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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

Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of todays seminar is Grammar Practice.


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at Professional Growth, a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmChams Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at Sounds of the Universe, a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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