what is the season/episode where the italian guy drives an Evora to Key West?
Current: 2006 Acura CSX, 1996 Porsche 911 C2
Gone: 2004 Jeep Liberty Renegade (375,000 kms), 2007 VW GTI (BMP), 2001 VW Jetta Wolfsburg Edition, 1994 Ford Ranger (calypso green), 1987 Jeep YJ
also looking forward to this season, especially since TG:UK won't be back until 2013 (not counting Christmas special). TG:US has come a long way, and the past season was actually really enjoyable.
welcome to the layer cake
TGUS has grown on me. I still think it's a bit less professional, and they spend much more time in the video clips than in the studio. The interviews with the guests are very short and their handling of 'The Stig' leaves a lot to be desired. "Take it away, Stig"???? You don't have to copy TGUK, but at least add some mystery and intrigue to the character.
I know the guys are certainly younger than their UK counterparts and it surely shows during the clips, but can we get through a single episode without them ramming each other's cars, especially ones that are still in decent shape? TGUS, if a single car makes it through the episode alive, it's a failure, it seems. This is a car show for people who love cars, not all of us love watching every car they show get destroyed.
The TGUK show doesn't (usually) destroy cars on a whim. Their cars can and do fail and die at times, but it's usually due to their age or lack of maintenance, not planned carnage.
I'd love to see Adam hold the interview position as he is much more natural at it, imo, and gets a better quality interview most of the time. I was glad to see him get some real training from Boris Said in S3 as he seemed to need it. With the skill differences between the trio it's a tougher chemistry than the TGUK crew. TGUK crew is 3 people with good driving skills but no formal training, all just auto aficionados with roughly the same skills. With Tanner on TGUS, the skill difference is almost too much, making most driving competitions skewed in his favor right away. Rutt seems to be between Tanner and Adam, but closer to Adam. I'd love to see if they can figure out a way to exploit each person's skill to make the show tighter. Rutt is the best bud everyone wants to hang out with and have a good time, spontaneous and hilarious, wacky and a bit crazy. Tanner the focused skilled racer with the ability to get at least 8/10ths of a car's performance. They did a little of this for Tanner in S3 with his indoor speed record, the video game vs real LFA, and a few other things, but lets see more and in more detail. Adam is the grease that keeps everything running, the professional 'person'. Let him do all the interviews, most of the lead-ins, improve his driving a bit more to make it more interesting, and let him come up with some over the top stuff, classy, smooth, cool stuff.
Right now it feels like all 3 of them are trying to be neutral versions of themselves and it just makes the show not flow well. Let each one free to play to their strengths and I think we'll see a better show. On TGUK, Captain Slow is laid back stays out of the way, grumbles, and has his own spin/tastes, while Hammond is the eager beaver ready to prove everyone wrong about anything or try anything then you have Clarkson that is the rock that keeps everything on pace and moving and dishing out a few insults here and there. It's great chemistry because they all know their roles and are great at them. With TGUS, each presenter seems to be trying to do everything and nobody can settle into something they can call their own and the show suffers for it.
Sorry for the lengthy post, just some observations I hope will inspire the people responsible for the show to improve and create the next TG dynasty.
Last edited by Maxvla; 07-21-2012 at 05:46 AM.
What's up gang! Sorry I'm late to update...
Pretty pumped about the new season. We have some really good stuff coming up. I'm typing on my iPad in a hotel room in Moab because we just finished show #6 for this run, so please excuse me if I have any typos on this little bastard.
There's some fun shows coming up...a couple of them I'm sure you guys will feel like are TCL shows entirely.
We don't have a studio portion for the first 6 episodes of this 16 show season because History really wanted us to get the shows done as soon as we can, so we just had to cut that part out. As a lot of you know, that's a bit of a bummer because I love that part if for no reason besides that we get up close and personal with the fans of the show, which I love...which is also why I finally joined the Vortex.
Hopefully with the next 10 shows we will have the time to do it...we will have some celebrities in the show though...just in different ways.
Hope you guys will watch the show and enjoy it...love to hear what you guys think...it's always funny to hear that I'm a fat hipster, so I'll be ready for that too
Ps- I've bought or tried to buy more cars from this season than I have before from the show, so maybe that's a hint
Nice to see you back, Rut.
That non-studio thing is fine with me. Sometimes it just adds too much "fluff" at times. Hopefully it means more time out testing cars and doing more humorous comparos/contests.
Will be tuning in for the next season! I think you all have really hit your stride(s) now.
Crazy to think that at the end of this run, we will have done 46 shows. Holy **** that's crazy to me...it stil doesn't feel real to me that I'm on the show. Bananas.
Anywho, thanks for the support. I'll find out if they'll let me tell you guys what's coming up !
I'm glad to see you guys getting away from the UK format. As May and Hammond said in the video, us Americans have gotten used to your personalities and mannerisms. I think your producers tried to get people hooked during the first season by following the UK format but kind of saw it backfire when they realized how many people were familiar with the TGUK.
Also I forget that Rutledge lives about 15 minutes away from me here in Fayette County. I need to get the guy who details your cars to give mine a work over. Also, I waved at you during the PTC 4th of July Parade.
If you can't fix it with a hammer, then you have an electrical issue
Thanks for the wave man! I was up way late working on the float for my wife & we some how won most patriotic...that's her dad's store so usually they're using my car trailer to pull something. Thanks for not making fun of my gangster ass rims on the Suburban. Rims were free from a friend who took them off his ex-wife's escalade when she left him so only had to buy new tires
And no Bi-turbo just yet...one day my friend...one day.
Can't wait for the new season (also, Rut, you get all my e-props for consistently tweeting back to my shoutouts hah! )
I know there's been interviews by the UK crew talking about the US version and probably vice versa - has there been any talk of have a UK/US showdown like they did with the Australian crew?? That would make for an awesome special!