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    Top Gear: Can Evans replace Clarkson ? Is it going to be a car crash?
    Top Gear: Chris Evans replacing Clarkson? It’s going to be a car crash
    original story from the Metro at

    Gary Marshall for Metro.co.ukWednesday 17 Jun 2015 10:52 am

    Top Gear: Chris Evans replacing Clarkson? It'll be a car crashChris replaces Clarkson
    It’s official: Chris Evans is the new host of Top Gear, and Captain Slow and the Hamster won’t be joining him. As Mr May might put it: ‘Oh, cock.’

    The problem isn’t Evans. He’s a great presenter, a properly funny man and a car nut to boot. An Evans-fronted car show will probably be quite good. But no matter what the titles say, it won’t be Top Gear – because Top Gear isn’t a car show.

    Top Gear used to be a car show. It reported on exciting things such as traffic jams and tachographs in trucks, and it featured Noel Edmonds road testing cars and exciting driving questions from the chief instructor of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. It ran for about two hundred years and it was watched by about three people.

    Top Gear started to get better in 1988 when Clarkson joined, but it didn’t become must-see TV until it was canned, brought back in a completely different format and based around a trio of presenters: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe. The chemistry wasn’t quite right, though, and Dawe was replaced by James May. What happened next involved stunts, controversy, huge ratings and worldwide success.

    The reborn Top Gear programme wasn’t about cars. It was about three middle-aged men cocking about, and the weakest bits of the programme – the Stig’s laps, the star in a reasonably priced car – were the bits that most resembled traditional car shows.

    The bits that really worked were the bits you don’t get on Fifth Gear: Clarkson’s big mouth, James May’s irritation, Hammond’s cars getting shunted.

    And without them, it’ll be rubbish.

    Chris Evans is the new Top Gear presenter - replacing Jeremy Clarkson, James Mays and Richard Hammond It just won’t be the same (Picture: Splash)
    It won’t be unwatchable, I’m sure. But it won’t be what Top Gear was either. The new programme will be the Sugababes of car shows, a completely different line-up trading on past glories to an increasingly selective audience.

    You don’t need a crystal ball to see it. Just look at Top Gear USA, which took the format to America in 2010.

    It had three men having eccentric adventures. It had a Stig. It had stunts, and challenges, and a star in a reasonably priced car. And it currently has five out of ten stars on IMDB, because it just isn’t the programme it’s trying to copy.

    If UK Top Gear was Sugababes, Top Gear USA was a Sugababes tribute act featuring three burly blokes in oil-stained overalls.

    The TV programme Top Gear was most often compared to wasn’t a car programme, though. It was Last of the Summer Wine. Like Top Gear, LOTSW was hugely popular. Like Top Gear, LOTSW was essentially about three men cocking about. And like Top Gear, LOTSW was at its best with a particular line-up, in its case Peter Sallis, Brian Wilde and Bill Owen.

    Owen died, and the programme continued for another decade – but it wasn’t the same. The magic was missing.

    Like Top Gear?

    Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/17/top-gear-chris-evans-replacing-clarkson-its-going-to-be-a-car-crash-5249799/#ixzz3fx4HTKFX
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    Buying a car from USA
    Buying /Importing an American Car
    A few years ago, I wanted to buy my dream car. I’d had already been fortunate enough to have a 1973 Ford Mustang convertible which, considering it’s age, had an amazing power roof mechanism. I’d also had a 1994 Mustang Coupe as my daily driver but I always missed not being able to take the roof off.
    I spent ages trying to find a supplier who could help me buy my dream car. I had lots of dealers try to sell me something they already had but no listened to when I asked for help in buying my perfect spec brand new. That was, until I found Wayne at Europa SVT. He listened to me and helped me to get a brand new car made to my spec. He gave me lots of invaluable advice about cost options, special features and the whole import process.
    I ordered my 2006 Mustang Convertible and had lots of updates on e-mail form Wayne about exactly where my car was in the build process; then testing process; then shipping. Communication with the US dealer was passed on to me and I felt as though I always knew what was happening in the birth and early life of my new dream car.
    Wayne picked the Mustang up from the sea container in Southampton with a trailer and took it to his shop /workshop in Buxton where his mechanic modified the lights etc. and put it through the SVA tests. When I picked it up it, all paperwork was done and it was ready for me to drive. With just 6 miles on the clock it was everything I could have wished for. Wayne had dealt with all the import costs including shipping and import taxes. He kept me informed all the time and I really benefited from his extensive knowledge and USA contacts. He’s so calm and organised.
    The car is still a head turner. Every time I drive it, I hear people commenting on how beautiful it is. It was less than £30k all in and yet it gets the attention of a Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini worth 3 times the price.
    I’d definitely recommend contacting Wayne if you want a car, advice about getting a car, parts, supplies etc. https://www.europasvt.com/
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    Fill up & drive away!
    Driver spotted taking the petrol station equipment with him!!
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    Mustang 2006 corrosion!
    I imported my 06 Mustang from Ford in Detroit. I chose all the options I wanted and the factory were excellent. I got exactly what I wanted, shipped to UK in perfect condition. It's been brilliant for all these years but is now showing signs of . The wheels and the bonnet are going to need attention fairly soon.
    I don't know if I should repair or replace.
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      V8BDK I spoke to someone at Bill Shepherd Mustang and they showed me a bonnet/hood that they just had refinished. It looked perfect. Apparently it's such a common problem (caused by the aluminium not being properly prepared or sealed) that they have a fixed price from their body shop for the job. Definitely cheaper and easier than replacement.
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    Prince Rainier's Garage, Monaco
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    Prince Rainier's Garage, Monaco
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      Ben Went there at Easter. Brilliant car collection. Nice pics!
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    Prince Rainier's Garage Monaco