Top Gear Live - South Africa and Moscow
A completly unique and bespoke project for the Top Gear Live team; car bungee jumping was the brief...
- Can it be done?
- In front of a live audience?
- In Johannesburg in a couple of months time?
- With a presenter in the car?
Roll forward to March 2011; UK Bungee have designed and helped build a bespoke platform to hold the car and new bungee cords had been made with a successful test completed in the UK. The South African crane company was sourced, the car and rig air freighted on a 747 to Johannesburg and James and Andy from UK Bungee were on site ready for the show.
The Top Gear Festival held at Kyalami Race Circuit, South Africa, was the biggest gathering of car fans on the African Continent with 60,000 people attending the 9 shows and thousands more visiting the festival.
The car bungee was the remarkable stunt show finale! Despite a few thunderstorms and some torrential rain all the shows were safely completed.
Behind the wheel of the trusty Nissan Micra: South African presenter Sasha Martinengo.
Video 1 - click here
Video 2 - click here
Following the success in Johannesburg the team decided that it would be the perfect way to introduce the Top Gear Live Stunt Show to Russia. So off to Moscow it was for James and Andy from the UK Bungee Club along with the Top Gear Live team, the rig and the trusty Nissan Micra sporting its new Top Gear branding.
The stunt was staged in Moscow’s Red Square. With the iconic back drop of the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral 100,000 people watched in amazement as the car plummeted 300ft, coming within a couple of feet of the ground! Top Gear Live’s Stunt Show will premiere in February 2012 in Russia.
An all round success for round 2 of the car bungee!