Bittersweet end as ‘Top Gear’ fest takes Durban for a spin

2014-06-23 00:00

THIS was a bittersweet weekend for car enthusiasts as yesterday saw the final of the Top Gear annual festivals culminate at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

For car enthusiasts this was the much anticipated end to three years of Top Gear in Durban.

For the first time the surrounding car expo which usually stuns crowds at the People’s Park did not have a lot to offer; there were the usual lap races and a few stunts, but the giltz and glamour of previous years was notably absent.

The final show, however, made up for any features that the expo missed in what was arguably the best show of the trilogy.

From the onset and throughout, the team of Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson brought a real South African flavour to the show.

From jokes about the red beret-wearing politicians, to the cost of Zuma’s house, the cast won the full capacity crowd over with their usual wit and humour.

The show featured terror-inducing stunts from the Top Gear stunt team, beautiful cars and a car soccer match that saw Team South Africa beat Team England in a battle which left six Chevy Sparks looking somewhat the worse for wear.

A crowd favourite was a Top Gear look at South Africa’s most complained about vehicle: the minibus taxi, where it was decided after much deliberation that the taxi could not be improved upon and as Clarkson put it, we should “all get over it”.

The final death-defying stunt and highlight was the world’s first ever back flip by a car performed by Jimmie Blaze.

If you did not see it you missed out on the climax of three years of nail-biting and hundreds of burned-out tyres.

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