• Dec 22, 2010
If we didn't know any better, we'd think there was still some bad blood between Ben Collins and the hosts of Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond all took a few pot shots at cardboard cutouts of the Stig during this week's episode while trying their respective hands at the art of drive-by shooting. According to The First Post, Captain Slow was the initial one to bust a few caps with a handgun from the passenger side of a Ferrari, followed by Hammond gunning from a Porsche. Not to be outdone, Clarkson took on his target with an automatic rifle from the window of a Mercedes-Benz.

Collins infamously riled both the producers and the hosts of Top Gear by publishing a memoir of his time as the Stig called The Man in the White Suit. With the mystery of the Stig's identity dissipated, Collins was canned from the show. He quickly found work with the rival gang over at Fifth Gear, but Top Gear has yet to replace its tame racing driver. Still, there is some word that the show has found a new driver and its only a matter of time before he shows his face helmet. Thanks for the tip, Gooner!

[Source: The First Post]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      69 minutes and 53 seconds of evidence why Top Gear USA will always be a pale shadow of the original.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I hear TotD is getting MAJOR Police presence, and possibly even speedbumps (?!).

      Last time I drove the Blue Ridge (Skyline Drive), we were going a BIT faster than they were in that epsiode.. I was with a group of about 5 or 6 E93 M3s, I was driving an Evo X, and there was an R35 GT-R with us too.. We sure as hell weren't doing 35MPH. It was a great time.

      I've also driven at ViR before. It was in an SRT-10 Viper, SRT-8 300C, SRT-8 Charger, and SRT-6 Crossfire for the SRT Driving Experience. (If you've never heard of this, I wrote a review here: http://www.ericpetersautos.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8597 )

      Here's the group that went: I'm driving the Evo (3rd car, just after the Exige S)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usb3pTg1Xyg&feature=related
      • 4 Years Ago
      For those who haven't seen it yet and do not want to deal with torrents, you can stream the full episode here. I need to get an energy drink.

      http://www.streetfire.net/video/top-gear-15x07-20101221_2100203.htm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Poor Collins.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Groza Good point. Don't think I've seen it yet on Top Gear USA, but I'm sure we'll see making fun (or maybe did & I forgot) in general of Europe etc.

      Top Gear Australia just totally hated Corvette ZR1 but host testing it didn't read slightest thing about driving it. Had no idea how to set for quick launch.

      Jeremy Clarkson is an idiot crappy driver who doesn't know how to go around any corner w/out power sliding ridiculously through. But then criticized Camaro for doing it too much in rain. At least other Top Gear (UK) hosts don't do the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great episode, but it looked to me to be a semi-automatic rifle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Semi-Automatic is correct. But then again, expecting the editorial staff on Autoblog to know anything about something that doesn't have 4 wheels is asking a lot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And, once again, when they come to the US a big chunk, maybe more than half, is all about how they're around a bunch of Southern country boys ('hicks') and how odd and ridiculous everything is around them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^ Funny bits had to do with them knocking the former Stig, not ragging on America because I don't think they did. As does every TG America trip, this episode really makes me want to visit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is it any different over in USA when we talk about Europe or Asia. Get some backbone. Top Gear insults every other nation but i haven't seen Germans or French going nuts about it. As long as you got a brain you know they are over exaggarating and most of as know that.

        And really that USA clip made me really want to visit USA again and especially finally visit New York for the first time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean there are really people like that? Goodness me.

        Yes, because when a British person mentions their incredulity at the antics of certain types of merkin, they *must* be taking the mickey.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ El Cid Because its totally a double standard for it to be acceptable to insult the US because our shows never make fun of their country or people.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFi2GWrliDA
      • 4 Years Ago
      so they stopped at the Capital Speedway in Crofton, MD, also found it quite interesting they took a detour to film them on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge before heading up to Pennsylvania, but nice to see them soaking in the Mid-Atlantic, literally
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn a new episode aired already? I thought it was just the christmas special this year and new episodes in 2011. Sorry AB, but torrents here i come.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh, Jeremy's rifle was semi-auto, hence him pulling the trigger once for every shot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He also didn't shoot through the window of the benz...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not Top Gear UK - it's Top Gear. The original and the real one.

      Also, this episode was apparently the last episode for the last season.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We all know that TopGear "UK" is the original and will always be better than the American version.

        I would think Autoblog calls it TopGear UK to make it clear that it's the British version. I don't think they're suggesting parity between the two shows.
        • 4 Years Ago
        they said it was the first episode of the season because this is what is to come this season and they showed 20-30 seconds of clips
      • 4 Years Ago
      How ridiculously petty. I wish they'd just drop the whole Collins fiasco, which was blown way out of proportion. I personally love the show but could give a flip about the Stig's identity. It's a fictional character anyway. The fact that the producers would air such a sour-grapes episode makes me question their integrity.
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