Well folks, it turns out that Jeremy Clarkson is not trolling Top Gear with the name of his, James May and Richard Hammond’s new show.
The group has a deal with Amazon Prime for their new car show, and Buzzfeed reported that Clarkson’s law firm registered the “Gear Knobs” trademark just prior to the Amazon announcement. Documents showed that the trademark could be used for television shows and merchandise, and the trademark “Speedbird” was also registered (Buzzfeed attributed this trademark to a potential new character in the show).
But, Clarkson says not so fast:
Back to the drawing board, everybody.
Even two days ago, there was quite the widespread belief that Gear Knobs would be the show name (for example, this article). While Top Gear continues on BBC with Chris Evans, the (Not) Top Gear show is exclusive to Amazon Prime. The company bought the rights to 36 episodes, and the start date for the series has yet to be announced.
No matter what the new show name, at least we have one bit of knowledge to cling to — the old Top Gear crew is coming back. The team tweeted the first photos from filming just a few days ago, starting us out with quite the tease — a Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 all lined up. Nice.
And they look like they’re having just as much fun as ever:
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