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Old 12-11-2008, 12:08 PM   #1
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The Australian version of Top Gear has angered a lot of automakers and is facing a repair bill of close to $200,000 (we’re guessing that’s $200,000 in Australian money so that would be around $131,169 USD). Supposedly the eager drivers of the series have damaged cars from silly stunts while they attempt to imitate Clarkson, Hammond and May.


Some of the most expensive damages involved a Lamborghini, which has reportedly sustained about $25,000 in damages.


“We have no appetite for automotive Jackass,” a spokesman for one of the damaged brands told The Herald Sun. “When they revisit series two, they will encounter a lot of shut doors,” said another.



We guess someone needs to remind them that this is just the first series of the show and that the UK Top Gear can afford such damages since they are way more popular and have been around for much longer.
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http://www.egmcartech.com/2008/12/10...-to-test-cars/
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:30 PM   #2
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this reminds me of the episod where the stig crashed that CCX (british version of top gear) and instead of konisegg getting mad, they headed his advice and added a spoiler and had "it" retest the car.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:39 PM   #3
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Last week we reported on claims that Top Gear Australia may have taken things a little too far during the filming of stunts and reviews for season one. Reportedly, TGA’s “jackass” behaviour ran up a $200,000 damage bill to cars featured in the series, the most notable being a reported $25,000 damage to a Lamborghini Gallardo and $30,000 damage done to Holden Astras during the highly controversial lawn bowls segment.


(Can’t see how anyone arrived at that Astra total.)


BUT… there’s always two sides to every discussion and TGA’s Warren ‘Wazza’ Brown has recently come out to defend the show’s antics and put the allegations into context.

Wazza told Carsguide that TGA is no different to its UK sibling in that the premise of the show is to engage in “eager driving and wild and silly stunts”. He also said that while such behaviour is an integral part of the show, the program is essentially about passion for motoring, and not wanton disregard or disrespect of motor vehicles.






The on-screen action is all part of the appeal, he said.
“One of the reasons the UK version has climbed toward the 500 million (yes, the half a billion viewers mark) is because they pull no punches. The same for Top Gear Australia.”
Warren concedes that the TGA team pushes cars to the limit so that they can comment on their performance capabilities. But he also points out that the majority of automotive media outlets do the same, and sometimes damage can occur as a result.


With regards to stunts, Wazza claims that Freehand (the production company) works closely with car manufacturers to ensure they are comfortable with the stunts or conditions in which we would be filming. If that’s the case, then why has TGA raised the ire of said manufacturers?




The crux of Warren’s piece boils down to the view that TGA feels that its stunts and review segments are inline with those on TG UK and that some damage is almost unavoidable when it comes to testing cars fully.


This raises the question though: would manufacturers here care if TGA had as much pull as the TGUK? Top Gear Australia is still in its infancy. It will be some time, if ever, before it can gain the kind of traction and viewer numbers the UK show pulls. Would this change opinions?
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:44 PM   #4
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damn aussie rednecks...
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:05 PM   #5
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No, but they're just chitty drivers.
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I can't think of any stupid damaging stunts using new cars on Top Gear. They do lots of stupid things, but I only remember the damaging stuff with the clunkers they each buy. I watch at least a few episodes every Monday.
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this reminds me of the episod where the stig crashed that CCX (british version of top gear) and instead of konisegg getting mad, they headed his advice and added a spoiler and had "it" retest the car.
Exactly the episode I thought of when I read this.

I've seen them do some minor body damage to cars too. The Koenigsigg was the worst though.
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$200k is pennies in TV cash. You can't buy this advertising.
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Exactly the episode I thought of when I read this.

I've seen them do some minor body damage to cars too. The Koenigsigg was the worst though.

Except that the top gear test track time is actually something people pay attention to now. The stig is also clearly an accomplished driver, so his input is valued.

They probably damage cars on the nurburgring, too.
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I can't think of any stupid damaging stunts using new cars on Top Gear. They do lots of stupid things, but I only remember the damaging stuff with the clunkers they each buy. I watch at least a few episodes every Monday.
You never saw the car soccer episode, and other such things?

Although I have to say, two of these guys are former race drivers... I'm not surprised they fubared the cars during testing. Warren is probably less likely to do such things, more like the guys on UK Top Gear.
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You never saw the car soccer episode, and other such things?

Although I have to say, two of these guys are former race drivers... I'm not surprised they fubared the cars during testing. Warren is probably less likely to do such things, more like the guys on UK Top Gear.
i think i remember the episode you're talking about. the difference is those were small cheapo cars... not hundred thousand lambos or even mid-priced audis. I would be surprised of the soccer cars they used were all purchased for the show while the super high priced cars are usually loaned to them.

All in all, my point is that British Top Gear =! Top Gears from around the world.
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that episode from this season (12 ep 2) with them messing about in the trucks and tractor trailers was a bit much i thought. seriously dangerous. and didn't one of them hit a car on their way to the alpine circuit?
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i think i remember the episode you're talking about. the difference is those were small cheapo cars... not hundred thousand lambos or even mid-priced audis. I would be surprised of the soccer cars they used were all purchased for the show while the super high priced cars are usually loaned to them.
The lambo they fubared was from spinouts on their test track. They didn't wreck any audi's that I know of on Aussie top gear. And those cars they did wreck were cheapo cars just like the ones UK top gear used, so its the same difference in that case...
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I would be surprised of the soccer cars they used were all purchased for the show while the super high priced cars are usually loaned to them.
I remember when the Bugatti Veyron came out Captain Slow asked the TG viewers to loan them a Veyron to test. They eventually did a segment on the Veyron, which leads me to believe that the exotics and super/hyper cars are loaned (looking for a better word...) to them.
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that episode from this season (12 ep 2) with them messing about in the trucks and tractor trailers was a bit much i thought. seriously dangerous. and didn't one of them hit a car on their way to the alpine circuit?
ummm, they never drove the lorries on public roads. Those cars were placed there for visual effect. And the trucks and tralers were old models likely headed for the scrapheap.

And, While Top Gear UK used small cheap cars for the Soccer, Au used the Astras for the Bocce. And , while the Koenigsegg was a Stig track event, I seem to remember Clarkson doing burnouts in a Bentley until the tire disintgrated.
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