The original format of Top Gear was one that ran from 1977 to 2001. There were numerous presenters, including Jeremy Clarkson, Tiff Needel, Jason Barlow and Vicki Butler-Henderson. When it went out of business in 2001, some of the presenters, such as Tiff Needel and Vicki Butler-Henderson, went on to form the show Fifth Gear, whereas Jeremy went on to form the second incarnation of Top Gear, which was met with universal acclaim.


The style of the original format was a more formal atmosphere, contrary to the current format's relaxed aura. These included regular power tests and virtually nil challenges. Many criticise the current format for not being a car show as such, but an entertainment show not for true car fans.

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