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Top Gear Speeds Into Town for Arena Show

Published: March 28, 2014 (Issue # 1803)



  • Thrills, and perhaps spills, await visitors to Top Gear Live on Saturday.
    Photo: for SPT

In what will be welcome news to every keen petrol head in the city, the hugely popular traveling motor show Top Gear Live brings its unique brand of extraordinary stunts and humorous take on everything in the automotive world to St. Petersburg later this week. Based on the worlds most widely watched factual television program of the same name, hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond plan to test the capabilities of the worlds most sought after and insanely modified cars in front of a live audience.

Originally scheduled to be held over two days at the St. Petersburg Sport and Concert Complex on Mar. 29 and Mar. 30, the second date was canceled and folded into a second show on Mar. 29.

The worlds biggest automotive performance, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, is a transformation of the hugely popular, long-running British TV program Top Gear into an arena show. The live show has already gained considerable popularity across the globe during the course of previous tours and has performed in front of 1.5 million attendees across four continents.

Russia is the shows third stop in 2014, after launching in the U.K. and a stop in Australia. After Petersburg, the show moves on to Barbados, South Africa and the Czech Republic later this year.

According to Clarkson, the decision to bring the show to Russia again is in hopes of repeating the success of their previous performances in Moscow, as their first show in the capital in 2012 attracted more than 30,000 people.

Since then the show has returned to Moscow, where it enjoyed further success before heading north to present the show in St. Petersburg for the first time.

Weve turned your favorite motoring television show into the most spectacular motoring theater show in the universe, Clarkson said of the event. Well be taking all the best bits of Top Gear and ambitiously attempting them live in our action arena. Im sure it will work out well!

Car guru Clarkson, together with Hammond, explore and celebrate everything exciting about machines and motors from the wondrous and intriguing to the ridiculous, the luxurious and the impressive in what the Top Gear crew claim will be a complete immersion in the world of cars.

Accompanied by their mysterious resident test driver The Stig, the pair will explore the wonders and absurdities of the Russian and international car markets throughout history. All this will come complete with a display of lighting and pyrotechnic effects as well as demonstrations of The Stigs daredevilry in a series of complex, professional stunts.

With speed and adrenaline promised as the Top Gear team push some of the worlds most powerful motors to their limits, the show is expected to deliver a theatrical experience incorporating unique stunts, music, choreography, performers and ground-breaking pyrotechnics all created by the team from the award winning TV program.

Top Gear Live will be held at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 29 at the St. Petersburg Sport and Concert Complex, 8 Prospekt Yurya Gagarina, M. Park Pobedy. For more information visit www.topgearlive.ru





 


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Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



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