The Top Gear team’s highlights of 2013
Some of the best motoring memories from the last year from everyone at Top Gear HQ
Posted: 20 Dec 2013
Adam Waddell, Managing Director, Top Gear
My Top Gear highlight of 2013 was the biggest Top Gear Live event we've ever staged. Fans of the show will know that Jeremy, Richard and James have been touring the world's indoor arenas with a live show for years - typically they'll play to around 4,000 fans per show with several performances over the course of a weekend. This year however, some bright spark had the idea of a single performance on a Saturday night in September at the national football stadium in Warsaw. This was the venue that hit the front pages in October 2012 when someone forgot to shut the roof and England's World Cup qualifier against Poland had to be postponed due to torrential rain. Yup - it s a proper stadium rather than the arenas that we are used to and capacity for the event was set at 58,000. Clarkson tweeted that night '57,000 people have turned up for Top Gear Live...some poo is coming out...'.
The boys actually sold the venue out and the show went down a storm with the Polish fans who seemingly understood every word in English perfectly - at least they certainly laughed in all the right bits. Seeing our show playing to the scale of audience that most big rock bands aspire to was really something...