I know plenty of people who have been watching Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May since Top Gear started in 2002. As a matter of fact, I even know a few who have been watching Jeremy since the OG Top Gear days alongside Tiff Needell and Sue Baker. Talk about true loyalty!
Even though I like to talk about it like I’ve been watching Top Gear since day 1, the truth of it is I didn’t even know what the show was until around 2010. I’ve seen pretty much every episode, but it was all through Netflix and Amazon up until I “caught up” with the current broadcast around Series 13.
So here’s my dirty little secret: I didn’t discover Top Gear until I bought Gran Turismo 5. I remember buying GT5 and being unfamiliar with the Top Gear content in the game, but at the same time, I remember people on the forums freaking out about there being Top Gear stuff included.
All that excitement piqued my interested so I decided to look up TG and see what the hype was all about. I was successful…mostly. My first taste of TG was an episode with Tanner, Adam, and Rutledge. Yup… wrong Top Gear. I devoured the entire first season of US Top Gear and enjoyed every moment of it until I found out about OG TG.
The first episode of Top Gear that I ever saw was Series 9, Episode 6 where the boys made their own limos. I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard in my whole life (not a hyperbole). From that moment on I was hooked and watched everything Netflix had to offer. I haven’t missed an episode involving Jeremy and Co. ever since.
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— Grand Tour Nation (@GrandTourNation) March 18, 2020