Top Gear fast tracks series
Top car show team heads Down Under for two-day fest, writes
TOP Gear presenter James May says fast tracking the latest episodes of the car series in Australia will make his March visit Down Under easier to handle. May says overseas promotional visits have always been fraught with danger because of delays in airing the show outside the UK.
It means May and fellow Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson have had to curb their enthusiasm about recently filmed episodes on promotional sorties.
However, that won’t be the case for May, Clarkson and The Stig at the twoday Top Gear Festival on March 9-10, at Eastern Creek, near Sydney.
Pay-TV channel BBC Knowledge will fast track the new series of Top Gear within a week of it airing in the UK.
‘‘It’s quite useful for us,’’ says May.
‘‘We have done live shows abroad and they’ve been a year behind and we have to remember what we’ve done and what they haven’t seen and not refer to it.’’
May says a Top Gear segment will be filmed while they are on their Down Under trip but unfortunately it won’t be in Australia.
An apologetic May says the producers intend to do something substantial in the future in Australia.
‘‘I probably shouldn’t be telling you this, but we are going to film a little bit, but it’s going to be in New Zealand,’’ May says.
‘‘I can tell you the word Australia is written on a big white board in the office where we jot down things we’d like to do.’’
May has been to Australia several times. One of his best memories is of driving from Sydney to Perth for a magazine article a decade ago. He says that’s the type of segment he’d like to shoot for the series, similar to other Top Gear travel specials which have included the US, Vietnam and Botswana.
‘‘I would love to do another road trip across Australia,’’ May says.
‘‘I did one about 12 years ago for a magazine, just me and a photographer.
‘‘We had a Holden and a Ford, because we are not at all cliched, and we drove from Sydney through the Flinders Ranges down to the Bite and then to Perth.
‘‘I’d love to do it on film and we can eat Mrs Macs pies – they are tremendous.’’
Sundays, 6.30pm, BBC Knowledge.
presenters James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammonds