Top Gear mad­ness is once more bound for Aus­tralia, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Industry News -

THE jug­ger­naut called Top Gear Live crash-lands in Aus­tralia next March. The Pro­to­type Tour has been cleared for take-off and Jeremy Clark­son — who tours this time with James ‘‘ Cap­tain Slow’’ May as his straight man— prom­ises plenty of car crazi­ness.

‘‘A car will come out and be­come in­vis­ble, an­other one will leave a trail of flames as it does dough­nuts, and where else would you see a heli­copter in­side an arena shoot­ing at a car that has flames com­ing off i t ? , ’ ’ Clark­son tells cars­Guide.

The first Top Gear Live tour hit Syd­ney this year. Next year it is in Bris­bane from March 3-6 and at Mel­bourne Show­grounds from March 11-14.

‘‘Aus­tralians get us and we get them. I guess, when you think about it, Aus­tralia and Bri­tain are two coun­tries that can tease each other and get away with it. Ev­ery­one else has been at war with each other,’’ Clark­son says.

Some of the world’s most ex­pen­sive, pow­er­ful and ab­surdly mod­i­fied cars are in the show, in­clud­ing a trans­formed Porsche and a cus­tom­made ‘‘Godzilla’’ Nis­san GT-R.

But some­one will be missing— the third man in the Top Gear team, Richard Ham­mond.

He toured with Clark­son the first time but is stay­ing home next year.

Car crazi­ness: James May (above left) and Jeremy Clark­son prom­ise spec­tac­u­lar tour en­ter­tain­ment.

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