My name is Sean and I created TopGearbox all the way back in 2008. I originally started working on it with the goal of creating the most in-depth Top Gear information site on the internet.
Having had many years of experience owning and administering online forums, I felt that launching TopGearbox as a forum would naturally be the best way to put information out there easily and get people involved. I spent a few months populating the forum with information about Top Gear episodes (starting at season 1), however it soon became clear that the forum software was over complicating everything. Users were forced to register just to get involved – and then there’s post and user moderation, spam control, enforcing forum rules and an inefficient forum search engine to top it all off. Who’s got time for all that?
In early 2009 I started looking for more suitable CMS software and ended up migrating what information I had across to a WordPress installation. WordPress gave me a an excellent foundation on which I could continue building TopGearbox and collate episode information more easily and efficiently. This would involve individually watching every episode and then manually typing information into a Word Document at the same time.
In the years that followed, TopGearbox went from a website that was lucky to see 10 visitors per day, to one which now sees several thousand per day. The goal hasn’t changed – TopGearbox is still a site that helps Top Gear fans find out breaking news about the show, plus more importantly it acts as an index to help those same fans track down old episodes which featured particular vehicles or segments. The amount of information is huge. Episode synopsis, episode guides, Stig quotes, Power lap times, Star lap times, episode screenshots – plus tagging every single vehicle, location or event into a searchable database.
The feedback I receive from comments are fantastic. The photos of WWJCD or POWER! stickers on the back of your Golf GTI’s and Subaru Impreza’s are also incredibly awesome to see. I even saw one on the rear window of a Reliant Robin from Phoenix Arizona!
However, please remember that TopGearbox has taken an incredible amount of my time to put together – and it’s also an ongoing task. I work a 9 to 5 job to pay the mortgage and support my family – and TopGearbox will always be just a glorified hobby of mine. But I built this site for all the Top Gear fans around the world and in the end that is what it all comes back to. Knowing that TopGearbox is being used by thousands of people on a daily basis means more to me than anything else, but any form of additional support is always appreciated.
How you can help
Show your support by getting involved! Have your say on our news stories or episode guides by submitting comments. You can also follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest Top Gear news or purchase an original TopGearbox sticker design from our Online Store.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to continuing to bring you the latest Top Gear news and episode information into the future.
Sean @ TopGearbox