Kt200 Programmeur: Whether it is Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond. Vicki Butler-Henderson, or any other media car reviewer or online amateur. It seems as though everyone has an opinion on what the best cars to be driving (or seen to be driving) are.
Looking back, it seems as though just a couple of decades ago. There were only a few real mainstream magazines on the shelves. Most notably Motor magazine which merged with AutoCar, and Performance Car which then became Car magazine. Now it is difficult to escape the mass of car magazines which fill the shelves of the nation’s newsagents.
The current best selling car magazine. Top Gear was first published in 1993 as a spin off to the Top Gear TV series. Which first came into being in 1977 as a 30 minute BBC Midlands TV programme, which reviewed new car models. And covered other car-related issues such as road safety, classic cars and motorsport. Since this time, the two biggest mainstream UK Car programmes. Top Gear and Fifth Gear, have become important parts of media car culture in Britain.
Over recent years there has been a change in the way that cars have been dealt with by journalists in the media. As time has gone on, and following a major revamp in 2002. Top Gear has moved away from a standard journalistic show. And focused on a more light hearted and quirky based entertainment style of programming. The actual motoring information provided on the show has been decreasing, as global ratings have been increasing.
It still remains one of the most entertaining shows on TV and provides essential viewing to both petrolheads and millions of non car enthusiasts alike. However, with the inclusion of celebrity challenges, outrageous stunts and challenges, and the regular destruction of caravans, the focus these days is very much on entertainment and personalities rather than cars.