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The Last Top Gear Australia Update. Promise. Photo:
Mike Stevens | Jun, 05 2008 | 1 Comment

I think we all know that, like a school kid's lunch money and the comic book shelf at the newsagents down the road from school, I'm bound to break that promise. But let's move on.

I've just crawled home from a function at a warehouse here in Melbourne's outer suburbs loaded with racing simulators?replete with the whole nine yards; racing chassis, heavy duty steering wheel, clutch, and up/down gearbox?and I can't believe how tired my hands are. They haven't been this sore since my lady went overseas for a week.

So, with my tired mind clinging to the gutter while I prop up this news item against my desk, I bring you a link to a great post on the BBC Top Gear website's blog, penned by the show's producer Andy Wilman.

In it, he rattles off quite candidly his thoughts on the upcoming Australian and US versions of Top Gear. Obviously it's only the Aussie version that we could give a rat's about, but I'll gladly say that any apprehension I've had about the show until now has almost entirely disappeared. I just can't imagine that any show with the likes of Wilman pulling a string or two in the background, could possibly fail. You can tell the man truly loves the show, and can't stand the idea of it becoming nothing more than a path to profit.

It's a wee bit lengthy for those of us still struggling to adapt to reading on-screen, but you all should consider this required reading. School's in for the next 5 minutes.

[link to Andy Wilman's Planet Top Gear blog entry]

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