Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jeremy Clarkson's The Italian Job

As a die hard Top Gear fan I'm climbing the walls awaiting the next season of the hit British Motoring show but other than a couple specials in late December the next season of Top Gear wont start until January 23, 2011 and will only consist of 6 new episodes.  Thank goodness the guys go off and do their own things and thankfully Jeremy Clarkson always seems to release an interesting car related video during the holiday season.

This year Clarkson is back with a 2 DVD set called The Italian Job and it's awesome.  Clarkson is back in the driver seat by himself where I think he does his best as he takes liberties with several high end exotics around the Imola track in an attempt to lose weight and get fit so that he can participate in an old-school race series.  It's an idea only Clarkson can dream up.

Clarkson in this video drivers a new gen Camaro and bags on it greatly.  He then heads off to Italy and the Imola track as he drives the latest Porsche 911 GT3 and actually likes it.  From there he heads to the Ferrari test track where he gets behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia and 599GTO and has a good time drifting the 599GTO around like a 240SX. From there it's back to Imola to take the reins of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superlegger.  Up next was something I was really waiting for as Clarkson took the controls of the Pagani Zonda R that fabulous Carbon Fiber beauty and the best machine that shattered the Ring time.  And as if that wasn't enough excitement for someone Clarkson then jumps in the driver seat of the new V8 powered Ariel Atom for some more facial amusement.  The Stig makes an appearance, or two, to test the Ariel Atom against the Porsche 911GT3RS.  The final car that Clarkson pilots around Imola for this DVD is the new Mercedes Benz SLS where he proclaims the car as his new favoritest car.  This surprised me actually but it is Clarkson after all.  Before Clarkson heads back to England to go racing in a Classic Touring Car Race he makes a quick stop to pay his respects to where Ayrton Senna crashed and died on the Imola circuit, a nice touching moment.

With that Clarkson was back in England after getting fit in Italy to particapate in a Classic Touring Car Race in a car that he's never driven on a course that he's only driven a couple time and in a piece of crap Camaro around people who've been doing this for years it makes for an interesting race segment.  The car is a fully prepped Ford Escort Mexico with some issues.  The clutch wasn't helping them at all and the car was only put together right before qualifying and then repaired again right before the start of the race.  Thankfully the little green Mexico holds it together to finish the race in one piece and in 7th place.  A respectable finish for a first timer.

With that the DVD is done but wait this is actually a double DVD release (thought no one has tossed the second one on the tubes yet) and the second DVD is a Making of The Italian Job feature that goes behind the scenes of the video as well as giving the fans a bit of carnage with the 5 best car destruction videos as voted for by fans.   Some good stuff is on that second DVD.  Right now you can only buy the DVD in the UK so unless you have a region 2 or region free DVD player (which I don't) you can't buy this DVD for now.  Hopefully someone will see fit to release it on region 1 at some point along with his other DVDs.

Check out the trailer for The Italian Job --

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