- Legendary rally cars go head-to-head at brand new live show
Top Gear Live’s new indoor track will play host to a fascinating array of Group B Rally cars – including the Peugeot 205 T16, Audi Quattro, Lancia 037 and MG Metro 6R4 – in a series of ear-busting head to heads.
In 2011 a ‘Jurassic Park’ of these extinct monsters is being brought back to snarling life at the all-new Top Gear Live (topgearlive.co.uk) on 11 – 13 November at NEC Birmingham and 24 – 27 November at ExCeL London.
During the 1980s the maddest, baddest and most dangerous cars of all time tore into the World Rally Championship like a pack of maternally-enraged velociraptors: the monsters of Group B. These were cars so wild that they had to be killed off after only four years – yet remain the most revered machines ever to have strutted their stuff from the glamour of Monte Carlo to mud of the RAC Rally.
Top Gear Live will see these incredible cars take centre stage at the NEC Birmingham and ExCel London as part of the planned 80 minute track display alongside their illustrious forebears such as the 1964 Mini-Cooper S, 1970s icons the Renault Alpine A110, Fiat 131 Abarth and Ford Escort RS1800 – plus the incredible Ferrari 308 GTB rally special.
Also joining them will be some of the descendants of the Group B era – the Ford Escort Cosworth, Peugeot 405 Paris-Dakar winner and the late Colin McRae’s amazing Ford Focus WRC.
Billed as ‘The ultimate Top Gear experience’, visitors to this year’s all-new event can expect all the on-screen, supercharged excitement of the TV show rolled into one event, with the famous presenting trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May previously seen in the TopGearLive action arena now spilling out into the rest of the event.
At the centre of the new format is the new Top Gear indoor track featuring highlights from the TV show including Stig power laps and Star in a reasonably priced car as well as the Top Gear Stunt Team, head-to-heads and supercar parades.