If you’re looking for the purest definition of a walkaround video, James May made one for you.
The blokes from Top Gear OG seem to always come up with the cheekiest videos for their YouTube page on Drive Tribe and this one is no different. Earlier this week (Sept. 15,2018) Drive Tribe uploaded a short one minute video of James May literally walking around a Ferrari 308 GTB. The video is simple enough and is all in the title, really. It’s James May…walking around. Check out the video for yourself below.
The video starts off with some pretty chintz-y music, plus the short video length clued us in that this video wasn’t your ordinary walkaround. Out of stage left comes James May acting like this Ferrari 308 GTB was at a car show or something starting on the passenger side and working his way to the rear of the 308. 30 seconds in and his finger lightly touches an upper door sill before he takes a cursory glance inside the interior. A final look back at the front of the 308 and a nod at the camera wraps up the video.
There isn’t much else to say about that video as its very tongue in cheek and is exactly what I expect from the OG Top Gear Crew.
So, about that Ferrari 308 GTB.
Ferrari 308’s are one of those Ferrari’s not entirely unpopular but, at the same time, they aren’t so rare. In the total years of its production from 1975-1980, Ferrari made around 3,000, hardly all that uncommon. A quick search on Hemmings will show a couple dozen for sale at any one time with a decent one to be had for less than $100,000.
Its engine specs, a product of the 1970’s, are downright anemic compared to the power Ferrari’s are making today. At around 250 HP and 192 lb-ft (even slightly less for a US Market Ferrari 308 GTB) 0-60 MPH came and went in a lethargic seven seconds. You don’t even want to know about the 308 GTBi and GTSi trims. Those came with fuel injection as opposed to carburetors but emissions chocked power down to around 200 HP at the crank.
If it wasn’t for shows like Magnum P.I. and movies like Cannonball Run, these exotics of the 1970s might be all but forgotten.
Nevertheless, they’re supposedly still loved by Ferrari enthusiasts.