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Top Gear team set to thrill fans at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are promising a mixture of supercards, stunts and presenter challenges at the Metro Radio Arena

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Some of the world’s most breath-taking supercars, stupendous stunts and three middle aged men.

Yes, as thousands of ticketholders already know, the live incarnation of BBC2’s Top Gear is coming to Tyneside next month.

Five shows are set to thrill fans of the globally popular shows from February 20-22 at the Metro Radio Arena.

Fronted by the TV show trio: Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, the shows promise a mix of “beautiful supercars, breathtaking stunts and hilarious presenter challenges”.

Although the production team remains tight lipped on the show’s many secrets, we can reveal that visitors will be treated to a challenge which will see Hammond and May attempting to make cars smaller than Clarkson’s beloved P45.

Creative director, Rowland French said: “Top Gear Live has never toured like this in the UK before and we’re really excited about coming back to the UK because it’s Top Gear’s home.

“We’ve got a whole new show and a load of challenges, stunts and surprises that we can’t wait to show the audience for the first time.”

Other highlights include the world’s largest ‘Cage of Death’, where seven motorcyclists use centrifugal force to circle the inside of a giant globe. This will be the first time the death defying stunt has ever been seen in Europe.

Fans will also be treated to a real visual spectacular in the shape of a new driving sequence featuring two custom built BMW M3s both completely covered in over 600 metres of LEDs - the result of a collaboration with LED performance company, Feeding the Fish.

White-suited racing driver, The Stig, will take on the presenters in a spot of Reliant Robin racing while Jeremy will take ot the starting blocks with a member of Team GB – sitting in a 550hp supercar, of course.

In an attempt to end the age-old rivalry, the Top Gear Live producers have devised a drifting event to decide, once and for all, which presenter is the best driver.

French added: “We’ve given them a budget to find the best used drift car that they’ll bring along and have their ability scored round a drift course. What could possibly go wrong?”

Tickets for all the shows are on sale from the Arena, by calling 0844 493 6666 or online at www.metroradioarena.co.uk

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