Top Gear is all the raGe, like poT

June 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Posted in facts and figures, hilarious | 4 Comments
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From a Suzuki Liana to a Chevrolet Lacetti to a Kia Cee’d, Top Gear is probably hitting new highs in it’s popularity and success.  Even local cable channels are broadcasting Top Gear up to date.

First off, one can reasonably interpolate that the celebrity guest lap times are reset once every 7 seasons.

Back in season 7:

and more recently, season 14:

Those are very packed boards indeed.  Continuing with our retrospective, here is the reveal of the Chevrolet Lacetti in season 8, followed by the celebrity track day and tea event that they held to fill up the board with some times.

Compare it with their counterparts in season 15:

This time around, their Tea Party has become much more sophisticated, with a grill, exercise equipment and even a bouncy castle! (I’m sure there were musical instruments the previous time)

It was a wonderfully joyous feeling to be able to watch Top Gear again, with new material.   Many laughs were had, and many callbacks were made.  First off, is the Stig…Norwegian?  Could he be a Norwegian racer?  Driver? Rally racer?  Why was the Norwegian flag stuck on the car?  Is it actually a red herring?  To then promptly cut it off and insert the video of the…Hyundais(?) playing football brought back memories of two previous episodes – the first time vehicular football was shown I believe it was with the Toyota Yaris, while the second time was in the Top Gear Winter Olympics Special when they played Vehicular Ice Hockey with two groups of five Suzuki Swifts.

Back in the news, James May opened up with another call back to silly running gags of the past, by introducing a new…Dacia…something.  Back in one series, possibly around 11 to 13, James May would open up the news section every episode with the Great/Good News that the Dacia Sandero was coming out.  Reactions of Hammond and Clarkson started off from surprised to obliviousness and eventually complete ignorance of the mention and immediately switch to a new topic.

May’s trip to the Icelandic Volcano also brought back memories of the Top Gear Polar Special (Season 10!  I think.  That’s where I’m at right now on my Top Gear complete rerun)  Remember the outdoor toilet seat on the back of the car, the minor berating the BBC gave Jeremy and James when they showed themselves drinking alcohol while driving, on air.  The car that beat the dog sledge with Hammond on it, and setting a new record in the process.

And finally, one of the last really noticeable callbacks was when Jeremy Clarkson took his Reliant Robin to the mechanics.  Did you see what Jeremy was holding in his hand as he described the history of the Reliant Robin?

Yes, that’s a hammer.  Jeremy Clarkson’s solution to everything mechanical is – you guessed it – use a hammer (otherwise, a power saw for 35 quid a day).  There was an episode back in season 9  (I think) where the three of them raced the Stig.  The threesome had to build a kit car from component parts from scratch and get it started on the racetrack faster than the Stig could drive it from the Top Gear offices to the racetrack.  Jeremy was being his usual impatient self…and trying to build everything with a hammer.

And to top it all off, crashing, rolling, being a general public nuisance is always fun.  Thank you Top Gear, and I look forward to the rest of the season.  (spoilers on wiki already)

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  1. Jeremy is quite recalcitrant.

  2. He always has been, it’s part of his persona. Plus, he owns half the show.

  3. Hi there. Came to your site for the Sora No Woto wallpaper, but just thought I’d leave this comment here.

    The switch to the Hyundai’s playing football was a reference to the UK broadcaster of the first England World Cup match accidently switching to a Hyundai advert just before the first goal was scored, causing about 1.5 million people to miss the crucial moment.

    Youtube footage of what happened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehaxXYZFTvs

    Anyway, love the wallpapers! Hope you do more!

  4. Sweet, thanks for the added info. I didn’t watch it in the UK, so that would certainly be a point of interest that I would have missed. 😀


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