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I was listening to the radio this morning, and Adam Corolla said that he was at Willow Springs raceway a few days ago or whatever. He said that he was taping a show for the Speed Channel with the Pontiac G8.

I could immediately tell that he was talking about the Speed Test Drive.

That's all the info that I have. Just thought that I'd share!
 

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That's what I was wondering also.

Adam started talking about it right at the start of the show this morning, but I only listened to about 5 minutes before jumping out of the car. He could have said more about when it was supposed to air and his impressions of the car, but if he did, I wouldn't know.

Anybody listen any longer than I did?
 

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They really hammer these cars too. Did you see the one with the GTO and GXP?
 

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from http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/-pontiac-g8-test-drive-coming-up-ar52346.html

here's the info from the above link:


Pontiac G8 Test Drive coming up...

We just received a call from Pontiac to invite us for a test drive of their new Pontiac G8, "The most powerful car available in the U.S. for under $30,000" as they claim. TopSpeed.com will have chance to verify those allegation from the testing location and bring you the first driving impression, live! on February 28/29. Save the date.
 

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Adam just said this morning that there's going to be a "Top Gear" show on NBC during primetime. I'm not sure if it will be hosted by the same British dudes or not... Like before, I exited the car before he was done talking about it. I also didn't catch when it is supposed to show. Time to search the internet...
 

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1-15-08 - BURBANK, Calif. — NBC has ordered a pilot for an American version of the U.K. smash sensation Top Gear. Although the show apparently will feature a completely new cast, producers say it will still feature "the irreverent spirit of Top Gear."

With the Writers Guild of America still striking in full force, networks have been scrambling for non-scripted content. In practice, this has led to helpings of The Biggest Loser 5 and Celebrity Apprentice — and to NBC's decision to bring Top Gear to the United States.

The Office is the most recent example of a BBC program that has done well in a U.S. adaptation, and Top Gear is NBC's shot at repeating that success. The British show features the expected test-drives of supercars — but also more lighthearted segments such as a giant game of soccer with a bunch of tiny VWs, or a contest to see which host can build the best amphibious car to drive across a lake.

Ben Silverman, NBC co-chairman, seems to think it's a brilliant move. "Top Gear is a proven international hit which fits perfectly into NBC's lineup of programming with male appeal, including Sunday Night Football and American Gladiators," he said in a statement. "We're always looking for innovative ways to partner with our advertisers, and this show offers a great platform for the latest in car culture."

What this means to you: If NBC is using the show as "an innovative way to partner with their advertisers," will that stop the hosts from trashing vehicles, even if they're made by an NBC sponsor? Let's hope not. --Edmunds.com


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American Top Gear To Go "Celebrity Direction"

Date posted: 01-30-2008

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — We've known for quite some time that the hit BBC show Top Gear is coming to America. Producers of the show originally wanted to use the British hosts for the U.S. version, but decided the trans-Atlantic shooting schedule would be too demanding.

In mid-January, NBC announced the U.S. version of Top Gear would air on its network rather than a cable outlet like Speed or ESPN. At the same time, BBC producers were feverishly screening American automotive writers as potential hosts, hoping to give the new show "journalistic credibility."

NBC has since decided to tweak its original plan. Several on-camera automotive journalist candidates received phone calls this week from the BBC stating the network now wanted to take the new Top Gear in more of a "celebrity direction."

An existing NBC relationship with known automotive enthusiast Jay Leno, and the fact that his current Tonight Show contract expires in 2009 could make Leno a front-runner. Actor and Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld also has a lasting NBC relationship as evidenced by his guest stint on NBC's 30 Rock and heavy rotation of Bee Movie promos that also aired on the network. We wouldn't "bee" surprised to see him in the running as well.

What this means to you: Expect American Top Gear to air without the old-school car magazine editor in a threadbare tweed jacket. — Carol Moody, Correspondent
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=124569
 

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TopSpeed website has a preliminary test drive video online now. It's not much, so don't get too excited.
 

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I noticed that the "Speed Channel" is listing "Pontiac Test Drive" of the G8 April 19th at 6:00pm Central.
Need to set the TiVo.
 

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stlG8 said:
I noticed that the "Speed Channel" is listing "Pontiac Test Drive" of the G8 April 19th at 6:00pm Central.
Need to set the TiVo.
From the note that dealership's received:
G8 on Speed TV's Test Drive on April 19th....

G8 will be featured on Speed TV's Test Drive program next Saturday, April 19th. The star-studded line-up is sure to please any car buff. In addition to the G8, the show will include Speed TV's Tommy Kendall, music artist 50 Cent and his unigue edition of the G8, Road and Track's Editor, comedian Adam Corolla, and footage from Daytona, California and Phoenix. So tune in to see the G8 make a test-drive from Florida to Phoenix to LA!
 

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The show left something to be desired to much 50cent or should i say penny ha ha...


there was not enough driving like previous shows.
 
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