I thought for a while that the upcoming American version of Top Gear to be aired on the History Channel was an example of Network Decay... until I realized that the History Channel probably doesn't air many automotive ads. The brilliance of the original version of Top Gear is that, since it airs on The BBC, they can't advertise anything, freeing the hosts to give their honest opinions about cars as opposed to making the show a glorified infomercial. Airing the American version on a network that doesn't rely on advertising revenue from automotive manufacturers would help preserve that impartiality. Time will tell if the show is any good, though, but that's a reason to hope for the best.
James May admits he probably has some kind OCD that you could set your watch to, and he admits being terribly afraid of heights... the only reason he has been able to fly to the edge of space, pilot a blimp-caravan, and knows how to fly an aeroplane is because he's so busy checking his instrument panel that he's forgotten he's flying.
Although, in fairness, many people who are afraid of heights are still comfortable when flying on a plane. Remember, it's not the height which you're actually afraid of, it's the fall. Since planes are relatively well insulated and safe, there's no chance of this happening.
Actually, people who are afraid of heights are more worried about the sudden (and probably lethal) stop after the fall.
Outtakes from the Porsche Panamera race show Hammond and May repeatedly headbutting the camera light, which is has always been mounted on the top passenger-side corner of windscreen in every car they've ever filmed. They were even made fun of extensively during the Top Gear Awards the next series for this. But when you think about it, how often do any of the presenters actually sit in the passenger seat?
The "Stig Farm" sketch after the departure of the Ben Collins Stig makes a lot more sense when you remember that Clarkson enjoyed Harry and Paul's "Clarkson Island" sketch, which similarly had Clarkson clones raised on a farm and some of them turning out to be defective.
The Morris Marina will forever be known as the show's perennial Butt-Monkey, which could lead people to wonder how a club of people who like the car, i.e. the Morris Marina Owner's Club, could even exist. But let's not forget: in the 2 events the Marina (seriously) took part in (its premier showing against other Communist-built cars, and the "Rear Wheel Drive vs. Front Wheel Drive" race where James was forced to use it in a race), it was victorious. Apparently there is something to this dinky little car after all. (So long as it stays clear of pianos.)
Then again, it is also the number one scrapped car in Britain (out of over 807,000 sold, only 745 are still on the road), and there's also the cars it was competing against.
Which also explains why the members of the club are so furious about the presenters, seeing how they potentially destroy still functional models for fun.
While James is doing his first top speed run in the Bugatti Veyron, he says "No wonder Michael Schumacher retired. He's slower than I am." This statement becomes a little more meaningful when you remember that James' nickname is "Captain Slow".
When Jeremy promises that the show will not destroy another Morris Marina for the rest of the series, it's followed by a shot of a Marina parked on their test track and getting crushed by a piano. However, if the footage was shot before Jeremy made the promise, then he technically didn't break it.
One of Jeremy's introductions for The Stig is "Some say he isn't machine washable." At first, this sounds intentionally silly since The Stig is a human being and humans aren't machine washable. However, other introductions seem to claim he's not human and it's entirely possible that one of those possible non-human entities is machine washable.
When the guys all bought older British Leyland cars, Jeremy bought a Rover SD1. He praises the car and claims that the British police were so impressed, they stockpiled the cars when it went out of production. His car subsequently does the worst out of the three. (The car loses a door during two different tasks and not even the same door.) But remember that they bought the cars for one thousand pounds note "Of our own money!" . If a car supposedly that nice sells for so little, that specific one must have something seriously wrong with it.
During the time a black Ferrari FXX was featured in the show, The Stig was supposedly "revealed" to be Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher. No surprise for longtime Ferrari fans considering two things: one, Ferrari's FXX Program is a very stringent undertaking where they only allow 30 longtime Ferrari customers registered therein to drive FXX units signed to their name on circuit tracks the company have approved (meaning non-owners cannot use them); and the all-black FXX (as opposed to other FXX units which had a white stripe running at the center of the vehicle) was indeed the very same one Ferrari gave to Schumi as a "retirement gift" for his F1 stint with the company.