History Headscratchers / TopGear

20th Jan '16 6:28:03 PM MegaMarioMan
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*** As you've already mentioned, it's likely because [=McLaren=] would only let the [=MP4-4=] be driven by one of their drivers, in fact, the whole exercise was probably done with help from [=McLaren=]. Also, Lewis is well known seeing as he is an F1 World Champion driving for McLaren, something alot of people still associate Senna with. Something that [=McLaren=] are known to exploit, especially since their other driver, Jenson Button is a big fan of Senna's rival Alain Prost, as evidenced by the videos [=McLaren=] of the two fawning over the [=MP4-4=] used by Senna and Prost during the 1988 season.
** I think everyone might be looking at this the wrong way round. I think what probably was the case was someone came up with the idea for a McClaren driver to drive Aryton's car as a celebration of his life and death. Obviously Hamilton, who is a big Senna fan, would have put his hand up (or the idea could have been for Louis to drive the car from the outset). Then, when they were filming it, Clarkson added in the hyperbole "Aryton's biggest fan" in his typical exaggeration fashion. I.e., the segment wasn't supposed to be "Aryton's biggest fan drives his car", it was "a McClaren driver who is a huge Aryton fan drives his car." I mean, considering how insanely dangerous those 80s-90s monsters are, it would be a deathwish for anyone other than a World Series driver to get in and take it for a drive, honestly. Or a GP2 or GP3 driver, now they've changed the name.

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*** As you've already mentioned, it's likely because [=McLaren=] would only let the [=MP4-4=] be driven by one of their drivers, in fact, the whole exercise was probably done with help from [=McLaren=]. Also, Lewis is well known seeing as he is an F1 World Champion driving for McLaren, [=McLaren=], something alot of people still associate Senna with. Something that [=McLaren=] are known to exploit, especially since their other driver, Jenson Button is a big fan of Senna's rival Alain Prost, as evidenced by the videos [=McLaren=] of the two fawning over the [=MP4-4=] used by Senna and Prost during the 1988 season.
** I think everyone might be looking at this the wrong way round. I think what probably was the case was someone came up with the idea for a McClaren [=McLaren=] driver to drive Aryton's car as a celebration of his life and death. Obviously Hamilton, who is a big Senna fan, would have put his hand up (or the idea could have been for Louis to drive the car from the outset). Then, when they were filming it, Clarkson added in the hyperbole "Aryton's biggest fan" in his typical exaggeration fashion. I.e., the segment wasn't supposed to be "Aryton's biggest fan drives his car", it was "a McClaren [=McLaren=] driver who is a huge Aryton fan drives his car." I mean, considering how insanely dangerous those 80s-90s monsters are, it would be a deathwish for anyone other than a World Series driver to get in and take it for a drive, honestly. Or a GP2 [=GP2=] or GP3 [=GP3=] driver, now they've changed the name.
20th Jul '15 11:38:10 PM fig00r
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*** The newspaper article in question was actually just a story about how they were in Norway and that they were doing a bunch of crazy stuff, which always happens when they are in this country.
20th May '15 7:34:27 PM nombretomado
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* Two things that bugged me about the [[FormulaOne Ayrton Senna]] tribute:

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* Two things that bugged me about the [[FormulaOne [[UsefulNotes/FormulaOne Ayrton Senna]] tribute:
27th Feb '15 6:51:13 AM SwordsageRagnar
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*** By extension, caravaners are an acceptable target of theirs' on the show. To them, caravaners are slow and overly cautious drivers who hog up Britain's single lane roads towing their caravans, and often trying to spin the hobby for something it isn't, or being preachy about how much down to earth or humble they are by going on caravan holidays or weekend trips.
11th Nov '14 6:39:16 PM nlpnt
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** "Pry-us" (Toyota Prius) is another one that's confusing that way. I'm reasonably certain Kia doesn't intend for "Cee'd" to be pronounced "see apostrophe dee", though.
31st Aug '14 10:26:53 AM CrypticMirror
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** Yes that is how most people in the UK pronounce Nissan, the rest of it is just how the guys' own accents work.
2nd Aug '14 5:06:57 AM mustango
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* Word pronunciations. The entry under "It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY" notwithstanding, I know for a fact that they get some pronunciations very wrong; one example is "Michigan" with a hard "ch". But in other cases I am left wondering who is making the joke. For example, they so consistently and matter-of-factly pronounce Nissan "NIS-sen" that one starts to believe that they believe they are pronouncing it correctly, yet we in America were told quite clearly by in company ads that their name was pronounced "NEE-sahn". Is it a Top Gear running gag, or is "NIS-sen" the actual British pronunciation of the company name, and if the latter, how did that happen?
9th Jun '14 2:36:01 PM TechnicalChanger
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** It would be very unlikely for them to be millionaires because of their books. Clarkson owns the show, May and Hammond both get high wages because they're famous presenters. Biographies don't make that much money.
29th Apr '14 2:19:15 PM WillKeaton
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** That's not quite right. There are two long names on the board and both of them are Koenigseggs. The first to be placed on the board, and the lower of the two is a Koenigsegg [=CC8S=] from series two, that was where the "long name" joke originated. The second long name and the higher of the two is the Koenigsegg [=CCX.=] This car was tested twice, first without a spoiler, then at the Stig's request, with a spoiler, making the Koenigsegg [=CCX=] the lap record holder for a while. After the lap with the spoiler the first Koenigsegg [=CCX=] time was removed. ''This post has been brought to you by copy and pasting. Because no one wants to spell Koenigsegg.''

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** That's not quite right. There are two long names on the board and both of them are Koenigseggs. The first to be placed on the board, and the lower of the two is a Koenigsegg [=CC8S=] from series two, that was where the "long name" joke originated. The second long name and the higher of the two is the Koenigsegg [=CCX.=] This car was tested twice, first without a spoiler, spoiler (where it did in fact try to kill the Stig), then at the Stig's request, with a spoiler, making the Koenigsegg [=CCX=] the lap record holder for a while. After the lap with the spoiler the first Koenigsegg [=CCX=] time was removed. ''This post has been brought to you by copy and pasting. Because no one wants to spell Koenigsegg.''
29th Apr '14 2:18:11 PM WillKeaton
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** That's not quite right. There are two long names on the board and both of them are Koenigsegg's. The first to be placed on the board, and the lower of the two is a Koenigsegg [=CC8S=] from series two, that was where the "long name" joke originated. The second long name and the higher of the two is the Koenigsegg [=CCX.=] This car was tested twice, first without a spoiler, then at the Stig's request, with a spoiler, making the Koenigsegg [=CCX=] the lap record holder for a while. After the lap with the spoiler the first Koenigsegg [=CCX=] time was removed. ''This post has been brought to you by copy and pasting. Because no one wants to spell Koenigsegg.''

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** That's not quite right. There are two long names on the board and both of them are Koenigsegg's.Koenigseggs. The first to be placed on the board, and the lower of the two is a Koenigsegg [=CC8S=] from series two, that was where the "long name" joke originated. The second long name and the higher of the two is the Koenigsegg [=CCX.=] This car was tested twice, first without a spoiler, then at the Stig's request, with a spoiler, making the Koenigsegg [=CCX=] the lap record holder for a while. After the lap with the spoiler the first Koenigsegg [=CCX=] time was removed. ''This post has been brought to you by copy and pasting. Because no one wants to spell Koenigsegg.''
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