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Is Top Gear filming in Canberra today?

By thingamy 10 August 2008 28

Parkes Way is closed to traffic today from just after the Acton Peninsula turn off to the round about at the bottom of Anzac Parade. 

When we attempted to drive that way this morning, we saw a bright orange lotus parked just beyond where the road had been closed off. Is Top Gear filming in Canberra today?

UPDATED: Sepi says: “It is closed so a movie can film a car chase.

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Holden Caulfield 12:27 am 12 Aug 08

I highly doubt The Stig is an “actual” F1 driver either. Ben Collins is the most common name bandied about, with reasonable circumstantial evidence to back up the suggestion. Please, enlighten me with your supposed facts.

I just think it’s pretty damn funny that iCanberran reckons the Australian guys are a bunch of metrosexuals yet he chooses to judge them by their fashion, while electing to conveniently overlook the bona fide driving credentials of Cox and Pizzati. Hahahaaa, love your work!

Davo111 8:13 pm 11 Aug 08

If they are genuinely funny, and get on in a quirky way (but are not told to replicate uk characters) then the show will go fine.

iCanberran 6:57 pm 11 Aug 08

Oh yeah, while this is my opinion at the moment, I’m certainly hoping it turns out great. Who knows, there may have been some bad words said when the first pick of the UK team was published.

Thumper 4:45 pm 11 Aug 08

Oh yeah, I’ll watch it for sure 😉

johnboy 4:04 pm 11 Aug 08

I think the cast has promise and SBS have a good record with local production these days.

So I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt and will watch the first couple.

Thumper 4:01 pm 11 Aug 08

So instead of a print journalist with whose an honorary Doctor in Engineering (Clarkson), a classical pianist and journalist (May) and TV/Radio presenter (Hammond) plus the Stig (an actual F1 driver)…

And these guys are genuinely funny.

iCanberran 3:52 pm 11 Aug 08

Holden Caulfield said :

iCanberran said :

if it were the UK Top Gear I’d be excited. The Aussie Top Gear looks like it’s going to be pretty weak. Three metro sexual, skinny latte sipping whimps who spend more time picking out shirts and doing their hair (judging by the promo shots) than actually talking about cars.

Perhaps instead of just looking at the promo shots you might have taken the time to read their bios. On driving talent and achievements alone two of the Australian crew have far better qualifications than any of the UK originals. Which just goes to show it’s as much about how they work together and the efforts of the producers.

How about you give them a chance before thinking you’re an expert.

Their Bios:

Charlie Cox was a broadcast journalist with a number of Sydney radio stations before moving to England to continue his career in radio and to race cars.

Warren Brown is an award winning cartoonist and regular motoring columnist with The Daily Telegraph.

Steve Pizzati is the youngest member of the cast and calls himself a ‘gun for hire’. Steve is an advanced driving instructor and race driver for Porsche Australia and is part of the International Audi driver training team in Melbourne. He freelances as a motoring journalist and photography stunt driver, is a self confessed science geek and was on track to become a jet pilot but was knocked back in the final round due to poor eyesight.

So instead of a print journalist with whose an honorary Doctor in Engineering (Clarkson), a classical pianist and journalist (May) and TV/Radio presenter (Hammond) plus the Stig (an actual F1 driver)…

… we get a cartoonist who writes for a tabloid, a half blind science geek and radio personality who prefers Britain. Indeed, much better credentials. I think one look at what these guys wear though screams that they take themselves too seriously.

Thumper 10:52 am 11 Aug 08

Geez, I meant comedy group..

Sorry ’bout that…

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