The Top Gear Live team approached The UK Bungee Club with a new bespoke concept for a car bungee jump to form part of a live show within the Top Gear Live Tour 2011.
The tour visited locations around the world such as Oslo, Johannesburg, Moscow, Melbourne and London.
Bickers Action joined the team to develop and manufacture the cage that will contain the customised car… and release it from 300ft!
After just 3 weeks, the ropes were made, the car was sourced, stripped out to its bare minimum and the cage was built and ready to be tested.
At a secret location near London, the car bungee jump was fully rigged and test dropped in front of the Top Gear team with our Managing Director; Jon Snape in the driving seat!
Next stop: Kyalami Race Circuit, Johannesburg, South Africa!
The car bungee was the final stunt of a live show to an audience of 6000 spectators, with commentary from the UK’s Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Sasha Martinengo; SA’s massively loved F1 presenter, Radio DJ and TV Broadcaster was the brave icon who volunteered to be harnessed into the driving seat! Sasha had no option but to show pure bravery as cameras and microphones were beaming every facial expression and reaction back to the spectators.
The car bungee featured in all 9 of the scheduled shows, dealing with SA’s extreme heat, extreme rain and extreme lightening storms – the latter of which provided a little excitement for the crewmember in the cage!
After the massive success and reaction from the spectators in Johannesburg, the Car Bungee was booked to head to no other than Russia’s Red Square, Moscow, where the car bungee thrilled over 100,000 spectators at the Moscow City Racing event.
As with SA, the car plunged 300ft between the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow’s most iconic landmark, to within a few feet from the ground. Nothing before like this had taken place in Red Square.
The stunt was staged to celebrate the announcement that RSS City Racing Ltd had signed a license to bring Top Gear Live’s Stunt Show to Moscow for its Russian premiere in 2012.