Top Gear

An extended never-before-seen episode of Top Gear will air on TV3 tonight, the last from Season 22.

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IF YOU WERE to list the phrases used the most often by people who call in to Newstalk ZB, ‘It’s political correctness gone mad’, would come out on top. In fairness, it would have stiff competition from ‘rates are too bloody high’ and ‘back in my day we didn’t have [insert thing they don’t understand here]’. The red-faced, double denim wearing king of complaining that ‘Political correctness is going mad’ is Jeremy Clarkson.

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Unseen footage of a Top Gear scene where Jeremy Clarkson is seen trying to pick between one of two cars by reciting “Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moi” has been released by The Mirror in the UK. In the video, Clarkson mumbles the phrase “Catch a n***** by his toe”.

Clarkson then issued this statement: Continue reading »

Always wanted to do your own circuit on the Top Gear test track? You can, thanks to Google Streetview.

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It makes me laugh when celebrities use their position to embark on an escapade of destruction of another celebrity. Case in point, recently canceled talkshow host Piers Morgan and his ongoing spat with Top Gear host, Jeremy Clarkson.

Rather than writing something useful, Morgan used his Daily Mail column to further his personal grievance.

Morgan began his column by describing how Clarkson “vented his spleen in a manner so blatant in its seething pettiness and jealousy that even his own readers were appalled”.

He continued: “Should I point out that the pot-bellied, rotten-toothed, fag-stinking oaf has never himself been able to work in America because he is considered ‘too ugly for TV’ – the exact words used by the NBC executive (a friend of mine) who interviewed and rejected him when Top Gear was launched there?”

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TopGear2013While Top Gear has caused a bit of a stir in NZ this week with the Ninety Mile Beach controversy, it’s also been kicking off across the ditch.

Jeremy Clarkson’s escapades in Sydney are proving popular with the Australian media but not so much with Top Gear’s executive producer Andy Wilman.

Wilman has shut down talk that Clarkson and the show wouldn’t be returning to Australia after a member of Clarkson’s party told paparazzi: “You’re the reason we won’t come back to Australia”.

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top-gear2013The Far North District Council has apologised to some local Maori for failing to consult them before granting access to the BBC to film Top Gear on Ninety Mile Beach this month.

The British motoring series will spend next week filming on the beach, which will be closured to the public for short periods between March 11 and 17.

However, the FNDC has today apologised to local iwi for not consulting them before granting special permission to the BBC to close the beach, which is classed as a public road.

Usually the permission process would involve advertising and two weeks for submissions but due to the short notice given by the BBC the council skipped the process. Continue reading »

The BBC has released footage of the helicopter crash that took place during filming for the South Korean version of Top Gear.

The AH1 Cobra helicopter was involved in a race against a Corvette ZR1 when it encountered difficulties and hit the ground.

No one was seriously injured.

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He may be pretty slick on Homeland but what’s Damian Lewis like behind the wheel? Continue reading »