View Full Version : Wanna be on BBC? here's your chance!

01-27-2014, 08:09 PM
This just in...

My name is Scott Goldstein and I am a Casting Director for the company behind the hit car show Top Gear. I am writing you because we are currently casting a brand new series and we are searching for outgoing, fun loving car enthusiasts!

The shows name is “Mud, Sweat and Gears” and it will give car enthusiasts the ultimate one of a kind experience: to modify and race a car that they design. We are looking for teams of two who will work alongside one another in order create and drive their kick ass car!

I am writing you with the hopes you may be able to email this information out your club members, or post it on your Facebook page. I think this is an opportunity that anyone passionate about cars would love!

Attached is a flyer with all the shows casting information. We are doing interviews now, and are set to begin filming in the next two months. If any of your clubs members are interested they must respond to the information asked for in the flyer ASAP. The great thing is we are interviewing potential teams via Skype. Thus not posing a huge inconvenience to anyone who would like to audition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Thank you so much,

Scott Goldstein Casting Director
BBC Worldwide
O: 323-785-8789
F: 323-785-8776
E: Scott.Goldstein@bbcaproduction.com

01-27-2014, 08:35 PM
I want in, but if I built something, it wouldn't work.

01-27-2014, 09:14 PM
I want in

01-27-2014, 11:43 PM
I call uncle Ben!

01-28-2014, 01:06 AM
I'm thinking Marco.

01-28-2014, 09:15 AM
I'd carry Marco and Kevin's bags to the vent just to be a fly on the wall with those two.


01-28-2014, 10:48 AM
Is this thing really legit? Seems a little fishy to me since they ask for so personal information such as name and contact info. I work in the fraud department at a credit union and see similar fraud everyday. Don't get me wrong this really seems like a sweet deal, but whenever it seems too good to be true it always is. Plus it doesn't seems like there is anything from BBC or anything I can find online stating this is legitimate. Just my 2 cents.

01-28-2014, 12:02 PM
I found a discussion online about this (from 2012):
When they film the Top Gear shows here at the old El Toro base, all the emails I get for audience stuff is gmail as well. From being at the productions, it sounds like BBC is funding/producing the american version but the production company is a US outfit. None of the releases or stuff you sign has BBC listed on it anywhere. That's pretty much true of any TV show. Very few if any are produced by the actual network that broadcasts it.
I'm betting it's legit. It probably wouldn't be a risk to contact them, at least.

01-28-2014, 01:22 PM
I want in.

01-28-2014, 01:22 PM
I'll send them an email.

01-28-2014, 01:26 PM
Just sent it off.

01-28-2014, 01:30 PM
And, already a response:

The show would film for a total of 4 days in Southern California. Travel, hotel, meals and a small per diem will be provided. We are filming during the months of March and April.

We are looking for teams of two who are capable of doing modifications to a vehicle as well as being able to then race it.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to give me a call.

01-28-2014, 01:36 PM
So, Kevin and Marco, since you have been deemed the two designers/fabbers/racers, what say you??!!!

You know you want to do it!!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D

01-29-2014, 12:18 PM
Whoa sweet, I'll check it out today!

Isaac did you write down a 2nd? Kevin?

01-29-2014, 02:59 PM
No, I didn't apply, I just asked about it. I can't do it anyway, I'll be out of town for all of march and the first part of april. You and Kevin should apply is what everyone is saying.

02-05-2014, 01:26 PM
So has anyone else actually interviewed with them or even applied?

02-21-2014, 05:07 PM
So has anyone else actually interviewed with them or even applied?


02-21-2014, 06:38 PM
I can do it.

In the 100....... IFS FTW!

Who's with me? Marco? UB? {crickets.......crickets}

02-21-2014, 10:59 PM
I can do it.

In the 100....... IFS FTW!

Who's with me? Marco? UB? {crickets.......crickets}

If you haven't applied yet, I believe it is too late to be considered. Don't quote me on that. Just an assumption.

Was inquiring if anyone else had gotten a call back, an interview, 2nd round back ground check, or even farther in the process?

02-23-2014, 01:25 PM
I inquired, but since it was going to be filmed in March, I couldn't do it.

04-04-2014, 01:29 AM

BBC America has given the green light to the new vehicle transformation series “Mud, Sweat and Gears,” hosted by UK car journos Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford and Jonny Smith. The hour-long spot will be produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC America and BBC Worldwide’s new Brit channel.

In each of the eight unscripted episodes, daredevils Ford and Smith both captain a team of two fellow car enthusiasts and are given 24 hours to mutate, supersize or reconstruct ordinary vehicles to compete in stunt challenges.

The series was ordered by BBC America’s general manager Perry Simon and Tracy Forsyth, BBC Worldwide’s VP of commissioning, original content. Nathaniel Grouille serves as exec producer and showrunner alongside exec producer Trice Barto.

“Mud, Sweat and Gears” is set to join BBC America’s “Top Gear”-driven Monday night lineup and will follow the popular car series which, now in its 21st season, which is on target to be its highest rated in the U.S. The new series will be part of a slate of unscripted programming including “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” “The Graham Norton Show” and “Million Dollar Critic.”

In addition to BBC America, “Mud, Sweat and Gears” will be launched across the BBC’s international channels. It is also the first commission to be announced for the new male-skewing factual entertainment channel BBC Brit, set to bow in markets outside of the U.S. this year.

Shooting for “Mud, Sweat and Gears” begins next month in California.

04-14-2014, 08:05 PM
Just returned from filming our episode. Had a fantastic time with some awesome hosts and crew. Show should be very entertaining!

04-14-2014, 08:40 PM
Just returned from filming our episode. Had a fantastic time with some awesome hosts and crew. Show should be very entertaining!

Cool! Who was on your team?

04-15-2014, 12:53 AM
Cool! Who was on your team?

A good buddy of mine who also owns a metal fab shop (non 4x4 related) here in Colorado along the front range.

12-10-2014, 09:03 PM
You will have to excuse me, I have been holding this news in for months and am a little excited. A little over 7 months to be exact. And some know that I haven't done a great job at it. But after having to sign a NDA with a HUGE penalty, I figured keeping my mouth shut was for the best. Any way, if you know me, have met me, or have even read anything I have posted online, you can easily see I am good at making an ass outta myself. That and that I LOVE vehicles, of all shapes, sizes, and types. And someone at BBC America thought that would be a perfect combo for an episode of their new car based reality show, "Mud, Sweat, and Gears". Here is a description of the show:

BBC AMERICA’s Mud, Sweat and Gears is a brand new competitive car show which hurtles onto screens in the New Year. Each week hosts Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford and Jonny Smith captain a team of two car nuts and go head-to-head to transform everyday vehicles. They have 24 hours to mutate, supersize and reconstruct – once transformed, the vehicles are raced in three extreme missions involving head-to-head sprints, timed challenges and stunts, lots of stunts. The missions are daring, adventurous, fun, and competitive – and all tied to different episode themes rolling out each week. Mud, Sweat and Gears premieres Monday, January 26 at 10:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA.

And a couple links:



I can't really say much still because of the NDA, but I hope to be able to share with you all my full experiences once it has aired. I will say that it was a blast to film, and the two host, Tom Ford and Jonny Smith, were great. And our location for the shoot was downright awesome. It was truly an experience I won't forget. Heck, people all over the world will get to watch me make an idiot of myself. How many can say that?

The episode I will be in is set to air March 9th at 8pm MST. And I hope you will all be able to tune in and get a good laugh at my expense. Can't wait to see how they portray myself and my good buddy who was my teammate. Hopefully not too much like the a..holes we are in real life ;)

I would like to host a small viewing party on the night of the air date, and am searching for a great venue. Needs to have plenty of TV's and access to food and alcohol and be close to Longmont/Boulder area. Anyone know of a decent spot? I was thinking of calling the newish Cinebarre in Louisville to see if they could accommodate. Thinking a movie theater could be a neat setting. Any other thoughts?

12-10-2014, 10:49 PM

Season 1 | Episode 7 | Original Airdate: March 9th, 2015 | 10:00PM

Jonny Smith and Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford lead two teams and build their visions of the ultimate spy cars. Jonny, joined by car-crazy fabricators Tino and Aaron from Colorado, is all about the style, power and mystique. Wookie, however, thinks that gadgets rule, which is perfect for his team of high-tech brainiacs Erica and Jeff from San Francisco. They race in three intense spy-themed missions, where Jonny takes the disguise and ambush theme to the extreme!"


12-10-2014, 10:57 PM
bad arse!! I cant wait to see it!

12-10-2014, 11:04 PM
That's awesome!!! and yeah, I think getting a Cinebar or similar would be ideal. Or just a bar that is willing to take a break from March Madness..

12-11-2014, 02:20 PM
Thanks all. I am very excited to see how it turned out. I should say one thing though, don't believe everything you see on TV. ;)

12-17-2014, 01:24 AM
Thanks again guys! :beer: Still searching for a great venue if there are any more ideas!

It was a blast to be a part of. Really wasn't ever nervous. But now I have some butterflies. Never like seeing myself on film.

They finally put the first trailer/commercial for the show on You Tube. I also have the press photos from each episode that I will try and post some of later when I find some more time. But any way, I hope the series turns out half as good as they promise it will. The hosts have a great sense of humor and are all about giving each challenge their very all.

Here is a look at the commercial: