Top Gear is a famous British motoring show broadcast in the United Kingdom on the BBC.
The programmes main focus is car reviews but also includes fun motoring-based challenges, special races, timed laps of notable cars, and celebrity timed laps on a course specially designed for the programme.
The show is hosted by American actor Matt LeBlanc, motoring journalist Chris Harris, motoring journalist and Sky television presenter Rory Reid, German motor racing driver Sabine Schmitz, Eddie Jordan and The Stig.
Top Gear hosts Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris join Nick Demetriou at the world’s biggest used car auction in Chiba, Japan.
Auto Trader Japan helped Top Gear and the BBC gain access to USS Tokyo auction. This is a private auction which is not open to the general public and filming is strictly prohibited.
WHEELER DEALERS TRADING UP is an all-new series following auto expert Mike Brewer as he navigates his way through the culture and idiosyncrasies of the international used car trade. Starting with just $3000, Mike will set out to buy, deal and negotiate his way to the ultimate ride – worth $30,000.
From Kolkata, to the UK, to Sweden, via Japan and on to Mexico the USA and the Middle East, Mike will attempt to transform his first purchase into a succession of real deals for the jackpot – a luxury sports car. Viewers will travel with Mike on his epic journey as he moves from one deal to the next, one country to another, spotting motor bargains and trading up across the globe. It’s a journey of ups and downs as he struggles to adapt to challenges in places and situations which are way outside his comfort zone. As he travels he will add value to the cars, using dealer tricks he’s picked up in his long career in the car trade. (Source: Discovery Channel).
Auto Trader Japan helped Mike Brewer and the crew while filming in Japan. We explained the auction system and auction sheets and even went to JAA Tokyo auction together. We helped with the two Tanto K cars which you can see Mike bidding on in the programme and inspected the one he finally brought and sold. ATJ’s Nick worked as a ‘fixer’ and was in constant contact with both the film crew in Japan and the production team back in the UK.