What is going on here? First 5th gear turns shitty now TOP GEAR? I was expecting to see some nice cars but end up with huge waste of time. I wonder what would happen if I drove around london with Diana sucks cock on my car? Or the Queen is a whore? But on the bright side its the first time I have seen great sun shine on a TG episdoe. BTW most UK girls r as fat as that cow on the camero.
Another American checking in here. I love Top Gear and watch as much of it as I can. Yes, I have to go through a great deal of trouble to download it and save it and all that jazz, but to me it's worth it. Our automotive shows here are complete rubish.
On to the point. Clarkson has always had some good points when he bashes the united states. Too many of our citizens ARE morbidly obese. Many of our cars ARE pieces of rolling garbage with a huge engine that makes about 1 horsepower per liter. However, there are bad things about every place. And there are good things about every place. The UK suffers from a plague of STUPID automotive legislation. Your weather is terrible except for 10 days out of the year. Brits have bad teeth...yadda yadda. Certainly not God's country, eh?
Americans who are not from the South make fun of the South constantly. It is the butt of many jokes. However, putting the slogans on their cars was downright dangerous. I don't think they realized what they were getting themselves into -- they really could have been killed. SURE, there is freedom of speech -- but there is precedent about "fighting words." What they did would easily be considered fightin' words. I'm sure there are many things you could write on the side of your car and drive through London that would get you killed.
I've been to England. I stayed for a long time. You definitely have the equavilant of our lowlife Southern losers. There are many places in your country I wouldn't dare tread without a police escort. It's like saying don't go to England because London slums are terrible. But I aso saw many beautiful places and met some nice people. I fully intend to return again some day.
The United States is an enourmous country and the deep South is certainly not representive of the rest of it. TG certainly searched out the worst possible place to create this film. I live here in the US and I would never go to the deep South.
However, I understand that what was done was done for entertainment's purpose. The slogans were a little over the top and dangerous, but all in all, the show had me rolling and of course I will continue to be a fan. Clarkson has always hated the US and he makes it no secret. Hammond, I beleive, is a bit of a fan. He loves his huge Dodge Charger, and had a ball rollin' along in his Dodge Ram.
Of course, you have to take these points with a grain of salt. Clarkson is obviously biased, but I hope TG takes the crew to a nice place in the US someday.
Just to clear up some of the confusion about the car donation and the lawyer. She probably thought they were trying to cheat on their taxes.
When you donate to charity in the US you can deduct the money, or the value of a donated item, from your income tax. So if you would ordinarily pay $1000 in income tax, and you donated $100 to charity, you would then only have to pay $900 in tax. So the reason they got in trouble with the charity's lawyer is that overvaluing an item you're donating to charity is a common type of tax fraud. It can end up costing charities quite a bit of money, and if they get audited by the IRS they could loose their charitable status for letting it happen.
This is also part of the reason the guys had trouble buying cars for less $1000 from a dealership. It?s usually better for a dealer to donate the cheaper trade-ins for the tax write-off, rather than try to sell them.
Oh and thanks for the gift of the broken down pieces of junk.
Well said, I really do hope as well that TG go somewhere else in the States sometime this year. Possibly in the North. As for a police escort I would say that is useless I mean the Police in the UK(here) are useless. They just don't care any more you phone them and they come round at best in a few hours, usually around a few days.
There's a good reason for the Beretta not being there: whoever had it would have killed themselves halfway through the 800 mile roadtrip. It's the most uncomfortable car I'll ever drive. We used to have one and I couldn't stand being in it for a half hour, let alone all day.I was really letdown that they didnt have the 2 quintessential US rural white trash cars in the episode...
The mid 90's Chevy Beretta and mid 90's Chevy Corsica
I'm going to grab a camera, fly to England, find a working class pub and whip out my "<local football club> sucks" sign.
I will then proceed to get my ass thoroughly kicked.
Then I'll rush back to the USA and tell all of my friends to cancel their UK holidays. "They're all soccer hooligans! Every one of them...except for the charming chimney sweeps...."
We'll laugh and laugh about the Brits...all bad teeth and shrinking empire.