Submitted by desertxland (Also known as Fifty Shades of James May)
Hello TG Appreciation - I decided to add my own story to the mix after enjoying everyone’s so much and knowing I’m not alone in the madness :D
About six or so months ago I was feeling awful, I have had suicidal thoughts for most of my life, it’s just a background radiation to any thought I have. One of the most feasible methods of killing myself that came up more than any other was walking under traffic. I’d think about what it would be like to be crushed under the wheels or to bounce off the bonnet and slam into the ground hard? Perhaps it’s not the best way to go about it but it seemed to be the recurring idea that sad brain kept throwing up as an option.
It was a dark time and I just wanted to not think about it for a little while, oddly enough, I remembered Top Gear having funny segments like the Peel P50 and the first American road trip (man love rules ok). So I went online and started watching those segments and then decided to go as far back as there was to find on youtube. Suddenly I realized that even if I haven’t done anything all day but watch this weird show with these daft men I was laughing like I never had before. My neighbors must have thought I was cracking properly when they’d hear howls of crazy person cackling coming from my unit.
Top Gear lifted me out of a horribly black place and suddenly I was fascinated - the more I learnt about James May the more I liked him. We both dislike PDA’s, being touched, we both have dorky hobbies and think it’s important for people to know how to fix and build things and we also have the same taste in floral shirts! That and he’s a dream boat - can’t say no to blue eyes or long hair and dorky. I also despite myself find myself really drawn to Clarkson too because he’s so confident and loud and brassy - I can’t say no to charismatic bastards either apparently. As also the shortest person in 99% of situations, Hammond has a special place in my heart as a fellow Vertically Challenged Short Arse.
Before I thought cars were no big deal but now they are a big deal - I’ve become a bit of a Lambo fan girl and hopefully by next year I’ll be driving my own car. Not a Lamborghini alas but one day! That Aventador has stolen my heart almost as much as the Top Gear lads!
With my new found appreciation for all things automobile I found myself no longer thinking of them as a potential method of suicide - that idea simply stopped coming up! The mortifying thought of being run through by something so brown as a Toyota Camry trumped even my long standing desire to kill myself. In a bent sort of way, acquiring a taste in cars has given me a new lease on life! And besides, if I’m dead I’d miss the new season! So, here I am, suicidal thoughts still hang around because they always have but the biggest tool in my arsenal against myself has been removed - thanks to Top Gear? Who’dathunkit!
Meaning: In Chile he can do whatever he wants! :D
james’ bag tho!!!!!!!!!!!!
the aeroplane pin!!!! so many pins…………… so cute
is the cutest goddamn thing in the whole bastard cocking world
Where Jeremy Loses, Richard is Smug, and James Throws a Suitcase
I love it when they reference things that happened years ago. The first clip is from season 19, the second from season 5.
In season 5 Jeremy still had a bit of that strange accent going on.
there’s not even a point to this gifset, but this segment brings me such joy
particularly jeremy laughing like that
Laughing Hammond, Laughin Jezza, Laughing May.
Love that trio <3
Submitted by squid-fiction
I also wanted to share the reasons why Top Gear is my favourite show…
These are just SOME of my favourites that always make me laugh on a bad day:
Amphibious Cars Part 1, Hover Van, Robin Reliant Space Shuttle, Stretch limousines, Botswana Special, US Special, Soft-topped people carrier, Epic race across London, Racing with Truffles, Polar Special, Winter Olympics…
Richard is such a cutie, I share his love of American muscle cars, animals and Porches. Plus we’re both short and picky with strange food! I could never forget his love affair with Oliver.
Jeremy takes a lot of shit because of his humour and ‘outspoken opinions’ but that’s exactly what I love about him. I have his books as well that I read a lot on the plane when I want a bit of a laugh.
And James…uhmm, yeah he’s one of my top crushes. His hair, his voice, his awkwardness, humour, ridiculous sense of fashion, his knowledge. I could listen to him go off on a tangent about science all day and never get bored. Yeah.
They are the reason I was so determined to get driving when I almost gave up. I’ve had dreams about meeting them, driving with them and…being the 4th presenter or the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car. Yeah go ahead and laugh, in my dreams, right?
To meet them would make my life, to have a life like theirs is my dream. Ambitious, but rubbish!