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Is Anyone Bothered?

At the weekend The Mail on Sunday decided to announce some braking news. Something that would rock the world of TV. Or so they thought.

They revealed that Top Gear presenters use racing drivers whilst filming high speed supercars at 200mph and made it look like, Clarkson, Hammond or May were behind the wheel. Big deal. Did they think this would surprise people? Did they think this would cause national outrage? Were they trying to incite anger towards the BBC? It really must have been a slow news day because Fans of Top Gear don’t really care. I was more interested in the fact that one of the racing drivers was Aaron Scott. A top GT racer who many will know competes in the British GT championships, the MSA Endurance championships, the GT trophy and many other events. He’s also taken to the wheel of a 1986 Group C Spice SE86 for a few historic events. He’s a really nice guy and its good publicity for him so at least the Mail have done something decent for a change.

Aaron Scott in more familiar surroundings in the British GT Championships

However, It seems quite clear that those who work for the Daily Mail don’t even watch Top Gear. Next they will be telling us that caravans are deliberately destroyed whilst trying to make out it is all a hilarious accident, or that a Morris Marina was purposely parked under a crane that wasn’t in shot which dropped a piano on its roof. Do they think that viewers believe that it was Jeremy Clarkson who drove the red Renault Twingo into the sea whilst trying to jump onto a departing ferry? Will they tell us that the original Stig, Perry McCarthy, didn’t die whilst driving a car off the end of an aircraft carrier? Come on guys, the viewers aren’t stupid. We know its all set up but that’s what makes the show so great.

Unsurprisingly, Clarkson wasnt driving this either.

Top Gear is no longer the serious car buyers show it used to be and that’s fine by me. If I want to know what a Ford Mondeo diesel estate drove like, I’d pop to the local dealer and take one for a test drive. I want to see amazing supercars being thrashed around an airfield regardless of who is driving. Top Gear is an entertainment show based around cars and the format works. The viewing figures show this and so does the waiting list for being in the shows audience. It makes you laugh, it makes you drool and it leaves you wanting more. The presenters work so well together and compliment one another so well. Each with their own kwirks and traits which make you able to relate to them. I’m sure they have a great time acting like the kids that every petrol head has inside them which makes for great telly. I know a certain Mr Clarkson is not to everyone’s liking which is fine. Its because he’s opinionated and speaks his mind. All opinionated people are like marmite. You either love them or hate them. I’m sure Jeremy isn’t losing any sleep over those people who don’t  like him as there are plenty of people do.

The only gripe I have is that the series isn’t long enough. The 6 episodes fly by and I’m left with nothing to fill the void. Yes there are other car programmes but none are a patch on the BBC’s offering which for me is well worth the slice of licence fee it uses. The show has become a cult phenomenon and generates a huge amount of money for the beeb. Hopefully Top Gear will continue to go from strength to strength and provide myself and millions of others great entertainment for many years to come. Why drive around in fifth gear when you can slip it into Top Gear and  leave everyone else trailing in you’re wake?

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2 responses

  1. Daniel

    Great article, absolutely hit the nail on the head.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm

  2. Totally agree, that said I will admit quite liking Fifth Gear when TopGear isn’t on!

    August 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

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