MotorTrend's "RoadKill" segment on Lambo vs Rat Rod - A Review Of A Review

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Car comparisons are nothing new in this world, whether its in the form of an exhilarating quarter mile drag race, or a "car A vs car B" datasheet-press-release style comparison. However, when you make a 24 minute video comparing a coveted, Italian, V12-powered, raging bull, with a window-less, rusted hunk of metal on wheels - powered by a Chevy small-block, that scrapes everywhere it goes - that's something worth noticing.
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When it comes to hosting such a thought-provoking, heart-thumping comparison as this, however, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan are the men for the job - that is, if you want a really, really, poor job done.Its actually extremely difficult to even know where to begin in describing just how well these two guys exemplify everything that a car guy isn't.  Its not even about "true car guy" purism here either, but just simple courtesy.

 

For instance, about 2 minutes into the video as the guys are deciding among themselves which car to take, one of them says, "I'm not sure which one of these is worse, to tell you the truth." "Of course", you think, "they just said that for shock value, no big deal", but the rest of their actions, as well as words, tell quite a different story.Taking what seems to be no breaks in between, the guys - mostly Freiburger - very persistently and constantly remind us exactly why nearly anyone else in a 50 foot radius would have been a better fit for the job. With everything from scraping - and even getting hopelessly stuck - in the very first driveway encountered with the Ford Model A rat rod, to failing to launch a practically-automatic Lamborghini Aventador, to complaining about comfort in both a purpose-built piece of art, as well as in a $400,000, Italian V12 monster, the 'jokes' never end with these guys - unless they happen to tell one.

 

To continue on with the crimes against car guys and automotive blasphemy these guys commit would only hurt more than the crimes themselves.  The comparison review fails to show appreciation for the artistry, dedication, passion, and heart that went into the rat rod - as well as the Lamborghini.  Both cars are otherworldly and are prime examples of each car's respective 'scene', and to have both of these amazing machines sharing the same tarmac, and not be able to give a shred of appreciation, or understanding, as to the backgrounds as well as potential of both the Lamborghini Aventador and the Ford 'Model A' rat rod - along with failing to demonstrate said potential - is disgraceful, and to watch it unfold before your eyes feels both awkward and humiliating.

 

In short, Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger are not car guys, rather the equivalent of baboons that were given the keys to art that in the end was only desecrated.

 

The video itself has great production values, but in the end it would have been infinitely more bearable to just leave the cars alone in the first place.

 

In fact, do yourself a favor and just watch Richard Hammond's review of the Aventador, and be reminded once more what passion, power, fury, and finesse is all about, through the use of alluring, magnetizing music, along with passionate, soulful, realistic presenting: 

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And here are a few videos that rightfully show the true beast that many rat rods can be:
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