posted 6 years ago

Top Gear Live

Top Gear Live took place over four days at the NEC in Birmingham to a record number of visitors.

Top Gear Live took place over four days at the NEC in Birmingham to a record number of visitors. 56,000 fans of the BBC television programme, both young and old were treated to a complete carfest.

The main hall had a few car manufacturers showing their latest vehicles, the biggest presence going to the luxury division of the Nissan brand, Infiniti. French brand Citroen were also showcasing four decades of motorsport heritage, and the line up included World Champion, Sebastian Loeb’s DS3 WRC.

Supercars were everywhere you looked, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Ferraris, the world’s fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron, even the Mercedes Benz SLS was being offered out to hire. There was a car to suit everybody.

A replica of the studio enabled visitors to get their picture taken on the famous television seats, while the Cool Wall had people checking out the cars to see if they agreed with the Top Gear presenters.

One of the main highlights of the event was the track action and it didn’t disappoint. Up first was the Fifth Gear television show presenters, Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler- Henderson. Arriving in style in the Toyota GT86, Tiff was soon up against The Stig on a specially designed course. Not surprising though that the white overalled, muted driver won.

‘Grudge Match’ took place for nearly an hour between former Rally cars, hot hatches and even a couple of professional drifters. Shane Lynch from the boyband Boyzone, was one of the drivers and not surprisingly won that duel.

From the show, the popular Star in Our Reasonably Priced Car was brought to the event and Olympic Gold Medal boxer, Anthony Joshua had to thrash the Kia Cee’d around the course against the clock. His time topped the leaderboard.

When it was time for Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond to appear, their entrance was interesting to say the least. In a motorised version of their set, Clarkson powered the trio around the arena in his V8 attempting to do doughnuts.

Their show was well planned though and with all the talk at the moment about the latest James Bond film and it celebrating 50 years, some stunt drivers, complete with tuxedos put on a little show of their own with the Aston Martin Cygnets.

On two wheels, the Bolddog motorcycle freestyle team gave a breathtaking display of back flips and jumps, with the added visual element of flames licking from their backs.

The Top Gear trio are well known for doing daft things and despite not being able to ride a motorbike, Jeremy made sure they did a version of polo on 125cc motorcycles, complete with full size mallets. Richard towed the other two in a BMW, while they, in a Ford Fiesta had to thrust themselves into the path of some cars, whilst scoring points for which car they hit. As always, you knew it was going to end in disaster. Add to that, Jeremy and the Stig up against the armed forces and it was an actioned packed couple of hours.

The day ended on a high note with a successful World Record attempt by one of the Top Gear Live Stunt Team of a double loop-the-loop on a motorbike. The rider made it look so easy and was a fitting finale to an action packed show. Roll on next year.