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
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
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
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!