Tiresome: Ken Block in Top Gear

July 7, 2009 in tiresome

To quote Jalopnik:
Did you miss Gymkhana sensei Ken Block take James May for a spin a few hundred spins on last night’s episode of Top Gear? No need to cry. We’ve scoured the interwebs and found the clip for ya!

Well, I did miss it and I’m not really happy I watched it… I’m getting a bit tired of the pre setup, staged, slowmotion videos of Mr. Block.

Don’t get me wrong here: I think he’s one of the best and talented drivers on this whole planet and he’s awesome when he takes tight corners and spaces with his Scooby! You can almost consider him as one with his car!

However…as you can see in the Top Gear clip this whole round is staged and set up beforehand. All cameras are perfectly in place and several shots are taken multiple times (see differences in tiretracks, skidmarks and smoke) and especially the finale jump is one big show setup. Must have taken them several runs to get that one right… Well, at least they flattened the ramps each time. ;)

Of course there was one run with James May and all his comments and reactions are genuine, but it is very obvious this is another arranged Ken Block video, just like the previous two… And that’s what what bores me…