An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Everything he knows he learned from Top Gear

Timothy's top two favorite television shows are A/ Top Gear (Britain) with Jeremy, James and Hammond, and B/ Top Gear (America) with Tanner, Adam and Rut. The fastest way to get into an argument in our family is to claim one show is better than the other. We have serious discussions about this. Like, really serious discussions, and we are a family divided -- Nicholas and Jonathan prefer Top Gear (America) whereas Joe and Timothy prefer Top Gear (Britain).


Where do I stand in this little brouhaha? Right smack in the middle, not because I'm trying to be magnanimous and fair, but because both shows are so incredibly laugh-out-loud funny. I mean, for me to sit down and watch a car show you know it has to be good.


And Timothy swears that Top Gear (both countries) has come to the rescue on numerous occasions when what he has learned from the show has been relevant during a geography quiz, a history test, or even a PAGE Academic Team competition.


For example:


The Rubicon Trail extends from Lake Tahoe to Sacramento.


The bullet trains in Japan are magnetized and hover just above the tracks. They can reach speeds up to 320 mph.


The Yungas Road in Boliva, a 43-mile single lane dirt road clinging precariously to the side of a mountain, is known as the world's most dangerous road.



One of the local road rules specifies that the downhill driver never has the right
of way and must move to the outer edge of the road. Unlike the rest of Bolivia,
vehicles are required to drive on the left side of the road to give the driver
a better view of the vehicle's outside wheel and making passing safer.


Then, of course, there are the car facts. Millions of car facts. Important things, like a Lamborghini can reach a top speed of 210 mph, a Bugatti can reach 225 mph, but the fastest car in the world is the Koenigsegg ZR1 with a top speed of 270.


Honestly, who needs to go to school when there is Top Gear?


Heck, even I have learned a thing or two: A Mini Cooper is more expensive than a Fiat, a Smart Car is less expensive than both. And, a vehicle with 4-wheel drive is not indicative of the number of wheels on a vehicle ;-)




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