The BBC show Top Gear is apparently the greatest car show ever. Here’s a link to a Real file (ugh, sorry — see below) of an 18-minute segment from the show where one of the hosts takes an Aston Martin DB9 and tries to beat two of his cohorts who are taking the train from Surrey, across the Channel, then across France to the casino at Monte Carlo.
It’s entertaining as all get out, for any number of reasons:
- Great clips and information about the Aston Martin itself — the sound that thing gives off is achingly beautiful. The trip is essentially a big test drive for the host…the bastard.
- The Aston takes a trip across the Channel in a Seacat ferry. Very cool in itself.
- The other two guys are on the Eurostar train which speeds across the countryside at close to 200 m.p.h.
- People with British accents just make me laugh. Anything they say is funny.
In the end, it comes out something like The Amazing Race, with the two train guys running across Monte Carlo trying to get to the casino first. (However, the deck was stacked against them, as they initially had to walk to the bus station to get to the train station, then switch trains twice.)
What I found odd is that the clip was very American-ized. All the velocities mentioned are in miles per hour and when he fills up the Aston he talks about gallons. Aren’t the British on the metric system? And why is the car left-hand drive?
(Side note: Does anyone know how I could get Top Gear in the States? What a great show.)
(Another note: if you don’t want to view it in Real — and who could blame you — this Google search apparently turns up several versions in Windows Media, though I didn’t try any of them.)
(Final note: if you like trains — and who doesn’t — here’s a post lamenting about the lack of cool train service in the States. Because, you know, if we had better train service in this country, then I could race around in a DB9. Yeah, that’s what’s stopping me…)