• May 28, 2008
The success of Top Gear in the UK and elsewhere in the world is owed largely to the chemistry shared between its three famous hosts: Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. That's why it's so important for the Austrialian version of Top Gear, the first to be launched outside the U.K., to front three personalities capable of carrying the show on their wit, charm and personalities. Oz's own Top Gear hosts were announced today as Charlie Cox, 47, a motorsport commentator for the BBC and ex-race car driver, Warren Brown, a cartoonist and columnist for The Daily Telegraph in his mid-40s, and Steve Pizzati, an advanced driving instructor, freelance auto journalist and driver for Porsche Australia who, in his mid-30s, is the youngest host of the new Top Gear troop. They were the lucky trio plucked from over 4,000 DVD entrants.
Being U.S. citizens who are awaiting their own version of Top Gear with trepidation, we can't comment on how well these Aussies will do carrying Clarkson's torch, so if you're Down Under at the moment and have an opinion, leave it in the comments. Regardless, we'll likely be bittorrenting these episodes along with the originals from Britain as soon as they begin airing later this summer. Now, which one do you think is supposed to be Clarkson, and which the Hampster and Captain Slow? Thanks for the tip, Mark!

[Source: News.com.au]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      A US version, what for, don't they speak english on the UK version? A US version would be stupid, this show isn't Pop Idol, it's based around personalities and those can't be duplicated. American networks need to stop being so "American", they showed "Friends" on British TV why not Top Gear on American TV?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Perhaps we need a USAmerican that can constantly slam the Brit's pieces of crap all day long. Go into Brixton and paint slurs on the side of some uh...what cars do they make over there again? :)
          • 6 Years Ago
          Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lotus, Caterham, Ariel, Noble etc. Your point? American cars get slated on top gear because the few American cars that have been without exported to Europe in the last 50 years have been without exception, unmitigated crap. It'll take a while for that memory to fade.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We're America - the melting pot, so we don't need "Americans". We should get Tiff Needell, Keichi Tsuchiya, and Adam Carolla. Then, we should hire a non-fat American Stig and have an all out grudge match with the Brit and Aussie Stig's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To me, the sole reason the show is so great is because of the hosts' personalities and the interaction between them. If you look at it strictly from a car perspective, its hard to deny that Fifth Gear is the better show. The BBC doesn't seem to realize that without Clarkson/Hammond/May, you're looking at an inherently different show.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well yeah that's the main part of the show, but the real top gear have been made really professionally and the camera work is out of this world really. Thought when it comes to car reviews, yes fifth gear does it better when it comes to knowing all the numbers and so on and with more down to earth cars i wouldnt lisen too much to Top Gear.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fifth Gear is good but I have a hard time sitting through an entire episode unless they are reviewing cars that I'm interested in. Top Gear however can review a tractor and make it interesting. Its all about the original too, anything else just won't work.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you're right - i forgot to mention the cinematography. it really is exceptional.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They look just like the British Top Gear crew... that's really perverse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll watch an American version if the advertisers have no say in what the hosts do or say about cars. We do not need a funny version of PBS' Motorweek.....
      • 6 Years Ago

      Though Clarkson may be entertaining and witty I doubt that many people buy cars based on his recommendations or opinions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Which is unfortunate, because I think too many people buy cars in the US under the assumption that everything is good, so just pick what comes in your favorite color.

        American automotive journalism is not immune to the pressures of the sponsors, and thus we cannot have critical reviews.

        You are more likely to find a realistic review on a car blog than you are in a car magazine (or show). That's whats sad here.

        The Aussie's might have half a chance if they can avoid this type of flatline rating.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know the fellas from a bar of soap so who knows how this wil go. If they try to copy it will flop, that was prooven with 'The Car Show" or what ever that crap was on Ch9 or 10 about 12 - 18 months ago.

      If they just take the concept of entertainment enveloping motoring and cars they have some hope, if they are entertaining.

      This show will either rock or flop big time, my money is on flop but I really hope I am wrong.

      Don't know if SBS will have as much money to spend on it as the BBC does & we don't exactly get new supercars downunder very quickly (if at all sometimes!). We do however get lots of brute cheap family sedans (real peoples cars).
      • 6 Years Ago
      We don't need a silly American knock-off of a series that can't be reproduced or copied.

      Many Aussie TG fans I've seen comment online aren't exactly thrilled with this idea just as many Americans aren't.

      We need it aired here as-is, unedited, untouched.
      • 6 Years Ago
      how ironic, a country that is all about driving and cars can't even produce a single decent, funny and entertaining car show. Really sad!
      • 6 Years Ago
      15:1 the already picked out three people but got smacked down the PC police for not be diverse enough. So we will end up with a Top Gear with a couple of men, women, and if they can swing it, a wheel chair bound guy, of various ethnic backgrounds.

      oh, and one of the guys will have to talk with a lisp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the only guy i've heard of is warren brown, i know his cartoons, but he also did a show called peaking to paris where he raced a 1907 itala 16,000km. from china to france.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think there will be a version of top gear in the states, i don't think it's possible. You don't have an independent broadcasting station, do you? So if this weeks sponsor is (whatever rubbish car manufacturer), the show wouldn't be able to say that they make rubbish cars.
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