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      Throwback - A short review of Top Gear S1 first episode

      Waiting for season 3 of The Grand Tour, let's do a step back in time when the first episode of the new Top Gear was aired

      Last night, bitten by boredom after posting the last article on my sort of car related tribe, I treated me with some relax, in form of an episode of Top Gear.

      Then the sudden realization, I haven't ever fully watched the first episode of season one, would for the lack of time, would for the lack of James May, I haven't watched it properly, so I helped myself with some food and hit play.

      Clarkson’s voice and the tune of Jessica from the Allman's Brother were almost the same as always, with a weirdly at my eyes, different opening.

      A young Jeremy Clarkson

      A young Jeremy Clarkson

      Another weird thing was the almost empty studio, I remember reading in Richard Porter’s book “And on that bombshell” that the audience at the beginning was a bit of an issue, convince people to stay there was a big deal, unbelievable if we think of the endless waiting list for be part of the audience in the next years of the show, or the massive request of tickets for assist at The Grand Tour's filming, but I did forget there was only a twenty-ish persons most of them middle aged men.

      Pagani Zonda and Lamborghini Murciélago

      Pagani Zonda and Lamborghini Murciélago

      They started greatly, with a replica of a Ford GT 40 presented by a young Hamster wearing the infamous tablecloth shirt, and a Pagani Zonda versus a Lamborghini Murciélago, but the star of the show was indeed the Citroen Berlingo Multispace, featured in one of the best reviews from Clarkson, who made things plain clear since the beginning, a good car should have character, no matter of the badge or the low price.

      A young Richard Hammond and the infamous shirt

      A young Richard Hammond and the infamous shirt

      The Citroen Berlingo Multispace and the half empty studio

      The Citroen Berlingo Multispace and the half empty studio

      That said, except that other bloke, Jason, was all as usual, the news, the star in a reasonably priced car, some sort of silly test from Hammond and a witty review from Clarkson, plus the visible chemistry who only James May will made even perfect a season later.

      This was sixteen years and a lots of episodes ago, it's been so long time since the first episode was aired, a little less before the trio we all know teamed up, giving us so many hours of fun...and keep do it until now...so seriously, where is The Grand Tour season 3 trailer?! I can't wait anymore!

      How high is the hype for season 3?

      Anyone knows what Jason Dawe do now?

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      Comments (10)

      • Wow, I realized I never watched the first season at all, only from the second one.

        Interesting read, as always!

          2 years ago
        • Thanks! It worth at least a watch only for Clarkson and Hammond let me know if you like it then ;)

            2 years ago
      • The third season is meant to start in January according to a Irish TV interview with Andy Wilman, it’s too long to wait 😫

          2 years ago
      • Jason Dawne started a small tv program about second hand car buying, on ITV, I think. It got cancelled in 2006 due to a lack of people watching it, due to Top Gear’s success

          2 years ago
      • Weirdly, James May presented a few pieces of Top Gear prior to joining Clarkson and Hammond in Series 2 of the 2002 reboot. The 2 reviews I know of are of the old Toyota Yaris and Rover 75, which I have clips of.

          2 years ago
      • 1. Dawe was a total flop.

        2. Hammond's introduction is BRILLIANT.

        3. The studio was so empty!

          2 years ago
        • Yes he was a flop, but sometimes I feel a bit sad for that man, people hardly remember his name 😂

            2 years ago

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