New Top Gear vs The Grand Tour (old Top Gear presenters)
Just to kick off this blog, I thought I’d write about something topical and motoring related. The new Top Gear is back for its second series, presented by ‘friend’ Matt LeBlanc and two journalists from the motoring world, Chris Harris and Rory Reid.
A general consensus was that Chris Evans drove viewers away. The growing popularity of the second series, only a couple of weeks in, seems to confirm this.
The Top Gear team is heading in the right direction as the show is about cars. It pretty much sticks with that theme throughout, plus some light-hearted banter (about cars). A sprinkling of celebrity guests and unusual features with supercars seems to complete the winning formula.
The Grand Tour
…is alternative entertainment for lads who enjoy the personalities of Clarkson, Hammond and May. Fun as it may be, it’s not a motoring show; ’nuff said!
If you like cars, new Top Gear is the one to watch.
Episode 1 saw a London black cab beating other wannabe taxis in an endurance test in Kazakhstan. Guest Star In A Reasonably Priced / Reasonably Fast Car, a Toyota GT86, was actor James McAvoy. Episode 2 had another Scot, David Tenant, wrecking that same car.
If you haven’t seen it yet, episode 2 featured an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio workout, which beat a BMW M3 round the track. By contrast, at the higher end of the affordability scale, a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder vs Porsche 911 Turbo competed in a Supercar challenge. These went head-to-head in a number of tests, culminating in a race in the snow at Mammoth Mountain in the Sierra Nevada. Top Gear must have a new cinematographer / cameraman too, as the scenery shots were stunning.
And The Stig was back too, so, like I said, it’s heading in the right direction!