TORONTO, March 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Top Gear Festival Barbados and the
Barbados Tourism Authority announced today that Lewis Hamilton will
appear on track behind the wheel of his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula
One car during an adrenaline-fuelled motoring weekend on 17 & 18 May.
Fans can expect to hear the spine-tingling roar of the F1 W04's
Mercedes-Benz Formula One engine as the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS car makes
history with its Caribbean debut by appearing at the newly renovated
Bushy Park Circuit.
Formula One aficionados and motoring enthusiasts alike will see Lewis in
action, doing what he does best, as he tears around the track in this
extraordinary car. This is their chance to witness Lewis drive in only
his second season with Mercedes - having joined the Silver Arrows works
team for the 2013 season - and achieving five pole positions in his F1
Petra Roach, Vice President of the Barbados Tourism Authority UK,
commented: "Following the announcement of Lewis joining the already
star-studded Top Gear Festival Barbados line up, we now bring you the
exciting news that we are uniting Lewis Hamilton and his MERCEDES AMG
PETRONAS Formula One car at Bushy Park Circuit!"
She continued: "By bringing the F1 W04 to Barbados, we're bringing the
thrill of Formula One to the festival. Having been driven by Lewis and
his team mate Nico Rosberg during last year's season, it achieved three
race wins, nine podium appearances and eight pole positions. Riding on
this wave of success, we're excited to bring the car to Barbados for an
unmissable weekend of top racing action."
Petrol-heads are in for a for a thrilling weekend of high-octane
motoring action as Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond take
part in a non-stop schedule of motoring antics that 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 as well as legendary drivers
from Global Rally Cross compete in the first round of their 2014
Tickets to this thrilling motoring weekend are limited. Visitors are
encouraged to book early so as not to miss the most exciting new event
on Barbados' 2014 entertainment and motoring calendar. Bushy Park is a
short drive from the island's capital Bridgetown and from the
Tickets are on sale and priced at BBD$75 (approx. £22) for a general admission ticket, BBD$200 (approx. £59) for a Club House
ticket and BBD$500 (approx. £149) for a VIP Marquee ticket. Children's
tickets are available, and start from BBD$50 (approx. £15) for a
general admission ticket. For more information on ticket packages or
to book visit www.topgearfestivalbarbados.com
The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience
with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable
landscapes. Rated as one of the world's sexiest beaches in 2008 by
Concierge.com; Barbados' Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier
destination for travellers. Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated
Caribbean island and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.
Barbados has hosted several world class events including: The annual
Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival; the 2006 PGA World Golf
Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in
2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in
2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and the Rihanna
LOUD concert in 2012. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation
houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning,
five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport offers even
more non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities
via Jet Blue and American Airlines, making Barbados the true gateway to
the Eastern Caribbean. Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip
Advisor's '2008 Travellers Choice Destination Awards' in its Top 100
Destinations category. For more information on travel to Barbados,
visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados.
Top Gear Live & Top Gear Festival
Offering a variation on more traditional motor shows Top Gear Live and
Top Gear Festival brings the spirit of the TV programme to the live
events arena allowing fans to immerse themselves in their passion for
Top Gear and motoring in general. Starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May,
Richard Hammond and The Stig the event features an exhilarating mix of
stunts, supercars and challenges. Top Gear Live has been running world tours since 2008 entertaining over 1.8 million
visitors. Note: the format of the event and presenter line-up can vary
in different countries. Top Gear Live is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events Ltd.
Brand Events UK
Brand Events was formed in 1999 and is the UK's most successful
innovator in events and exhibitions. Since then it has launched some
of the UK's most popular consumer events including Top Gear Live and,
most recently the CarFest North and South events hosted by BBC
broadcaster Chris Evans which have raised more than £2m for BBC
Children in Need.
BBC Worldwide Ltd.
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subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company
exists to exploit the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the
licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return
for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content &
Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products and Global Brands.
In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £155 million on
headline sales of £1085 million and returned £216 million to the BBC.
For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review
Image with caption: "Lewis Hamilton set to race in his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team car at Top Gear Festival Barbados (CNW Group/Barbados Tourism Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140324_C6798_PHOTO_EN_38267.jpg
SOURCE: Barbados Tourism Authority
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