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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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Thursday, July 24


Liliana Modiliani, a well-known Russian stylist, will talk about choosing clothes that fit during her lecture at 7 p.m. at the Pryamoy Efir art club, 13 Viborgskoe Shosse.



Friday, July 25


Discuss Russias economic and political prospects for 2014 during a Business Breakfast organized by SPIBA at 9.30 a.m. in the Bank Saint-Petersburg office at 64


Malookhtinsky Prospekt.


Start your weekend with adorable miniature pigs at the Squealing Pig festival at 7 p.m. this evening in the Karl & Friedrich restaurant, 15 Iozhnaya doroga, on Krestovsky Island.



Saturday, July 26


Hundreds of brand-new and retro cars, drag and drift shows, test drives and karting are planned for the Avtobum-2014 festival, which will take place in front of the RIO shopping center at 2 Fuchika Ulitsa.


Participants in todays SaniDay Summer competition will impress visitors with their hand-made, unusual and hilarious boats, which will race at the Igora Resort near the 54th kilometer on Priozerskoe Shosse.


Metro Family Day will include both serious lectures for adults and master-classes for children, making the event interesting for the whole family. To participate, come to Kirov Park on Yelagin Island.


Photography will be the focus of todays Photosubbota, which features lectures by famous photographers, meetings with photo schools and studio representatives, and participation in a photography competition. The event starts at noon at Petrokongress, 5 Lodeynopolskaya Ulitsa.


If you like cycling, make sure to visit the Za Velogorod Festival with its retro bike exhibition, market and live music. The second round of the Leningrad Criterium race will also take place during the event at Petrovsky Arsenal in Sestroretsk.



Sunday, July 27


Navy Day will be celebrated with a weapon and military transportation exhibition, self-defense master classes and concerts. The event starts at 1 p.m. in the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburg.



Monday, July 28


Dont miss a chance to see the latest achievements in robotics during the RoboDom interactive show, exhibiting more than 150 robots. The show will be at BUM center, 22/2 Gzhatskaya Ulitsa, until Aug. 3. The entrance ticket costs 350 rubles ($10).



Tuesday, July 29


A video of a Queen concert from 1986 will be shown today at 8 p.m. in Yaschik, 50/13 Ligovsky Prospekt.



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