Watching from ground level, the stunt seems oddly… serene. A blue Jaguar F-Pace thumps down the damp approach road, enters the 19-metre loop and gracefully inverts. In near-silence it turns upside down: over, round and through.
All over in, what, three seconds? A strange spectacle, for sure – not to mention a world record for the biggest loop the loop ever – yet curiously tranquil to behold.
But when stunt driver Terry Grant emerges from the F-Pace a few seconds later to chat with compere Martin Brundle, it’s clear things didn’t feel quite so tranquil from the driver’s seat. Terry’s voice is cracking, his words wobbly.
This isn’t what you expect from Mr Grant: the holder of 19 driving world records, the man who’s done more weird, extreme things in cars than anyone else on the planet. If a stunt is out of Terry’s comfort zone, we’re talking – in the immortal words of Sir Alex Ferguson – serious squeaky-bum time.
This feature was originally published in the December 2015 issue of Top Gear magazine.