Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD) Top Gear HIST 9:00 PM 2.070 1.0
That's because it didn't happen. No way, no how did any of that section of the challenge actually happen the way they showed. Completely, totally, unequivocally staged.Decent episode, though I've got to say I have no idea how they convinced MDOT, the Michigan State Police (neither known for their sense of humor) and a few federal agencies (ditto) to let this episode happen. I mean letting three improperly licensed and untrained guys drive full-size tractor-trailers on public roads is baffling enough but doing it with a trailer containing a HAZMAT load of explosives AND OPEN FLAMES is not only dangerous but flatly illegal. Not to say it wasn't fun to watch. But as a former long-haul driver I was amazed watching them break one law after another while driving around. History must have some deep pockets for permits/fines/bribes...
Not sure how it is up there but in Georgia you can drive anything up to 26,000 lbs. with a normal license (an empty big rig could be in that range). I'm sure the fireworks were just clever editingI mean letting three improperly licensed and untrained guys drive full-size tractor-trailers on public roads is baffling enough but doing it with a trailer containing a HAZMAT load of explosives AND OPEN FLAMES is not only dangerous but flatly illegal.
The New Yorker was definitely scripted. Not only was it parked in a no-parking zone (and if you look carefully, you can see a fire hydrant that it's blocking), but if you look at it before it's hit, you can see that the wheel covers are just sitting on the curb, propped up against the wheels.
I wouldn't be surprised if Tanner and Adam really did have those loads in their trailers for the drive, but I'll bet you anything the footage from inside Rut's trailer was shot at Eaton. The footage of the "on the road" fireworks explosion was shot at exit 104 on I-94, while depending on where their destination yard is, Kalamazoo exits start at 81 and end at 72 (westbound). There's no way that there would still be any fireworks left after things settled down enough to close the trailer again plus an additional 20 minutes' drive. (I'm pretty sure the smoke-from-the-trailer shot was done with some small smoke bombs that could be triggered remotely by the producers, which *would* take a lot less work to get permitted, particularly if their convoy had an MSP cruiser following it to keep traffic a safe distance behind in that lane.)
Interestingly, most of the fireworks seen in that trailer are illegal in Michigan unless you're a professional pyrotechnician, so I'm damned sure they wouldn't be letting them roll down the highway with them on board and an amateur driver. Still, I'm just impressed that they went to the trouble of finding a location that was actually along their route to shoot the first fireworksplosion, and except for a very few shots, kept the footage in what felt, to a local, like it was at least close to chronological order. (I know, a lot of the stuff would have been gotten in reshoots later, but as someone who knows the area reasonably well, there weren't any really jarring moments of "wait a second, they just warped ten miles back down the road" in this film.)
Me three, I think it was even better and funnier than then the "original"Loved it. Thought it was going to be another re-hash of TG UK's big rig challenge, but I was pleasantly surprised. 8/10
Shhh! you're ruining it with German-ness! The parked car was also very obviously fake, and the fire dept was there in 10 seconds flat when that grass burned....Rut's trailer, probably. Just not filled with what we're made to believe. Editing is king.