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UK Top Gear vs. Aussie Top Gear

I found this in the Melbourne Newspaper, The Herald Sun, and it looks like we're getting our re-booted Top Gear Australia at last! And NIne seems to be smart about it, including the British boys to entice viewers. Fingers crossed it works! There's no word yet whether this Aussie special will air in the UK, as it is TGA but featuring Jeremy, James and Richard too.

"Aussie Top Gear in battle for Ashes"

   Fans will get their first taste if the rebooted Top Gear Australia when Chennel 9 screens a 90-minute Ashes Special on September 28.
   The show will feature Aussie hosts Shane Jacobson, Ewen Page and Steve Pizzati going steering wheel to steering wheel with UK hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
   The hosts meet in a series of challenges including a drag race, shepherding, a rally and an upside-down race car.
   In echoes of the long cricketing rivalry between Australia and England, the winning country will collect a Top Gear urn.
   Other segments featuring Jacobson, Page and Pizzati include a race on the Isle of Man, where there are no speed limits, the British supercars including an Ariel Atom, a Radical and a rare Ginetta.
   The Aussie trio will also trek across the UK in the worst British cars ever made. One is the 1960's electric car, The Peel.
   Nine grabbed the rights to Top Gear, including the re-vamped Top Gear Australia, from SBS late last year in a reported $20 million-plus deal.
   Fans were less than impressed with the SBS version of Top Gear Australia, which lasted two seasons and was a ratings disappointment.
   Nine is yet to announce how many episodes of Top Gear Australia will screen this year.


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Sep. 21st, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
That's surprising, they always said they'd never get James to fly out here. Still! Looking forward to it.
Sep. 24th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
The Aussie guys are actually going to Britain. And James did come out here - I saw him at Top Gear Live in Sydney and Auckland earlier this year! :D
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