The opening line of this press release issued this morning by SBS makes us worry just a little bit. “If you thought the Brits had done it all with Top Gear – wait until you see Top Gear Australia”
Oh dear, already drawing a comparison to the UK show? Perhaps it’s just publicity to generate hype, but we’ve spent the last few months trying to lower our own expectations of Top Gear Australia so we are not disappointed. After all, we want Top Gear, sure, but we want an Australianised Top Gear which needs not compare itself to Top Gear UK.
The first episode will air on SBS Television on Monday 29 September at 7:30pm. The first series will only consist of eight episodes whilst the second series is still not confirmed for production.
The first episode will see hosts Charlie Cox, Warren Brown and Steve Pizzati play hard with all-wheel drives on sand and snow. The question which we were all wondering, can Top Gear get the supercars in Australia seems to have been answered, the first episode will see a glimpse of the new LP560 Lamborghini Gallardo super sportscar and the latest Porsche 911.
Apparently Warren Brown even decides to have a go swimming with Great White Sharks off the coast of Port Lincoln – using himself as the bait.
First studio guess and first Australian celebrity to go around the Australian Top Gear track? Vince Colosimo (starring in SBS’s Carla Cametti, PD).
“Surf, snow, sand, sharks and supercars – episode one of Top Gear Australia has got the lot! Charlie, Warren and Steve – well, Charlie and Steve – have driven like stars and Warren has done his best with sharks and sausages. SBS is incredibly proud of this first episode in an amazing new series which takes Australia’s passion for cars in exciting new directions.” said Top Gear Australia’s SBS Executive Producer, Denise Eriksen.