• Oct 25th 2010 at 12:57PM
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Few television programs are as intimately familiar with the stop watch as the blokes over at Top Gear. But they're not alone. On this side of the Atlantic, the icon is the rightful property of the CBS News magazine show 60 Minutes. And as many celebrities and documentary segments as the Top Gear crew may have interviewed and screened, 60 Minutes has been doing it longer.

Still, the two programs are about as different as can be. You wouldn't expect to see 60 Minutes host Steve Kroft firing a camper van at a giant target any more than Jeremy Clarkson asking the next presidential candidate the hard-hitting questions. But as we previewed last week, Kroft headed to Top Gear's studios outside London to interview Clarkson, Hammond, May and producer Andy Wilman... and even tried to get a word or two out of the since-departed Stig.

Follow the jump to watch the results that aired this past weekend, plus some deleted scenes courtesy of 60 Minutes Overtime. (Thanks to everyone who sent in the tips!)

[Source: CBS News]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's "anchors AWEIGH"! Not "anchors away"! Come on, you guys are supposed to be "journalists"!!

      Yeah, I'm a pedantic jerk, I admit it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe it's a semi-humorous and admittedly overly contrived attempt at a pun ('anchors' in this case being a television host and 'away' instead of 'aweigh' because the 60 Minutes host is off on a lap with the Stig.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, they are bloggers, not journalists.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I am curious to see if the US Top Gear has the stones to call a car "rubbish."
        __________

        That's easy and not the part that draws ire. Its saying the owners of a particular brand are X or Y. It's the balls to drink while driving in the North Pole. It's the balls to offend people!

        No body care if he says a Corvette is garbage, but they do when he says lazy, fat, rednecks build them.

        Hopefully the US show will be equally not politically correct. I am not holding my breath. If it was on Comedy Central maybe, but History is pretty conservative.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol @ people ripping on the website that's fostered the community we so rely upon to... rip on Autoblog.

        Come on folks, really? Lighten up a little bit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The truth can hurt... Nascar does suck!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is pure opinion. I enjoy Nascar very much
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the most important element of that piece, and one I hope US Top Gear fully understands is Clarkson's comments about being bland and expecting complaints.

      No complaints? That mean's you aren't pushing the envelope and that you are putting out a mediocre product.

      I am curious to see if the US Top Gear has the stones to call a car "rubbish."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thy should have dedicated more time to the story, about 60 minutes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really well done. Makes me appreciate them even more, and great to hear from them and the producers how much they understand the show is about more than cars and tests, rather how the chemistry and antics are what the fans really love.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was 12 when I saw Morley Safer (a Ferrari owner) do a piece on Lamborghini in 1985. I've preferred the Raging Bull ever since.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OwCR8AP2G0
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY09dM3JNTk
        • 4 Years Ago
        THAT WAS AMAZING, THANK YOU!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Top Gear UK is one of my all-time favorite shows. I watch it every night on BBC Canada.

      That said, this 60 Minutes "story" seemed like nothing more than a blatant promotional piece for the upcoming Top Gear USA -- gotta explain the original show concept to the target audience so they "get it." Akin to actors doing the talk show circuit to plug their latest movie/TV show/cause/whatever. I expect more from 60 Minutes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw this on Jalopnik earlier today and thought it was both really well done and interesting at the same time. Nothing really new here for regular TG fans, but glad to see them get more exposure in the US.

      Also as I was watching this 60 Minutes pieces I realized that if this was an American show, there is no chance in hell that it would have lasted as long as TG:UK has been around. This is a Billion dollar franchise for the BBC, but if it was on US TV, they would have sold-out years ago. It would have been way over-exposed, the hosts would have demanded way too much money to make the show feasible, and 1/2 the show would have turned into one big commercial for Ford or GM or whoever. And that doesn't even include the fact that if it took off, there would be copy-cat shows on every other network trying to get a piece of the action. In many ways, I thank god that TG isn't all that popular in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fantastic point that was very well put.

        The behavior that you described is exactly what irks me about much of the modern world, society, and not just the tv/business world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It would be nice to compare Top Gear to Battle of the Supercars. After that, choose which you would prefer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was by far the best outside piece I have ever seen about Top Gear. It did a terrific job of capturing the essense of the show and hearing what the creators (Clarkson, Wilman) believe the show is about.

      If 60 Minutes understands the show this well it makes you wonder why they would bother drafting a US version instead of just putting the original on a real mainstream networking (History and BBCA are not really mainstream in the US) and promote it properly.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't say that the History Channel isn't mainstream, it is standard on most cable systems.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Top Dog of automotive shows.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Weird interview, they didnt mention anything about Ben Collins recent news or the fact that there is going to be a Top Gear USA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well you have to remember that this 60 Minutes episode was filmed a while back.

        Didn't Captain Slow say that his fastest speed (in the Veyron SS) happened only the previous week? And that episode aired back in July (I believe), and was actually filmed months before that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thats true. Its still odd they didnt throw in the latest news at the end of that segment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very Very nice video done for somebody who haven't seen Top Gear.
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