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That didn’t last long, did it?

Top Gear wasted little time in their search for the new Stig, heading back to the supposedly “top secret” farm they own where they breed hundreds of Stigs to look for a suitable replacement to the last incarnation who thought that writing his own memoir would make him more famous than his already cool gig as the show’s resident test driver.

The process of finding the right Stig turned out to be a laborious endeavor as a number of Stigs proved to be failed breeds with some being a little too violent, whereas others found talents that are completely unrelated to the automotive industry. Apparently, one Stig even thought of becoming the next great literary author – nice potshot, Top Gear.

Fortunately, out of all the misfits and cast-offs, one Stig was wired to the exact requirements Top Gear was looking for. With nothing but setting fast laps on his mind, this Stig was the one. So, from a farm that breeds Stigs of varying shapes, colors, and sizes, the new Stig has finally emerged, ready, willing, and ever so able to fill in the shoes of the departed version.

Check out the video after the jump to see how the whole Stig-picking process came to fruition.

Source: Top Gear

Of all the things that you can bid on at an auction house, we were surprised when we found out that the Stig’s white helmet was sold at a price that was three times it’s expected value.

Sophia Vaizey, a former production coordinator for Top Gear , was selling the white helmet in an effort to raise money for her house. She was delighted when she found out that the helmet, which was pegged at a value of £1,200 ($1,880), was sold at a pretty impressive amount of £3,400 ($5,327) at Gorringes Auctioneers in the UK last week

The commemorative helmet was given to Vaizey as a present when she left the show after working there for 18 months. "The Stig wore it on the show for quite a while,” she explains.

“He then got a new one for safety reasons, so it got stored away in the Top Gear office. I was quite surprised when they gave it to me, but also I felt honored."

The white helmet was signed by a number of Top Gear folks, including Richard Hammond and The Stig himself, which would probably explain the spike in bids the helmet received at the auction.

Whatever the case may be, the winning bidder would only need to buy a white race suit to complete the whole regalia. We’re hoping he does so soon because that would make a killer Halloween costume for this coming weekend.

Source: BBC

If you consider yourself one of the 350 million fans ofTop Gear , then the segment on 60 Minutes featuring the show was tantamount to cant-miss television.

And sure enough, it was probably the most entertaining 15 minutes of airtime we’ve seen in quite a while. Steve Kroft took the time to sit down with the three middle-aged blokes with crooked teeth and awful hair for a look behind the unrivaled success of the show, the hilarious chemistry among Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond, the controversies the show seem to face after every episode, and back stories on some of the craziest stunts they did on the show, including the segment that sent Hammond into a coma, the time they almost died in Alabama, and the grand-daddy of all adventures – according to Clarkson - the North Pole expedition.

If you didn’t get to watch the show in full detail because of whatever other show you were watching – Sunday Night Football being one of them – CBS was nice enough to post the entire segment for your viewing pleasure. There’s even a four-minute outtake video of what you didn’t see during the segment.

That’s definitely worth checking out, too.

More videos after the jump.

Source: CBS

Steve Kroft, the host from 60 Minutes, usually gets answers from people he asks questions to. That is, until he met The Stig.

The CBS host took some time to get to know the new Top Gear test driver during a segment of 60 Minutes. In this preview video leading up to the episode this Sunday, October 24th, at 7 pm EST, Kroft gets to ride shotgun on-board a Chevrolet Camaro SS while The Stig tries to drive the wheels off of it at Top Gear’s test track in the UK.

Kroft manages to ask The Stig a few questions in an attempt to get even the slightest audible response from the driver. Yeah, Kroft would have more luck trapping lightning in a bottle than he would to get a retort from Top Gear’s 4th resident silent test driver.

In addition to his bonding moment with the Stig, the preview also shows the host spending some time with the three affable – and quote-friendly – hosts of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, as well as Top Gear executive producer, Andy Wilman.

We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely clearing our schedules this Sunday at 7pm EST time.

Source: CBS

Those boys from Top Gear are just racking up their frequent flyer miles, aren’t they?

A few weeks ago, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May trooped to the US to do a number of scenes for season 15 of Top Gear. Now, the troika has once again been spotted in a foreign land about half a world away from US soil.

Yep, photos of the boys have been taken while filming somewhere between Jordan and Israel. From these photos, we see them riding a bunch of sports cars – not to the level of the Ferraris, Mercedes, and Porsches they were spotted driving around the US – that includes a cow-looking BMW Z3 , a dinged up and muddy Fiat Barchetta , and a very colorful Mazda MX-5 roadster with a shisha on the side.

We don’t know what these chaps are doing with these cars, but given their nature of off-beat drives and wacky races, we’re guessing that it falls somewhere along those lines. There’s also word that they might be on their way to Nazareth, which is where Jesus himself lived for quite some time. Talk about a reincarnated version of the Three Kings riding sports cars instead of camels.

Source: HW Zone
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Alright all you Top Gear fans! We’ve had a Top Gear elf swing by our place a little early this year so we are passing along that generosity to our readers. Just think of it as us giving you a little jumpstart to your holidays all while doing that little thing we like to call promotion. Sounds good, right? Well, then, let’s talk presents!

That little elf we mentioned earlier presented us with three sets of Top Gear, well, gear in the form of a book, a DVD set, and a keyring.

Where is the Stig

Starting things off is the first edition of Top Gear: Where’s Stig, where you can waste a ton of time looking for the white-suited driver as he is cleverly concealed at rock festival, in his secret underground lair, at the Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week, or on the Costa del Stig. We call this wonderfully crafted "bathroom reading."

Top Gear’s Complete Season 13

The next part of the set is Top Gear’s Complete Season 13. This DVD set brings back all of the fabulous ‘Stars in the Reasonably Priced Car,’ including Olympic Gold Medal winning Usain Bolt, Sienna Miller (Alfie, Layer Cake), and Jay Leno, ‘the biggest petrolhead in the world’. Other highlights from this season include Richard Hammond’s trip to Abu Dhabi to test the Lambo Murcielago LP640-4 SV, a French ice race in three £1,500 rear-drive sports cars, and the one where the Stig takes off his helmet to reveal himself. All the fun and none of the commercial interruptions comes wrapped up in this DVD set.

The Stig is in your pocket

The final gift in this set comes in the form of silver keyring in the shape of The Stig himself. Proudly hang your keys from this keyring to display your utmost dedication to the best automotive show that has ever graced our television screens.

TopSpeed's Top Gear Giveaway!

Get to work !

There you have it, folks. Three lucky readers will be celebrating Christmas a little early this year. All you have to do is register on TopSpeed and submit a paragraph or two about how much you love Top Gear and the world of cars in general. Be creative.

The top three submissions will be chosen on Monday, November 1st. Start typing!

For the lazy ones, here is where you can buy those goodies outright: TG13 DVD, Stig Keychain, Where is the Stig (book)

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The car that claimed two Grand Prix wins for legendary triple F1 Champion Ayrton Senna will make an appearance in The Macallan Lounge at this year’s MPH Prestige & Performance Motor Show .

Six of the type 99T chassis were manufactured by Team Lotus for the 1987 season for drivers Senna and teammate Satoru Nakajima. This particular car, however, was exclusively driven by Senna and earned him the top tier of the podium at both the Monaco and Detroit Grands Prix. He raced the car in 11 GPs taking a total of six podiums that season.

The 1.5 liter Honda turbo V6 engine produces a mind-boggling 1,000 horsepower. Acceleration (0-62mph) takes an astonishing 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 205mph. During race time, engines would be replaced at a maximum of 311 miles. Super soft qualifying tires lasted 12.5 miles and harder race tires lasted up to 199 miles. You didn’t actually drive this – more like clung on for dear life. It’s these cars and drivers from the turbo era that made F1 racing so exciting – much of which is gone nowadays.

Ayrton Senna will be forever remembered for his skill both behind the wheel and in the garage, and his sheer tenacity on the circuit. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and visit this mad machine at Top Gear Live being held at Earls Court from November 4th-7th and the NEC in Birmingham between November 11th-14th.

Source: MPH Show

Yeah, we know. Sometimes, its tough being Jeremy Clarkson, and we don’t mean it in a “we-feel-bad-for-him-kind-of-way”. On the contrary, there isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t find ourselves thinking of what it would be like to walk in Clarkson’s shoes for a day.

And as if to remind us just how awesome his job is, Clarkson has released a new two-disc video called The Italian Job. The whole video is chalk-full of the best and most expensive supercars on the planet. And Clarkson drives each and everyone of them.

Yeah, that’s how awesome his line-of-work is.

Among the cars that Clarkson decides to romp around in Imola include a Pagani Zonda R , a Lamborghini Gallardo , a Ferrari 458 Italia , and even an Ariel Atom . There are more cars in the video, but we’re not going to spoil all of them here.

The Italian Job doesn’t hit stores until November 15th, but if you’re already itching to see at least parts of the video, check out this trailer and watch Clarkson in his usual hyper and animated manner.

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Ben Collins may have jumped on the Fifth Gear boat , but the Top Gear threesome of James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond don’t seem to have noticed as they prepare to embark on their 2010 Prototype Tour commencing in London on November 4th. And what better way to market the start of this grand tour then by having May and Clarkson (Hammond was not in attendance) take on a Boeing 747 from the Top Gear track at Dunsfold Park, Surrey.

The Top Gear Live ‘Prototype’ World Tour promises to be the "most exciting, ambitious and complex automotive stage show ever," and considering the source, we tend to believe it! About 300,000 fans across seven cities around the world will take part in the tour as modified and crazy vehicles take the stage. Some of the absurd models include the first ever transparent car, completely transformed Porsches , and a battle between the “Godzilla”Nissan GT-R and a helicopter. And the battle doesn’t take place outside.

“Car stunt shows used to involve standing in rain soaked concrete car parks watching men in branded hats driving round in circles,” said Clarkson. “But Top Gear Live continues to prove that proper theatre with cars is possible and yet again, we’ve pushed the boundaries of car theatre for this ‘Prototype Tour’. It’s ambitious, but for once, it isn’t complete rubbish.”

The tour will start at the MPH The Prestige and Performance Motor Show at Earls Court, London from November 4th-7th. This should be a step up for the MPH show which was a hoot to begin with.

Hit the jump for the press release including locations and dates for the rest of the Prototype Tour.

Source: Top Gear

The on-going soap opera between Top Gear and Ben Collins has taken yet another turn towards the unexpected after reports indicating that the latter has officially jumped to the competition, Fifth Gear.

Though not as popular as Top Gear – it certainly can’t boast of the cult-like following Clarkson and the boys currently enjoy these days – Fifth Gear is no stranger to plucking ex-Top Gear hosts and bringing them into their show with Collins being the third ex-Top Gear star to jump onboard the Fifth Gear boat following Tiff Needell and Vickie Butler-Henderson.

Steve Gowans, the head of Channel 5’s factual entertainment division, couldn’t contain his excitement in having the controversial Collins in Fifth Gear. "We’re delighted to have the Ben on board – it will be fascinating to see how he does in a head-to-head with Tiff and Jason – the best drivers on TV."

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Source: The Guardian

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