Published: Sat, April 05, 2014
The iconic BBC television motoring show religiously watched around the world returns to Solar News Channel this April.
Hosted by the legendary Jeremy Clarkson along with his perfect foils, Richard Hammond and James May, Top Gear is among the best- loved and most-watched shows of the BBC.
Their quirky approach to car reviews, as well as inspired challenges that discern a vehicle’s roadworthiness, keeps viewers glued to their TV sets weekly.
There is a method to their seeming madness: the team’s editorial integrity ensures that their opinions are not just eagerly awaited, but hugely influential.
A yardstick of the show’s hard-earned motoring authority is that its vote for “Car of the Year” and even “Car of the Decade” is intensely anticipated and broadly respected. Yet Jeremy, Richard, James, and maybe even the notoriously tight-lipped Stig are true champions of the reasonably priced car.
In the first episode, Jeremy asked why there aren’t too much three-wheeled cars in the world and went through investigation of the Reliant Robin. James on the other hand, challenged the Toyota Hilux as he drive one up an active volcano in Iceland. With a Bentley Continental Supersport, Stig rips up tracks while Richard gives the Chevrolet lacetti a sendoff.
Filipinos will be grateful for this practical side of the show. The Pinoy’s worship of the ultimate ride is largely undocumented, but it’s a safe bet that this aspiration is accomplished by a prosperous few simply by buying the best-engineered automobile currently out in the market, despite the harsh luxury tax.
For a lot of Filipinos, however, the journey is just so much more fun the destination. For these dreamers, tricking out their vehicles in increments is satisfaction enough. Watching Top Gear, they’ll find kindred spirits who share the same philosophy—driving with pure passion is its own reward.
Top Gear will air every Sunday at 7pm starting on April 27 on Solar News Channel. Also available via live streaming on www.solarnews.ph/media/videos and on the Solar News mobile app for iOS and Android.
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