HISTORY has decided the first season of the U.S. version of Top Gear cut enough mustard to pick up a second. The first 10 episodes of the series pulled in a total of 60 million viewers.
The notoriously cranky Jeremy Clarkson even gives the American show his seal of approval: “Top Gear is our baby so you can understand why Hammond, May and I were anxious about passing it on to the presenters of the US show. We needn’t have worried because Top Gear is clearly in safe hands, even if they do insist on speaking in those stupid accents. Watching an episode from series 1 with Richard and James, we found ourselves in a genuinely heated debate about which of the presenters’ cars was best. We were just three ordinary chaps watching a car show and loving it, which is exactly what Top Gear should be. Bring on series 2.”
We weren't as impressed with the lackluster delivery and contrived stunts. Camp just comes off better with a British accent. Perhaps it's not fair to compare the fledgling cast to the well-greased machine that is the original.
We'll have plenty of opportunity to let it grow on us, now, however, as there will be another set of episodes entering production this spring. Expect them to begin airing in late summer/early fall.