Feb 4, 2010
"But first we have to find him, and that's where you come in. We believe his name is Carlo, Crazy Carlo".And then, this:
"So what do we know about this mad man? We know his registration plate. "And the one thing we know for certain is that we can't afford to have this dangerous driver anywhere near our roads."Even the Police were stumped.
"Police are asking for everyone's help to catch this clown."Grimshaw ended the report with this:
"Well if you know this "Carlo" from Sydney and his Nissan, please call or email us and we'll do our best to track him down for tomorrow night's program".Not only did Nine know him, but they also had his mobile. Steinfort made no mention of Channel 9's heavily promoted acquisition of the rights to the Australian version of the show, referring instead to the old "SBS" program, which hasn't aired for months. As part of their original story, Nine also consulted Ian Luff, a motoring expert it invited into ACA headquarters to sink the knife in. Crikey contacted Luff yesterday, who repeatedly refused to deny he had seen the full unedited YouTube clip that revealed Arena's identity and the Top Gear link. But here the story gets even murkier. Arena told Crikey through his spokesperson that he had spoken to Luff at a wake for Sydney's Oran Park raceway last Monday. Arena also received a certificate of excellence from Luff after he attended one of his driver motivation courses. Oran Park was a key legal site for the controversial "drifting" depicted in Arena's audition, before it was closed and earmarked for sale for a new housing development late last year. The story has received major traction. Today Tonight, also boasting a million viewers, led with the video last night, linking the real reason behind the clip -- the Top Gear audition tape -- to the potential for more trouble on the roads. They may have a point. As Arena has pointed out, the production company behind Top Gear, Freehand, explicitly encouraged drivers on its website to strut their stuff for the cameras under the promise of anonymity. The real identity of the mysterious Stig is never revealed on the show. But what about Nine's promised "police investigation"? Is there any prospect of a two-year-old YouTube audition tape being used as evidence to throw Arena "behind bars"? Last night NSW Police Acting Superintendent Dave Evans told ACA viewers that the plod was launching an investigation into Arena and, amid prodding from Steinfort, said that he should be locked up. "We'll certainly be knocking on his door," Evans said. "Activity like that on NSW roads. That's where he should be: behind bars". Crikey contacted Evans this morning who clarified his comments, claiming that "...video vision alone is not enough to charge the driver." And Evans confirmed that under NSW law, the statute of limitations on "drive manner dangerous" and "hoon legislation" is six months, contradicting last night's assertions from both Steinfort and himself that Arena and his film crew were "facing charges".