Top Gear Live heads to Scotland for first time

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Top Gear Live is set to head to Scotland for the first time ever early in the new year.

Three big live shoes will take place at the new SSE Hydro in Glasgow in January 2014, featuring the tried and tested mix of prestige and new cars, dramatic stunts and lively debate.

It will be the first opportunity for Scottish fans to see Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, together with ‘The Stig’, live in action north of the border.

Honda cars have been a Top Gear staple, with the team praising the firm for its diverse range of models. In series 12 James got behind the wheel of the hydrogen-powered Honda Clarity for a test drive.

The 90-minute shows have been announced for the weekend of January 18 and 19, and tickets are now on sale.

Clarkson admitted he has “absolutely no idea” what the team will be getting up to on its Scottish jaunt but pledged “it will be something very special”.

“What we can promise is lots of gigantic explosions, some very scary stunts plus a magnificent line-up of incredibly expensive supercars… not to mention all the usual cock-ups, crashes and arguments.

“Who knows, you might even see The Stig in a kilt,” he added.

The live incarnation of the hugely successful BBC 2 show has seen Top Gear Live embark on a world tour over the past 12 months, taking in Moscow, Sydney, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Durban before a spectacular finale in Poland on 21 September to a sell-out crowd in excess of 50,000 in Warsaw’s National Stadium. 

When the Top Gear team take to Glasgow it will be their first performances on British soil since appearing at the Birmingham NEC in October 2012.

It is certainly set to be a big event in Glasgow, as the SSE Hydro is now Scotland’s biggest entertainment venue after its opening this week.

Clarkson joked the venue is “the perfect setting for our kind of arcane humour and barbaric acts” given that its design was apparently inspired by ancient Roman and Greek amphitheatres.

“I think some epic chariot racing should be on the cards!” he added.

 The SSE Hydro has a seating capacity of 12,000 and boasts perfect lines of sight and acoustics, though for the Top Gear Live shows its capacity will be reduced to 8,000 seats given the additional stage space needed for the cars.