Given the economy in this country and the desire of the average viewer to be able to relate to what's happening on-screen when watching TV, I think the number of cheap car challenges is a cunning move on the part of the producers. Also, with the fear that everyone had about the show having to bend to the whim of every advertiser, what better way to get around it than by featuring cars which are 10-15 years old and which do not need to be sourced from car-makers or demo fleets. These cars also provide a much higher chance of drama in the episodes due to their unpredictable nature, and in the battle for American viewership, the game is won and lost on hooking the audience. The show may end up having a game show feel to it at times, but I don't think that's an immediate reason for dismissal.ANOTHER cheap car challenge? Seriously?
The downside to this is that your gonna either:wall of text
Sure, I guess. Though, to be fair, I also don't think a society hell-bent on destruction and violence (reference our love of demolition derbies, monster trucks, or any other motorsport with a high probability of things going poorly) will turn down a show in which three guys simply hoon around in cars 10-20 times a year. Especially cars in which many of us have fond memories of our own hooning around. Given the relatively low number of niche manufacturers in this country, I can't see how they are ever going to fill enough airtime with legitimate reviews. Even TGUK struggles to do this in 12-15 episodes per year, and the list of "built-in-a-shed" manufacturers they have to choose form is much more extensive than ours. I would actually be surprised if they didn't start highlighting personal customization jobs a couple times a year (a la the Red Victor 1 and Hill Climber-in-the-kitchen episodes of TGUK), given the clout of our grassroots society.The downside to this is that your gonna either:
1. Run out of ideas very quickly. Or go back to the whole "TGUSA is ripping off TGUK" comparisons again. Or, we'll get some bizarre challenge that even the die-hard TGUSA Fanboys will have to agree, is the "Jump the Shark" moment. ("............The final challenge is sticking a freshly dead pig corpse into the car and let it rot in there.")
I was actually kind of annoyed when they destroyed a VW Caddy during the first cars segment, so I know where this is coming from. However, no one ever said they have to outright destroy every car, or even do it in an outright senseless manner. We are a country equally attached to the feel-good story. Want to test pick-ups? Spend a week helping Habitat for Humanity. Want to test the sportiness of cars from a specific decade? Contact an organization like ICY Racing and have the teens work with the presenters to prep the cars for a race. Will the vehicles be the victims of mishaps? Absolutely, but when it's all done in the name of helping someone else, it will quickly be forgiven. I don't think it's hard to come up with a means of entertainment which is at least forgiven by most. (Remember the end of the America trip, where the cars -- well, two of them, at least -- were given away in New Orleans?)2. Start to piss off a rabid fanbase even worse than the Morris Marina Fanclub. I can already see this happening given the number of specific forums for mostly every single car or marquee ever made out there. And we're talking about the USA alone. Heck, some of them are outright nutso if the TGUSA boys destroys a particular car.
At most, even if they do ridiculous challenges in which the car gets destroyed, they will have to source 30-60 vehicles per year. I live in a semi-rural setting and drive 10 miles to work each day, and I would suspect that the number of cheap/pathetic/interesting/charismatic/commonly-owned/envied/entertaining cars I see on a daily basis just during my commute could keep the show going for a year or two. I don't see any way they run out of cars anytime soon.3. Run out of cars to mess up. I know they shoot in California, but there has to be a limit in how they acquire cars.
http://twitter.com/#!/RutledgeWood/status/106191904160493569@JeremyHarstad66 he'll be back next week. No need to panic! Thanks for watching
http://twitter.com/#!/adamferrara/status/105867138618757120@sdpoulter u mean the 911 GT2 RS? And if so there was no stig lap don't know y not