Two lucky prize-winners, one from each side of the Atlantic Ocean, enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime thrill yesterday when Top Gear’s The Stig treated them to some high-speed supercar laps around the redeveloped Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados.
When The Stig returns to the Caribbean island next month –– May 17 and 18 –– for the Top Gear Festival Barbados, he will play his part in an adrenaline-fuelled motoring weekend, starring the winner of last weekend’s Bahrain Formula One GP, Lewis Hamilton, in his Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One car. Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan, now a respected TV pundit, and pitlane reporter for BBC’s F1 coverage, Lee McKenzie, will join Top Gear’s regular presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, while the opening round of the Global Rallycross Championship will provide a truly competitive edge.
The two online Top Gear Festival Barbados competitions featured The Stig, in life-size cardboard cut out form, sightseeing in Barbados.
The competition, run in association with Bushy Park Circuit Inc. and SLAM 101FM, asked participants to “locate” The Stig at a popular Barbados location, take a “selfie” and then encourage friends to “Like” and “Share”. The winner was Zeik Ashraph.
The British competition, run in association with British Airways (BA), attracted thousands of entries, with the entrants having correctly identified the five locations of The Stig’s sight-seeing tour. The winner was selected at random and received a prize including return flights for two and accommodation on the island, courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA).
The winner was Hayley Middlehurst, but the Bushy Park ride was enjoyed by her husband Alexander. The two competition prize-winners were among around 50 guests that gathered at the Bushy Park Circuit for the first official function at the redeveloped multi-purpose motor sport facility. Among those welcomed by Mark Hamilton, operations director of Bushy Park Circuit Inc., were Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy, officials from BA and the BTA, media from Barbados and Britain and representatives of corporate Barbados.
Once the formalities and circuit laps were complete, The Stig was finally afforded the chance to go on his own sightseeing tour of the island, where the Top Gear Festival will make its Americas debut next month. The Stig was shown some of the island’s best known landmarks, including the Gun Hill Lion and the Main Guard at The Garrison.
He also visited the island’s capital Bridgetown, where hundreds of the island’s population were on hand to give him a proper Barbados welcome. We did ask The Stig what he thought of his visit to the island, but, as usual, he declined comment.