Stage One readies stunts for Top Gear Live's international leg

Stage One ready stunt for Top Gear Live
Stage One ready stunt for Top Gear Live

After successful dates at Earls Court and the NEC, Stage One is preparing for the international leg of the 2009/10 tour of Top Gear Live, which kicked off last November.

The live version of the BBC TV show features the presenters, car stunts performed by the Top Gear Live stunt driving team and performance cars.

"Following the immense success of the first international Top Gear Live tour in 2008, for which we provided integral set elements, we were delighted to be invited back by the production team to provide our set building skills for the brand new touring show," said Stage One project manager Ted Featonby.

The show's production manager, Simon Aldridge asked Stage One to provide various set elements including: a complex spider frame that formed a backdrop to both the entire performance area and a spectacular loop the loop stunt; two six metre long acrylic sectional tunnels used for a car colour-changing stunt; a steel crane unit used for a further ‘roof-off' stunt; and several props. 

The company also custom painted several cars using their in-house spray bake facilities.

The main element produced by Stage One was the flown spider frame. This consisted of nearly 90 individual steel framed panels, clad either with steel mesh, polycarbonate or solid aluminium sheets.

Bolted together they formed a seven metre high, 25 metre long backdrop across the width of the arena. A presenter and car tunnel entrance was created stage right and a raised opening stage left, through which cars emerged from a Stage One provided scissor lift to perform stunts on a special platform.

"Offering the full range of scenic services from under one roof means that all of our departments are used to working closely together to provide a fully integrated solution for our clients. This means we are able to provide a level of experience and quality, and as such reassurance, that is second to none," Featonby added.

The upcoming Top Gear events are:

Amsterdam, Rai 21-24 January 2010

Cape Town, Grand Arena at Grand West 28-31 January 2010 

Jo'burg, Coca Cola Dome 4-7 February 2010

Sydney, Acer Arena 11-14 February 2010

Auckland, ASB Showgrounds 18-21 February 2010

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