Archive for October, 2010

Fifth Gear back.

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Tonight will be the second episode of the new series of Fifth Gear. Tonight my slot reveals one of the finest homegrown cars in existence.

A 2200bhp 1989 Audi Coupe built in a barn by a South Yorkshireman. John Sleath’s Audi is not only the current fastest street car in Europe, it has electric windows.

I visit John’s barn workshop, then meet him at Santa Pod to try and set a street car passenger ride record.

http://fwd.five.tv/fifth-gear

JackO (but not the one that sang Billie Jean)

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Had the pleasure of working with son of Ozzie and Sharon, Mr Jack Osbourne, over the last fortnight. It seems we share interests in laughing, films (Silence of the Lambs , Commando, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and cars. He’s got a nice Camaro RS with a big block and a Land Rover Defender.

During a heavy filming schedule for Seat cars, we found an alternative use for VAG wheel bolt plastic covers. Here Jack plays the part of the B-side Terminator, whereas I opted for a futuristic Patrick Moore. Apologies for the dog’s mess camera phone quality.

Carter Got.

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Sorry for the lack of blog activity guys. The last two months have been ruddy hectic with filming and writing missions. It’s been a lot of fun, and sometimes quite emotional. Like on the very stormy wet day of 7th September.

Whilst filming a Discovery Channel documentary with Bullseye TV (www.bullseyetv.co.uk) I travelled up to Gateshead to help dismantle a special car park. Probably the most famous carpark in cinema history, in fact. It was a sad day, as I’d always wanted to see the Get Carter car park, and on this day it was under the wrong circumstances. We were filming some of the demolition heavy plant being used to pull down the Brutalist concrete multi-storey that made the silver screen alongside Michael Caine in 1971. In 2004 Total Film called Get Carter the greatest British film of any genre, ever. Oof.

You can see from the camera phone pics that the building was being nibbled down carefully, so as not to cause concern with neighbouring houses and businesses. No explosives were used, and almost anything of significance on the building had been looted by trophy hunters. I tried to take home one of the surviving ticket machines but they were too heavy. I didn’t see Michael Caine anywhere.

By the time you read this the area will be rubble, preparing for new owners Tesco to start erecting another cut-and-paste superstore. As fugly as Owen Luder’s concrete creation was, it was radical. It was distinctive and it got people talking. I can’t help thinking that in 20-odd years time we will miss this and wish, just like tudor houses, thatched cottages and Georgian townhouses, that it should be preserved.

R.I.P Carter Carpark.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/content/image_galleries/gateshead_multistorey_gallery.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/tyne/hi/front_page/newsid_8858000/8858759.stm