Holy mother of NO WAY! We’re pleased – and slightly nervous – to announce that this Thursday the Top Gear Live Stunt Team will attempt a New World Record by completing the first double loop-the-loop on a motorbike. The men with the big manparts are attempting the record at Top Gear Live at Birmingham’s NEC NEXT WEEK (25-28 October)!
We’re getting pretty good at driving around loops now, y’know. In South Africa this summer, the stunt team completed a double loop-the-loop in a car, earning them the ‘First Double Loop by a Car’ Guinness World Record. But they’ve clearly been saving the best ‘til last – British fans will now get to witness an even more technically challenging 720: on two wheels.
We’ll be using the same pair of eight metre tall steel loops as featured in South Africa. This time, though, speeds are higher because the bike – a standard KTM 250 SX-F with recalibrated dampers to cope with the extreme demands – must travel at between 27mph and 29mph to avoid falling out of the sky or the rider blacking out. And ending up in a fiery crash.
The world record attempt is part of nine action-packed Arena Shows staged over the four days at the NEC – all hosted by Jeremy, Richard and James. Although elected seats for several shows are now completely sold out, there are still some tickets left. Check out the official topgearlive.co.uk website or by calling 0871 230 5588.
And if you’re a Twitterer (much like our three tech-savvy presenters now are), you can also get involved at @BBC_TopGear. Keep a watch on our feed and you can become part of the Deadly 720, even if you can’t make it to Birmingham. As the story unfolds you will be able to watch history – or embarrassing failure – in the making on the day when an exclusive Top Gear Twitter link to a private Top Gear YouTube video will be revealed…
Reckon they’ll pull it off, TopGear.commers?