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2nd Dec 2007, 19:58
Well its the weekly thread...

Once again an excellent program from top gear :}

Was in stitches when Jeremy was using 'wind resistance' too slow down the car he was in with may :}

Looking forward to next weeks, 24 hour race :E

2nd Dec 2007, 20:14
James Blunt was a good sport, with the Helium jokes, and pretty quick considering the conditions. The funniest part, though, had to be the F1 version of God Save The Queen. :)

2nd Dec 2007, 20:17
I have to agree with you on that one bnt :}

2nd Dec 2007, 20:18
Is Hamilton really that good???

Howard Hughes
2nd Dec 2007, 20:19
Instead of having a new Top gear thread each week, why not just continue all the conversations in one thread?:rolleyes:

I mean you're ruining it for those of us who won't see that episode for almost twelve months!!:eek:

2nd Dec 2007, 20:20
Is Louis Hamilton really that good. The presented evidence has spoken.

2nd Dec 2007, 20:28
I mean you're ruining it for those of us who won't see that episode for almost twelve months!!:eek:

Don't load up top gear threads then :}

tony draper
2nd Dec 2007, 20:57
Had similar trouble on another forum mostly populated by the cousins avoiding comment on the last episode of the Sopranos,whenever one saw such a thread one would stick one's fingers in one's ears and sing loudly La La La ! not listening not listening La La La!!and rush from the room.
Worked for me.

Alloa Akbar
3rd Dec 2007, 09:11
I reckon The Stig will be doing about 20 dozen laps today to try and work out how Hamilton clocked that time, The funniest bit was the fact that he seemed to be out for a sunday drive. The lad has definately got talent:ok:

3rd Dec 2007, 10:14
OK, LH posted a superb time given the conditions, but who is The Stigg? Even allowing for his knowledge of the track and the number of times he will have been round it, to be ahead of several F1 drivers is going some!

Assuming it is all accurate of course.

Big Tudor
3rd Dec 2007, 10:21
Can't wait to see what sort of time Hamilton can clock up on a dry track when he comes back. Should be well worth watching.

As for being casual, well it's hardly hair on fire stuff is it. Lewis did comment that he was only doing 56mph at one point. Not quite the same as doing 150mph with yer @rse a couple of inches off the tarmac. :eek:

3rd Dec 2007, 10:24

Alloa Akbar
3rd Dec 2007, 10:42
Please.. Not another "Who is the Stig" thread creep..:O

Lets face it, barring a couple of people on here who actually claim to know one or two of "The Stig"'s personally, this one has got everyone guessing..

Alan McNish,
Ben Collins
Damon Hill
Julian Bailley
Jason Plato
Johnny Herbert
Henning Solberg
Tiff Needell

The list goes on, feel free to add your own..:rolleyes:

Its a good topic for pub conversation, after the chat about the barmaid's tits.:ok:

3rd Dec 2007, 10:57
Whilst I realise that the 'famous person in a crap car' feature is just a bit of fun, the effect of a wet (and/or oily) track has a significant effect on the resultant 'bogie' time. Maybe the Stig should do a baseline lap against which the celebrity's time could be judged (+/-)?

3rd Dec 2007, 11:23
I don't think there is THE Stig - there is A Stig and it varies depending on who is available to do the recording on the day.

I liked the GPS guided BMW scaring Clarkson!

3rd Dec 2007, 11:29
About the Lewis Hamilton lap - I think you'll find that all the other times were set in the old car - the Suzuki Liana. The new one appears to be a good 2 seconds faster, judging by the speeds the guests are setting.

3rd Dec 2007, 11:39

LH did it in the Liana as well - they have kept it so that any F1 drivers that take part can set representative times against their peer group. The regular 'Star in a resonably priced car' use the new one (whatever it is)!

Chris P Bacon
3rd Dec 2007, 11:50
It must go down as one of the all time great questions from a chat show host - Jeremy Clarkson to Lewis Hamilton "Have your pubes grown yet"

Carbide Finger
3rd Dec 2007, 13:33
LH got his own back though:

Jezza - You must want a really crap driver as a team mate?

LH - You interested?

Alloa Akbar
3rd Dec 2007, 13:55
I recall a similar verbal slapping administered to Jezza many moons ago when interviewing Eddie Irvine, JC was speculating as to his salary, and enquired if it was around 3 Million a year, Irvine replied that he wouldn't get out of bed for that. JC then pointed out that he had just sold his helicopter, and asked why, and also to whom, Irv replied "I was a little over exposed to the luxury toys market, so I sold it to the guy who pilots my Learjet.."

Game, set and match Irvine.:D

3rd Dec 2007, 14:28
Is Hamilton really that good???Ask Naomi Campbell...

BTW there's only one real Stig (Blomqvist):


3rd Dec 2007, 14:42
I have to say that James Blunt has crept up in the opinion stakes in my view after last nights performance. To make several bad jokes about himself and freely admit he was 'crap' and wanted the number one spot has got to be worth 'some' respect. lol

seems he is a fairly human bloke after all.

oh - i sooooo wanted the GPS power lap at the end to be set by the stig and to THEN scare the pants off Clarkson. now THAT would have had me in stitches.

Hmmmmm maybe THATS how Lewis Hamilton did his lap ;)

3rd Dec 2007, 15:57
It would be interesting to match rally drivers against saloon car drivers against formula 1 drivers.
Gerry Marshall would have given them a run for the money.

I recall a lesser rally driver challenging Eric Carlson about his 'dangerous' driving by overtaking before a blind summit etc etc.
Carlson replied "Road must go SOMEWHERE . . . "

Foxy Loxy
3rd Dec 2007, 16:28
Enjoyed last night's episode very much. It took my mind off my validation today, and relaxed me enough to get to sleep!

One question though: Never mind "who is the Stig", but WHERE is Top Gear Dog??:confused:


3rd Dec 2007, 17:20
It would be interesting to match rally drivers against saloon car drivers against formula 1 drivers

Dunno about F1 but I long time ago remember Gerry Marshal v Roger Clark on the Tour of Britain, both in identical Escort 2000s. One up to the rally drivers there. The night race at Snetterton was, I think, the best motor race I've ever seen.

(I also remember Clark being asked in an interview why he had never gone in for racing full time. 'Why would I want to strap a fuel tank to my arse and drive round in circles?' was his reply).

3rd Dec 2007, 18:14
Would it be possible for a mod to re-name this thread 'Top Gear Thread' so we don't have to start a new one each week :}


kiwi chick
3rd Dec 2007, 18:51
I don't think it has to renamed in order for people to just keep adding to it, does it?! :confused:

I for one will remember that the "2nd December" thread is not just the 2nd December episode if it keeps getting added to!

Next Global Problem. ;)

3rd Dec 2007, 19:35
:ok: Top Gear 2nd December thread it is then!

10th Dec 2007, 14:30
Another enjoyable hour!

Anyone out there care to join me in creating Team PPRuNe to enter the 24hr race next year (assuming it's an annual event)?

Top notch TV once again!

10th Dec 2007, 14:35
Agreed, another hour of enjoyable TV last night :}

PPRuNe 24hour race in one of these.


Thats right, a tuc tuc :}

10th Dec 2007, 14:44
Great TG challange last night.

But I am amazed that the BRDA let Cpt Slow race. I guess that means he has a race licence.
Lucky no-one ran into the back of him.
Or was he up to 'race speed'.

Also, what kind of a motoring enthusiast is Hammond. Who would enter a 24hr race and NOT get some proper preparation? Is that safe?

10th Dec 2007, 16:06
TG dog???? Maybe he got run over :E

Flap 5
10th Dec 2007, 16:14
I find it interesting that the Stigs time in the Suzuki Liana was 1:44.4 and in the (1965) Aston Martin DB5; 1:46!

10th Dec 2007, 17:01
Aston Martin DB5

* Weight: 1565 kg (3450 lb)
* Engine: 4.0 L (3995 cc/243 in) straight-6
* Power: 282 hp (210 kW) at 5500 rpm
* Torque 390 Nm (288 ftlbf) at 3850 rpm
* Top Speed: 230 km/h (143 mph)
* 0-60 mph (97 km/h) Acceleration: 8.1 s

Flap 5
11th Dec 2007, 21:52
It still got beat by a Suzuki Liana.

11th Dec 2007, 22:24
You miss the point ofcourse.

The 'competition' between the DB5 and the Liana is not on track time, but on the cool wall.
If you want a fast time, Put the DB5 on modern tyres, give it modern brakes, maybe shed 500kg - away you go...

11th Dec 2007, 22:57
Incidentally if you ever want to find out what music was used underneath a Top Gear item you may well be able to find it here (http://forums.finalgear.com/forumdisplay.php?f=32) on a forum dedicated to Top Gear and the other programme on the other channel.

You first choose the season - currently season 10 - and from there you can choose the episode and then the item.