BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- 2008 Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, is set to join the star-studded line-up of world famous presenters and motor sport legends at the inaugural Top Gear Festival in Barbados, from May 17-18.
As part of an action-packed weekend of motoring spectacles, the British Grand Prix ace will take to the newly refurbished Bushy Park Circuit to join a host of challenges set by Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. Hamilton has a natural affinity to the Caribbean region with his grandparents, on his father’s side, hailing from Grenada, just a short hop from Barbados.
Hamilton, whose passion for motor racing began at the tender age of eight, has had an enviable career, which includes records for the most consecutive podium finishes from debut, most wins and pole positions in a debut season and most notably was the youngest driver to win the F1 World Driver’s Championship back in 2008.
Hamilton, 29, joins an illustrious list of F1 supremos, world champions and race winners to appear at a Top Gear Festival including David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Mika Hakkinen, Jody Scheckter and Eddie Jordan.
“I cannot wait to touch down in Barbados for the Top Gear Festival,” commented Hamilton. “I love the island and have been on the TV show a few times and always have a lot of fun, so I’m excited to experience the spirit of Top Gear at a live event. I can’t wait to see what Jeremy, James and Richard have in store for me!”
Petra Roach, vice president sales and marketing, Barbados Tourism Authority commented, “The addition of Hamilton to the already stellar line-up really does position Top Gear Festival Barbados as the ultimate event taking place in the Caribbean this summer. We’re incredibly excited to be sharing this news, but watch this space for even more announcements that will make it impossible for you to not want to attend!”
Top Gear Festival Barbados is expected to draw tens of thousands of petrol-heads for a thrilling weekend of high-octane motoring action with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. The jam-packed schedule of motoring antics will see The Stig and the Top Gear Live Stunt Driving Team take to the track in a series of thrilling stunts, races and challenges.
The Red Bull Global Rallycross will hold the first round of their 2014 season at Top Gear Festival Barbados, which will see some of their hottest drivers compete on the track including Ken Block, Bucky Lasek and Scott Speed. The legendary line-up also includes Tanner Foust who co-hosts the US version of Top Gear.