Perhaps indicating a signs of things to come for the already spiraling BBC, the company TGXP Limited, which has for years run the “Top Gear Track Experience” in which fans of the show had the opportunity to themselves be “a star in a reasonably priced car” on the fabled Top Gear test track, as well as other behind the scenes opportunities, shut down shop.
Much to the chagrin of the BBC, the company gave exceptionally short notice of its decision to close, cancelling all current bookings, citing finances. The company stated “Please be advised that TGXP Limited, which operated the Top Gear Track Experience days, has ceased to trade with immediate effect due to its financial position.” They also issued a statement saying “We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank everyone who participated in the Top Gear Track Experience over the last two years – for their custom, enthusiasm, for great feedback and support.”
According to a private source of the UK news outlet, the Mirror, the bad ratings and continuous loss of viewers of this year’s Top Gear TV series are the main reasons to blame for the sharp drop in bookings for the company.
The newest season of Top Gear, which featured Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc was sharply criticized and had historically low viewership, not seen before with the previous and much beloved hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond during their tenure on the show.
The trio has been widely credited with the massive global success of the show, and their newest venture The Grand Tour, exclusively available through Amazon Prime, is expected to do exceptionally well, and has been well reviewed by those privileged enough to have attended a taping
What do you think? Is the surprise closing down of the Top Gear Experience another bad sign of things to come for the BBC’s long time favorite show? Are you going to watch the new season, or stick with The Grand Tour? Let us know in the comments.