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all we know is, he’s called …

I’ve been watching Top Gear quite a bit this year. It’s taken over as what I look at while eating dinner I’ve cooked. I completely stopped watching the SBS news because is was so much garbage. It’s part of admitting and getting back to my boyhood roots. I like cars. For a while it conflicted with my ‘oh what about the environment?!’ phase but I’m not really thinking that we humanoids and out contraptions are the real problem.

Top Gear is a bit formulaic but it’s good fun. I was really impressed with the Arctic special they did. They were the first ones to drive a car to the North Pole, they raced there against a dog-team, documented it and shoved it all into one 60minute episode. On American tv of the ‘survivor’ calibre that’d be strung out into a 14-part series.

I have been watching from the early series’, when they didn’t even had May, they had some fat bloke who like to talk about used cars. They used to have a black Stig. But I guess he had other job offers so he left. They got the white one.

And recently, in the news I see that the guy who is/was the stig won some court appeal to release a book about himself. Like when Luke got Darth’s mask off at the end of Return of the Jedi it was a bit of a disappointment. He’s just some formula 3 driver. I thought it was Damon Hill.

The interesting thing is that it seems like in this day and age, no one can be famous and not want to get the recognition the think they deserve. Surely this guy was getting paid enough by the BBC, so I am thinking the money from book sales was not the motivator. He just couldn’t not be famous. The thing is, I think he’s a lot less interesting now.

, , , , , , — YS @ 4:25 pm, September 7, 2010

2 Comments

  1. Yes. what you said.
    One time it actually was Michael Schumacher though.

    The Daily Mail reported nasty remarks by Jeremy Clarkson.

    Like so many amusing things, Top Gear lost much of it’s appeal as soon as it was taken-up by Big Money, big names etc.
    I enjoyed it best when I had to explain to people what it was.

    I did love their mad trek over The Andes or across Bolivia or whatever it was with the snakes and big big spiders n stuff.

    Comment by Marshall Stacks — September 9, 2010 @ 9:44 pm
  2. “However, he joked of his fellow hosts: ‘Richard (Hammond) can’t drive and James (May) is too slow. We’ll get somebody, don’t you worry. Top Gear is damaged but not out.’

    In seriousness, Clarkson said however he’d been ‘shocked’ by Collins’ betrayal. He opined: ‘It was horrible actually, because I liked him and he came round to my house and had drinks and all that time he was writing a book.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1309926/The-Stig-Ben-Collins-slammed-Top-Gears-Jeremy-Clarkson-unmasking.html#ixzz0z2IYWCE3

    Comment by Marshall Stacks — September 9, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

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