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Thread: My friends and I take on Top Gear with our own film w/ E36

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    My friends and I take on Top Gear with our own film w/ E36

    My friends and I decided to take on Top Gear and challenge their assertion that the greatest driving road in the world was in Europe. We reasoned that it could be found in California, and so we decided to have a cheap car challenge to determine if we were right. We gave ourselves a budget of $5,000 each for the cars and then set out to see what we could find.

    I'm posting this here because one of the cars we used in the film was an E36, my 1995 325i -- so I figure there may be people here who would be interested in our film.

    If you have never seen Top Gear, it is a well known automotive show on BBC2 that most fans outside the UK download from finalgear.com. Our film is structured in a similar way to a Top Gear challenge, with our own unique twists.

    We have a website up for our project here:

    http://greatestroadinca.blogspot.com/

    We have a trailer up on youtube here:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-zEU95irBA[/ame] (I suggest watching it in High Quality, which you'll have to go to Youtube to select, unfortunately)

    and here are a couple still shots from the film:





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    Nice, looks like a fun little project!

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    Looks like an interesting project. I feel like you cheated, though.

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    I so cant wait to see this. Ive been wanting to do this for awhile, but havent gotten around to it.
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    Best road in SoCal would be Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge road. All Connected for about 40 miles of pure joy

    Looks like a lot of fun but much less entertaining.

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    looks like a fun waste of gas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Ribbon Army View Post
    Best road in SoCal would be Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge road. All Connected for about 40 miles of pure joy

    Looks like a lot of fun but much less entertaining.

    mos def

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    Is that a neon?

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    you only gave us a trailer. any idea when the full video will be up/out?


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    Can I be the stig?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1995M3LTW View Post
    Can I be the stig?!?!
    Lol, do you bleed petrol?

    Or have hydraulic legs?

    haha

    1998 M3 @robocho

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    Wow looks cool. I would never slide by bimmer sideways in the dirt tho. I would be to afraid of rocks and stuff hurting the paint

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    looks sweet, can't wait to see the finished product.

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    lol haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post
    Wow looks cool. I would never slide by bimmer sideways in the dirt tho. I would be to afraid of rocks and stuff hurting the paint
    +1 but you have unpainted rocker panels in yor sig


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    Jboss, nice sig lol

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    WOW!! Thanks everyone for all the responses! Yesterday I put this up on a few forums and got a number of questions. For convenience's sake, I posted a new entry on our blog that should answer all the big questions everyone has had:

    http://greatestroadinca.blogspot.com/

    Also, as far as sliding the BMW out, all I can say is that for what I paid for it, I wasn't too worried. If it had been a brand new M3, that'd be one thing, but there is nothing special about a 95 325i at this point, and they're not worth a whole heck of a lot either.

    Of course, a number of mishaps occurred with each of the cars we used, and that will all be in the film.

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    cool, and California really is a heaven for car drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Ribbon Army View Post
    Best road in SoCal would be Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge road. All Connected for about 40 miles of pure joy

    Looks like a lot of fun but much less entertaining.
    I vote Carmel Valley Rd. I love So Cal, but I have to conceed that best roads to Northern CA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakshas View Post
    Is that a neon?
    Fog light holes with no fog lights makes it a first gen ACR. Originally, they were only sold to SCCA members, but they opened it up to the public after the first year. Really aggressive car with factory adjustable camber or struts depending on the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TunedReference View Post
    Fog light holes with no fog lights makes it a first gen ACR. Originally, they were only sold to SCCA members, but they opened it up to the public after the first year. Really aggressive car with factory adjustable camber or struts depending on the year.
    Good eye!

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    People on a few forums have been asking about how we shot our film, what equipment we used, etc.

    Our DP added a post on our blog with a detailed rundown for anyone who is interested.

    http://greatestroadinca.blogspot.com/

    I also added a couple of "behind the scenes" photos of our film crew at work.

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    hmm not sure how I feel about this, I mean I'm very much into video production and like the idea, but it feels fake, like your trying to hard.
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    interested in the outcome.
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