They aren't that bad. They also make jokes about badly manufactured US cars ('cause nobody buys British ones), tiny Japanese ones ('cause nobody buys British ones) and how they "won the war" (because you really don't make jokes about German cars). And then of course racial stereotypes, and a few jokes about each other.
Wonder how the "new Topgear" will be received? I know a lot of people (that I know and have contact with) watched the show exclusively for the "comedy". And won't watch if they don't get the "Same British" Humour. I know my Mom watched the show, especially their Challenges/races/specials and stuff, but when the reasonable car segment came up she went and made coffee. And I know a lot of people who did the same.
BBC tried to introduce Topgear Aus and US here with very limited success, people didn't find them funny here, and if Topgear UK goes the same way as Aus and Us then a lot won't watch it
So, another bump of this topic after a year and a bit.
Last night was the start of a new series of Top Gear, with the third(?) presenter lineup since the Trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May left. The new line up features Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness (a comedian and TV presenter) and Freddie Flintoff (an ex-Cricketer), whilst Sabine Schmitz still has some involvement (Rory Reid supposedly has it too, but not seen anything of him yet).
When I first saw the line-up, I was unsure, but, having watched the first episode, I'm quite looking forward to the future. The new line-up seems to have quite a decent Chemistry, and I like the North vs. South dynamic that seems to be there too. Hopefully it'll continue, and the UK will be producing two top car shows for people to enjoy.
I like this line up. Matt LeBlanc never really fitted in. Chris Harris is an amazing driver and Rory Reid has a way reveiwing that's relevant in the real world. Freddie and Paddy have a natural chemistry that a haven't seen since Clarkson was sacked. It's back to being a few lads mucking about in cars, which it's what we loved about the old show. It's as much about them playing pranks and winding each other up as it is about the cars.