Post by grenade on Oct 12, 2018 1:06:17 GMT
Clarkson, Hammond & May through that era? Awesome. Funny- informative and silly as all hell. Trendsetting, stupid and timeless. POP CULTURE WIN.
It even caused me to watch some of the other shite they've done like .... oh Jeez- the one Hammond did about Jobs or something and the one that May did about taking things apart. A mechano bridge or something.
Whatever- I liked it. Newer top gear with Harris and whomever else? Nah. Then they got Matt LeBlanc, yeah, ok... better but... still yawn. The USA Top Gear in it's current iteration? Who the fuck is Tom wookie Ford and that ghastly American with the Zombie face? Jeeze that guy is hard to watch and as dry as a popcorn fart.
I don't watch it anymore. But I still drag out the DVD collection of the cool trio. The first version of American Top gear was kinda cool because I know those idiots. At least from comedy and racing anyway. They were cancelled. Big budget, true TG fans were a little turned off when they were basically rehashing shows and ideas that the original trio had already done. It's been gone for at least 3 years, maybe 4.
On now to Wheeler Dealers...
There Seems to be a big internet hatred of these guys. Last year on Twitter, I had to watch as Brewer defended himself and the show, it's history and their abilities as well as their personal safety of all things, for MONTHS on end. Every day. Morning noon and night- he fought. and fought. Always with kindness and facts, dare I say- even being polite. That's a Brit I tell 'ya because I would have been cursing and very upset at some of the things they were saying.
I've been known to be very shouty. He was not. He maintained composure. I chimed in and defended where I could, albeit briefly. I've seen it again lately on the intersuck with the MR2 episode of WD that just aired in the states. (I'm on my way downstairs with a beer in a minute, to enjoy the show) It's in the MR2 groups on the TOILETFACEbook. I've been waiting for them to do an SW20, they'd done a version of an AW11 before, but it was a long time ago.
I was and still AM looking forward to it.
The FB MR2 groups are full of ... well - let's put it like this- The MR2 culture in the states is not the same as in the UK, and that's how I found TwoBrutal and a whole group of cool, real car guys that could teach us yanks a few things.
So on the USA based MR2 groups- Might as well cause cancer. Effing pointless assholes, most of them. The Forums? Same shit. Like a very bad, painful rash that won't go away unless you never speak to them online. Ever.
Did you guys know, there's a picture of a young Mike & Edd peering into the engine bay of an MR2 with a V6 in it? It's on TwoBrutal I think. These guys go WAY BACK.
So- without offending anyone, and actually I'm American so I probably don't give a shit if someone's millennial crybox goes off- I posted this on a FB post-
If you haven't seen it:
"I'll never understand the hatred of these guys. 15 years ago when I started watching them (W Edd of course- but Ant is skilled too) on BBC cable- I thought "Well this is fun and these guys buy and sell, plus fix up low buck cars for some profit".
Now, if you put a dollar amount on the labor, the word "profit" is debatable- AND YES The cars of today are higher dollar, but hey- so are the ones WE buy and drive. But I take it for what it is- (and so should each and every one of you- I mean, where's YOUR TV show where YOU SHOW US how it's done?)
It's just a car show that is entertaining. It's just a TV show. It's entertaining. Brewer is a REAL car dealer and has been for 30+ years, I've spoken with him a couple times. Ant is a top shelf car restorer and a former cop. Plus- The TV show itself sent me a crew only T shirt last year through twitter. Who cares if they "get it wrong" based on your opinion? Who cares if they say or do something you don't approve of? It's just a show and for it to be renewed again for the thrid year after Edd left- says that millions of people WANT to see it. But hey- maybe I'm wrong. The biggest USA Car auction TV production Barrett Jackson uses them all the time. That must be because they lack skill, car knowledge & charisma and can't really put on a show..."
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I don't know shit.
I've been wrong before.
Let's hear all the reasons why these guys, these shows carry the stigma they do. ??
Maybe this thread will progress to the Amazon Grand Tour...