I know its the worst thread ever. I don't really do much sewing. I did notice in Top Gear magazine the other day an article written by Tom Ford. A coincidence? I still find Jason Plato completely insufferable. And I thought Clarkson's comments at the end of this last series were quite poignant.
The problem with Fifth Gear is that too many fanboys of Top Gear who are not car enthusiasts try to watch it, and then come on the internet and out themselves as people who pretend to like cars.
What is wrong with Fifth Gear...
For me, one of the problems is it tries too hard to be Top Gear (and fails to be honest). The presenters aren't as funny, cool or charismatic as Clarkson & co, and somehow what they think about the cars just doesn't seem relevant.
They also seem to review cars after Top Gear has already done (a more comprehensive & better) review...
No-one seems to have noticed that Jason Plato is a git! (In my humble opinion...) Am I missing the point, is he a god of the wheel? Has he won so many races that his opinion is not to be challenged? When he drove the Mini Convertible the other week, he described it as 'a tart's car', or words to that effect.
Fifth Gear needs to stop trying to be another programme and to find it's own identity. And to stop ripping off Top Gear features (anyone remember the Toyota Pick-Up/how tough is our old Mercedes Estate coincidence?)
Having worked in motorjournalism, I can easily explain that one: The bigger/more popular a publication/show is, the easier they can get their hands on new cars/expensive cars quickly. I mean: You don't see the Bugatti Veyron driving around on FG, TG had it on the show at least four times IIRC. The manufacturers only have so many cars in their press-car-pool and naturally they want to make sure that the mags/shows with the most readers/viewers get those cars before everyone else.