Top Gear hits Durban

Top Gear Festival 2011Top Gear Festival is coming to Durbs. Waarheid ek se – which is loosely translated as “truth, I say”. Silly colloquialisms aside, fans will be happy to hear that the Festival – which includes a Live Stadium Show – will be hosted by the full Top Gear Team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig, who will be pushing the boundaries of live motoring festivities as they perform to their biggest audience to date.

For this year’s South African Festival, Top Gear is proud to be partnering with the Province of KwaZulu-Natal and the City of Durban to bring Top Gear’s first ever stadium show to one of the world’s most iconic venues and architectural masterpieces; the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

With such a massive space to play with, Top Gear’s adrenaline-charged live show will be able to reach new heights, thrilling the audience with FMX bikes, donutting and flaming rally cars, exhilarating, hair-raising stunt manoeuvres by the Top Gear Live Stunt Driving Team and nonsensical challenges synonymous with Top Gear.

Fans can expect some of the world’s finest supercars as well as cars modified beyond belief – all delivered with the irreverent humour one would expect from a Top Gear event. Visitors will also get the unique opportunity to see their favourite presenting trio arrive on motorised version of the famous Top Gear studio set.

Jeremy Clarkson commented, “We travel all over the world with Top Gear Live events and, wherever we are, we always say the audiences are amazing. But South Africa is different because when we say it there, we really mean it. That’s why I can’t wait to share our Top Gear Festival with the friendliest, most enthusiastic people on the planet”.

The 2012 event offers a more interactive experience for the visitor, as the Moses Mabhida Stadium and its surrounding precinct and Peoples Park offers an exceptional, world-class venue with the necessary infrastructure required to host this impressive motoring festival.

As well as the Live Stadium Show, visitors will enjoy a huge variety of other exciting outdoor features situated around the precinct. The City of Durban plays host to Top Gear’s first ever street circuit– over 2 kilometres long and winding around the streets of Durban. Spectators will see Stig power laps, head-to-head racing, supercars, drag racing, drifting, celebrity race challenges & more in the packed daily schedule.

Local motorsport talent will also be showcased with Motorsport South Africa running the Super Production Car Series and the Volkswagen Polo Challenge Series on the Top Gear Street Circuit. And when visitors need a break from the action, they can head into the impressive motoring expo packed with some of the world’s greatest supercars, classics and motoring memorabilia.

Last years festival was graced by racing legends David Coulthard, Jody Scheckter, Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, EddieTop Gear Festival: Tiff Needell Jordan and Sabine Schmitz as well as international motoring personalities and ‘friends’ of Top Gear, Nick Mason and Tiff Needell alongside radio DJ Sasha Martinengo and the man they call ‘the fastest man in Africa’,Gugu Zulu.

This year’s line up, which will definitely include the legenday Tiff Needell (as confirmed by @DriveRSA on Twitter), is just as sure to get the adrenalin pumping. Jeremy, James and Richard have promised to rustle up a stellar showing for Durbanites in 2012. 

This year’s Top Gear Festival in ‘the warmest place to be’ is expected to attract tens of thousands of petrol-heads keen to see the world famous presenters, guest drivers, legends and celebrities in action and take part in this true celebration of all things motoring. Visitors are encouraged to book early so as not to miss the most exciting event on this year’s entertainment and motoring calendar.

Tickets are on sale from 22nd February  and range from R250 to R995 for a Platinum Package. For more information on ticket prices or to book visit or

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