Cars Upon Thars

You will never guess in a million years what show Becky and I have been watching a lot of lately. To prove this I have written a computer program that simulates one million years of guessing in mere seconds! A moment, please, while I run it.

Huh. According to this, April M. guesses it in about 13 hours.

ANYWAY, so you don’t have to wait for April, it’s Top Gear, a show on BBC America about cars, specifically sports cars.

You’re correct to be thinking, “Zuh? Dave and Becky have no interest in cars, apart from using them to get from point A to point B.” Well if you find that astonishing, how about this: Becky was the one who first started watching it!

Here are your hosts of Top Gear: the main guy, the guy with the hair, and the guy who I swear is related to David Tennant (he isn’t.) Not pictured is The Stig, their mysterious and behelmetted test driver.

Top Gear isn’t just three guys talking about high performance sports cars. They also do things like “A Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car” where they stick someone like Hugh Grant or Brian Cox in a standard car and make them go around a test track as fast as they can. They also went on a camping holiday where they wound up destroying the camper, they repaved a road in one day, and tried to see if they could build a kit car from scratch before The Stig could drive his across England to where they were in Scotland. To save time, the main guy decided not to put the washers on the bolts.

In a recent episode they attempted to turn a car into a space shuttle.

Does it work? See for yourself:

The show is hilarious and fun. And I’d like to say that, from watching it, I now know more about cars than I did before, but I don’t. I still don’t know what they’re on about a lot of the time. It’s still way fun to watch, though.

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2 Responses to Cars Upon Thars

  1. april says:

    Huh. I was going to guess “A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila.”

  2. V for Vaguely Disappointing says:

    Thing is, none of the three main guys know THAT much about the ins and outs of the cars themselves (Jeremy ‘drop-an-octave-for-the-end-of-the-sentence’ Clarkson says this is why he describes the performance of cars mostly through bizarre, xenophobic metaphors rather than technical details).

    I have had a provisional driving license for two years now but little interest in actually learning to drive (I got it so I wouldn’t have to take my passport in to pubs) and I find most of Jeremy Clarkson’s views either objectionable or ridiculous. Still, Top Gear is fantastically entertaining and if I see it on I’ll generally watch until the end.

    It’s just good old-fashioned boy’s adventures.