Its opening night in Aukland, New Zealand and the usual panic ensues amongst the crew as they do their best to lay sufficient rose petals before the gathering pace of the three presenters. Our local presenter, Greg Murphy, has spent a huge amount of time out with the boys:
He’s been getting up to speed with the matey banter that Top Gear is so famous for, but really only works if you’re mates. It helps that Murph is a local hero, and The Mole can’t seem to spend more than five minutes with the man without him being mobbed by excited fans.
He had quite an act to follow on from last week, with Top Gear Australia’s Steve Pizzati doing a sterling job of filling in for our inimitable James May, but after only a few days (or should The Mole say ‘nights’) the boys are treating Greg like an old friend. The Mole learnt today that Greg has a car named after him, which has endeared him to the Top Gear Live crew no end; a Holden HSV (every 2nd car in this upside down part of the world is a Holden) sporting a whopping great supercharger and some cool orange decals.
Murph enters the arena in the 550bhp Murph Edition at the top of the show, and The Mole must admit he puts our local boys to shame with his entrance; rear wheels roaring with smoke and inch perfect handbrake turns. The Mole supposes you have to be a little handy to set the fastest time at Bathurst in 2003, which is still top of the board to this day!