The success of
in the UK and elsewhere in the world is owed largely to the chemistry shared between its three famous hosts:
, James May and Richard Hammond. That's why it's so important for the Austrialian version of
, 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
hosts were announced today as Charlie Cox, 47, a
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
Australia who, in his mid-30s, is the youngest host of the new
troop. They were the lucky trio plucked from over 4,000 DVD entrants.
Being U.S. citizens who are awaiting their own version of
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!