The audacious Top Gear Live Stunt Team has established another remarkable World Record by completing the first double loop-the-loop on a motorbike. The daring feat –called the Deadly 720+ – was successfully accomplished as the dramatic climax to the first of nine spectacular Top Gear Live shows at Birmingham’s NEC (25-28 October).
The latest World Record comes just a few months after the same daredevil team was the first to complete a double ‘Deadly 720’ loop-the-loop in a four wheeled buggy – a stunt performed in Durban, South Africa which has been officially recognised as the ‘First Double Loop by a Car’ by Guinness World Records.
The Deadly 720+, which will continue to wow record crowds at the remaining Top Gear Live shows hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May utilises the same pair of eight metre tall steel loops as those erected in South Africa but this time the courageous stunt man – Gary Hoptrough – rides a standard KTM 250 SX-F with recalibrated dampers to cope with the extreme demands.
“I can’t believe we’ve actually cracked here at NEC in front of a live audience after so many issues in the build-up to the show,” said the relieved Top Gear Live Creative Director Rowland French. “Having now done the Deadly 720 on four and two wheels I have no idea what we’ll dream up next – but you can trust us to come up with something even more astonishing.”
Clarkson was equally amazed. He said: “We started Top Gear in its current incarnation ten years ago as a pokey little motoring show and never dreamt of setting World Records. To be fair, all James, Richard and I did was to stand on stage and introduce a stunt man mad enough to want to turn him self upside twice on a bike. But it was pretty nerve wracking and spectacular!”
Fans have until Sunday to experience the gravity defying Deadly 720+. Although selected seats for several shows are now completely sold out, there are still some tickets on sale available from the official topgearlive.co.uk website or by calling 0871 230 5588. Adult admission prices start from just £49*. With many schools on half-term special ‘Family Tickets’ are on offer for both Saturday and Sunday. Full details of all Top Gear Live tickets can be found on the topgearlive.co.uk website.
For those who can’t make it to the NEC, the Deadly 720+ can be can be seen on Top Gear's YouTube channel by clicking here