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I have been watching Top Gear on BBC America, and I must say it is one of my favorite shows now. Unfortunately they chop and cut the show up to fit American tv standards, (it feels like commercials are 40% of a damn program these days) but otherwise it is good. I only wish half the cars they thrash about in were either legal for sale here or cheap enough to actually purchase. The only real down side is that I haven't a clue as to who most of the guests they have on actually are, but after all it is a British based show and I am in America.

A couple of questions have come up since my wife, son and I started watching the show. So, for my friends from across the pond, I have a few of questions...

1) What is the "congestion tax" and how does that work? From what was shown, you have to pay this every time you drive in the city of London?

2) Who is the Stig really? Someone's got to know...

3) Is it really Jeremy, Richard and James driving those cars or is it a stunt double doing all the "fancy" driving?

4) Is Richard Hammond as big a wanker as he looks? He reminds me of a used car salesman or one of those ambulance chasing lawyers that advertise on tv.

I had more questions but I forgot them... Damn I'm dumb at times.
That's about it really. Thanks.

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There is a much better way to get Top Gear than BBC America. I Pm'ed you all the details.

1) not sure but I'm guessing it may be the opposite of our eco-friendly cars tax break. So you pay for driving a non eco-friendly car or something like that. but just in the city limits of London itself.
2) I heard it was a BTCC(British Touring Car Championship) driver by the name of Ben somebody. I forget his last name but I want to say it is Ben Wallace or Williams something like that.
3) Yes, well with the exception of James May aka Captain Slow.
4) I doubt it, he just looks like a wanker. I rather like Richard on the show, and I think he is probably a very nice guy, he just happens to look like a wanker.

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Ok,
1) YES. You pay £5 to drive into a zone in London, although its not very big, really just the centre bit, and you'd have to be mental to attempt driving in central London anyway. Its quicker walking.
2) There have been several Stigs, but none of them are household names.
3)Yep, you can tell which ones May drives due to the lack of smoke/powersliding.
4) I think he just looks like a wanker. I've never met the bloke, so I can't really comment.

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1) With the tax, how do they monitor that? Seems a bit too easy to avoid paying unless they have GPS tracking devices.

2) Did I just answer my own question?

Oh, I remembered a question.

3) The test track. Each turn has a specific name or reference. What is the story behind that and who or what are they named for?

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It is worth saying that they all do their own driving other than James May who once got the Stig to drive for him. The congestion charge is paying money to take your car into London. Richard Hammond is a wanker, and everyone knows that Boris Johnson is the Stig. There are cameras everywhere in London and if you haven't paid your tax the computer finds you by looking at your plates, it is actually meant to be a very effective system, you get caught most of the time if you don't pay. And all the corners are named because all corners are named in every major racetrack, the names have meaning but I can't be arsed to go through them all. Followthrough= you shit yourself, Gambon= Micheal Gambon nearly killed himself going round the corner, etc..

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1) With the tax, how do they monitor that? Seems a bit too easy to avoid paying unless they have GPS tracking devices.

2) Did I just answer my own question?

Oh, I remembered a question.

3) The test track. Each turn has a specific name or reference. What is the story behind that and who or what are they named for?

Thanks again.
1) as far as I understand it, its just like a toll - all the roads out of london central are toll roads. might be a bit different though, but that's what I've been told. So if you want to drive into london, you pay a tax.

3) probably need to watch some of the first episodes to get the back story on that, but I have a feeling that hammond (who really seems like he would be a wanker, but a funny one at least) just likes to name things. I think any episode where something important happens on a particular turn, they'll tack on a name then and there - that's what they did for gambon's corner when he almost rolled on it.

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The Stig has obviously went through various incarnations. Check Top Gear on Wikipedia and you'll see a list of suspects ^_^

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Wow and to think I thought it was Clarkson who was the wanker. . .

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Wow and to think I thought it was Clarkson who was the wanker. . .
bwahaha, clarkson! no, the word for him is Asshole - and he'd probably tell you that himself. No, wanker doesn't go nearly far enough to cover his personality

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clarkson is a god for speaking what we all think but are too afraid to say it.

except what he says about cameras, I like it when speeding twats get caught and fined by them

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