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Old 19 Nov 2007, 08:53 (Ref:2070667)   #1
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Top Gear Australia

Just heard that SBS have bought the rights to do a local version of Top gear for 2008.
The only thing that makes the original one worth watching is the massive budget they have and the fact that on the BBC they can be 100% objective about the cars.
The same will definately not be the case here.
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 08:57 (Ref:2070672)   #2
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i'll still watch it.
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 10:01 (Ref:2070707)   #3
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I think the hosts are also a big appeal of the british show, be interesting to see how an Australia crowd goes at replicating it
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 10:10 (Ref:2070715)   #4
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 10:39 (Ref:2070743)   #5
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I reckon Mr Crompton, Mr McConvillie and Mr Seton with Mr Brad Jones as the tame racing driver will be good.

(BTW, with the Stig, what about these lines. "Some say he isn't the only person to be filled with obnoxious gas, and if he could be bothered, he could fix his back in 5 seconds. All we know is, he's called Bradley Stig )
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 10:59 (Ref:2070750)   #6
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JB will have some spare time next year he's not afraid to speak his mind
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 11:24 (Ref:2070763)   #7
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JB will have some spare time next year he's not afraid to speak his mind
You have all clearly missed the point of the BBC version of the show.

None of the presenters are motor-sport identities/personalities (exception being [Shuey/Johnny Herbert/Alain Menu/Mansell] the multi personaltied STIG)



The fact that it isn't based on Motor-sport makes it so much more appealing,
I mean even Auntie Cranker loves it, and she wouldn't know Mark Skaife from a horses ass......don't even think it...



The good writing, the amazing scenery, as Brett mentioned, the incredibly large budget.(careful Brett, they might poach your La Porchetta sponsorship from you, and the crew would have buy their own Tuesday night dinner !)

Imagine the first challenge they do in the Aussie version.(with an SBS sized budget)

A $200 70's 4 cyl 'supercar' challenge, and what do they buy ?


A UC Torana: a TD Cortina and a Chrysler Centura, all with at least $100 left over, which will pay the towing bill to get the **** heaps back to the studio.

As for 'a star in a reasonably priced car', I'm seeing a Kia..... with Ben Cousins driving it; hang on he'll park it 5 corners in and do a runner on foot.......

As much as I love the show, it will be like watching the American version of 'The Office': nothing but a cringe-worthy poor imitation.




All we can hope for is they use 'motoring' presenters at the end of their use- by; that way it will finish their career's.

Does anyone have phone numbers for Will Hagen, John Smailes, Mike & Andy Raymond, David Tapp, Darryl Eastlake, Wade Aunger,

Any others you'd care to add.....

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As much as I love the show, it will be like watching the American version of 'The Office': nothing but a cringe-worthy poor imitation.
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I cringed when i first read that sbs would be doing an Australian version.

I would prefer someone that knows something about cars (like Clarkson and co) instead of just random tv personalities.
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Hopefully if it goes well enough they can bring Clarkson, May and Hammond down to do a crossover show, I'd love to hear their views on some of our 'pieces of kit'.
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 12:08 (Ref:2070787)   #10
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I've just thought of some more contenders for final job ever on OZ TV:

Dieter Kahsnitz.

Glen (Sue) Ridge

And if they want the female perspective Grace McLure or Peter Wherrett
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 12:31 (Ref:2070801)   #11
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If it's along the lines of 'Torque', it could be good (hell, just buy the rights to it from the ABC, providing the original film hasn't been buried, and air that instead)

It will more likely be along the lines of the stuff we've had lately like "The Car Show" (it had potential i guess) or 'Drive'.....

SBS would be better off putting the money into buying the rights to Tiff Needell's "5th Gear", and play that when they run out of Top Gears to show.
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 22:38 (Ref:2071250)   #12
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350 Million viewers buys you a lot of attention from car companies wanting to flaunt their wares... 800,000 not so much.

If they're going to make it successful they're either gong to have to piggy back on the back of some (or a lot) of the UK's cars or be very very very very smart about the way they operate.
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 22:40 (Ref:2071254)   #13
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You know they'll have a woman who knows bugger all about cars (it's SBS after all)
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 22:42 (Ref:2071256)   #14
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SBS would be better off putting the money into buying the rights to Tiff Needell's "5th Gear", and play that when they run out of Top Gears to show.
5th Gear is carob to Top Gear's chocolate
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Old 19 Nov 2007, 23:03 (Ref:2071269)   #15
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This is just scary - I hope we still get the UK version and they don't chop them up and re-edit them with Australian bits. Then again what do I care, like most Top Gear fans I download all the episodes and I'm currently a series and a half ahead of SBS.

The Car Show, Test Drive and I think Channel 10 even tried one have been absolute rubbish. Just compare them:
Top Gear: Today on Top Gear we're gonna drive a Lamborghini Gallardo Legerra, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and an Austin Martin accross Europe looking for the best driving roads.
The Car Show:Today, Glen Ridge drives the new Toyota Echo and we look at sunglasses or some B&B in country Victoria somewhere.

Instead of producing a local show SBS how about getting the real deal here before the episodes are over a year old.
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