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When the Top Gear television series disappeared from BBC2 in 2001, due to dwindling ratings, the powers-that-be at Five swooped on the opportunity to grasp the format - and the result was Fifth Gear (originally known as 5th Gear).
Though Top Gear later returned to the BBC line-up, Fifth Gear continued its run on Five and featured ex-Top Gear presenters such as Quentin Wilson and Tiff Needell. It remains highly respected in the motoring industry and each year hands out a list of illustrious Fifth Gear awards for the best small car, best family car, best fast car and the overall car of the year.
The Fifth Gear website was formed to complement the television series giving viewers the chance to find out more about their favourite features on the show. Indeed the Fifth Gear website has even given users the opportunity to become part of the TV show itself through interactive items such as "Your Rant" in which one minute per show would be dedicated to the opinions of one viewer.
To further coincide with the Fifth Gear show, each of the presenters writes their own blog on the website, and there is a Fifth Gear shop so you can wear the same clothes as the motoring experts themselves. You can also share your views with other Fifth Gear users on the Fifth Gear forum where you can speak out about any motoring topic or simply comment on the show itself or make suggestions for future episodes.
Generally however, Fifth Gear acts as an in-depth source of online motoring information. There is an extensive list of car reviews including those showcased on the TV series along with motoring news, search tools and buyers guides. It's not just new cars that are featured however, as Fifth Gear also includes sections devoted to used cars as well as links to best buys on car insurance, breakdown cover and more.
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