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Top Gear Australia hosts chosen.

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,26278,23774013-10388,00.html

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HE has a master's touch with pen and ink - and now we'll find out how well Warren Brown handles cars, with The Daily Telegraph's cartoonist chosen to host the Australian version of Top Gear.

Brown will be joined on the petrol-scented show by Australian motoring commentators Charlie Cox and Steve Pizzati. The Aussie Top Gear top guns were chosen from more than 4000 applicants. A final group of 12 fought it out for the hosting role wheel to wheel at a Top Gear Australia camp.

It's the first time the BBC has allowed a local version of its hit, which has been on and off air since the 1980s, but has globally boomed during the past five years.

The UK series has been one of SBS's top-rating shows, with viewers following the antics of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

The show is as much about them as the cars they put through various tests and challenges and experiments, such as converting an everyday car into a stretch limousine.

Last night Brown promised the local version of the eight-episode, one-hour series would deliver the local flavour Australian car nuts have been starved of on television.

"It will be very much in the spirit of the UK's Top Gear, but it will be very Australian and therefore very different," he said.

"Charlie and Steve are fantastic fun, really intelligent and know their stuff.

"We don't want to clone the British guys and we will have a very Australian feel without us wearing broad-brimmed hats with corks hanging off them.

"There has been an amazing amount of internet chatter about the Australian series and we promise we won't disappoint."

The show will feature road tests, challenges and comparisons between, say, a V8 Commodore and its BMW equivalent to see which stacks up best.

Production company Freehand and Top Gear Australia executive producer Peter Abbott - the original Big Brother - said the series would entertain as much as inform.

"We always remind ourselves that this is a show about cars but it is not acar show," he said last night.

"A lot of the show's UK appeal is that it's a comedy about three men and their banter, bond and friendships and the secret is their chemistry.

"The cars are props for them to bounce off.

"Charlie, Steve and Warren are men, but in their hearts they are big boys who like to play and wonder about the world and they share a great sense of exuberance and humour."

Top Gear Australia begins production next month and will air later in the year. It's about time - Australia has not had a regular prime-time motoring series since Torque ran for eight years from 1973.



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http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,26278,23773782-10229,00.html

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MOTORSPORT commentator Charlie Cox, cartoonist Warren Brown and driving instructor Steve Pizzati have won the highly sought-after job to host Australian Top Gear.

After months of interviews, the three were tonight revealed as the hosts of the Australian version of the hit BBC TV program at a function in Sydney.

Cox, Brown and Pizzati beat more than 4000 others for the chance to front the program, which will premiere on SBS after the Olympics this year.

The first version outside the UK, the show features three enthusiasts test driving and brutally appraising the world's most popular cars and performing stunts.

SBS director of content Matt Campbell said it was a difficult task to pick the final three but was confident they had found a winning combination.

"We have chosen three totally different and entertaining personalities who have a natural chemistry that works,'' Campbell said.

All the hosts have a deep passion for motoring.

Currently a motorsport commentator for the BBC, Cox, 47, is known for his classic one-liners.

He worked in radio in Sydney in the 1980s before moving to the UK where he won several motor racing titles in the 1990s and was involved in a near life-ending crash in 1995.

Brown, in his mid-40s, is best known for his work as a cartoonist and motoring columnist for The Daily Telegraph, but also has a passion for historic cars.

The third host, Steve Pizzati, is the youngest of the bunch, in his mid 30s.

He is an advanced driving instructor, freelance motoring journalist and a race driver for Porsche Australia.

Sydney Morning Herald motoring editor Josh Dowling will act as the motor industry consultant.

The Australian Top Gear will have a distinctly "Australian feel'' while still being based on the format made popular in the UK where it is led by Jeremy Clarkson.
Top Gear managing director Adam Waddell praised Aussie presenters.

"A show like Top Gear doesn't resonate with a huge global audience just because people love cars,'' he said.

"The world's most entertaining car show's popularity owes much to the relationship between its three presenters.

"In Charlie, Warren and Steve, Top Gear Australia now has its own team - three guys who possess the spirit of Top Gear whilst having their own distinct personalities.''

SBS was bombarded with entries for the job, picking from 4000 DVD entrants followed by months of interviews and screen tests.

Among those hoping to score the job are believed to be former beauty queen and motorbike enthusiast Laura Csortan and former Escape With ET reporter Michelle Walsh.



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it will flop...


I can see it,

HSV better than M5.
And I bet they will be ultra critical, to make it look like they are asserting their knowledge...


I doubt it will be half the standard of the UK team...


but im pessimistic...



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Offline fivesix


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YA Reckon!

You heading to the city on sunday?

i think i shall be. by that it sounds like you are too??? :thumbsup:



Offline jim501

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i think i shall be. by that it sounds like you are too??? :thumbsup:

I'm moving today, so it will depend on how much is done by tomorrow. If I don't get up I will be going to the QR 500 next sunday, if you're free it would be good to meet up.



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Offline AshSimmonds

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Succesful Top Gear hosts audition vids:


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO0hKkT2UmE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO0hKkT2UmE</a>



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Offline mhh

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Wow, there must have been some junk in the reject pile.  :o



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