• Jul 16, 2008
It's no secret that we're big fans of Top Gear, and it's good to hear that we're definitely not alone in loving the world's greatest motoring show. The waiting list to get a first-hand glimpse of the show being produced is an incredible 336k names deep, which translates to about a 21 year wait. That's enough people to fill England's new Wembley Stadium nearly four times, and for us Yanks, we greatly prefer Top Gear to soccer. With a constant flow of the best vehicles on earth, an endless array of clever new challenges, and the most entertaining show hosts in the biz, we don't think that list will shrink any time soon. We'd love to see the show live and in person, too, but at the current rate most of us would be members of the AARP by 2029. That is unless the Old Trafford can be used as the new Top Gear studio.

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      RWL2014
      • 10 Months Ago
      The reason the waiting list is so long is because... well has anyone noticed that they seem to have some of the same people they've had in there for years?
      • 6 Years Ago
      my hope of planning a vacation to the UK around a top gear taping has been crushed :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm certain not ALL of those 330,000+ names will be picked to stand in on a show. Most will be sent home, thereby shortening the list.

      They're not gonna let in any and every crooked yellow teethed fat slob of a (possible) car enthusiast onto the set for filming.

      Now if it was a line to sit in the audience of a Jerry Springer show.....

      I rest my case.
        • 6 Years Ago
        According to the rules - as they're online when you sign up for tickets, they will usually choose a 50/50 split of male/female. I'm sure if it were skewed one way or the other, they'll tell the audience to redistribute themselves accordingly.

        I signed up for tickets last year - and I'm still waiting. =]
        • 6 Years Ago
        Having attended a filming session including the rehearsals

        As mentioned they do have a 50:50(ish) rule but thats all
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rob, where did you get that info?
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you get tickets (normally first in the list) then once at the studio its just a case of those who turn up first get in, they normally issue a few extra tickets in case people don't turn up but normally most people will get in no matter what they look like.

        Just happens that normally those who want to stand in the front of the crowd are the better looking ones - there is no placement of people by production
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe its just me but this season (series 11) the have always have very good looking girls in the first row behind the presenters.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Definitely.
        The episode with the Bentley Brooklands (7/6/08?)was notable on that score.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yup, noticed that too. Very strategic placement, and in a lot of ways it forces you to pay attention to two things at once...
        • 6 Years Ago
        For sure, and they all look around 22 years old so either the list is selective, or a lie, or their parents signed the whole family up in the 80's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn, I hope they clear that queue in order.
      I put my name on the list about 3 years ago, I'm quite sure most people applied after Hamster's crash.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I recall correctly, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has something like a 10 year wait list for their concerts in their resident hall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should make the show on a stadium.Problem solved :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      @blackcanary

      dude, calm down.. not that big of a deal.. it's supposed to be funny
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are correct. By the way great name. I see your Schwarts is a big as mine!
        • 6 Years Ago
        thank you :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Use Old Trafford for the Top Gear studio?
      You must be joking. It's in Manchester, so all the cars would get stolen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't they just do a lottery??
      Simply pull a name and let them and a guest (with nice airbags) in. Problem solved.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "we greatly prefer Top Gear to soccer."

      Stupid comment. I am not a fan of soccer but I would pick going to see a live soccer match in the UK ANYDAY over watching the studio portion of Top Gear. Please they dont race in the studio or even all in one day. What would be so exciting to watch. I dont get a bonner over seeing three guys from TV up close. Big deal.

      Now a LIVE sporting event at a premier level in a awesome venue like Wembley would be something to remember even if you are not a fan of Soccer!

      Who wants to be a celebrity crotch sniffer? Now if it was a track day you could watch that is a different story.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with you. I've seen matches in Italy, Germany, and France, and as much as I like Top Gear as a fan experience it just beats the pants off American pro sports.

        And by the way, "The" Old Trafford... lol. Study up on your British English guys!
        • 6 Years Ago
        WTF is a bonner? Is that like a BONER that makes your pants look like the bonnet on a car or something?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't get a "bonner" from watching a soccer match either. I don't even get "bonner"s from watching sports I DO like like hockey.
      • 6 Years Ago
      dude, calm down.. not that big of a deal.. it's supposed to be funny
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