• Oct 7, 2009
Top Gear's Rednecks in Alabama USA - click above to watch the videos

Seems like forever since we've run a Top Gear post, no? And hey, when the world's most popular car show is on hiatus we tend to get a bit... withdrawn. Because, well, we just love the antics. Like the time Clarkson had a Bugatti Veyron and Hammond was stuck in the back of May's Cessna as they raced back to London. Brilliant, right? Or how about the £1,500 Porsche challenge. We try to watch it once a month. And let's not forget the time they bought a bunch of used cars in Florida and drove 'em across the South. Actually... was that even real? Like, did Confederate Flag crazed rednecks really try to kill all three of them? Here's what the tiniest but toughest member of Top Gear has to say about it:
It's a pretty lengthy story, but in the course of our trip, by way of an entertaining diversion to keep up our spirits during an especially lengthy drive, we had devised a plan whereby we would each try to get the others killed.
Hmm, okay, yes – very funny, but really? Like, for reals?
[W]e all felt that we would cause, at worst, a ripple of offence no deeper than that which might be generated among the residents of Cornwall by three visitors driving their cars through Truro with "Cream teas are rubbish" painted down the sides. We covered three miles before being placed in genuine fear for our lives.
Fun! And then they pulled into that gas station where they were approached by a woman that asked, "Y'all queers trying to see how long you can last in a hick town?" If you've seen the episode, you know how it ends. And if you haven't, we've got it after the jump. And we strongly advise you to read the rest of Hammond's remarks, as they are quite, um, enlightening.

[Source: Top Gear]

Rednecks in Alabama USA Part 1

Rednecks in Alabama USA Part 2


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Staged or not, they did tend to hit the nail dead on the head as far as attitudes are concerned. I live 200 miles due north of Mobile County, and I can attest to this type of behavior. NO, not everybody walks around in cowboy hats, but they do act like a bunch of jerks, regardless of color. Typical in most of South and North Alabama and Mississippi.

      This is one area I avoid on purpose whenever I'm in Mobile County. Can't say the same about Cullman County in North Alabama. After a bad experience there a few years ago, I now buy my food, gas or use the bathroom in either Birmingham or Huntsville before driving through Cullman.

      For those of you who still have doubts about this type of foolishness, I suggest you read a book entitled "Sundown Towns." It will open your eyes.

      David Ederer
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Clip is funny. We are fat in the US our food is great. , Brits are skinny because their food is awful. Clarkson wanted to see the guys teeth because British teeth are the same color as that guys, but not made of gold.
      They could have used English cars in their tests but the English don't own any car companies.
      Too bad the gators went hungry.
      I hope they can take a joke.
        William Pope
        • 2 Months Ago
        @David Ederer

        Aston Martin, McLaren, Morgan and Lotus are English. Rolls Royce, MINI and Bentley are English but are now owned by BMW. Land Rover/Range Rover and Jaguar are also English but are now owned by TATA motors (Indian) But all of these cars are still designed and manufactured in England. English make cars. Just not everyday cars, They only make luxury ones.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @David Ederer
        Of course the british have car companies! Haven't you seen the "Crap british Leyland cars" episode (10/7)? :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      The clip was hilarious, but if I produced it it would have had a different ending.
      The inbred homo's in the truck would have caught up with Jeremy. They would have dragged him out of the jalopie by his pathetic hairdo and proceded to beat his pathetic pompous brittish ass with a bat and crush his worthless tiny little brains into the pavement with a brick. Slowly mind you so he feels as much pain as possible for the longest period of time. When they are done they should then make him an Alabama Christmas ornament, meaning hang his carcass from a tree in the front yard of one of the shacks they live in. Video tape the whole procedure and post it on Utube and force the BBC to show it several times a day to remind all the ungrateful inbred pompous brittish asses to stay on their side of the puddle and remember that only a few years back we whopped their punk asses and a while later saved their pathetic asses from having to speak German. Stupid move on our part, we should have let Germany crush them. With friends like the dishonorable back stabbing brit's, who needs enemies?
        William Pope
        • 2 Months Ago

        The Americans dint stop the English from speaking German but helped the world defat an evil man from trying to take over the world and killing people because they were Jewish.

        ajh@wow.com
        • 8 Months Ago
        This comment should be taken as proof to all that the scene as shown in the episode was most likely completely accurate....
        Dan
        • 1 Year Ago
        No, sir, not a single anger management issue here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw the episode, it sure looked fake to me, up to and including the dubbed shouting as the crew supposedly had to tear out of the gas station in Alabama. I got the impression that nobody gave them a second glance.

      The article is obviously bogus, for example nobody in Alabama wears cowboy hats.

      Essentially, it's just more of Clarkson's anti-American crap. He panders to a UK audience that laps up anything that reinforces their stereotypes of the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently you've never been to West Alabama. That's where I live and I see them everyday.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a They 'insult' America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm from the South and proud of it. This episode didn't offend me one bit, I thought it was funny. You'll find rednecks everywhere you go. I've seen them in New England, New York, California, Mid-West, North-West, South-West, everywhere in the US.

      Maybe they're hard to spot in Europe, probably come in a little bit different flavor, but I'm sure they're there as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      USA! USA! USA!
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK, so the scariest thing ever for the limp-wristed tea drinker was a bunch of stone-chucking bumpkins. I dunno, he looked pretty askeered when he was crying his eyes out while being dragged across the arctic by a team of brave husky dogs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        MachinaDC5: "USA! USA! USA!"

        Sadly, people outside (and inside, judging from a lot of the comments) derive a monolithic stereotypical image of the country from stuff like this.

        Too bad Hammond and Co. didn't have the hampster balls to write some mildly-local-offensive stuff on their car and go toodle'ing around in, oh:

        Los Angeles
        Detroit
        Atlanta
        Miami
        Washington D.C.
        Chicago

        The we'd see similar - if not worse - ignorance, hatred, bigotry,and lunacy. You know, the kind that gets honor students beat to death in the street when they are walking home from school.

        It might still be funny sport, especially to foreigners who don't know any better, to perpetually stereotype southerners. But those who do are about 30+ years too late in lampooning the locales and people that are the core of America's problems today. Their bend-over-backwards to show anything but the obvious is telling.

        • 5 Years Ago
        no way, the Polar Special was by far the best one yet. Amazing too because it had no cars to speak of. Also it's the only one in HD until the next series in November.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Imagine if they were black and did this? There would have been a lynching that night.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Sea Urchin

        He got his teeth done, remember? But of course he denies it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would love to know what Hammond thinks about USA, but i am too busy admiring his bad teeth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It really was one of the best of all time. OF ALL TIME.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The saddest part of this is that I'm sure they didn't make it up and that's why the rest of the world hates American's. Because when given the chance we always live down to their expectations of us.
      Alliekatt
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is sort of like driving slowly through the Falls estate with "Gerry Adams is a pedo" and "No Surrender" emblazoned on the side of your jalopy. Believe you me, this can very well happen in Britain, it's just that their Redneck South is actually about 70 miles northwest of Liverpool, and consists of six counties of decent people plagued by various mad bastards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm from Alabama. I've also driven through that area and i find it shocking that someone would do that. I wish this episode would just go away. What i find even more shocking is that even today, in 2009, the state of the city of New Orleans. Its deplorable. Oh BTW TimO thanks for the vote of confidence... have you even been to the south?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm from Alabama too, and I don't think its too hard to believe. We have no idea how long they sat around the gas station to wait for something to happen. My guess if they had really just pumped their gas and left as quickly as possible, nothing would have happened. But they probably stood around and hammed it up for the cameras to try to "make" somehting happen.

        Like the guys said earlier, if I was in NY and had "Yankees Suck." or "911 was staged" painted on my car, I'm sure I'd get a similar reaction out of the more "Educated and sensible" northerners.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same here. I've also been down there and I don't believe that it really happened. There are so many things that are faked on that show (still entertaining though) and I think that is what happened here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I lived in the U.K. for three years, in Berkshire (I've lived in three continents and in four countries) and believe me the Brits have no business laughing at people in the US. They have plenty of the Ford Mondeo driving, down the pub, football hooligan types that live for the holiday in Spain and complain about the “foreign food”. The only pity is that they didn’t get some buckshot in their tailgate.

      P.S. – I’m not American, I’m a Canadian.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great segment, love the show, but I think Hammond is being a bit of a drama queen here. I don't doubt that the locals talked some trash to them, but the whole rock throwing, and now claiming that they had a small armed militia chasing them in a fleet of pick up trucks is most likely a lie, paranoia, and a dramatic effect. You never see anyone throwing rocks, or any guns, or even anyone chasing them You see one pick up truck pull in with a few guys in the back, that's it. They were looking for something to happen, that was the whole point of the challenge, it was a scripted bit. So they got a bite, and turned it into a shark just for TV. Oh, and Hammond needs to get a effing haircut, he looks ridiculous for a man of his age, he's like the Posh Spice of motor journalists.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe he might be growing his hair long to hide the scars on his scalp from his brain surgery that he had after that accident in the jet car.
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