• Apr 23, 2008
SpeedTV did a video podcast featuring Adam Carolla -- along with SpeedTV's Kendall, and 50 Cent -- flogging a Pontiac G8 around a track. Carolla gets a check mark for being able to make jokes at speed and while in a spin. Whether he's actually funny, we'll let you decide. Since it wasn't done as a trial for the US Top Gear, and we have no idea what he was meant to be doing -- or allowed to say -- we shouldn't judge too harshly. But Clarkson doesn't have anything to worry about just yet...

[Source: Final Gear via Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I woun't blame Adam Carolla if American TG suck
      • 6 Years Ago
      Clarkson isn't that funny while driving on the track either. He's funny in the bits between, the bumper sections, and even while driving on backroads. But on the track, he's largely concentrating on driving, as he should.
      • 6 Years Ago
      as much as i love adam corolla and the man show...he should put an end to this NOW!
      • 6 Years Ago
      they should put this guy on there...he just needs to focus more on the engine and looks, not soo much the tech...

      http://www.cnettv.com/9742-1_53-50002173.html?tag=cnetfd.vid
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice that they didn't once talk about the car while on track? Is there more of this clip that we are missing because .. I'd rather here a joke in between telling me how the car is (Clarkson style) than the other way around (I am assuming what happened in the rest of the clip).

      It's a clip of a car review without a single bit of review in it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Why? Because this is America! In AMERICA, we buy stuff like we do in A-M-E-R-I-C-A. America has steak, bla America, America, bla bla, AMERICA!"

        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. That was terrible.
        • 6 Years Ago
        no kidding! seemed pushed to me. kinda like he thought of it once before while actually eating steak.

        "gear", i fear, will be dynamically dreadful!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whatever happened to Tiff Needel? He was my favorite car guy, and he seemed like he would be a cool cat to sit with and talk about cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its not as bad as I expected.
      He did pretty well
      • 6 Years Ago
      What NBC is making is not Top Gear in any way, shape or form. It's their own automotive show inspired by the UK show, and a shell of that show to boot.

      I'll continue enjoying Top Gear downloads, on BBC America and their magazine and website.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly. Was this for "Gear"? No, the damn title says so. Who's to say he was even trying to be funny? I think too many of you guys are shooting down everyone too quickly. I love Top Gear, and think the 3 presenters are awesome, but alone they really aren't that funny (well, Clarksons pretty entertaining on his own, not so much the other 2).

        I'm excited for "Gear". I think NBC will be able to pull it off, and do it well. It seems like you guys are setting your expectations so high, you're expecting something even FUNNIER than Top Gear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny guy, but no Clarkson. Top Gear really is his 'baby'. It's kinda like the UK trying to do their own Seinfeld.

      Just because the money's there to make it, it doesn't mean it should be made.

      It's called the 'Audi A5 Fastback Syndrome'

      • 6 Years Ago
      Not gonna lie, carolla's voice is kind of annoying. But he isnt to bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think part of the reason why many americans like the BBC version of Top Gear is because it shows us the cars we wish we owned, while making fun of the cars many of us do own. For me, I would prefer that they didn't make a version of Top Gear for NBC. The NBC version would undoubtedly be an advertisement for the Big Three, and we already have enough shows that cater to that audience. (Overhaulin', MuscleCar, etc) As far as I am concerned, we do have good automotive programming to cater to our domestic market. While Clarkson certainly has his biases, he does manage to review a variety of vehicles, albeit with a critical lens.

      My reservations stem from the fact that I'm afraid we won't see all the exotics of the BBC version, nor will we see the absurd challenges. Top Gear succeeds because it is so over the top. Fifth Gear is more down to earth, and caters to a slightly different demographic, but as the press continues to hype up the NBC version, I led to believe that "Gear" will be "below sea level."
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