Driving While Awesome Podcast. Give it a listen.
Originally Posted by Phillie Phanatic
They used 3 cars made from companies with their respective HQs* in Detroit, I think they did exactly what they intended.
(*FCA HQ Execs aligned to Chrysler work/live in Detroit)
Last edited by tbvvw; 01-22-2019 at 08:04 AM.
I really liked the first episode and that they spent an entire episode giving american-style performance cars some attention---not just Hammond showing up with a mustang whereas the others have something european. Solid episode and made me want to drive all three. I like that they included either reasonably modified versions or factory special versions of the more standard, sedate version that most people buy. I liked that they made a point to highlight---in a British sort of way---the performance trunk for the demon. Just a great episode. I suppose I can understand that some resident are upset that the show made it seem like the city is still a crumbling shadow of its former self. But in some ways it is. In a weird way, I suppose, seeing some of the areas in detroit has makes me want to drive up there and see things for myself. The history of the city is precisely the type of history I like.
That episode had me spending over an hour looking at how to buy a house in Detroit.
Sadly, it looks like even a cheap house in a neighbourhood that is on the way up requires one to not only live in it and/or have a renter, but bring it up to code in about a 6-month period. I get it, they don't want speculators to sit on the sidelines and wait while the land goes (further) to crap.
Also, apparently there was only around 1,000 mortgages green-lit in Detroit last year. That's it. 1,000!
2016 Discount Brand S3 | 2006 Ford Five Hundy | 1987 Peugeot PB-18 | 1986 Mid-Engine Supercar
Guess they caught it just in time.
I'm surprised it took this long for the bridge to go though...the plant has been closed (and I assume without maintenance) since 1958 or so?
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My thoughts on what I think was my favorite episode of the show so far, as a whole.
- I think the “ruin porn” people are pretending to not have seen that the show specifically points out that there are parts of Detroit that are thriving, including even driving through downtown areas showing how “hipster”, clean, and upscale... much to Clarkson’s lament.
- I’m surprised Hammond didn’t at least mention the fact that he’s in an ENTIRELY STOCK car, especially during things like the sound test... the fact that the stock Demon can hang with those “tuner specials” is pretty outrageous. Also, I’m imagining that Dodge was more concerned with the Demon not being able to hang with the other two in a “street race” against the other two without the track crate prep so that explains their “please don’t race it on the street” even though it was clearly a closed course (you can see the police cars blocking traffic and the barricades at the other end of the “strip”).
- To everyone asking if May sand-bagged the race against Clarkson, even if just at first... want to know how I know you’ve never driven a 1,000 horsepower car in a drag race? It would take A LOT of practice before you’d be near the quickest drag times. I’m actually surprised that May was able to consistently beat the Mustang after the first run. 1,000 horsepower is NUTS at full throttle, especially the first 60’.
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