July 8 2009

Ken Block Takes On Top Gear

top gear logoTop Gear is the only thing I can ever remember getting me actually caring about cars as more than just a way to get from point A to point B.

Anyone who knows me knows that my extent of car knowledge is pretty much limited to where to put the gas.  That’s it… it just isn’t my thing.  Then a couple years ago I came across a show on BBC America called Top Gear… and I suddenly found myself caring about cars.

Okay, maybe “caring” is too strong of a word… I enjoy watching the hosts,Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, caring about cars.  I still can’t do anything past putting gas in them.

Well, Duncan Riley over at The Inquisitr posted a video from the shows current 12th season which has yet to air in America that gives you an excellent taste as to why it is so easy to get hooked on a show about cars when you have no interest in them.  In this particular clip, James May, known as “Captain Slow” to fans of the show as he doesn’t drive with the insane passion of Hammond and Clarkson, takes a ride with world rally driver Ken Block.  I mark a lot of this shows popularity up to its amazing cinematography: it is on par with a lot of movies, and far above anything else on television.

I think it’s easy to see how this show gets the blood pumping even in a non-car person. Mix in their whip smart humor and you have a highly enjoyable show. If you ever have a chance to check it out, make sure to do so.

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