: Any car shows worth watching of late?



orconn
06-03-13, 03:06 PM
Anyone see a car shows worth watching? All I see these days are shows where some guys are trying to buy low and sell high. It seems like "flip city" out there on the air waves .... "Oh, here is a piece of crud 1967 Ford sedan, I think I'll pay too much for this thing put a "cheapo" restoration on it and sell it to some sucker." Or we'll throw some air bags on it and some fancy wheels and some sucker will buy it for their kid!" Meanwhile let's show some juvenile horsing around by the mechanics and through in a girl welder or radiator tech in a miniskirt and platforms in case our audience is completely board with our low budget, low brow show!

cadillac kevin
06-03-13, 03:30 PM
Sounds like you described gas monkey garage (and car wars texas if that is still on) to a "T".
I like counting cars (could do with less of the goofball antics and fake drama and more focus on the building of the cars. I also like watching the power block on spike. Some of the projects the guys do are sweet and they seem to be pretty professional/ knowledgable in their work. I also wish overhaulin was on one of the major networks.

amunderdog
06-03-13, 03:42 PM
Wheeler dealers - keeping them from the crusher
Overhaulin - They have a large budget
I miss Click and Clack the tappet brothers

Aron9000
06-04-13, 02:13 AM
Wheeler Dealers is pretty fun, as they take somewhat obscure, more pedestrian(ie CHEAP) cars and do some basic restoration work on them. They usually start with a solid car that needs some mechanical or cosemetic work, usually they avoid rusty cars, but sometimes its fun to watch Ed China do some really nice fab work on rusty heaps.

Top Gear, British version. Great for your exotic fixation, pretty damn funny as well.

Chasing Classic Cars. This show usually fixates on very rare pre 1970's cars, lots of beautiful, rare, and rather esoteric cars featured on this show. It kind of follows a professional "dealer" who buys/sells/locates these type of Pebble Beach cars for rich people. Its rather interesting because this guy deals in #1 show cars, beautiful unrestored examples, and total basket cases that have been sitting in a barn for 20 or 30 years.

talismandave
06-04-13, 11:13 AM
Wheeler dealers - keeping them from the crusher
Overhaulin - They have a large budget
I miss Click and Clack the tappet brothers


Wheeler Dealers is pretty fun, as they take somewhat obscure, more pedestrian(ie CHEAP) cars and do some basic restoration work on them. They usually start with a solid car that needs some mechanical or cosemetic work, usually they avoid rusty cars, but sometimes its fun to watch Ed China do some really nice fab work on rusty heaps.

Top Gear, British version. Great for your exotic fixation, pretty damn funny as well.

Chasing Classic Cars. This show usually fixates on very rare pre 1970's cars, lots of beautiful, rare, and rather esoteric cars featured on this show. It kind of follows a professional "dealer" who buys/sells/locates these type of Pebble Beach cars for rich people. Its rather interesting because this guy deals in #1 show cars, beautiful unrestored examples, and total basket cases that have been sitting in a barn for 20 or 30 years.

Those and Overhaulin are pretty much the cream-of-the-crop. The Power Block is good also and you can learn a lot, but wouldn't be much entertainment to anyone who doesn't do their own work IMO.

CadillacLuke24
06-04-13, 05:57 PM
Top Gear UK is a must.

Top Gear USA is improving.

MoistCabbage
06-06-13, 12:41 AM
I can't deal with American Top Gear. The few episodes I tried to watch were just remakes of the BBC episodes, and you just can't beat Clarkson, Hammond and May.

Cadillac Kid03
06-08-13, 08:45 AM
I'v been watching Fast N' Loud pretty good show other then they love slamming cars.

The-Dullahan
06-08-13, 08:20 PM
I used to watch Top Gear once a year or so, simply for the humour. I dint know they've made a Unites States variant.

I really don't watch much television. I imagine the USA variant is not much good.

jayoldschool
06-08-13, 10:21 PM
Fifth Gear is great. Think TGUK, but less silliness. One of the hosts, Tiff Needell, is one of the old TGUK hosts.

Stingroo
06-08-13, 10:52 PM
Well, Rutledge Wood from TG:USA owned a Roadmaster wagon, so he's cool in my book?

Also, I've never liked TG:UK.

:flame suit on:

Cadillac Kid03
06-08-13, 10:58 PM
Well, Rutledge Wood from TG:USA owned a Roadmaster wagon, so he's cool in my book?

Also, I've never liked TG:UK.

:flame suit on:How in the world do you not like Top Gear UK? Yes they bad mouthed the Seville but still funny as all hell!

Stingroo
06-08-13, 11:18 PM
I don't care about the Seville, either.

:lol:

thebigjimsho
06-09-13, 12:31 AM
Guess I know why I don't like TG USA...

Stingroo
06-09-13, 12:35 AM
'Cause I like it? lol

ben.gators
06-09-13, 06:18 AM
I don't care about the Seville, either.

:lol:

Now you need :flame suit on:

:D
I can still remember the moment that I was watching Top Gear UK and Richard Hammond said that the STS handled and looked like a pig! I jumped in a fury from the couch and while was pointing at him I started yelling that pig is your.... and continued naming his entire family one by one! I am not proud of that moment and action, but that little guy was very unfair and his comment was because of his ignorance and his bias!

drewsdeville
06-09-13, 01:40 PM
How in the world do you not like Top Gear UK? I don't hate it, but I don't care for it either. For me, the turn off is the repetition - overuse of the same outspoken humor in every episode. Sometimes I feel like can accurately predict the next words of the 3 clown hosts.

It can be mildly entertaining here and there, however. It has it's moments. They are just too few and far between.

orconn
06-09-13, 03:34 PM
I don't hate it, but I don't care for it either. For me, the turn off is the repetition - overuse of the same outspoken humor in every episode. Sometimes I feel like can accurately predict the next words of the 3 clown hosts.

It can be mildly entertaining here and there, however. It has it's moments. They are just too few and far between.

I agree whole heartedly with Drew's assessment of Top Gear UK. There repetitive sophomoric humour and their all too evident prejudices make for a rather boring show after you have watched it a few times. Fun the first couple of times, then just repetitious slapstick!

Top Gear U.S. doesn't even have even moments of somewhat interesting subject matter or information. These three guys are all to graphic of the pablum brained mediocrity that is all to common in American life today. I will say the production values, of the few shows I have endured, seem to be first rate, but writing and delivery that the show contains don't even bring TPU.S. to snoozeville level.

Aztec ETC ECS
06-11-13, 08:40 AM
Street Outlaws on Discovery.
May not be for "everyone".

EcSTSatic
06-11-13, 08:55 AM
I caught a MotorWeek episode this weekend that named the 2013 Cadillac ATS as the MotorWeek 2013 Drivers' Choice Best of the Year

Hoosier Daddy
06-11-13, 09:31 AM
I caught a MotorWeek episode this weekend that named the 2013 Cadillac ATS as the MotorWeek 2013 Drivers' Choice Best of the Year

I posted the video in Feb or March in the ATS forum. It wasn't a segment contest but included all cars from all segments.

http://www.motorweek.org/reviews/drivers_choice_awards/#/best_of_the_year


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCEyMPZqWPA#t=11

Stingroo
06-11-13, 09:56 AM
I don't hate it, but I don't care for it either. For me, the turn off is the repetition - overuse of the same outspoken humor in every episode. Sometimes I feel like can accurately predict the next words of the 3 clown hosts.

It can be mildly entertaining here and there, however. It has it's moments. They are just too few and far between.

I think I've only said this maybe twice in all my time on the forum, but I agree with Drew.

Also, Clarkson irritates the piss out of me. He's not some automotive savant. He's a redneck with a funny accent.

:noidea:

Doesn't do it for me.

Hoosier Daddy
06-11-13, 10:35 AM
I think I've only said this maybe twice in all my time on the forum, but I agree with Drew.

Also, Clarkson irritates the piss out of me. He's not some automotive savant. He's a redneck with a funny accent.

:noidea:
What you and Drew have overlooked is that it isn't an educational show about cars any more than Family Guy is an educational show about family values. Like many successful shows, TG makes viewers feel good about themselves in comparison to the people they see on screen.

drewsdeville
06-11-13, 11:14 AM
What you and Drew have overlooked is that it isn't an educational show about cars any more than Family Guy is an educational show about family values..I can't speak for Sting, but I haven't overlooked that. My complaints about the show have nothing to do with it's automotive educational value. I don't expect it from a show of it's caliber. The show is meant to be comically entertaining to those who watch it- for those who like cars and those who don't. For me, it fails. Period.

Stingroo
06-11-13, 12:47 PM
Eh. I get that, but their normal episodes just don't amuse me. The specials where they go abroad sometimes have their moments, but that's about it.

cadillac kevin
06-11-13, 01:10 PM
Eh. I get that, but their normal episodes just don't amuse me. The specials where they go abroad sometimes have their moments, but that's about it.

I like some of their specials, but their normal shows are boring to me.


Speaking of which, has anyone had the displeasure to watch the steretypical redneck douchefest known as "R U Faster than a redneck" where rednecks who can't drive their hopped up 70s muscle worth a crap talk smack to usually douchey inexperienced ricer drivers/ wannabe euro boy racers who then proceed to win because the rednecks can't keep their muscle cars out of the grass.

thebigjimsho
06-11-13, 01:37 PM
Nothing like ugly Americans complaining about ugly Brits.

Aron9000
06-11-13, 04:41 PM
I think I've only said this maybe twice in all my time on the forum, but I agree with Drew.

Also, Clarkson irritates the piss out of me. He's not some automotive savant. He's a redneck with a funny accent.




Exactly, that's why its funny, because he does have a sense of smug superiority about himself, but he's really just a blathering idiot.

As for the show being repetitive and recycling the same gags, well its been on for 11 years. Some episodes are brilliant, some are a swing and a miss. What always keeps me coming back for more is their testing of exotic cars. I wouldn't know what the heck a Pagani Zonda was if it weren't for Top Gear