Top Gear fans will be ecstatic to hear the news that Richard Hammond has just been confirmed to join his co-presenters at this year’s Top Gear Festival.

Hammond was determined not to miss out on this year’s show and re-arranged his schedule so he could join Jeremy Clarkson and James May, as well as the mystery driver and infamous ‘The Stig’, for the highly anticipated event.  Thousands of fans will have the chance to see the boys live as they take to the stage in the Moses Mabhida Stadium for the live show-one of the highlights of the Festival.

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“When I discovered the Top Gear Festival in Durban was going to be bigger and better and more explosive than ever there was no way I could miss it – I certainly didn’t want The Oaf and The Bore to have all the fun. So, see you there!”

Along with the Top Gear Live Stadium Show and the improved street circuit, the Festival has new highlights for 2013 across the site, including a series of grudge matches between; rally cars, hot rods and hot hatches, tandem drifting, MSA racing action, an extreme Action Zone featuring FMX Bikes and Trail Bikes and the Shell Stunt School.

This year Street Circuit drivers from Motor Sport SA (MSA) and the Franschhoek Motor Museum (FMM) will need to put their skills to the test as they race around the newly-updated track layout and the enhanced 2.8km Street Circuit show will be presented by popular and respected Sasha Martinengo and Gugu O’ Zulu.

Visitors can expect two days of sensational driving, as the Street Circuit features a number of daring events and skills to match:

1)      THE STIG

The king of the track, The Stig, will lay down the law as he screeches through the Street Circuit in the country’s fastest, most enhanced track-day vehicles, setting the fastest times throughout the show.


Get behind your favourite hot hatch back cars, driven by international pro race drivers, as they go head to head to lap each other in five races, in an attempt to set the fastest lap.


For the first time catch the Red Bull Toyota Dakar car, driven by our very own Geniel de Villiers, who will take on a special individual rally stage in a point to point timed  event. Vehicles and drivers will face handbrake turns as they display masterful manoeuvring at the new hairpin and chicane in the course.


A gem to be seen, this year eight Hot Rods, courtesy of the National Hot Rods Series based in Richards Bay, will race five laps in the name of South Africa’s eight Super Rugby teams. They will try to outdo each other as they race to predict who will win this year’s Super Rugby Challenge.


Also taking to the new course and streets for the first time, watch the country’s top drifters go head to head drifting, as they lead the crowds in their favour while taking turn to be the lead car and the chasing car.

Other highlights will also include world famous presenters; guest drivers including two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen, who will later be interviewed live on stage in the Ultimate Village along with a number of legends and celebrities all in action.

The show will round off with the Franschhoek Motor Museum’s impressive display, as they celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours by showcasing an impressive procession of 14 iconic race cars spanning from the 1930’s to present day.

Tickets are on sale now and range from the Basic Ticket at R250 to R2 100 for an Ultimate Package

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For travelling Top Gear enthusiasts and guests, there is a full range of travel packages, from self-drive packages and luxury coach packages to flight packages, which include travel, and accommodation on a B&B basis.(For more information on Travel packages, visit http://www.topgearfestival.co.za/tickets/travel-packages or http://www.edusport.co.za/tgf)

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