Tired of watching endless Top Gear reruns from past seasons, or (even worse) “Best Of” episodes hastily cobbled together to keep torch and pitchfork-wielding villagers from storming the BBC studios?

We’ve got good news then: as Jalopnik points out, free tickets for Top Gear tapings are up for grabs, with the initial show scheduled to film on Wednesday, January 23. As Top Gear usually runs on Sunday evenings, that makes Sunday, January 27 the likely starting date for the 19th season.

Details on the upcoming season are still sketchy, but Jeremy Clarkson has admitted that the Christmas special will air in February (better late than never, we suppose). We also reported that the show’s stars were in Las Vegas last November, reportedly for an epic road trip involving the Lexus LFA, the Aston Martin Vanquish and the new SRT Viper.

Word was that Clarkson was in Mexico the following week, so it’s entirely possible that the show’s latest North American adventure included a trip south of the border as well.

While no television show lasts forever, Top Gear will run for at least three more years, as Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have all signed three-year contract extensions.

If there’s a better job on the planet than hosting the original Top Gear, we certainly haven’t run across it, so we’d expect further contract extensions to be offered up in 2015.