For all of its negatives and controversy, let's get one thing clear - the BBC's Top Gear has quite possibly the largest viewing audience of any TV show on the planet, an estimated 350 million people in 170 of the 190-odd countries on the map.

Which makes it rather odd that Australia's capital of tourism, the Gold Coast, an area renowned for its beaches and surfing, would reject the kind of global publicity that comes with a Top Gear episode filming. But that's just what the Gold Coast City Council did in a move that Paul Morris, head of the Holden Driving Center, called "bureaucracy gone mad."

According to Perth Now, Jeremy Clarkson was set to drive the Xbox One-sponsored Holden Commodore V8 Supercar at the Holden Driving Center in Norwell, about 27 miles outside the city center and in an area that mainly consists of sugar cane farmers. Still, the Driving Center needed to apply for a relaxation of its noise restrictions, which the Gold Coast City Council blocked, claiming the one-day notice wasn't enough time to get approval. Devil's advocate here, but who expects any city government to move that quickly, regardless of who or what it's for?

With the filming happening further inland in Warwick now, Morris has taken the opportunity to verbally lambast the City Council over its decision, telling Perth Now, "We are talking about the world's biggest TV show and the council, which is always banging on about how the Gold Coast is open for business, can't even facilitate it. Clarkson was going to drive the car himself. It's bureaucracy gone mad. The pen-pushers are strangling this town with red tape." Speaking of the noise issue, Morris added, "The guy cutting cane next door makes more noise with his harvester than the V8 car."

For what it's worth, the Gold Coast Deputy Mayor, Donna Gates, told the Aussie publication, "I'm disappointed in any opportunity like this that we miss. Top Gear obviously has a really big viewing audience and it would have been great promotion for the city."


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Caption the photo. " God Florida's awful! Nasty insects, old people, fat people - a lot of people who all offer you cheese: [adopts American accent] 'you want cheese with that? You want cheese with that'? And then they shoot you."
      bookemd
      • 1 Year Ago
      POWERRR....denied.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like Australians a lot, but their government can be incredibly asinine at times.
      evan_kay
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nanny state....mark II
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      I deal in high performance parts for the folks down under and I am sure they are not happy about this. Many of the folks down under and in the Perth area are true hot rodders and I am sure they are not pleased with this. Jeremy If a test track is needed I am sure the TRC track near Columbus and the Goodyear test track in Akron would welcome you with open arms. seats. No one complains here.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scott3
        Mid Ohio would as well as Nelsons Ledges. Hell, pretty much anywhere here in Ohio.
      barkeep
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's ridiculous! Whoever came up with that ban is a hypocrite! They ban Top Gear for noise, yet allow V8 Supercars, and other motorsports to run around there, along with noisy farm equipment they mentioned in the article.
      jonwil2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont know the details of this specific case but I do know about the Gold Coast City Council and local councils in general and I suspect the issue is that the council rules (and possibly even state government rules) require council to not grant approval to things like this without first telling everyone who might be affected by it and giving them a chance to comment.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd fear hearing the noisy host that likes to script lies into his shows, not the beautiful sound of turbo fours, V8s, and italian V12s.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
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        Bandit5317
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        I love Top Gear, but I'm going to upvote you. Jeremy Clarkson is the definition of bias.
      Sir Duke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for the AU Gold Coast. While I like the show, Clarkson has become an overbearing jacka$$.
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        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        The Aussies that I've met have all been pretty wild or at the least fairly outgoing people.
      Derek L. Washington
      • 1 Year Ago
      What there was no 3rd world country available so they could insult the culture while there? Does Australia even have a culture?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crazy.
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