Top Gear is coming to Canada!

On September 16, Jeremy Clarkson confirmed that the show will be coming to Vancouver in November. He tweeted that he fancied traveling somewhere colder, wetter and windier than London. One of his followers responded saying that Vancouver, B.C is probably ruled out to which he responded “Nope, that’s in November."

While television crews will begin shooting highway scenes in the Okanagan beginning next week, most of the crews will be from the UK or Europe, as opposed to local.

The crew is said to be currently prepping and setting up for filming, and getting permits and finalizing shooting locations. 

With an estimated 350 million views per week around the world, having Top Gear and will be great for putting BC on the world map.

From all reports we have found so far, it looks like the guys will be driving a Hennessey VelociRaptor. 


New to Top Gear?

For those of you that have been living under a rock and somehow do not know who or what Top Gear is, Its a British television series that reviews all types of motor vehicles, but primarily higher end cars. It is also one the most widely watched factual television shows in the world drawing 350 million views per episode.

For the off road community, The Bolivia Special would probably be the best introduction to the show. Where the hosts James MayJeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond travelling 1,000 miles through South America from the rain forests of Bolivia to the Pacific coast of Chile, in 4x4s bought online with a £3,500 budget (about $6000 Canadian), without being able to inspect the cars before purchase.

The vehicles chosen were a Toyota Landcruiser 40, a Range Rover Classic and a Suzuki Samurai SJ413, all delivered to the abandoned hosts in the Amazon jungle by a towed river raft. 

Here is a clip from later in the episode when they drive Bolivia's infamous Death Road (El Camino de la Muerte) 

  • I am a big fan of Top Gear. The first episode I watched was the Toyota 4x4 pickup as they tried to destroy it. I never laughed so hard at the willful destruction of an automobile. Keep it up guys.

    Kim Schumacher on 11/18/2014

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