Trailer Watch: “Top Gear” USA

Oh dear.

Mentioned during the “60 Minutes” segment on the original U.K. show, the U.S.-based version of the show will feature these three guys:

Now, I’m not the most car-obsessed person in the world and I love original-flavor “Top Gear.” I also loved “Initial D” when I first saw it. And yet something really bothers me about the approach they’re taking in the trailer.

Lemme backtrack a second: German race car driver Sabine Schmitz has been featured on the original “Top Gear” several times; the most recent appearance was in 2008 when she and her two “D Motor” co-presenters took on the lads in a series of crazy races, one of which involved the removal of a prosthetic arm.

The thing I noticed about the German team was that Schmitz seemed to have the most personality and charisma out of the three (and I am willing to concede that perhaps I like her a lot because she’s a female racer). However, all three were pretty fun to watch during the double-decker race because they were as aggressive and crazy as Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

These three guys? I don’t get a sense of that kind of craziness, and that’s what keeps people watching “Top Gear.”

However,’s Ray Wert is on board after having been given a peek at the show’s segments and offers this perspective on one of the guys:

But, [Tanner Foust] rocks because he wears his heart on his sleeve. While riding shotgun in a Lamborghini with him around the Las Vegas Convention Center, I told him that fan-boys of the UK series were rooting for this version of “Top Gear” to fail. His first response was viscerally physical. His jaw set, his eyes narrowed behind his sunglasses and he gripped the steering wheel more tightly. For a split second I had a vision of him letting go of the steering wheel and lunging at my neck. Then he explained just how much the concept of Top Gear meant to him.

It was at that moment that I realized he looked so hurt by the comment because the guy’s just like us — a fan-boy.

Anyway, this is going into my DVR, and if all things go right, you may even be able to either read or hear a commentary of the show between me and our U.K. TV expert Kara Dennison.

“Top Gear USA” premieres on the History Channel on Sunday, November 21 at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central and will likely repeat.

Posted on November 12, 2010 at 08:07 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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  1. Written by Kara Dennison
    on 2010-11-12 at 17:55

    Can I drink while we do this?

  2. Written by lethalinterjection
    on 2010-11-14 at 04:44

    Good side:
    – Maybe a decent car show North America way? Really, no matter how much worse than the original, if it holds even sparingly to the tone and feel, it will be better than any other car program States-side.
    – Original, while great, does have some cultural differences and stuff I don’t totally “get”

    Bad side:
    – No Clarkson, or really no one I care about initially.
    – Remake, which always makes me hesitant, though not always justifiably.

    All in all, I like that they are even making a car show not completely focussed on massive gear heads, but even those with passing interest. But I don’t think it will live up the original by any means.

    • Written by Trisha Lynn
      on 2010-11-14 at 14:37

      I have to admit that part of the reason why I like Top Gear is the cultural differences which I enjoy learning about. But I will try and give it a shot…

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