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19 June 2012

Durban is tops says Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson, host of the popular Top Gear motoring show, is blown away by the city of Durban.

Moses Mabhida Stadium and its trademark arch. Moses Mabhida Stadium and its trademark arch.

South Africa is amazing. This show in Durban will go down as one of our best Top Gear live events ever. That’s because this is our first ever show in a stadium and our biggest live audience yet. - Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear host

‘The River Aquarama, the Eagle Speedster, the Humber Bridge, the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. These are the 4 best-looking man-made things in the world,’ tweeted Jeremy Clarkson to his over 325 000 followers after the Top Gear Festival held in Durban last week.

Clarkson and his cronies, James May and Richard Hammond, were in town to host the Top Gear Festival on 16 and 17 June. Some 67 000 people visited the venue to witness all the motoring thrills and spills they could hope for - including supercars, mind-blowing stunts, and jaw-dropping pyrotechnics.

The Top Gear Live Stunt Team managed to set a new world record by completing a remarkable double loop-the-loop on 4 wheels - known as the 'Deadly 720'.

Clarkson was thrilled at the turnout and the enthusiastic response. He said: 'South Africa is amazing. This show in Durban will go down as one of our best Top Gear live events ever. That’s because this is our first ever show in a stadium and our biggest live audience yet.'

The Moses Mabhida stadium was built to host one of the semi-final matches of the FIFA World Cup 2010 TM. The stadium’s iconic 350m-long arch is the longest spanning arch of any stadium in the world. It’s also a notable tourist attraction with a skycar offering unparalleled views of Durban as well as a range of adventure activities (including the Big Rush Big Swing, Segway gliding tours and an adventure walk).

KwaZulu-Natal province and the City of Durban have signed a partnership with the Top Gear Festival to bring the show to the Moses Mabhida Stadium for 3 years, so Clarkson and his partners will be back.