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    The End Of An Era: FinalGear.com's Main Site Retired, Forums Will Live On

    In July 2014, we received a DMCA take-down request for all Top Gear UK, US, and Australia torrents from FACT, a British trade organization representing the BBC. While I suspect that FACT acted on their own rather than at the request of the BBC, we still must honor their request to take down the content that we have been hosting for over 10 years now.

    Rather than leaving the main site online without any Top Gear torrents, I have decided to just retire the main site and redirect traffic here to the forums. Fifth Gear is a great show but it isn't worth dedicating a whole website to. I also don't want to try to keep an episode directory going as it's a lot of work and Wikipedia does a much better job at it. For the countdown timers, there's other great sites out there such as TV Calendar.

    It's a sad day and really an unfortunate end to the work that we have been doing in an effort to spread access to Top Gear television shows across the globe. Long before Top Gear was available here in the US, we were providing Americans (and others) access to this wonderful show. More recently we were providing access to the American spin-off of the show to British and worldwide audiences. I strongly believe that through the increased access to the show that we provided, more global fans were created and in turn have helped airings on local channels such as BBC America prosper.

    The forums you are on right now will continue to stay online. A large community has developed around this site -- here on the forums, on our IRC channel, and even in real life through events like the annual Nürburgring meet:




    Thanks for a great 11 years and thanks to Quiky, PacketCollision, and everyone else who have helped me keep this site going over the years.

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    sad to see finalgear.com coming to this.... thanks for all the great years thou

    any chance the ticker for the episodes will be added anywhere on the site????

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxsensation View Post
    sad to see finalgear.com coming to this.... thanks for all the great years thou

    any chance the ticker for the episodes will be added anywhere on the site????
    Thanks for the years of support!

    I actually just edited my post to add a link to a site that has a counter:

    Quote Originally Posted by Viper007Bond View Post
    For the countdown timers, there's other great sites out there such as TV Calendar.
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    Seriously, thank you and the others for all the years of hard work in keeping this website and forum going. Without finalgear, I wouldn't know where to get my Top Gear fix.

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    Thank you for hosting, maintaining, posting, moderating and dealing with this website all these years. We all owe you
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    This sucks.

    I have nothing else to say.

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    Not really a goodbye but thanks for everything!

    See y'all around

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    Wow!!! Very sad that it has come to this!

    Thanks for the many years of hard work!

    maybe one day we can see another countdown timer on the top of the forum? Yes I know there are sites dedicated to this task, but to see the timer for 3 shows all lined up was nice in conjunction with a great forum.

    Cheers FinalGear.com for your great service to the motoring world!

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    Thanks everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by scoops View Post
    maybe one day we can see another countdown timer on the top of the forum? Yes I know there are sites dedicated to this task, but to see the timer for 3 shows all lined up was nice in conjunction with a great forum.
    It was indeed nice but it required work on my part to keep those timers up to date. It was a pain.
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    - Motor Trend on the 2006 Dodge Viper Coupe, November 2005

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