• Dec 8, 2008
Australia gave us the word "hoon," and the Aussie version of Top Gear apparently features three of them in presenters Charlie Cox, Warren Brown, and Steve Pizzati. The trio's habit of hooning for local audiences has seen them rack up a repair bill close to $AUS 200,000 for the cars they've damaged during taping – a bill to be paid by the automakers, thank you very much, for a show that is not yet racking up the ratings. Carmakers, not surprisingly, aren't thrilled about it, with one one likening the show to an automotive version of Jackass. TG Australia is coming around again for a second season, which might be difficult if carmakers end up gathering behind one manufacturer's rather blunt declaration: "They will encounter a lot of shut doors." Thanks for the tip, Richard!

[Source: Sun Herald]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I suspect TG USA will go to the other extreme and never scratch a car, and we'll all rag on them for it too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Poor TG. They expanded as the world was contracting. Bad for TG. Bad for Jezza and the boys. Hope that the UK show survives the dilution/ contraction roller coaster.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Can the UK team voice their opinion about the other shows like they do for Fifth Gear?
        Do they really have to the repair bills in UK? From what I saw they really take care of the cars and the manufacturers seem to have teams ready in case something breaks down like during the Zonda testing 2 weeks ago...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was only able to watch the first two episodes, after that, I just gave up on the show. Did it ever get any good?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The problem with TG-Australia is that these three are really trying to replicate the great three from the UK and that will just not work. It's so weird how they have an equivalent of Hammond, May and Clarkson. There's just no originality in TG-Aus

      By the way, I remember when they did the SUV desert testing, one of them simply went nuts and damaged the car's front-end for no reason. Stupid show.....TG-UK rules! (I have a last night's show waiting for me at my PC tonight! Can't wait!)
        • 6 Years Ago
        That wasn't really "for no reason". That was actually funny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, I'm curious as to the repair bill for Top Gear UK. I mean they're going all out with the best of the exotics, which has to incur some wear--even if you're not crashing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't forget the also track Ford Fiestas and Corvettes through shopping malls and use Fiestas to launch an amphibious assault!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are you kidding me? About US $130K? That's peanuts for publicity.
        • 6 Years Ago
        exactly, kind of confusing post in general...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeh. Peanuts. Just a shame they didn't tell Holden about the $130,000 repair bill until they returned the vehicles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Top Gear Australia is pretty bad in general.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Top Gear sucks anyway. Hope the franchise tanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont mind the show, charlie and the other guy on the end seem like decent gear heads. the middle guy is just annoying and talentless.

      If they are up in arms about 200k, how is the american and commercially sponsored version going to fare?
      • 6 Years Ago
      aussie tg isn't that bad...if you watch dave/download via bt/are the "i was already watching it before it became cool" bunch, then you would remember the season1/2/3 top gears. they suck (compared to current tg and even aussie tg)! with crap like "the fastest religion", or "the fastest political party", or "grandma doing donuts". i watched the whole series of aussie tg, and it really reminds me of the old uk top gears. give it time! richard and jeremy didn't have the chemistry between them in season 1/2, and james wasn't even there yet!

      i do have to say i don't like the cartoon guy though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not unexpected, although It would be interesting to see TGUK's repair bill statistics is comparison.


      FWIW, I stopped watching this show mid series. Not worth my bandwidth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These type of shows handle some EXPENSIVE cars...i would be scared to even drive those type of cars hard...
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