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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





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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