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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:17 pm    Post subject: The Weekly Top Gear Thread  Reply with quote

The Mika Hakkinen piece was brilliant, the best bit of reportage in a while.

The C63 is far more desirable to me than the new M3.




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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed on the Finn report. Brilliant. Immediately followed by the V8 blender thing which illustrated Top Gear at its absolute worst.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They drunk some of the stuff.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avantime. Oh dear.

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Look away, Chris!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I living in a different time zone? How did you all see it before I?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did wonder if the Avantime was Kraft's as he has just sold it but I guess not?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Avantime sounded ace with that TVR Griffith style exhaust.

James May sideways was amusing and I loved the food blender. Clarkson is on to something there, though. You could power your house on an engine. I have ideas for such involving a big diesel engine run on home-made diesel...

Mark Wahlberg? Tosser...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved the Fin driving piece. It's incredible that their driving test is so long and arduous. The rest was just average. and what they did to the 'Time, appalling. It's not like there are millions of them kicking around.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's only a car, though.

Someone could have bought it, then wrote it off on the way home instead.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All reversible, I reckon.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought they were quite restrained with the Avantime tbh and in fact improved it by getting the engine running properly. All mods were indeed reversable so no harm done. I thought it was a good show except the star, but that's aways crap! Hakinnen was a good sport and certainly a typically laid back Finn but an excellent driver. Like Raikkinen but with character!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd leave the wheels, brakes and suspension on the 'Time, though. Those alloys with the calipers behind them looked ace.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best episode in a long time. I thought the Finish driving piece was superb but like Kraft wondered what the point in the V8 food processor was.
Star in a car was actually OK this week and enjoyed the Avantime piece. I really want adjustable suspension.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
The best episode in a long time. I thought the Finish driving piece was superb but like Kraft wondered what the point in the V8 food processor was.
Star in a car was actually OK this week and enjoyed the Avantime piece. I really want adjustable suspension.


Agreed. Although I must say when JM was asking the Finn all the questions about laying tools out (Just soooo) and being generally anal where cars are concerned.








This Forum (Me included) did pop into my head.

Good episode that..more of the same..without the souped up mixer.
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You could power your house on an engine. I have ideas for such involving a big diesel engine run on home-made diesel


My apartment in Damascus (as do many other homes around the world) runs on a V8 Diesel engine when the mains power fails (which is very often - almost daily).
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Blarno wrote:
You could power your house on an engine. I have ideas for such involving a big diesel engine run on home-made diesel


My apartment in Damascus (as do many other homes around the world) runs on a V8 Diesel engine when the mains power fails (which is very often - almost daily).


Pictures Mark..Pictures!

How cool is that..Do you get better upload speeds on the net if you rev it?
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My idea also involves running the central heating off the engine water....
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You've thought this through haven't you. If it's anything like the temps my old Manta radiator could achieve.


Volcanic levels of heat.
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You won't believe how desperately I want to make it happen. A house run on old vegetable oil? Damn straight.

Energy bills? What energy bills?


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You won't believe how desperately I want to make it happen. A house run on old vegetable oil? Damn straight.

Energy bills? What energy bills?



Saving the waft of chips, here's the new 'Hip' way of genarating power.

Albeit it's more expensive to build and maintain than almost any new age generation options...........But! who cares..

Forget the chippy oil mate, here's you saviour.





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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Finn piece was brilliant and shows how good Hakkinen is.
The idea of a 3 year long driving test seems at first to be over the top, but obviously makes the Finns excellent drivers. 6 hours on a skid pan? Yes please!
It was an improved program on previous ones, though I missed the first few minutes, and I thought the Avantime brake/wheel combination was really good.
The rest of the mods were typically OTT.
The blender was a very stupid idea.
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I went skiing to Lapland in Feb of this year. The roads were amazing, you could see the tarmac - through 6 inches of slippery as f*ck ice.

And yet everyone drove as normal, ok they had studs but they hooned around as if it was a summers day. I watched a chap drift an A4 estate round a roundabout as if this was a regular occurence, and come to think it probably was.

With a test like that no wonder they are so bloody good.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The idea of a 3 year long driving test seems at first to be over the top, but obviously makes the Finns excellent drivers. 6 hours on a skid pan? Yes please!


I think they start the skid-pan stuff at school, the actual getting behind the wheel on the public road bit takes a similar time to the UK.

Finland is an interesting country - they have a monopoly on grey, even the green bits look grey.

Enjoyed that section, and Hammond with the Toyota walking thing, but the rest was passable.

I'd never actually seen the action of an Avantime door, very impressive engineering.  Wonder what 2.0T models go for...
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Ah bugger - missed this episode. Does anyone know when it's repeated?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ah bugger - missed this episode. Does anyone know when it's repeated?

Any time you like on iPlayer, or Wednesday at 7pm on BBC2.
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Great episode: Number 3 son refused to settle and came downstairs and watched it with Daddy - he's 6, which indicates the level.......
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Ah bugger - missed this episode. Does anyone know when it's repeated?

Any time you like on iPlayer, or Wednesday at 7pm on BBC2.


Thanks Kraft. It's not on BBC2 Scotland on Wednesday, so set the reminder for BBC2England at 7pm on Weds!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First episode I've seen in a long time and highly entertaining for the most part. Nice to see Hakkinen back, I was a big fan when he was in F1. A lot of people in the know at the time thought he had more raw speed even than Schumacher.

Avantime - fascinating, especially the bit when their brake mods made the car slower! I reckon it would have got closer to the target time if the Stig hadn't run wide out of the last corner and hit the embankment on every lap we saw.
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Not seen it, and BitTorrent (my usual source for TG) is down, so probably won't watch it for a while.

Damn.
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Not seen it, and BitTorrent (my usual source for TG) is down, so probably won't watch it for a while.

Damn.


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Woohoo!

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Hmm, the video keeps cutting out...
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Mark Wahlberg? Tosser...


Why?

He seemed ok to me.
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He had an air of arrogance about him, can't put my finger on it..
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Blarno wrote:
You could power your house on an engine. I have ideas for such involving a big diesel engine run on home-made diesel


My apartment in Damascus (as do many other homes around the world) runs on a V8 Diesel engine when the mains power fails (which is very often - almost daily).


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Mark wrote:
Blarno wrote:
Mark Wahlberg? Tosser...


Why?

He seemed ok to me.

I started off thinking he was OK too, but watching it again I am leaning towards the "tosser" end of the spectrum...

Clarkson's 'sycophantic' "We have a real star on" style of <ahem> interviewing was hugely embarrassing too!

Max Payne is by all accounts dreadful also...
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The game was shit enough...
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He had an air of arrogance about him, can't put my finger on it..

 Blarno.


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I think it was the general air of nonchalance in relation to his doing bird and stealing cars that got up my nose.

In particular - " I stole one guy's car, like 15 to 20 times - I feel sorry, he must have been late for work a few mornings " - smirk, smirk, aren't I a bad boy !

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Avantime. Oh dear.


I enjoyed it, but what suprised me is that it was only producing 160BHP instead of 200, not a good advert for Renault?
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I think it was the general air of nonchalance in relation to his doing bird and stealing cars that got up my nose.

In particular - " I stole one guy's car, like 15 to 20 times - I feel sorry, he must have been late for work a few mornings " - smirk, smirk, aren't I a bad boy !

No mate - you're a filthy cunt



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got round to watching it.

The Finn feature was the most entertaining bit of TG for a very long time. Hakkinen is an absolute top bloke.

Mark Wahlberg is generally good, but really, the Star in a Car feature is very tired and is long overdue for replacement already.

Shame about the Avantime though. It started out well, but when Hammond tacked on the stupid spoiler it just ruined everything.
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... when Hammond tacked on the stupid spoiler it just ruined everything.

Made it slower too
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If theres one thing we an all agree on its that Mark Whalberg is a tit.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blarno wrote:
He had an air of arrogance about him, can't put my finger on it..


I must admit I really didn't like him either.  You sometimes see it where interviewees make the bare minimum of effort, and as the interview wore on (for I still find it the least interesting part of the programme), his bare minimum got ever-smaller.

I still haven't seen that Parky interview with (was it?) Meg Ryan, which was, by all accounts, cringeworthy.
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I still haven't seen that Parky interview with (was it?) Meg Ryan, which was, by all accounts, cringeworthy.

Ever so slightly - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rWEdi4uf7Eo
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sticky328 wrote:
kraftwerk wrote:
Avantime. Oh dear.


I enjoyed it, but what suprised me is that it was only producing 160BHP instead of 200, not a good advert for Renault?

Why is it Renault's fault? They built the car seven years ago and it's up to the owner to maintain it.
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gonnabuildabuggy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kraftwerk wrote:
Sticky328 wrote:
kraftwerk wrote:
Avantime. Oh dear.


I enjoyed it, but what suprised me is that it was only producing 160BHP instead of 200, not a good advert for Renault?

Why is it Renault's fault? They built the car seven years ago and it's up to the owner to maintain it.


Fair point, I'd assumed that the owner had it serviced regularly which may well not have been the case. In which case, not a good advert for Renault owners  
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmm, that M3 looks nice, especially that fox red interior.


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