The forgotten Stig

The Stig

One of Top Gears main features was of course The Stig, an anonymous racing driver unparalleled in the racing world. However with the recent ‘fracas’ around Top Gear The Stig has been left jobless and homeless, will he appear on Clarkson and co’s new show on Amazon as they will clearly need a precision driver at some point. We still have no idea if Chris Evan’s new Top Gear will need a Stig. There have been rumours that Ben Collins the ex Stig has been in talks with Clarkson, Hammond and May over joining them on the new show. As for the current Stig there is no word on whether he will be needed or if he will just fade off into the sunset never to be revealed.

So here it is, what could be a eulogy to The Stig, a once great test driver left homeless through events not his fault, its rather sad really. But if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him….maybe you can hire The Stig

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So Clarkson’s Gone… What happens now?

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So Jeremy Clarkson is officially done with Top Gear. It’s a sad fact but one we have to take and understand. Overall the BBC didn’t have any choice you clearly can’t punch a colleague and continue as normal, this makes me even more annoyed about the small number of Top Gear fans who have been sending hate mail and even death threats to the Director general of the BBC, Tony Hall. What the hell guys its just a show, Clarkson Hammond and May will almost certainly be back with something new soon enough so stop going crazy about it.

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Its also been confirmed that the TG boys will go on tour as planned for the remaining dates of Top Gear Live, only with all Top Gear and BBC branding gone. The shows are now just called Clarkson, Hammond and May Live. I would say that this gives even more credence to Hammond and May leaving the show with Clarkson to do something else together. Whilst over a million fans signed a petition started by Guido Fawkes to bring back Clarkson to the show it soon became clear that the BBC had no choice but to fire Clarkson.

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So what does this mean for the show, the BBC say they will bring it back in 2016 with a replacement for Clarkson (I would hate to be the guy to follow that) but it looks like they’ll need a replacement for Hammond and May as well. Personally I think that 2016 is too soon to bring it back, I feel that the BBC needs to give it at least five years for everything to settle before they go about the relaunch of the most watched factual show on the planet. Frankly I don’t see it being nearly as successful and I honestly see Top Gear being cancelled for a second time within the next ten years. Fans will hate the new guy who ever it turns out to be because, its just not Clarkson. I feel the BBC needs to be incredibly careful about who they do choose to succeed Clarkson. Chris Evans, whilst popular has no experience reviewing cars and whilst he is a clear petrol head he has a strong bias for Ferrari, another name thrown around has been Piers Morgan, this will not happen, it would be like slapping Jeremy round the face seeing that Bellend in his place.

Clarkson Controversy What can the BBC do?

I realise I’m a little late to the party here but I thought id just throw my thoughts in. Jeremy Clarkson famed for being the outspoken host of Top Gear has been suspended by the BBC after a ‘fracas’ with producer Oisim Tymon.

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First of all I think the interesting thing is that Clarkson himself reported the ‘fracas’ himself not Tymon, this we can only hope will work in his favour. Clarkson has always been the outspoken kind of guy but he has said in the past the only person he’s punched is Piers Morgan, for obvious reasons. This brings me on to my next point. Something else must have happened during the day for Clarkson to snap over no hot food. It just doesn’t make sense, a non-violent man punches someone over a steak. I understand the BBC investigation is on going but I just wish we new more of what went on in that hotel.

So what will the BBC do, well the way I see it they have three options, 1 they fire Clarkson and cancel the biggest show on the planet and allow other companies to hire Clarkson. That is like saying I have two feet, I’m going to shoot myself in that foot and then tread on a land mine with the other. The BBC already saw collapsing viewing figures just this week with the cancelling of Top Gear, meaning they would be likely to lose more if it continues this way. Option 2 is they let Clarkson carry on as is and do nothing. This however would result in Tymon suing the BBC and Clarkson for everything they have. Not a nice outcome for anyone except Tymon there. Then we have option 3. This I believe is what they should go for, allow Top Gear to run out the rest of the series as is, then organise one last show in an empty Top Gear studio with Clarkson, Hammond and May all putting forward their favourite moments from the show and celebrating it for the marvel that it is. Then close the show with what everyone has been waiting for the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 finally racing on the track, bringing a close to the greatest show on earth with the three greatest cars ever made.

This would allow the fans closure whilst still punishing Clarkson for what he did. A win win for everyone in this situation as I see it.

In the meantime please sign this petition to get Clarkson back on Top Gear it may do nothing, but then again it may make the difference. And I’d just like to say thank you to the Top Gear fans we don’t care about the controversies but if you try to take away Top Gear we will come out in force to stop you.

As someone on Twitter said:

“He may be an idiot, but he’s our idiot.”

https://www.change.org/p/bbc-reinstate-jeremy-clarkson

Top Gear is Back!

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Yes the legend that is Top Gear is back for a nineteenth series. Personally I think this episode was on the upper side of average. WARNING SPOILERS! In this episode we see James co-drive whilst Kris Meeke throws a Bentley Continental GT Speed around a rally stage. We also see Hammond drive the Pagani Heuuurur sorry, Huayra on the track. And finally we see Jeremy being Jeremy in a car supposedly smaller than the Peel P50 although to it looked a whole lot bigger.

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Personally my favourite piece of the show was the GT Speed. Kris Meeke you may remember beat Amy Williams at Lillehammer in a Mini rally car. His driving hasn’t got any worse, his driving on the rally stage was simply incredible along with the facial expressions of Mr. May, especially considering he couldn’t se the handbrake.  I’ve never really liked the Continental GT it seems just too big and cumbersome, and then there’s the footballer factor.

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The Huayra, I’ve also never liked, I always preferred the Zonda. The Huayra always looks giant to me and it may be incredibly fast, and it really blitzed the track but I think the Zonda is better looking and just nicer in every way. The Zonda was always the first to be absolutely bonkers and the Huayra just isn’t as bonkers as it should be.

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Jeremy’s Peel P50 or P45 as he calls it looked giant compared to the P50 it may be just taller but the whole idea was for it to be Smaller than the P50. I think Jeremy’s original P50 film where he drove round the BBC building was much better. However Jeremy must have huge kahunas to drive the P45 on the dual carriageway as although it was planned the cars were still travelling upwards of 70 MPH.