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August 04, 2009

The War on Speed

Jeremy Clarkson's closing to the finale of Top Gear season 13 was superficially (and fundamentally) a review of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, a beautiful car and a triumph of engineering. Somewhat more pointedly, it was a rejoinder to recent criticism of the show's "speed is good" philosophy (and much else, as ever).

Perhaps it is my Spenglerian bent - or rather, Melnibonéan - that attaches a rather more comprehensive, civilizational spin to the piece. If the V12 Vantage represents an elegy for speed so too does it represent an elegy for the West. Having watched what the busybodies have done to smoking, it is all too easy to imagine ourselves to be one enervated step away from a generation of Gammas stopped short in wonder that such a machine was ever built.

They will have forgotten how. Worse yet, they will have forgotten why.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 4, 2009 07:21 AM

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My uncle has a country place that no one knows about. He says it used to be a farm before the Motor Law...

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