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Top Gear US Season 3 Premiere 8/14/2012 (possible season thread discussion)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by RonDawg, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. billboard_NE

    billboard_NE North Shore MA

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    There was no way they would have let Adam or Rutledge drive that Z06! The outcome of the challenge was already set in stone before it began. I still enjoyed it anyway.
     
  2. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Again, I don't think the driving of the Vette had anything to do with who won the cop car challenges. I don't care at all who won the cop car challenges. I'm simply commenting on the fact that it appears Adam drove the course faster than Tanner, and I find that surprising.
     
  3. NetJunkie

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    They cut a lot out..Tanner probably took longer on the donut or something.
     
  4. heySkippy

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    I don't see any reason to expect the times they announced had anything to do with reality, or that they even drove the course in an uninterrupted lap as depicted.
     
  5. ClutchBrake

    ClutchBrake Pass the gravy!

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    Tanner spent a very long time doing donuts. Way longer than Adam.
     
  6. Idearat

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    Just got around to watching the first episode of the season. I understand they have 3 hosts and there's the Big Three, but I really would have liked for the car from Carbon Motors to be part of the test. While the other cars are police versions of civilian cars they are still versions of familiar cars, unlike the Carbon Motors vehicle.

    I got a little excited when they went to the Ford facility in Romeo, MI. I went there for work in the 90s and got to ride around on the high speed oval, straightaway, rough roads, steep hills and over curbs at speed. I spent 3 days there and got to ride around a bunch, but unfortunately some union rules prevented me from driving anything there. ( probably something about insurance too ) Too bad they only did the oval, especially when they mentioned one of the cars being designed to handle hitting curbs at speed.
     
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Is the Carbon Motors concept even still in the pipeline? I thought I read awhile back that it had hit some snags and was unlikely to ever be produced.
     
  8. LoadStar

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    Yeah, pretty much what I heard. The DoE loan that they were depending on was unceremoniously yanked; they were going through some motions to try and get it reinstated, but last I heard the chances of that is laughable.
     
  9. SteveInNC

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    re: the Corvette

    I live in Wake County where that car is. I suspect that the one on the show was a replica, A) because I don't think the Wake County sheriff would let them borrow it for this purpose, particularly completely across the country, and B) it is or was an unmarked car here, whereas the show version had all kinds of markings. Local article from 2009:

    WRAL

    and confirmed, that is not Wake County's car:

    News and Observer
     
  10. RonDawg

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    The Carbon Motors car is more than just "dead to me." As far as I was concerned, it was vaporware, with lots of pie-in-the-sky promises.

    I think even Preston Tucker had more working prototypes than CM did.
     
  11. RonDawg

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    BTW here's a couple of pics of the first police-spec Aussie-Caprice I've seen "in the wild", specifically at a training conference in San Diego:

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    This El Cajon PD unit is the first one I've seen personally, though I had seen a news clip a while back featuring a small school district police department that had one. Unfortunately between the other things I wanted to see on demo day, and my need to get back to class on time, I didn't have time to ask the ECPD officer how he liked the car nor get a chance to sit inside it.

    One of the LAPD officers I was in that class with told me that his agency had ordered a bunch of these. CHP though is going with the Explorer-based Police Interceptor, although they have many of the previous generation Charger.

    My department was one of many that stockpiled the last production year of the CVPI, so we will be issuing "brand new" 2011 CVPI's until probably 2014 or 2015.
     
  12. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Discussion about "Small Cars" episode

    I've liked some of the "fish car out of water" episodes they've done in the past, like hauling manure in Texas with small $2,000 2-door cars, or trying to drive across the Continental Divide in minivans. But this one with small cars in the Louisiana swamp was pretty silly. The "race" around New Orleans was clearly staged. The stuff with the hunters in the swamp was lame. The tug-of-war with an airboat was pointless. The only parts of the episode that were enterning were Rutledge driving with crawdads crawling around in his car, and then Rutledge driving that tiny car around his town, including inside the supermarket.
     
  13. TonyTheTiger

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    That whole sequence was a direct rip of Clarkson's drive of the Peel P50 around BBC Television Center.

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJfSS0ZXYdo[/media]
     
  14. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Watching the beginning of that video reminds me that in the first two episodes this season, we haven't seen them doing any segments in the airplane hanger, nor have we had the "Big Star in a Small Car" race segment. Are they getting rid of both of those aspects of the show?
     
  15. RonDawg

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    The Clarkson/P50 version is far funnier.

    Rutledge's skit was just a mere giggle.
     
  16. RonDawg

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    Likely, especially with Big Star/Small Car. These aspects of the UK version just didn't click when translated into "American."
     
  17. TonyTheTiger

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    Of course it was - it was Clarkson!

    I didn't think Rut was even remotely funny. Sorry.
     
  18. RonDawg

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    I just watched the episode about "misunderstood" cars. It was pretty lame.

    Tanner's Merkur XR4Ti did look really good on the outside, but the interior definitely showed its age. That repaint looked like it cost more than the car was worth. The Subaru SVX and the Cadillac Allante looked every bit their age though, inside and out.

    And considering how their car sales episode in Season 1 was easily the most boring episode in the series, why oh why did they think being car salesmen was going to work this time?

    The BMW "10" series double-decker race was copied exactly from the UK version, which has been done twice before: once against the German equivalent of Top Gear including Sabina "Queen of the Nurburging" Schmidt, and once against Top Gear's Australian version in which the steering cars were mounted upside down.
     
  19. MarkofT

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    You say that like it's a bad thing. It's a great concept for a race. I just wish they would have shown it in proper order. One of the 7s had a crumpled hood, then a straight hood, then a crumpled hood, but they never shows what happened to cause the crumpling.
     
  20. RonDawg

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    Yeah the frames are definitely out of order. The one with the crumpled hood rear-ended the other, that's how it got the crumpled hood. But in some frames afterward, the hood has mysteriously fixed itself.

    The race itself is a great concept...the UK guys did a great job of it twice. But the US version made it lame.
     

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