Marcos Ambrose news 2009-12-06

AMBROSE STARS IN US TV SHOW TAKING TASMANIA TO THE WORLD Marcos Ambrose will take the spectacular scenery of his home state of Tasmania to millions of television viewers in the United States as the Australian NASCAR star co-stars in episodes of...

AMBROSE STARS IN US TV SHOW TAKING TASMANIA TO THE WORLD

Marcos Ambrose will take the spectacular scenery of his home state of Tasmania to millions of television viewers in the United States as the Australian NASCAR star co-stars in episodes of the US television program 'Gold Fever' on the Outdoor Channel early next year.

A television crew from the Outdoor Channel and 'Gold Fever' host Tom Massie joined Ambrose for a week of filming in Tasmania last week.

The filming commenced with a media event at the Beaconsfield Gold Mine last Monday, where Ambrose and Massie were given a tour of the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre by Brant Webb, one of the survivors of the 2006 Beaconsfield mining disaster.

Since moving to the US, Ambrose has taken up gold prospecting and panning as a hobby, venturing out in the countryside around Charlotte, North Carolina where his young family is based in search of gold.

Ambrose, who is a massive fan of 'Gold Fever' and rarely misses an episode, has also visited several former gold sites around the country as he travels the US on the grueling NASCAR schedule.

Ambrose is also a big fan of Massie, the charismatic and excitable host of 'Gold Fever', who shows similar enthusiasm to the late Crocodile Hunter, Australian Steve Irwin.

The Outdoor Channel is America's leader in outdoor TV. The national network offers programming that captures the excitement of hunting, fishing, Western lifestyle, off-road motorsports, adventure and other outdoor lifestyles.

Nielsen Media Research estimated that Outdoor Channel had approximately 30.8 million cable and satellite subscribers as of April 2008.

WHAT MARCOS HAD TO SAY --

"Last week was amazing," said Ambrose.

"I'm a bit of a 'rock hound' myself. I started watching 'Gold Fever' and I emailed the Producer and we got talking and went out for lunch earlier this year and floated the idea that if they want to come out to Australia and do a show, I've got the perfect spot.

"So it kind of just grew from there. Tourism Tasmania got involved, Blundstone boots and Pure Tasmania and all these guys got involved to help make it happen and they came out, we showed them a great time for six days in the Tasmanian bush and it was just a lot of fun.

"We did some camping, went down some mine shafts, did some gold panning, meet some characters in the local towns and stuff and it was just a really, really great trip and I'm pleased to have been able to facilitate it.

"The show goes to 35 million homes in the US on The Outdoor Channel, which is a decent network and the show is the highest rating show on the network. It's got over 1 million viewers each week so you're talking decent numbers."

-credit: ma/bam media

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