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scootz

posted on 30/5/16 at 11:02 AM Reply With Quote
Pretty much the same as the old TG, but it doesn't have the 3 Stooges (and Hammond in particular), so it's already better!

Didn't realise I disliked Clarkson and Hammond quite so much!





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MikeRJ

posted on 30/5/16 at 11:54 AM Reply With Quote
Why did Evans have such a bizarre hair style? Surely the top of his head is the last thing he should be drawing attention to?

Very disappointed they stuck to the old format, it should have been obvious that it wasn't going to work with all new presenters. It's as predictable and contrived as it always was, but now they've also removed the entertainment and added an annoying shouty ginger.

[Edited on 30/5/16 by MikeRJ]

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sonic

posted on 30/5/16 at 04:51 PM Reply With Quote
Where can this Top gear extra be viewed, have I missed something.

I think Chris Evans is better on the radio, never really liked watching him on tely

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Sam_68

posted on 30/5/16 at 04:58 PM Reply With Quote
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Where can this Top gear extra be viewed, have I missed something.



BBC3, or available on iPlayer

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big_wasa

posted on 30/5/16 at 05:13 PM Reply With Quote
I like the Nomad, reminds me of the rc buggies I had as a kid.


Hmmmm replica .......

But yeh the Extra Gear was better than expected.

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myke pocock

posted on 30/5/16 at 07:11 PM Reply With Quote
Bit of a yawn realy. I was expecting something a little different. Even had "some say"!!! Was it more expensive to employ another script write instead of using the old scripts. AND I am so glad that EJ wasnt in it. What a muppet. PLEASE dont use him too much. Even Sabine whatsername was boring.
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cliftyhanger

posted on 30/5/16 at 07:24 PM Reply With Quote
Not exactly groundbreaking but then again I did quite like Joeys style. I am happy to give it time to sort itself out, but I hope they stop re-hashing the "same old" and come up with some more new ideas. And why does the ginger bloke keep shouting (or is it just poor sound/acoustics?) I will give it a few more weeks....
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perksy

posted on 30/5/16 at 07:36 PM Reply With Quote
Hmmm Hopefully its a slow start and it will get better

Perhaps the characters need time to jel, but as has been said it was a bit "same old same old" and over scripted...

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twybrow

posted on 30/5/16 at 08:39 PM Reply With Quote
Can we stop bashing Chris Evans for the colour of his hair please? Bash him because you don't like the show or his style, but can we stop slumping so low as to discriminate against his hair colour? My daughter has beautiful hair, and I don't relish the idea of her growing up in a country where hair colour is reason enough to discriminate.
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phelpsa

posted on 30/5/16 at 08:44 PM Reply With Quote
Put Rory, Chris Harris and Matt Le Blanc together.
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nick205

posted on 31/5/16 at 08:30 AM Reply With Quote
Well, I've not read the full thread, but I have watched the new TG to see what it's like. Bearing in mind I liked the old TG and didn't mind the presenters either I'm not overly enamored (sp?) with the "new" TG - seems to be the same with presenters I'm not that keen on.

A shame IMHO that Chris Harris wan't in it as I do quite like his petrol head ethos and ability to make a half decent job of presenting it. I've watched a number of his YouTube episodes and found them quite good (personally).

I didn't enjoy the Mini section as I'm really not a Mini fan full stop. The cheap car being thrashed around the tarmac circuit was OK for me. I get the feeling they changed it to try and introduce something new - unnecessary and they could have picked a better car too IMHO. Have to say I do enjoy Ken Block thrashing a rally car about and some input from him would have helped this section for me.

Overall I don't think I'll rush to watch another episode now






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Sam_68

posted on 31/5/16 at 09:53 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by nick205
A shame IMHO that Chris Harris wasn't in it as I do quite like his petrol head ethos and ability to make a half decent job of presenting it. I've watched a number of his YouTube episodes and found them quite good (personally).


It's a shame there isn't the market for a 'serious' motoring programme, the way that TG used to be in the Chris Goffey days.

Sadly, the commercial success of the Clarkson era as an entertainment programme probably means that will never be possible, again.

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loggyboy

posted on 31/5/16 at 09:56 AM Reply With Quote
I always watch TG with thought of rewatching them on Dave in a few years time, there are quite a few episodes I can watch over and over again.
My thoughts as the program ran.

Too much TFI friday with the way audience was set out and interacted with.
They intro'd MLB, but then didn't mention anyone else? It seemed to be billed as lots of new staff but then just jumped in to reviews.
I was hoping for a mass sit down in a 'top gear news' style with everyone introduced.
First segment Viper v Corvette - more silly testing/competition for non real world situations - this should have been a mid season filler.
Stig - i Lol'd at the stig custody comment. But MLB seemed unfamiliar with style he should be introduced, if they are gonna retain presenting styles it needs to be perfect, not half arsed.
2nd segment - it was at this point I was playing a game on my phone as I was loosing interest. Again, it seemed like a mid season filler - Surely if doing US vs UK thing, they should have used a US equiv of reliant, or if there isnt one chose another uk car that does have a US equivalent. Just seemed a nonsense, with no continuity or direction.
Star in a rally car - I don't mind the new rallycross format - makes a change although the previous format wasn't broken so seemed a silly change. My further concern i the mud its pulling on to the rest of the track making slippery for the normal testing.
Also - why not get lots of celebs on? like the previous series have done when they've changed cars. showing 10+ people doing the new track would have been a good intro to the new format.
3rd segment - Nomad test - not bad - probably best of a bad bunch, but why MLB again? where's Harris or the other new guy?
Back to blackpool - More averageness - had me on playing on my phone again with lack of interest.

I then watched the Extragear - and im suddenly rewarded with the TG i was hoping for. Rory Reid seemed a bit wooden but gotta give im a series to settle in. Harris seemed his usual likeable self.
They need to merge this in to the main program and they will be on to a winner.

[Edited on 31-5-16 by loggyboy]





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nick205

posted on 31/5/16 at 10:25 AM Reply With Quote
^^^

IMHO I'd rather have seen Chris Harris reviewing the Nomad. Whilst unobtainable (and impractical) for me it was certainly interesting to see it exercised. I do wonder if there would be a market out there for a build your own kit version - maybe not Ariel's thing, but it might be interesting for some to build.






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Sam_68

posted on 31/5/16 at 10:43 AM Reply With Quote
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I do wonder if there would be a market out there for a build your own kit version - maybe not Ariel's thing, but it might be interesting for some to build.


I'm sure it's only a matter of time!

The Rotrax did very well in its day, and sand rails and dune buggies before that, so there certainly used to be a market for cheap, kit RV's.

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posted on 31/5/16 at 11:10 AM Reply With Quote
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quote:
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I do wonder if there would be a market out there for a build your own kit version - maybe not Ariel's thing, but it might be interesting for some to build.


I'm sure it's only a matter of time!

The Rotrax did very well in its day, and sand rails and dune buggies before that, so there certainly used to be a market for cheap, kit RV's.


Take a look at blitsworld and animoto, toned down and not as stylish but build yourself. Also rage buggies are worth a look.





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JoelP

posted on 31/5/16 at 12:02 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by twybrow
Can we stop bashing Chris Evans for the colour of his hair please? Bash him because you don't like the show or his style, but can we stop slumping so low as to discriminate against his hair colour? My daughter has beautiful hair, and I don't relish the idea of her growing up in a country where hair colour is reason enough to discriminate.


Ditto. It just seems like some people need to hate on something, anything. Then again, that's probably why political correctness takes such a bashing.





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ianhurley20

posted on 31/5/16 at 02:58 PM Reply With Quote
Well as I said earlier I don't like Mr Shouty in this at all but have now watched TG Extra and if they had put that out with non famous presenters like Rory and Chris I would have been much happier with the program altogether!
Perhaps they should have gone the cheap way and not gone for people who are 'names'





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tweek

posted on 31/5/16 at 03:31 PM Reply With Quote
What struck me was that Chris Evans seemed a lot more bearable when he was being interviewed on Extra Gear!

I give the whole thing (Top + Extra) a 'not bad', it needs work and clearly more Chris Harris/Sabine Schmitz - they were the best bits by miles.

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Irony

posted on 31/5/16 at 04:12 PM Reply With Quote
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quote:
Originally posted by twybrow
Can we stop bashing Chris Evans for the colour of his hair please? Bash him because you don't like the show or his style, but can we stop slumping so low as to discriminate against his hair colour? My daughter has beautiful hair, and I don't relish the idea of her growing up in a country where hair colour is reason enough to discriminate.


Ditto. It just seems like some people need to hate on something, anything. Then again, that's probably why political correctness takes such a bashing.


Doesn't your signature bash people with tourettes?

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jacko

posted on 31/5/16 at 05:44 PM Reply With Quote
Same sh*t different day
They had a chance to start it with a blank sheet but no same crap what a shame
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posted on 31/5/16 at 07:25 PM Reply With Quote
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Can we stop bashing Chris Evans for the colour of his hair please? Bash him because you don't like the show or his style, but can we stop slumping so low as to discriminate against his hair colour? My daughter has beautiful hair, and I don't relish the idea of her growing up in a country where hair colour is reason enough to discriminate.


Nothing wrong with his hair IMO. I had a grilfriend with the same mad hair, she was gorgeous, mad as box of frogs and well up for 'anything' ahem... Wish I still had her......





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posted on 31/5/16 at 08:32 PM Reply With Quote
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I do wonder if there would be a market out there for a build your own kit version - maybe not Ariel's thing, but it might be interesting for some to build.


I'm sure it's only a matter of time!

The Rotrax did very well in its day, and sand rails and dune buggies before that, so there certainly used to be a market for cheap, kit RV's.


I'm already on it, watch this space.





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woodster

posted on 31/5/16 at 09:50 PM Reply With Quote
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Well as I said earlier I don't like Mr Shouty in this at all but have now watched TG Extra and if they had put that out with non famous presenters like Rory and Chris I would have been much happier with the program altogether!
Perhaps they should have gone the cheap way and not gone for people who are 'names'


I watched TG extra tonight after reading your post and totally agree ..... In my opinion way better presenting and driving I highly recommend it and please bbc sack ginger and friends guy and replace with Rory and Chris

[Edited on 31/5/16 by woodster]

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SteveWalker

posted on 31/5/16 at 10:15 PM Reply With Quote
I quite liked the new TG, but found Chris Evans irritating - as usual!

Matt le Blanc could, given time, turn out to be quite good.

There certainly wasn't any "chemistry" between CE and MLB, which is a big change after JC, RH and JM.

I must look for TGE on catch-up.

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