This week’s episode of The Car Show packed many of the things that were vacant from the last week’s episode. Yes, we said it, there was much more Car Show and a lot less filler crap.
Some of the mini segments did make their way into the show, including 0-60 (one of our favorites), Behind the Wheel, and of course, One for the Road. Aside from that, there were more celebrity appearances with two different interviews and a trip up the German Autobahn and down the Pacific Coast Highway in an Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
If anyone finds Adam Carolla the least bit annoying then you’ll be happy to know that he participates in Red Bull’s SoapBox Derby and falls a little short of the finish line. One nasty scrape later and he still finds a way to piss people off. All for the love of cars.
Hit the jump for more details on The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 8.
The starting topic for this week’s zero to 60 segment was the insane closure of the Los Angeles freeway for Carmageddon. Apparently, the freeway was closed for 53 hours as part of a $1 billion freeway-widening project. Other topics included Ford’s new 3 cylinder engine and the fact that kids aren’t as excited about getting their driver’s license as they were before. Not surprising, gas prices were also a topic of discussion and the guys concluded that prices would have to skyrocket to about $18 before it would really matter. The final topic was the most important as it dealt with the Zagato TZ3 Stradale. It was pinned as "Italian Styling Backed By American Muscle." They even said it was the best Italian/American collaboration since macaroni and cheese. With the Viper’s 8.4L V10 engine and 600 HP on tap, we would tend to agree. Too bad only nine are being built.
In an interesting attempt to show just how far cars have come, the guys from The Car Show pinned iconic sports cars of the 80s against some of Toyota’s more boring models. Family-pushers, if you will.
To determine which vehicle would reign supreme, Matt Farah and Dan Neill took the vehicles to the Auto Club Speedway for some quarter mile action.
The first race was held and featured Magnum PI’s Ferrari 308 GTB against the most boring sedan ever; the 2010 Toyota Camry SE. The Ferrari features a 3.0 liter transversely mid-mounted aluminum V8 engine pushing out 245 HP and 188 lb-ft of torque. This engine is going up against the Camry’s 3.5 liter V6 engine producing 268 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque. On paper, the numbers tell a story. On the streets, the result tells the same story. The Camry actually pulled ahead of the Ferrari at the last minute and beat the Ferrari. Not a good day for the Prancing Horse.
The second race featured the classic 1981 DeLorean DMC with its 2.8 liter V6 engine producing a lackluster 130 HP and 160 lb-ft of torque. As if its numbers weren’t embarrassing enough, the classic sports car was pinned against a 2010 Toyota Sienna SE. The Sienna is working with a 3.5 liter V6 engine producing 265 HP and 245 lb-ft of torque. This minivan dominated the DeLorean. Yep, a minivan. We don’t care how "swagger" this wagon is; it’s just sad.
Conclusion: The only thing still good about the 80’s is the music.
Behind the Wheel
This week’s Behind the Wheel featured Adam Carolla and his nine-foot long wiener. Before everyone’s mind jumps straight to the gutter, this wiener was actually a soapbox and was used to take part in Red Bull’s 10th annual Soapbox Race. Sponsored by a local Chili place, Adam jumped in his fiberglass frankfurter was pushed by Matt and Dan while they were wearing giant hotdog costumes. Adam ended up rolling on a turn and landed right on his side, scraping his elbow. Lesson learned.
Once the guys were back in the studio, Jackass’ very own Bam Margera showed up for a rather pointless cameo appearance. There was nothing to this segment so we;ll just leave it at that.
Interview: Congressman John Campbell
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Even more weird than Bam Margera showing up at of nowhere to do basically nothing was the interview with Congressman John Campbell. Of course, he does own an extremely rare 1963 Corvette with 400 HP that holds the title of being the first car developed in a wind tunnel. Other than that, and the fact that his daily driver is a modified 2005 Corvette Convertible, the interview was more about Dan Neill and Congressman Campbell butting heads on topics like oil shortage and electric cars. The automotive bailout was brought up and Congressman Campbell said he abstained from voting on the issue because it was a conflict of interest for him, However, he did feel the bailout was necessary so that the large amount of people working for the automotive industry wouldn’t be out of jobs. He said not allowing the bailout would have tanked the economy and launched us into a depression. That’ neither here nor there at this point.
Audi R8 V10 Spyder: Good for the Autobahn or the Pacific Coast Highway?
If there was ever a time we wanted to be Dan Neil, it would have been when he was allowed to take the Audi R8 V10 Spyder to two of the best roads in the world. The first trip took him to the German Autobahn where the unrestricted heaven took him to 180 mph. The car even beeped, telling him that he was going faster than he ought to in a press car. Sorry, Audi; the beep was ignored. It’s a good thing it takes two years for people to get their driver’s license in Germany because it made the speedy trip down the Autobahn that much more dynamic. Dan closed out his journey in Germany saying that as long as Germans built fantastic cars, there will be a place to drive them.
Pacific Coast Highway
The second part of Dan’s heavenly trip took him to the States as he traveled down the Pacific Coast Highway, or Highway 1. The PCH is probably a must-see for anyone who loves on this side of the pond and Dan described it as paradise, but not for drivers. This road is a little more congested than the Autobahn and the large amount of tourists taking advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery doesn’t make for a leisurely, but speedy stroll. Dan was able to feel the smoothness of the Audi R8, saying that it had a "fire hydrant of honey."
Conclusion: Germany has the best roads. California has the best weather.
Interview: Entourage’s Doug Ellin and Jerry Ferrara
This week there was a second interview during the show and it featured Entourage’s creator, Doug Ellin, and star, Jerry Ferrara. If those guys’ names don’t ring a bell, it doesn’t really matter. The main attraction for this segment was Entourage’s main ride, the 1965 Lincoln Continental. Seeing since this is the show’s eighth and final season, we’re guessing this Continental (which was signed by the entire case) will probably be used in the upcoming Entourage film before hitting up some auction house somewhere.
One for the Road
Parking Valets. It’s expensive and then the attendants end up stealing your quarters. What the heck is up with that? Adam also couldn’t understand why he has to drop $700 on sushi and still pay $8 for valet. He feels the valet should come free of charge as a thank you for the enormous amounts of money consumers spend.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for details on next week’s episode of The Car Show.