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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Humble Beginnings

With the 17th Season of BBC's Top Gear ending not too long ago, I've gone a bit nostalgic and decided to dig around and find out where it all began for our ambitious but rubbish trio.

Here are clips of the first appearances of our three favorite presenters... in the world.

And this brings me to last November, which marked the premier of our very own Top Gear USA. What should have been exciting news was faced with immense criticism from just about everybody.

For God's sake, it's common sense to every man, woman, and child in the world that it was not going to compare to BBC's establishment. There really isn't any need for every member of every car forum to bash the television series to death.

Thankfully, the show will be back for another season yet. The United States is a country responsible for decades of heavy automotive consumption, yet the average American doesn't have a clue what it is they should be looking for in a car. Don't you think it's time we have our very own car program?

With luck, Top Gear USA will evolve to be at least as honest as its BBC counterpart so that it could keep the industry on its toes. I have a dream that one day this nation will abandon SUVs and crossovers in suburban parking lots. I have a dream that one day model bloat will be replaced with driving engagement. And, I have a dream that we will never have to see Chrysler make another Sebring convertible ever again.

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