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  TopGear is the most qualitative tv show we have been blessed to see on TV. If you do not know about it yet, you have a lot to catch up with.

The Stig is an intimidating character that even the most professional of racers can’t help but be in awe of. At least that’s what the Stig likes to think of himself. We can’t blame him for the lack of oxygen in his head. Lord knows how long it’s been since he last took that helmet off, but whatever you think of him, the dude is a polarizing figure that needs someone of equal stature to put him in check.

Enter Ken Block.

The world-class rally driver recently teamed up with Top Gear ’s resident test driver for a promotional gig for Top Gear Australia magazine. The two are scheduled to be in the cover of the November issue of the magazine and you can expect that article to be a must-read.

Before that issue hits newsstands, though, Top Gear Australia bought a camera crew to a race track to film the two drifter extraordinaires participate in a one-on-one Hoonigan show in Melbourne, featuring Block’s Monster Rally Fiesta and the Stig’s ride-of-choice, the Australian-born Ford Falcon FPV.

Check out the video after the jump and wait for the dramatic climax in the end. There’s plenty of rubber-burning, tire-shredding action in this 90-second promo video.

Everyone’s favorite trio since the Three Stooges is back in the headlines after a few months of relative obscurity.

Yes, friends; Clarkson, Hammond, and May are coming back for the 18th season of Top Gear and one of the first segments that has been leaked out is a real doozy. The trio was recently spotted filming a segment for Top Gear in Rome, Italy with a trio of exotics that would make any car-loving individual turn green envy.

Check out the digs the boys have in their hands - a Lamborghini Aventador , a Noble M600 , and a McLaren MP4-12C - and tell us that you don’t want to just to beat up these guys and run away with their supercars.

Thoughts of violence aside, we’re actually pretty happy to see these guys back in action. We don’t know what kind of gimmick they have for those three exotics, but considering their long and rather infamous history with the cars they drive on the show, anything short of memorable will be a disappointment.

While we await for the season to kick off at the break of 2012, we can sit down and enjoy this video of the three supercars being prepped for the three luckiest men on the planet.

Source: You Tube

Richard Hammond and James May - two names not really needing any further introduction - are two of the three stars of Top Gear and together they are presenting a trailer video for the "Top Gear at the Movies" - a DVD that was inspired by the famous Top Gear show. This new DVD shows off "the most memorable automotive moments in cinema history."

"Cars are the bedrock of the most memorable moments in cinema history, so be prepared for a thrilling selection of races, stunts and awesome feats as Richard Hammond and James May celebrate cars on the big screen through a blend of action, amazing driving and exotic metal."

The new "Top Gear at the Movies" will be available for DVD, Blu-ray, and iTunes starting November 14, 2011. For anyone not able to catch Top Gear UK episodes the first time around, this DVD will be a great way to watch all of the highlights in one sitting!

Answering the cries of many Top Gear fans not ready to part ways with beautiful, fast cars and the Brits that drive them, Jeremy Clarkson is releasing a DVD called "Powered Up." his DVD takes him to the South of France to the the high-tech testing ground for Formula One - Circuit Paul Ricard - on a mission to find Clarkson’s favorite car.

In this trailer, Clarkson rips around the track in models like the McLaren MP4-12C , the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder , theJaguar E-Type Convertible , the BMW 1-Series M Coupe , the Ferrari FF , the 911 GT2 RS , and a monster car with a huge BMW aircraft engine. Formula 1 driver, Karun Chandhok, is also featured behind the wheel of a 911 GT3.

The ’Powered Up’ DVD is available for pre-order now. It will be released on November 7, 2011.

If taking a trip to the Isle of Man was ever on your agenda, you may want to take it sooner rather than later. And while you’re there, send your friends a postcard with one of the latest, specialized stamps: TopGear stamps. A set of six stamps featuring a selection of the most bizarre and ingenious automotive challenges featured on the most popular auto show on British television has just been released, making every die hard collector quiver in their memorabilia rooms.

The six stamps each feature of the most innovative transport solutions created by Clarkson, Hammond, and May. And as you may remember from the show, most of these cars didn’t actually work very well, some of them caught fire or sank, occasionally simultaneously, but they are just the perfect proof that people can get very inventive.

The cars featured in these stamps are motorhomes, the Triumph Herald sailboat, the Robin Reliant Space Shuttle, the Polar Hilux, the Caravan Airship, and the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust.

More details about this impressive collection can be found after the jump.

Italy’s Stelvio Pass is known as one of the most dangerous, as well as the most amazing roads in the world. So when Top Gear wanted to do some testing shots with a truly unprecedented selection of performance cars currently on the market, Stelvio Pass was an obvious choice for the location.

In this group was the fastest production car ever, the Bugatti Veyron Supersport ; Ferrari’s new FF ; the McLaren MP4-12C ; Porsche’s finest ever 911, the GT3 RS 4.0 ; Jaguar’s new XKR-S ; Ariel’s mental Atom Mugen ; BMW’s new accessible thrill machine, the 1-Series M Coupe ; the Ford Mustang Boss Laguna Seca ; and the Zonda F . That list already presented a mouthful and there were still more vehicles present.

All the cars in the show were estimated at £3,718,090 - or about $5,217,907 at the current exchange rates - and delivered a combined output of 6,071bhp. So, which one do you like best?

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Has Top Gear gone soft? Or is this just a cute and funny way to poke some fun at the popular TV show? For fans of the candid and quick-witted show, you’ll be happy to know that it’s the latter.

Somebody who apparently had far too much free time on his hands decided to create his own version of Top Gear, starring the characters of ’My Little Pony’.

Yep. My Little Pony.

Using clever editing and split-second audio syncing, the guy who created this video was able to build a three-minute episode of the show, complete with the opening credits, a Stig lap time, and a Star In A Reasonably Priced Car. Heck, he even managed to come up with cutesy names for the four protagonists of the show: Rarity Clarkson, Fluttershy Hammond, Pinkie Pie May, and Stiglight Sparkle.

We’ll admit, it’s an entertaining, albeit mildly confusing take on Top Gear. But for sheer ’awwwwsss’ and laughs alone, it’s well worth watching, especially if you can picture Clarkson as a unicorn.

Source: You Tube

The ever-expanding popularity of Top Gear lends itself to a number of factors, including it’s overall template as a car show, the presence of three popular and irrepressibly funny presenters and their ’tame’ race driver, and the endless stunts that go on in the show on a weekly basis.

The stunts that go on in the show are one of the most popular elements of Top Gear, especially when three middle-aged men with thinning hair partake in these stunts without fear of the ramifications that go with their daredevil exploits. But as is the case with most shows, there’s an element to Top Gear that viewers aren’t privy to, and according to the British tabloid, Daily Mail, the show isn’t exactly on the up-and-up when it comes to the stunts that headliner Jeremy Clarkson participates in.

As it turns out, or at least according to the Daily Mail, Clarkson doesn’t always perform his own stunts and he has professional racing drivers do the chores for him. The paper even cites two unnamed sources who presumable spilled the beans on this little secret.

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Source: Daily Mail

We knew Top Gear was popular, but we didn’t know that they were this popular as international versions of the hit UK show have been sprouting up like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s offspring.

Word has already spread that China and South Korea will be getting their own versions of the show to add to a line-up that already includes the original UK show and other adaptations in the US , Australia, Russia, and Turkey. Now it looks like the show is getting ready to set up shop in another European country: the Netherlands.

According to reports, Dutch company, Sanoma Media, and media tycoon, John del Mol, are collaborating in releasing a Dutch version of Top Gear. The two figureheads in this endeavor are no strangers to the world of automobiles as the former is the publisher of the country’s biggest local car magazine, Autoweek, while the latter owns a local TV channel - Veronica - that broadcasts both Top Gear UK and Top Gear Australia.

In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Carter Duong, the interim channel manager for Veronica, commented that the timing is perfect to have a local Top Gear show on their network. “We think a wide audience will enjoy it," he said. "It will be a weekly car magazine in the broadest sense. Think of auto testing, traffic information, the latest models and automotive developments.”

This is great news for our friends over at the Netherlands. Apparently, two Top Gear shows aren’t enough, and if everything goes according to plan, they might get to enjoy their very own version of Top Gear.

Top Gear’s 17th season flew by just like that, didn’t it?

The sixth and final episode aired over the weekend, and unlike the past episodes, this one more than lived up to the expectations. Richard Hammond got the show off to a promising start with a great segment about the Lamborghini Aventador . From there, the show picked up some steam with a pretty hilarious segment featuring Jeremy Clarkson and James May as they embarked on an electric-car crusade around town. Some unforeseen circumstances resulted in a few mishaps, but all in all, the duo managed to make the most out of their respective cars - Clarkson had the Nissan Leaf while May had the Peugeot Ion - to finish their adventure in one piece. But even that wasn’t enough to convince the two about the potential of electric cars in the future.

Fittingly, the final segment of season 17 took a more serious turn with an inspiring story about a Cross Country racing team in Wales for disabled British soldiers. It’s a humbling way to end a very interesting season and puts into perspective what the human spirit is capable of accomplishing despite the challenges that seemingly lies in front of it.

Details after the jump.


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