The Top Gear team have been spotted out and about in various locations around the world as they film segments for Series 22. At this stage we should see the first episode go to air in early 2015 – and until I get a confirmed date, I’m taking a stab in the dark and suggesting that it could be January 25th! I’ll update you all as soon as the date is confirmed.
Below is a list of what I’ve found out about Series 22 so far, and I’ll update this post with new sightings as they come to hand.
Last sighting: 24th November 2014.
For those of you who need a spoiler warning: Top Gear Series 22 Spoilers are below!
- Top Gear “Patagonia Special” to air at Christmas
- James May speaks about the Argentinian Special
- Top Gear forced out of Argentina
- Top Gear Series 22 returns December 27th!
Top Gear to drive the Hennessey VelociRaptor in Canada
It has been reported that Top Gear will be visiting the Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada, in late November. They will apparently be shooting highway footage of the Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV in the South Okanagan and Boundary Regions. Unfortunately no other information is available at this time.
Update 24th November: Top Gear were spotted in Vancouver last week as they continued filming for Series 22. They were spotted with a yellow Hennessey VelociRaptor, a seemingly normal Ford F150 and a Chevrolet Silverado.
Later in the week they were spotted in the city of Trail, where they were stranded for several hours due to flight delays.
Top Gear in Darwin, Australia
It has been reported on Twitter that Jeremy, Richard, James and the Top Gear film crew all touched down in Darwin, Australia on October 20th.
Update 22nd October: The boys have been spotted driving in Darwin’s rural area, with a bright yellow Bentley Continental, a Nissan GTR and BMW M6. They were later seen further south, drag racing at an airstrip near the Territory town of Batchelor. What exactly they are doing remains a mystery, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that it is some kind of epic roadtrip from Darwin to Adelaide – which would include a 286km stretch of the Stuart Highway which has no posted speed limit. There are also rumors that they will be filming at the Pine Creek open pit mine on Wednesday.
Update 23rd October: Jeremy confirmed on Twitter that they’ll be in Perth by next week, and then posted this rather cryptic photo of him driving on a road with fire on both sides.
James May testing the new Porsche 911 Turbo S
As the title suggests, photos have emerged on Twitter of James May testing the new Porsche 911 Turbo S at the Top Gear Test Track.
Top Gear in Argentina to film a new Epic Roadtrip
Several sources in Argentina have confirmed that Jeremy, Richard, James and the entire Top Gear team are set to arrive in Argentina to film their next epic roadtrip. They’re set to drive along the local Route 40, linking Bariloche to Ushuaia – a distance of serveral hundred miles and a journey which Google Maps cannot calculate! A hotel in Río Negro already has rooms booked on behalf of the three hosts and it is estimated that the journey will start on Friday. It would take almost two weeks to get to Ushuaia. A local paparazzo has snapped photos of the three classic cars which will be used – a Porsche 928 GT, a Lotus Esprit V8 and a Ford Mustang Mach 1. All three are right-hand-drive and were carrying spare tyres.
…and here they are!
Update 20th September: The Argentinian special is shaping up to be one of the most papped events of the season, as more photos have emerged of the roadtrip getting underway. James went with the Lotus, Richard in the Mustang and Jeremy in the Porsche.
This roadtrip ended badly.
Top Gear trio caught driving homemade ambulances
On July 30th the Top Gear team were seen driving 3 interesting looking homemade ambulances near Shepherd’s Bush, London.
The aftermath: The owner of Lydd Car Breakers salvage yard has gone on record saying that he provided the cars for this segment – some 25 vehicles in total. “They rang us out of the blue and asked to collect 25 cars. They had been asked to design ambulances, and some of the cars they used are just shells now. It’s incredible.”
Jeremy is testing the BMW i8 Hybrid
Pretty self explanatory – a video has surfaced on YouTube showing Jeremy getting into the new BMW i8 hybrid. Unfortunately the video stops before we can “hear” it, though one would assume it probably rolled away silently…
Jeremy and the i8 were later seen on the Yorkshire Coast.
Top Gear filming in St Petersburg, Russia
Top Gear has been caught filming what looks like a race segment in St Petersburg, Russia. According to bystanders who witnessed the shooting, James drove an electric Renault, Richard used a bicycle and Jeremy apparently traveled by boat. Sound familiar?
Jeremy tests the new C7 Corvette Stingray
Two new tweets have appeared on Jeremy Clarkson’s Twitter account, talking about the new C7 Corvette Stingray’s speedometer: “I know the new Corvette is jolly sporty but 330? Really?”. In reality though, it is a dual-use dial that can flick between MPH and KPH at the press of a button.
He also tweeted “Filming today is going very well.” and posted the following mysterious photo. Initially we discounted this photo as the result of some sort of fake accident, however the top left side of his head looks rather red – perhaps Jeremy actually did hit his head somehow?
A Twitter user also spotted Jeremy out and about in the C7.
Jeremy and James have a ‘dramatic’ crash in Oxfordshire
According to the Daily Mail, Top Gear have yet again sparked outrage after staging a car crash on the B4437 in Charlbury, Oxfordshire. Apparently four years earlier, a 26-year old woman died in a car crash at the same location and the Daily Mail is convinced that Top Gear chose the location on purpose. The stunt saw James crash his silver Peugeot into Jeremy’s black model of the same car. With the cameras still rolling, a crash recovery truck arrived at the scene and James’ car was hauled out of a ditch and Jeremy’s car was towed out of a crop field. Jeremy’ car had minor damage while James’ had to be towed from the scene.
The Stig drives Jeremy’s P45 (ambulance spec.) in White City
Twitter user @
MikeBernieColes spotted the Top Gear team filming at the BBC Broadcast Centre in White City, London. The Stig was seen driving Jeremy’s infamous P45 vehicle – now in ambulance specification. Jeremy Richard and James were also spotted on the scene however there are no other details yet as to what they were doing. Draw your own conclusions for now!
McLaren P1 vs Porsche 918 Spyder Vs Ferrari Laferrari
Jeremy responded to a Tweet regarding these three cars going head-to-head – and it turns out it’s going to be a half hour special! No more news on this yet, but it’ll surely take place on the Top Gear Test Track with a presenter in each car.
Edit 07/06/14 – Jeremy posted the following photos up on Twitter over the past couple of days, showing a Porsche 918 being delivered to the Top Gear Test Track by a lorry driver wearing a rather interesting shirt.
Jeremy Clarkson and the Eagle Speedster
Jeremy recently posted a photo on Twitter of an Eagle Speedster at the Top Gear Test Track. The car in the foreground also appears to be an Eagle Speedster – perhaps a coupe version as a comparison?
Richard Hammond goes wing walking
Photos have emerged of Richard Hammong going wing walking with the Breitling Aerosuperbatic team at RFC Rendcomb. Jeremy and James were apparently waiting back on the ground, drinking champagne.
James May breaks down in a Peugeot 304
James May once said he would carpet bomb Burford immediately if he ever got into power. But the Cotswolds town got its revenge when the Peugeot 304 he was driving broke down at the A40 roundabout.
Update 14/05: The boys were spotted in the Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold – and it now appears to be a continuation of the piece they filmed at Japfest 2014. A small crowd gathered to watch the trio’s hilarious antics as they first went shopping for antiques and then tried to drive home with the items in unfeasibly small cars. Sound familiar? Jeremy bought an antique chair but then had the problem of getting it into a car – a Saw was produced and Jeremy took to the task with great gusto in the street, telling onlookers the antique chair had now become ‘a flatpack.’ Meanwhile, Richard showed up with a huge grandfather clock – almost twice his height. He was later seen trying to fit an antique hatstand into a car and succeeding before driving off with it.
TopGear attend Japfest 2014 at Castle Combe Circuit
Several Redditors spotted the Top Gear team at the 2014 Japfest at Castle Combe Racing Circuit. Apparently ‘Europes biggest Japanese car show’, the team arrived in a selection of European sportscars – namely a Fiat 124, an MGB GT and a Peugeot 304. Good to see Top Gear back to their usual form.
James May will review the Ferrari Laferrari
James May released several tidbits of information on Twitter earlier this month which included a few photos of the new Ferrari Laferrari!
This makes perfect sense seeing as Richard already drove the Porsche 918 Spyder and Jeremy reviewed the McLaren P1 already.
Other possible segments which may end up in Series 22
The following two items took place before Series 21 but were not actually used. They may have ended up on the cutting room floor but there is a possibility we may see them in Series 22.
Richard Hammond filming in the Australian Outback
Several tweets from @RichardHammond mention that he has arrived in Australia and is now at a remote cattle station in the outback. With lots of spiders. I doubt we’ll get any more info on why he is out there but we’ll wait and see.
James May filming at the National MicroCar Rally
James May was spotted with the TopGear team, filming at the National MicroCar Rally 2013. Apparently he later got behind the wheel of a Messerschmitt Tiger.