Five Reasons You Should Be Watching “Top Gear,” Ladies


“Top Gear” is a popular British car show that airs weekly in the U.K. and the U.S. The BBC gave the show a shocking budget, and the three goofy hosts do their best to use it wisely. And by wisely, I mean racing airplanes, boats, trains, and athletes against some of the prettiest top-shelf sports cars known to man. The hosts offer a squirrely “News” segment and a “Star in Our Reasonably Priced Car” segment where actors, musicians, and even politicians show up to race a normal car around their track.

The BBC recently released viewership numbers and demographic data for the car show, and proudly announced that women make up 40 percent of viewers. Now what, you might ask yourself, would a woman find interesting about a car show? Let me offer five points to consider.

1. No one cares if you’re impressed. Jeremy, James, and Richard are not trying to win your affection with their gorgeous, expensive cars. They’re just having a load of fun. And doing things in cars that a lot of us have only imagined (no, not those things. Things like jumping off a bridge or racing an armed tank).

2. Travel the world from your couch. Every season, the “Top Gear” hosts are often sent to remarkable locations that we’ve only dreamed of seeing. The hour-long specials take place in Vietnam, Ukraine, Botswana, the heart of the Nile, Bolivia, the polar ice cap, you name it. But the best part is you get to see it from a normal person’s point of view, as the guys deal with traffic, public transport, local menus, and tourist sights.

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3. Relaxed celebrity interviews. Have you ever wondered what Hugh Jackman does in his spare time? Watch “Top Gear” – he talks about it. And Rupert Grint reveals that he owns a bright pink ice cream truck, because why not? He’s apparently always wanted one. Not to mention, it’s highly entertaining watching celebs drive a car on a race track, many for the first time in their lives.

4. Jeremy, James, and Richard have chemistry. These guys know how to time a joke, get under each other’s skin, and how to keep an audience interested. Even the way the show is edited, when James starts rambling about the intricate inner workings of a car’s thrust mode, they fade him out and bring in Jeremy to liven things up. And I think we can all agree that insults always sound better with British accents.

5. Surprise! They show gorgeous cars. You may not know what a Koenigsegg is, but after you see one, you will fantasize about it. And there is nothing wrong with that. You don’t have to know how torque works to admire the sleek, sexy cars Jeremy and Richard race around the track each week either.

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For those of you who like a mysterious man or a man in uniform, you’ll satisfy both in The Stig, “Top Gear’s” tame racing driver. “Some say that his heart ticks like a watch and that he is confused by stairs.”

What do you think? Are you already a petrol head? Or do you just enjoy the banter between Clarkson, May, and the Hamster? Are you going to give “Top Gear” a try now?

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Jess Hutton loves to research, and she loves playing with apps, gadgets, and food. When she's not face-to-face with a screen, she and her husband take their two dogs out for hikes and ice cream.

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