Top Gear is dead . . .

. . . and I’m OK with that. I was rewatching shows from series 7 and 8, and those were the types of shows I wanted to watch. At some point, it became less about cars and more about cocking about in vaguely car-related ways. It was still fun, and I still watched it, but I felt like it was missing something.

The BBC may try to revive it with new presenters. Problem is, the current three have perfect chemistry together, which was a 1 in a million chance of working out (which is the fundamental reason why Top Gear Australia and US were never going to work). They might try to change it back into a straight car show like old Top Gear, but the brand probably can’t go back to that.

The current presenters may try to revive the concept under a new organization (Netflix? who knows). Fans underestimate the complications involved in that. They may not have access to the track, studio, production staff, or connections to the car industry that they did before. There’s more to putting on a show than filming a couple of old blokes with cars.

Meanwhile, some of the actions of the fanbase have been horrid. Jezza punches a guy for not providing hot meals, and they blame the BBC for suspending and firing Jezza. Plus, the victim started to get death threats, which is all kinds of fucked up.

Even the fanbase that doesn’t go to the deep end of the shit pool still dips their toes in. “Je Suis Clarkson”? Charlie Hebdo is a satirical newspaper that got shot up by religious extremists. Clarkson punched a guy in the face. Let’s have some perspective here, huh?

I still really like Regular Car Reviews. All the review sites were trying to ape the Top Gear style for years. Regular Car Reviews is the first in a while to try something different. Their 1995 Miata review was an instant classic (just like the car itself).

The Black Hole of Awkward Timing Known as High Performance Tires

My 370z needs new tires. The tread depth is technically legal, but driving in the rain is scary, and they don’t grip very well under hard launches. They’re also 19-inch wheels, which apparently nobody is selling in the best, most grippy street tires right now.

Tires might seem like the most boring part of the car, but they’re the only part that touches the ground (well, usually . . . ). They’re also something that tends to get a little bit better every year.

Bridgestone Potenza RE-11’s were my first choice. I had them on my RX-8, and they were great. Problem is, they’re slowly introducing the RE-11A’s and pulling the older RE-11’s from sale. Which would be all well and good if they actually had RE-11A’s in 19-inch sizes. The originals are going or gone in 19-inches, and the new ones haven’t been introduced there yet.

Then there are BFGoodrich g-Force Rivals, and the Dunlop Direzza ZII’s. The Rivals don’t seem to come in 19-inch sizes yet, and while the Direzza’s do, they’re not in the widths I want.

Bridgestone Potenza S-04s are a step down from all the above, but they are in the right size.

Two or three months from now, I’m sure this will all be worked out, but I can’t wait that long. I have an event coming up and I want sticky tires for it. The question might come down to the S-04’s slightly less sticky compound being made up for with a slightly larger contact patch.