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We’re Back! Sorry About The Downtime
Posted May 3rd, 2014 at 07:22 by Viper007Bond in Forums,

As you may have noticed, our site was offline for a day or two due to a hardware failure. Our host has finally swapped out the faulty piece and we’ve restored the server. Everything should be back to 100% now.

Apologies for the downtime and thank you for being patient!

A Forum Star In A Reasonably Priced Car
Posted December 4th, 2010 at 07:41 by Viper007Bond in Forums,

As you probably know, Gran Turismo 5 was released recently for the Playstation 3 and features the Top Gear test track in it. For fun, we’ve decided to start our own lap time board. Can you beat the real lap times? Can you beat our lap times? If you’re interested, check out our official thread for rules and details on how to participate. Good luck!

Welcome To Our Latest Server
Posted February 9th, 2010 at 10:37 by Viper007Bond in Forums,

It’s been two years since we bought “Titan”, our previous server. It was good little beast, but it was starting to show it’s age, especially with the ever increasing popularity of FinalGear.

So over the past few months, our two server administrators, Quiky and PacketCollision, built a new server and late last week Quiky traveled to our new colo (a warehouse with servers) to install it. We flipped the switch yesterday and if you can see this, then you’re using our new server!

We’re still getting the kinks worked out (so bear with us), but it should be faster than ever and be able to handle even more of you motorheads at one time. No more slow forums (hopefully)! Over the coming weeks, we’ll also likely be upgrading the forums to vBulletin 4.0 to take advantage of all of it’s new features.

Thanks for being patient and visiting our site! :)

The Forums
Posted November 3rd, 2009 at 22:53 by TechZ in Forums

Yes FinalGear devotees, we not only have this (now rather dated *hint hint Viper*) homepage, we also have forums!

Chock full of threads and posts by others like YOU making the site a very handy resource. We have sections on Fifth Gear (RIP), Top Gear and a few other interesting shows. Not to mention all the shows that the hosts do when they aren’t making episodes of some our very favourite series. Heard a tune in one of the episodes you really like? We have a section on that too!

Even with so many (expected) sections, we have threads on food, entertainment and tons more, guaranteed to waste your semi-precious time from work or home or simply taking the train (wtf?) to work.

A lot of you already know about the forums, but you’d be surprised as to how many don’t, so those of you who don’t have no excuse not to sign up.

Server Troubles… Fixed?
Posted June 21st, 2009 at 23:58 by Viper007Bond in Forums,

You guys sure love your Top Gear, don’t you? We managed to break our server today due to the metric assload of traffic (we broke all of our old traffic records, even with the downtime), but PacketCollision and Quiky managed to sort it all out, we hope.

So apologies for the downtime, but we should hopefully be good from here on out. Now go watch Top Gear — it was a great episode!

UPDATE: Things are looking quite good. The drop in traffic plus the tweaked server settings seems to have done the trick. Oh, and for future reference — if the site ever goes down again, make sure to check the site’s Twitter account as I’ll post status updates there. Forums Passes One Million Posts Mark!
Posted June 12th, 2009 at 06:16 by Viper007Bond in Forums

I’m proud to announce that a little over 24 hours ago, our forums passed the one million post mark! Thanks to everyone who has participated on our forums. To the rest of you, I hope to see you help us toward the two million mark. There’s lots of great stuff on our forums including stuff in future Top Gear episodes that I don’t post on the front page (as many people don’t like spoilers).

FinalGear Is Now The Official Home Of The Garage419 Forums
Posted May 1st, 2009 at 11:26 by Viper007Bond in Forums, Garage419

You may or may not have heard of Garage419. For those who haven’t, they’re an online automotive review show. Here’s a one of their episodes:

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Anyway, until now they’ve relied on YouTube comments and their own video commenting system to gather feedback from their viewers. However they recently approached us with a proposal for us to host their forums. They’re big fans of our site and especially our forums and were looking for an existing community to become a part of. We happily agreed as this means more exposure for us via promotions on their site and in their videos and it benefits them too by spreading the word about their great little series.

So, starting today, you can discuss their episodes, make episode suggestions, and more all via a new section on our forums.

E-Mail Working Again
Posted April 19th, 2009 at 07:34 by Viper007Bond in Forums,

If you tried to contact me over the past week, your e-mail didn’t come through. Please resend it. It didn’t occur to me that our e-mail wasn’t working due to the server issues, otherwise I would have disabled the form and posted a message saying why.

Just re-send your message now and I’ll get it. :)

FinalGear: Back To Normal
Posted April 17th, 2009 at 11:27 by Viper007Bond in Forums,

Just a quick note saying everything is back to normal server wise as of a day or two ago. Nice and fast as before (if not faster). Thanks for your patience during the past week.

Server Hardware Troubles Will Result In Downtime
Posted April 12th, 2009 at 02:53 by Viper007Bond in Forums,

This is just a quick note to let you know that the site (including the forums) may be offline sporadically over the next couple days. One of the hard drives on our server failed, so we’re only running off one drive at the moment. Backups are currently taking place and we’re moving the site and/or forums to temporary hosting until the new drives arrive on Tuesday. We’ll then reload everything on the server (might as well since it’ll be offline for the drive swap) and we should be fully back online on Tuesday or Wednesday.

During our downtimes (or anytime really), feel free to join us in our IRC channel: #gear on If you don’t have an IRC client such as Chatzilla, you can connect using Mibbit (bookmark that link).

Thanks for being patient and for using :)

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