For a big budget show1, the American version of Top Gear got very little fanfare. It was mentioned a couple of times in the news and details were sketchy. What was mentioned was the hosts of Top Gear USA, Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, and Rutledge Wood, whom I’ve never heard of before. Then it premiered in History Channel. Who would’ve put this combination together?
Maybe I should’ve dug deeper because the show was closer to home than I thought.
The show was filmed on El Toro Airbase in Irvine, which is only 5 minutes away from work. Earlier this week, as I was driving up Irvine Blvd, I did see a giant light on top of a tall crane in the middle of the airfield. I wondered what or why it was there. Now I know why.
I’ve always paid attention to the Top Gear series, but for some odd reason I missed the call for tickets to see the show at the Marine Base. I’ve just submitted my name for future tickets, hoping the show will be renewed for 2nd (or 3rd) season.
Now, Top Gear UK worked because of the presenters gelled together. On the first episode, the three US guys just don’t have that closeness. It’ll take some time for them to get to know and gel with each other. By the third episode, I could see them bonding during the $1000 car challenge, where they spit alcohol on the camp fire, and laughing it all up when they trashed their cheap cars off-roading.
I sure hope they don’t suffer the same problem with Top Gear Australia, where they kept changing the hosts – trying to figure out which three will make the right combination. I say give them a chance. They might just surprise me.
- at least the UK version [↩]