The Car Show is the direct competitor to the USA’s version of Top Gear. It is hosted by Adam Carolla (comedian), Dan Neil (automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal), John Salley (4-time NBA Champion and actor), and Matt Farah (SmokingTire.com). The format features in studio sections and interviews combined with on road/track driving sections.
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.
Adam Carolla may be in the hot seat for some "decorated" commentary during the Adam Carolla Show podcast, but The Car Show can still forge ahead, hopefully without a loss of viewers. This week’s episode finds the hosts testing the Mercedes SLS AMG against the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Dan Neil strolling through the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and an interview with the outstanding Jason Castriota.
Usually a nice segway into the other, more important segments of the show, this week’s mini segments were a bit on the disappointing side. There was a "prank" type video showing us the World’s Worse Valet which had its funny moments, but fell short of what we expected. Then there was the biggest waste of time to date, the Great Car Knack. This mini segment has Adam dressed to the hilt in a cheap fortune teller costume while telling the people in the audience their future. It sounds ridiculous and, well, it was.
Full details on the The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 6 after the jump.
Adam Carolla has never been one to speak with a filter on his mouth and in the past few years, he’s gotten in a lot of trouble for his choice of words. You’d think that by now, he would have learned his lesson and not continue to hide under his old and used up defense of being a ’comedian’. But apparently, the man just can’t keep his lid shut and his latest tirade against homosexuals has cast a new light on the man’s crassness and overall stupidity.
The whole thing happened during one of his recent podcasts on the Adam Carolla Show where he took some shots towards an Internet campaign that was pushing for Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie to get married. Clearly offended by the insinuation, Carolla lashed out, asking: "When did everybody get f-----g lumped in with the gays? Really? What percentage is transgendered?"
Clearly not satisfied, Carolla then went ahead and attacked the LGBT community, telling them in no uncertain terms to "shut up" about getting equal rights because, in his own words, "you’re ruining my life."
After his comments stirred the pot, Carolla came out and released a statement in his Twitter account, saying: "I’m sorry my comments were hurtful. That being said, I’m a comedian, not a politician." Okay, that makes it better. He’s apologizing that his comments were hurtful. but he’s justifying himself because he’s a comedian and not a politician?
By now, hopefully everyone has been able to catch an episode of The Car Show on Speed, but for those who have not, here’s your chance to take a sneak peek at what you’re missing. In Episode 4, Adam Corolla and Matt Farah had the luxury of sitting down with the great Steve Millen as they relived his start and end in professional racing. As some of you may know, Steve Millen took part in New Zealand’s IMSA GT racing and has the most all-time wins in IMSA GTS history with 20 victories, along with the series record in pole positions with 23 top spots. This guy is a racing legend and his family - Rhod, Rhys, and most recently Ryan - have also played a huge part in racing.
Check out the video to see the full interview, as well as a slot car racing challenge against Steve Millen and Dan Neil. And if you haven’t caught an episode of The Car Show, make sure you tune in on Wednesdays at 10pm on the Speed channel.
The Car Show came back this week full of entertaining segments and an array of vehicles to satiate our automotive appetites. During this episode, John Salley was able to fall in line with an Indy 500 pit crew to see what it takes to drive one of the racers and Matt Farah and Adam Corolla take a couple of luxury SUVs through the ringer to see which of them is the best for hauling ass and groceries. Matt Farah also gets a chance to take the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante out for a spin at the Monticello Motor Club, while all of the hosts get to meet the most interesting, and rather odd, Lamborghini owner ever.
Along with the usual mini-segments provided for every episode, this week we also got to take part in The Car Show Repair Shop where viewers call in and ask the hosts about problems they are having with their cars. If you think these people are weird, try listening to some of their problems.
Hit the jump for full details on The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 5.
In this episode, Adam Corolla (comedian and car enthusiast), Dan Neil (automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal), John Salley (4-time NBA Champion and actor), and Matt Farah (SmokingTire.com) take part in a number of segments that made us laugh at loud, literally. Mixed in with the good times and "Lambo-quality comedy," the guys take part in a test comparing the automated driving versus actual driving in a 2007 BMW 328i sedan, a comparison of the Audi R8 and the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, and an interview with racing legend, Pete Brock.
The fun doesn’t stop there as the boys go through their 0-60 and Adam’s America segments, as well as a trip to North Carolina for some dirt track racing.
Hit the jump for details on The Car Show: Season 1 Episode Three.
We can’t say that we were looking forward to the premiere episode of The Car Show, simply because we didn’t feel that Adam Carolla was going to be all that funny. If he was, then The History Channel would have considered keeping him as part of the Top Gear USA trio. Turns out, we were absolutely wrong.
Adam Carolla may be a jumbling, mumbling mess at times, but his delivery actually makes him a bit funnier. It helps that he was teamed up with Dan Neil (automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal), John Salley (4-time NBA Champion and actor), and Matt Farah (SmokingTire.com), who seemed to deliver more chemistry in the first episode of The Car Show than Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, and Ruttledge Wood had in their entire first season. Don’t get us wrong, we actually like Top Gear USA, but we may like The Car Show even better so far.
Hit the jump for details on the first episode of The Car Show.