Top Gear America Episode 5: Humble Beginnings [Review]

Episode 5 has aired and as always we have the review! Top Gear America has done a great job tying in their content with their title, Top Gear America, and this episode is no different.  In this weeks episode we have some segments based on, you guessed it, “humble beginnings”.

Bill Fichtner is back to giving us solid segments, a welcome sign for those disappointing by his work in Episode 4, with a video about NASCAR.

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While NASCAR has seen some rough times lately with dwindling followers and lost revenues, you wouldn’t guess it from the way Top Gear and Mr. Fichtner give it justice in Episode 5. With a bit of backstory about where the sport came from and where it is now as well as a bit of a throwback “NASCAR” competition between the hosts, the show does well and maintains an entertaining momentum continuing it’s overall solid performance this season.

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The guest on this weeks episode, another fairly random celebrity, is the singer Aaron Carter, brother of famed Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter. Aaron has some odd and fairly awkward interactions with the hosts, no surprise really since he seems to be almost a polar opposite of Fichtner in particular, but he puts down an impressive lap and has a lot of energy which was not a bad thing to bring to the table.

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The shining star of Episode 5, especially to the Gran Turismo generation, is no doubt the segment with Tom “Wookie” Ford and the legendary car known as Godzilla, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R. Tom absolutely nails it in this segment giving fans exactly what they want to see in a video showcasing what has been an idol to most for many years. It really shows that Tom has a passion for this car and I would go so far as to say this may be his best segment yet this season because of it. Tom if you’re reading this, you killed it and we want more!

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Another highlight of the Episode, is the showcasing of the Audi Vets to Techs program and the new Audi R8 V10. It’s great to see a company providing such a valuable service to veterans and to tell an audience as massive as Top Gear’s about it.

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In addition, we get to see The Stig take the R8 out on the Top Gear America track and set the first Top Gear lap time to ever include a passenger in the car, a veteran and member of the Vets to Techs program to boot. A tip of the hat is most appropriate to Top Gear for this one.

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Episode 5 is definitely a big step in the right direction for Top Gear America. We’re happy to give this weeks episode a 4 out of 5 stars.

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What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments!

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