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Old 09-01-2014, 08:13 PM   #1
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Super Cub on Top Gear "Cars of the People"

Just a heads up--episode 2 of James May's "Top Gear Cars of the People" has about a 25 minute segment on the impact of the Super Cub on the motorization of the masses. It's going to be rerun tonight at 9 Pacific, Midnight Eastern on BBC Amerca, and again this coming Saturday at noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern.

May also rode a Super Cub some 800 miles on the Vietnam Top Gear special which reruns pretty frequently on BBCA. That episode is worth watching just to see our favorite numpty, Jeremy Clarkson, floundering the length of Vietnam on an ancient Vespa.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:26 AM   #2
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Just a heads up--episode 2 of James May's "Top Gear Cars of the People" has about a 25 minute segment on the impact of the Super Cub on the motorization of the masses. It's going to be rerun tonight at 9 Pacific, Midnight Eastern on BBC Amerca, and again this coming Saturday at noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern.

May also rode a Super Cub some 800 miles on the Vietnam Top Gear special which reruns pretty frequently on BBCA. That episode is worth watching just to see our favorite numpty, Jeremy Clarkson, floundering the length of Vietnam on an ancient Vespa.
I watched that last night- pretty cool to see the Honda and an old Vespa make that trek. The Honda was way under powered, but seemed to hold up pretty well. Fun episode with beautiful views of Vietnam.
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Just a heads up--episode 2 of James May's "Top Gear Cars of the People" has about a 25 minute segment on the impact of the Super Cub on the motorization of the masses. It's going to be rerun tonight at 9 Pacific, Midnight Eastern on BBC Amerca, and again this coming Saturday at noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern.
Thanks for the heads up. I just went and programmed my DVR to get it when it shows again on Saturday. Didn't know about it last night.
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Actually there must have been two episodes, as the Cars of the people one I saw was focused on VWs, Fiat 124s, etc, and there was an hour episode about the three guys having to traverse Viet Nam on Scooters. Be sure you get both if you can.
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The Vietnam is definitely a favorite episode of Top Gear, I've watched it numerous time and it always inspires some kind of adventure.

Going to try to watch this new one tonight.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:34 PM   #6
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Watched both and love when the top gear guys get out of those cars and onto bikes. Looked like a blast was had in Vietnam!
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:49 PM   #7
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Actually there must have been two episodes, as the Cars of the people one I saw was focused on VWs, Fiat 124s, etc, and there was an hour episode about the three guys having to traverse Viet Nam on Scooters. Be sure you get both if you can.
There've been 2 "cars of the people episodes" so far, the one with the VW, Fiat 124/Lada/Trabant, and the second with the Microcars (Isetta, Messerschmidt), Citroen 2CV/Renault 4, and Honda Cub. I'd like to see one on the Japanese Kei cars and, of course, the original "people's car"--the model T.

IMHO the 2 truest proponents of mass transport were Henry Ford and Soichiro Honda.

The Vietnam special was a classic for deflating Clarkson as well as hilariously depicting "minimalist" touring.
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