Top Gear Argentina Special

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  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I think a big part of the success of the specials is interaction with the local culture, people, customs, traffic, etc. The Patagonia special felt very isolated, in that there was virtually no interaction with anyone other than the three of them for the entire trip. Other than the beautiful scenery and the crazy situation in Tierra del Fuego, that special could have been shot on a soundstage in London for all the interaction they had with local people and culture.
     
  2. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

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    Actually 2CV's are pretty tough vehicles. They may look fragile, but they were to the French what the Model T was to Americans and the Beetle was (supposed to be) to the Germans...private car transport for the common person at a time when cars were only for the rich. So the car had to be not only cheap, but relatively robust due to the lack of paved roads at the time of its introduction. Its high ground clearance, light weight (in case it got stuck), and very simple nature made them very popular for decades in places like this. The car was supposed to be able to drive over a furrowed field and not break a basket of eggs placed on the back seat.

    I am amazed that the Lotus actually made it through at all. If any car was NOT going to make it, that was going to be my first bet. I thought the Mustang would have been better at this, being relatively simple technology as well, but it looks like Hammond bought a crappy one.
     
  3. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I realize the Citroen isn't a fragile car. That's not what I was implying. I was simply meaning that having the Citroen constantly lurking in the background kind of ruined the illusion for me that they were on some kind of isolated road trip. It just constantly kept reminding me that there was a whole team of producers and crew out there, which the camera angles usually go to great pains to try and disguise.

    I agree that the Lotus was surprisingly robust. Even if it didn't have such a horrible reputation for reliability, just the fact that it had almost no ground clearance coupled with the many unpaved roads they took makes it extremely surprising that it made it all the way.
     
  4. Jon J

    Jon J Curmudgeon TCF Club

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    I wonder what size repair team goes along to keep the cars rolling?
     
  5. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

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    After seeing the size of that entourage trying to escape Tierra del Fuego, probably the size of your typical race team pit crew.
     
  6. RonDawg

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    The "comedy backup car" has been used for some time so that wasn't the spoiler for me. I was even hoping that one of the cars would permanently break just to see one of them driving that thing around. I thought the Mustang's snapped tie rod end was going to be it, but apparently not.

    I realize that there were more than just the three of them...otherwise who would hold the camera? I just didn't realize there were THAT MANY of them. I've personally seen on-location film shoots with smaller crews than that.
     
  7. DouglasPHill

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    I did not realize they had a team of 31. I would love to see a "behind the scenes". They have really good editors because you never see the staff.
     
  8. Bob Coxner

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    It's sort of behind the scenes...there was a really good Q&A episode with previews of the upcoming season. I learned a lot about the show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8T1rMsJtQU
     
  9. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

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    Was this aired in two parts? My TiVo picked up a 1-1/2 hour episode, but when we turned it on to watch, the hosts were saying this was part two?
     
  10. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    Yes it was, on both sides of the ocean.
     
  11. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

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    Thanks. I'll go find part one via alternative methods. ;)
     
  12. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

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    You really didn't miss anything in Part 1.
     
  13. Jon J

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    Except some outrageously beautiful scenery.
     
  14. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

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    You'll get similar-looking scenery in Part 2 as well :)
     
  15. midas

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    I just watched it a second time. I know it's not funny, but...

    They tried to drive those beaters, including the Mustang out of the country, though they did eventually abandon them. But they also tried to drive the 2CV out. Why would you try to get any of those cars out? The Porsche and Mustang were in pretty bad shape at the end. And the Lotus would not be a car I'd want to rely on to try to escape a hostile situation. But the 2CV? That thing wouldn't have been worth saving when it was new.
     
  16. Tobashadow

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    That's what I was wondering, they have the budget to just drop all the cars and get out of dodge undercover if it was that dangerous.

    And i would have at least dumped the four trip cars at the hotel.
     
  17. Bob Coxner

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    You may be surprised (shocked?) to discover what a 2CV is worth:

    http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/citroen/2cv

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf0v13DX70o

    These are very much collector cars now.
     
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  19. Jon J

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    I didn't see any coverage of the boys' exit, I'll bet they were helicoptered out.
     
  20. LoadStar

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    I don't know about helicopter, but I did read on another forum that (despite how the footage was cut) the stars did not leave as a part of the BBC convoy - they were already out of the country by that point.
     

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