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Bloviating Zeppelin: Top Gear

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Top Gear

Expecting politics, were you?

Sorry, not today. Simply politicked out.

Instead I'd like to observe and comment on a show hosted on BBC America (BBC = British Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as "Auntie Beebe"), entitled Top Gear -- a show about all makes and models of cars -- a subject near and dear to my heart, as I currently subscribe to Car & Driver, Motor Trend and Road & Track -- as well as a few other professional periodicals.

I admittedly do not know much of the history of Top Gear. But I do know that the show now consists of three hosts led by the towering Jeremy Clarkson, the long-haired James "Capt. Slow" May, and the Dudley Moore-ish Richard ("Hamster") Hammond .

This one-hour show just tickles me throughout. Though, with great admiration and truthfulness, I admit I am a sucker for dry, deadpan British Humour. Monty Python is the pinnacle of chuckles for me - absent any good original Laurel & Hardy or Three Stooges episodes. Call me wacky.

But now don't call me late for Top Gear.

This is an excellently-produced (and apparently well-funded) UK series that features -- at least for us U.S. viewers -- vehicles in obscurum that we will never see or drive but that tantalize and draw us into the show itself. Cars manufactured by Jaguar, Aston-Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and the like.

This is a show that I enjoy simply for its "foreign-ness". Cars featured are predominantly ones I can't buy due to the U.S. EPA or because they cannot be imported, driven pretty much by "common guys" (with accents) who make mistakes and hold to commonly-dry UK miens.

And I am considerably hooked to this show.

Certainly, the three hosts make the best of the cars they are proffered to drive. Not professionals, they however leave room for the Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car as well as their on-show APD (Anonymous Professional Driver) in his white racing suit and helmet, simply known as The Stig.

On my DirecTV, BBC America's Top Gear is on channel 264.

Top Gear is, quite frankly, great fun.

I am now a consistent Top Gear addict -- and not necessarily just for the cars, but for the production values inherent in the various segments featured. This isn't a cheap show -- but it is a tremendously-entertaining show.



Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

I too like Top Gear the only problem I have with it is all of the episodes I get are 2006. I enjoyed the episode they were on a road trip of the US South and the one where they ended up setting a travel trailer ablaze.

Mon May 12, 07:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Thomas said...

Completely agree, even my 2 1/2 y.o. daughter likes the show. As with you we have Direct TV but are starting to make preparations to go with OTA and MythTV, can't handle paying the 50 or $60+/mnth to DirectTV. This will be on of the two or three shows we will miss.


Mon May 12, 03:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

WMD: hmmm, makes me wonder if I'm seeing old shows or new ones. The most recent show involved Helen Mirren driving the "Reasonably Priced Car."

Thomas: hey, welcome aboard and thanks for commenting! What is OTA or MythTV? I'm not familiar with either one.


Mon May 12, 04:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

I've never seen the show so can't comment on it, but I can certainly understand why you would be politicked out, BZ. This election cycle is enough to turn anyone off!

Mon May 12, 04:52:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

The Helen Mirren one is a 2006.
My Dish tv gives me the date on the info page for the program.

Tue May 13, 06:25:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Thomas said...


OTA - Over The Air, think rabbit ears :-)

MythTv - Basically an open source Personal Video Recorder that uses a PC to record and show TV.

BTW, over on TexasFred I use the name LoneRider

Tue May 13, 10:02:00 AM PDT  

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