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Top Gear Festival Sydney Inspires Motoring Enthusiasts to Hit the Road on Scenic New South Wales Road Trips

March 4, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

For two adrenaline packed days, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March 2014, Top Gear Festival Sydney, supported by Destination NSW,the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, will transform Sydney Motorsport Park into the ultimate outdoor spectacular.

Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and The Stig, will be returning to Sydney, along with some of their legendary racing and celebrity friends, for a weekend of jam-packed motoring action.

Shane Jacobson, Steve Pizatti and Craig Lowndes will co-host the two day festival featuring entertainment both on and off the track. On track, Aussie Daniel Ricciardo and his Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One car will take on the lap record, as well as the Holden State of Origin Car Challenge where NRL legends will go head to head in a set of Top Gear style challenges.

The festival will include the usual stunts that Top Gear is famous for, including the heart-stopping car bungee, being performed in Australia for the first time. A Nissan Micra and brave celebrity passenger will be catapulted off a 240-foot high crane, stopping within metres of the ground.

Meanwhile, the exciting off-track entertainment includes a celebration of the career of racing icon Ayrton Senna; live actions zones and a packed motoring exhibition.

Start your motor running with the best drives in New South Wales

The popular Top Gear TV series regularly features long-distance drives, showcasing unique destinations and the reliability, fuel economy and performance of different vehicles. In New South Wales, there are various scenic drives that are perfect for putting your favourite automobile to the test, while exploring some of the state’s most popular destinations at the same time.

Picturesque drives include coasting along the Legendary Pacific Coast on the North Coast of NSW in a convertible, cruising over the Grand Pacific Drive to Wollongong in a vintage car and exploring the spectacular Kosciuszko Alpine Way in the Snowy Mountains in a four-wheel drive.

Top Gear Festival Sydney co-host, Craig Lowndes shares his favourite drive, “My favourite drive might not seem very exciting to some people but it’s the destination that makes it special, and it is the drive over the Blue Mountains and out to Bathurst. The drive across the Blue Mountains is really an enjoyable drive and a Holden Commodore is the perfect car for the trip.”

Other scenic drives are along the Poacher’s Way, a food and wine trail with gourmet offerings and the historic Long Paddock drive that follows the old stock routes of Country NSW. The Darling River Run takes you on a journey into Outback NSW, travelling from Walgett to Wentworth on the Victorian border.

Top Gear Festival Sydney co-host Steve Pizzati suggests driving through Howes Valley to the Hunter Valley for the ultimate weekend away, “It’s a beautiful drive through some of Sydney’s best-kept motoring secrets, including my absolute favourite section in the Howes Valley. The steep, rock-faced walls are just perfect for a car like the Ferrari 458 Italia’s snarling, crackling exhaust to reverberate off! Sheer motoring bliss! After all that excitement, you can unwind and indulge yourself at one of Australia’s best wine-making regions: The Hunter Valley! I couldn’t think of a better weekend away.”

For more information on Top Gear Festival www.topgearfestivalsydney.com.au

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