the team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for the show’s success. They’re funny and interesting in a weird way. I mean, if you think about it, Top Gear is mostly those three sort of older dudes talking nonsense most of the time and botching everything they do. If that isn’t a recipe for success, I don’t know what is.

I guess it’s too early to tell but from the first trailer, Top Gear US looks like it’s the result of what would happen, say, I were to put together an episode of Top Gear…except I wouldn’t give a damn about NASCAR. It lacks the flair and production quality of the British version. You’d think it would be easy to bring over the fancy pants camera techniques employed in the original over here.

What I fear might happen to the Americanized version of Top Gear is that they’re going to stick to American cars and let’s face it, all the most interesting cars in the world don’t come from this side of the Atlantic…or the Pacific. In terms of supercars, everything that’s awesome comes from Italy or Germany or the UK. Zonda, Ascari and Koenigseggegiahegaegggg aren’t from the States. Heck, even affordable cars are more interesting with all the Renaults, Citroens and Fiats available in Europe. Do you really need to watch a review of a Ford Taurus? Or worse…trucks.

So here’s to hoping Top Gear US isn’t bloody awful as I would love something to watch when the real Top Gear goes on break.

in Cars,Entertainment

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Kwan August 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm

And like I mentioned at pho, what’s up with the high fives at the end of the dirt track run? They’re supposed to be making fun of one another.


used tires August 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I don’t think they can top the original Top Gear at all. Jeremy, Richard, and James make the show successful as you say, and there is no way this Americanized version of Top Gear is gonna work. They have Rutledge as one of the people in the American version of the cast… yeah’ it’s not gonna work.

Till then,



Activated Carbon Filters August 11, 2010 at 4:11 am

I love to see that one.soon. Awaiting for desperately.
Wonderful post, I really enjoyed reading it! The people you meet when you travel really are often the best part of it all.


sell textbooks online August 11, 2010 at 8:53 am

I love the British version of this show. It will be fun to see the American edition.


Spinx Web Design August 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I am waiting to see. Waiting for it desperately.


Krillz August 12, 2010 at 9:35 am

man this looks like jackass crossbread with nitros circus and someone slapped on the label top gear. Where’s the hate, irony and constant picking among the hosts?


car battery August 15, 2010 at 6:35 am

I think I’ll probably stick to the UK version. No three people have the chemistry that Jeremy, James and Richard have.


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