Series 20 may have only just finished, but the TopGear team have already been spotted out and about filming segments for Series 21 (which we predict will go to air on January 26th 2014, assuming there is no earlier “Christmas Special”). Below is a list of what we know so far, and we’ll update this list with new sightings as they come to hand.
For those of you who need a spoiler warning: Top Gear Series 21 Spoilers are below!
Last updated 26th November 2013.
Jeremy and James are in Istanbul, off to meet Richard
According to Twitter, Jeremy and James are in Istanbul – however it is unlikely that they are doing any actual filming there. According to a tweet from Jeremy, “We are in Istanbul for one night. Then we shall meet Hammond at a secret location in another country to start work.”
This photo later emerged of a chap on Twitter who was boarding a domestic flight in Ukraine with none other than Richard Hammond. This would obviously suggest that TopGear are filming in Ukraine.
Jeremy and James were also spotted in Ukraine.
…and Richard finally joined them!
Jeremy Clarkson also tweeted the following photo: “This is a photograph of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin taken outside the actual house in Yalta where they met.”
Another photo of the team filming with a VW Up! and Dacia Sandero.
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.
TopGear are filming a new “Special” in Burma / Myanmar
Not many details on this one at the moment, but Jeremy tweeted that they are off to film a new TopGear special. All we know is that they’re on a plane – more information as it comes to hand. As of 28/10/2013, Top Gear have been very tight lipped about where they actually are. Jeremy has been hammering Twitter (sadly it has been about Piers Morgan rather than Top Gear), however we’ve been able to work out from the time he tweeted that he was “going to sleep” that TopGear are roughly located somewhere between GMT +6:00 and +10:00 timezones.
Jeremy also stated that they were located somewhere remote, with little phone reception. We could be completely wrong, but to us this means they may be located somewhere around Russia, China, Mongolia, Australia or another country in that general vicinity. Wherever they are, they’re driving huge distances across seemingly remote areas. More information as it comes to hand.
EDIT 31/10/2013: Photos have surfaced of the TopGear team in Burma / Myanmar! Richard Hammond appears to be driving some type of old truck or camper/motorhome, which may hint that the other presenters are driving something similar. We’ll update this if any more photos show up.
EDIT 19/11/2013: We’ve received an anonymous tip off from an individual who was in northern Thailand at the time – and managed to snap a photo of James May’s truck! Note the interesting “high visibility” paint scheme, bus style wing mirrors and the wrecked air conditioning unit on top.
Jeremy is in Belgium, driving the McLaren P1
Jeremy Clarkson tweeted that he was on a flight to Belgium to drive the McLaren P1, and soon after footage surfaced on YouTube showing him doing just that. Well, trying to anyway!
TopGear was later spotted filming at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
TopGear and 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.
Jeremy spotted riding a Gibbs amphibious vehicle
A tumblr user snapped this photo of Jeremy testing a Gibbs Quadski in Bellagio, Italy, earlier this week. The person who took the photo apparently said Jeremy looked “very soaked and pissed the whole time”.
Jeremy drives the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Touring in Italy
Not much detail on this one right now, but Jermey posted a photo on twitter of the new Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Touring in Italy with the comment “Well, today’s job isn’t very terrible.” On October 3rd, more recent photos emerged which also showed an Alfa Romeo 8c and two Corvettes.
TopGear to drive a V8 Supercar in Australia
TopGear had planned to film
Jeremy The Stig driving a new Microsoft Xbox-sponsored V8 Supercar at the Holden Driving Centre at Norwell, Gold Coast, Australia, in a deal brokered by racing legend Mark Skaife. But Gold Coast authorities put a stop to this when they failed to relax noise restrictions in time. Top Gear will now film in the town of Warwick, at Morgan Park Raceway.
TopGear have also booked 40 minutes of track time at this year’s Bathurst 1000 – they are booked in on October 10th, with the actual race taking place on Sunday October 13th. It is most likely related to the above V8 Supercar filming, however they may also be involved in the race in some way (perhaps the Stig is racing with one of the teams?) More information as it comes to hand…
Update: This appears to have been for a Xbox / Forza 5 promo “The Stig’s Digital Cousin”.
TopGear to test the new VW Golf GTI Mk7
Details on this one are scarce – all we’ve got is this lone photo showing a Mk7 being jump started by TG’s camera car, at the Top Gear Test Track.
Jeremy & Richard spotted in Monaco
Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond were spotted in Monaco earlier this month testing two supercars. Richard, behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and Jeremy driving a Bugatti Veyron Vitesse WRC Edition. Some have suggested this is for a Top Gear Christmas DVD but this remains to be seen.