With all the speculations that Dan Neil is going to be part of the US Top Gear, I just saw this and I'm liking it, a lot.
(no that's not James Hetfield
from Metallica but he's trying)
Chris, why don't you give the show a chance? Your negative opinion is solely based on speculations, since none of has seen an episode of the new sow. And even if the show is not "as good" as Top Gear in your opinion, wouldn't you be happy to have an enthusiast car show on a major broadcast...
Guys, you need to give him a chance. I think he's a great candidate for the job, given the pool of options we have here. Grassroots Motorsports likes him: http://www.grmotorsports.com/backissues/2004-7-november-issue/adam-carolla/
And while we're on the topic of journalists, I vote Stephan Wilkinson. Car nut, engineer, writer, and a really funny guy. I've met him at a local Porsche event and he's a great person. Look him up.
He wrote this book and I highly recommend it...