What is the point of Top Gear Live ?

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DavidChaps
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I've always wondered about Top Gear Live, when my boys were around 12 they nagged me to buy them tickets but thankfully have grown out of that now. A friend who has a wide interest in all types of cars went yesterday and when I asked what it was like he said:

If you missed Top Gear Live in Birmingham don't worry you didn't miss much. I was given a Platinum ticket for yesterday and walked out during "star in a.." - the star was some cycle rider I'd never heard of. The lighting and accoustics are very poor, there is a tight script the presenters don't appear to have learnt, it's loud but the echos mean you can't hear much of the dialogue in what are supposed to be the best seats. Overall it was a bit like a poor copy of the "motors auction" stunt thing they do at Disney Paris. In summary an OK place to sit down and eat lunch but certainly not worth the admission cost - I think the Platinum ticket cost around £60, would feel very ripped off if I'd paid that.

So glad I just did the Classic Car show instead as that was great, best for years, some very unusual stuff there.

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Think you've answered your own question, it is to appeal to 12 year olds.

So, just like the TV show then...

Oliver.

 

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What is the point of Top Gear at all?

Irritating formulaic schoolboy nonsense that has as much to do with cars as X Factor has to do with music.

Put us out of its misery now, BBC.

 

 

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I don't think the last but one comment is very fair; no self-respecting 12 year old would be interested in "kid's stuff" like Top Gear, they are far too discerning.

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The disappointing thing is that Top Gear is tosh from beginning to end, yet soooo many people who know nothing at all about cars or motoring foolishly believe that Clarkson & Co not only do know something about cars, but that their opinion is to be trusted!   Its all part of the same “lowest common denominator TV” that has become so popular.

The "Greenies" are killing the planet! It's time to tell the world the Emperor is naked!

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Red,

Even if I don't have the same opinion about TopGear I couldn't agree more with your signature about the greenies.

nuno g

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I like TopGear, some people may not like it for this and that, but millions of car cars nuts all over the world love it, and I will be not denied on that by petrol heads as Jay Kay, Nick Mason or Jay Leno

About being a 12yo kids  "thing", take a look on that video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=sBNhkylfEnc

Definitely this is not a 12yo childish aproach on A. Senna subject.

Ok they play a lot, but in some matters, the difference between kids and men is the difference on toy's price tag.

In portuguese tv we have car programs where for example our experts explain in a very serious way, the benifits of each modern MPV, but even for a twins father as me, they are boring.

 

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Nuno Granja wrote:

I like TopGear, some people may not like it for this and that, but millions of car cars nuts all over the world love it, and I will be not denied on that by petrol heads as Jay Kay, Nick Mason or Jay Leno

About being a 12yo kids  "thing", take a look on that video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=sBNhkylfEnc

Definitely this is not a 12yo childish aproach on A. Senna subject.

Ok they play a lot, but in some matters, the difference between kids and men is the difference on toy's price tag.

In portuguese tv we have car programs where for example our experts explain in a very serious way, the benifits of each modern MPV, but even for a twins father as me, they are boring.

 

nuno granja

First thing Nuno, I think the original question was about 'Top Gear Live' which is a different thing to Top Gear the TV show - they have a live stage show at the Birmingham exhibition and also it has been at other venues around the world.  As far as I have heard it involves the regular three guys and a few stunts and tricks and a lot of noise and smoke.

But, your remarks about the TV show are spot on.  Sometimes childish, sometimes not, and that link you posted about Ayrton Senna is very interesting as I had not seen that before.  I am sure those that are interested have already seen Senna the movie, but this reinforces the legend and the memories.

So much so, that I think that deserves a new thread of it's own over in the non classic matters section.

Thanks.

Chris M.