Top Gear festival returns to SA

2012-04-24 11:54

The Top Gear Festival returns to SA with Jeremy Clarkson and co-hosts planning their biggest live event yet in Durban.

The festival will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, People’s Park and even host street circuit stages with a sports-themed twist.


At the 2012  event, Top Gear presenters will be conducting a variety of stunts including chariot racing, albeit with loads more power and in a crazy setting.

The popular Scottish winter sport of curling will be recreated in Durban, though instead of giant logs the team will be using vehicles instead.

There will also be displays by the Top Gear Stunt Driving team while, out on the track, Top Gear’s first-ever street circuit plays host a 90-minute track show hosted by former British racing driver Tiff Needell and local Formula 1 presenter Sasha Martinengo.

There will be supercar grudge matches, presenter races and a two-wheel world record attempt in a minibus taxi.

On display will be an F1 showcase and visitors can also enjoy South African celebrities duelling in drag races and demonstrations by participants in the WesBank racing series, too.

The Top Gear Festival will take place in Durban on June 16 and 17, 2012.

Tickets are on sale and range from R250 for a bronze ticket to R995 for a platinum ticket. For more information, click here!


  • Graham - 2012-04-24 12:30

    and the ratepayers will foot the bill whilst individuals reap any profits! Only in the Kingdom of the Zulu!

  • Mpho - 2012-04-24 12:57

    I'm so greatful for this beautiful event, as i believe that its Powered by Passion. And will showcase some of the lastest, electrifying sportcars and activities that brings excitement to our view

      flysouth - 2012-06-17 12:05

      No - it is powered by R31 million of taxpayers cash in sponsorship by Durban authorities! Scandalous waste of money.

  • Fredster - 2012-04-24 12:58

    In Durban? In Durban...?

  • Ford.Kop1 - 2012-04-24 13:14

    Durbs are so lucky, Im sure they gonna make this one the best. So far 17000 tickets have been sold and the 4000 platinum tickets are sold out. Ok now after reading that, two lines came to mind....blue light brigade and fat cats. Hope the show is a success.

  • kritzinger - 2012-04-24 13:32

    Doesn't seem like the best business decision to host it in Durban. Oh well, R250.00 more for beer.

  • Candice - 2012-04-24 14:42

    The 1st show they had here three years ago was ok, provided you got complementary tickets i.e. not paid for by yourself. Thereafter the wheels came off. Nothing new and boring as sh1t. So glad it's in Durbs, because I don’t know anybody there that will buy me tickets.

      Shamier - 2012-04-24 16:12

      Agreed. The first show felt very contrived...subsequent shows more so.

  • Shamier - 2012-04-24 16:06

    They should drop loser sasha in favour of supervan, mike briggs, deon joubert, gugu zulu...the list is endless when it comes to people who actually know something about motoring.

  • Mike - 2012-04-24 17:32

    After the miserable and over-priced 55-minute performance from the trio last year I vowed "never again".

      Scott - 2012-04-24 18:04

      you only found last years show boring because you know f-all about cars, the displays were absolutely amazing and to name a few, the original mercedes SLS(only bout 75 left in the world and considered the worlds first supercar), all of Jodi Schekter's F1 cars, an RB09 driven by David Coulthard, 75 various Ferrari's etc etc etc

  • Erik - 2012-04-25 08:21

    I think if you have seen it once you've seen every one of these shows.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-25 09:37

    The last time this 'show' was here there was mass outcry and dissappointment from the public. Apparently it was very poorly organised with very little value for money - tickets were just too expensive for what you finally got

  • RobynAddinall - 2012-04-25 10:40

    Aw man. No Cape Town show? I missed the last one. :(

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