by Mike –
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Like most car lovers I like to watch car shows on TV. Here are what I think are the best car shows on TV.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are the stars of this British TV series on BBC America in the US, naturally. This is the only car show that my wife will watch with me. They also have a mysterious race car driver called The Stig. In order to understand The Stig you will have to watch several episodes, and even then it may not be clear.
These three guys, led by Jeremy, manage to do things that I did not think were possible, or even desirable to do. They held a drag race between a Bugatti Veyron and a British fighter jet. I think the jet won.
They also trek across Europe, Africa and the US doing crazy stuff and almost getting killed. Richard was injured a few years ago in a jet car when one of the tires gave out. He spent some time in the hospital and thankfully recovered.
They have contests among themselves like who can drive from London to Switzerland the fastest without dying, that sort of thing. On one of these adventures Jeremy was driving an orange Lamborghini Gallardo, Richard was in a Porsche and James was in an Aston Martin race car.
Jeremy had the experience of running out of gas in the Lamborghini that was nearly identical to an experience that I once had also in an orange Lamborghini Gallardo.
The US version of Top Gear will return to US TV on August 14 according to the Top Gear web site.
My Classic Car With Dennis Gage
This long running American TV car show is on Speed Channel. Dennis Gage is a very enthusiastic car lover with a big mustache who travels around North America and sometimes Europe visiting car events. He provides a good overview of the event and then selects a few cars and their owners to be profiled. I love this show because I get to experience many car events that I will likely not attend in person.
Dennis also visits Jay Leno’s garage in Southern California a few times per year. Jay Leno always has something of interest that they take out on the road where they either stop traffic because it is Jay Leno or people are dumbfounded by the vehicle they are driving. Some are steam powered.
I like these episodes because I have hopes of visiting Jay Leno’s garage someday and I want to be prepared.
I also like Dennis Gage because he once selected my Bizzarrini GT 5300 to profile on his show.
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Last year the Discovery Network created a new channel called Velocity with a target audience of upscale car enthusiasts. Their car shows include:
Chasing Classic Cars
American Icon with Chip Foose
Mecum Auto Auction
What’s My Car Worth
These four car TV shows will be the subject of a future article.
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