Top Gear scuttles plan to close Tampa Bay area's Gandy Bridge today for filming
Correction: Folks from the American version of the British car show Top Gear have been in the Tampa Bay area, filming scenes around the area for a future episode.
Top Gear had obtained a permit to film scenes on the Gandy Bridge today which would have sparked "rolling closures" up to 3 p.m. But a representative for the show says their production plans changed on Monday after they realized word was spreading about the shoot, and they decided against closing the bridge.
Still, the Florida Department of Transportation had spread word about the possible road closures on Monday, which lead to a ton of chatter on the Internet and in local media about their work.
Once the crew showed up at the bridge today with a Bugatti Veyron sportscar, they confirmed their decision scuttling the bridge closure, said spokeswoman Christine Shaw. The commotion at the site was one of many factors in the decision.
They show has filmed in other areas of Tampa, including downtown, with host Rutledge Wood, Shaw said. Co-Host Tanner Foust also indicated on his Twitter feed that he was coming to town. The episode will air sometime in early 2013.
"We got some terrific footage of Tampa," added Shaw, a publicist for BBC Worldwide Productions, which produces the Americanized Top Gear for the History channel. "You'll see a lot of the city in our footage."
For those who don't know, Top Gear is an English show about the coolness of cars featuring three "cheeky" Brits who delight in pushing the boundaries of social convention in the commentary. In 2010, the History channel debuted an America version co-hosted by race expert Wood, pro racing driver Faust and actor/comic Adam Ferrara.
Check out one of their bits below: