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Win tickets to Top Gear old boys Clarkson, Hammond and May Live in Belfast - plus sneak preview what's in store at the Odyssey Arena

By Rebecca Black

It's going to be the extravaganza of the year as Jeremy Clarkson puts on his first show since being infamously sacked by the BBC - and the Belfast Telegraph is giving you the chance to be there.

Clarkson and his ex-Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond will start their new Back On The Road worldwide tour with a show that promises to pack a punch at the Odyssey Arena this weekend.

We are giving away 100 pairs of tickets to the show, which is set to feature some of the world's most incredible cars, with some of them even being set on fire.

The 90-minute show is set to be action-packed, featuring supercars, stunts, explosions, tyre smoke and the irreverent humour you'd expect from the three biggest car presenters on the planet.

Other highlights include the world's largest 'cage of death', where seven motorcyclists use centrifugal force to circle the inside of a giant globe, and a spectacular driving sequence featuring two custom-built BMW M3s covered in more than 600 metres of LED - a collaboration with LED performance company, Feeding The Fish.

The tour was initially to be called Top Gear Live, but last month it was rebranded Clarkson, Hammond and May Live. This came after the BBC sacked Clarkson following a fracas with a producer on the show.

Clarkson attacked producer Oisin Tymon at a hotel in the Yorkshire Dales because there was no hot food available due to the team's late arrival.

The Top Gear lead presenter shouted at Mr Tymon and punched him in the face, leaving the 36-year-old producer with a split lip.

The incident triggered an internal inquiry overseen by Ken MacQuarrie, the head of BBC Scotland, who found that Tymon was a "completely innocent party" who was subjected to "an unprovoked physical and verbal attack".

As a result of the attack, the BBC decided not to renew Clarkson's contract.

Fellow Top Gear presenters May and Hammond said they would not work on the show without Clarkson, leaving the BBC to recruit a new presenting team.

The eyes of the world's media will be on Belfast on Friday as Clarkson makes his first public appearance alongside May and Hammond for the first show of their new tour.

The show is set to be as eyebrow raising as ever, with a preview clip showing Mr Clarkson dropping a piano hoisted to a great height by a crane on to a car.

Some of the greatest cars in the planet are also expected to feature.

Last time Clarkson came to Belfast in 2009, he hit the headlines after whizzing through the then newly-built sewers in a Mini Cooper in a tribute to The Italian Job.

Meanwhile, the producer at the heart of the Top Gear row has now returned to work at the corporation.

Mr Tymon is understood to be working on a "different, unidentified show".

The BBC is seeking a new presenting team for Top Gear.

According to the London Evening Standard, the revived show will feature Life On Mars star Philip Glenister, former model and TV presenter Jodie Kidd and Channel 4 presenter Guy Martin.

Back On The Road will run at the Odyssey Arena from Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24.


Jeremy Clarkson started off as a local journalist in the north of England before he was propelled to fame in 1988 as the host of Top Gear.

His opinionated style won a cult following but his glittering career at the BBC came to an abrupt end last month when he was sacked after an altercation with a Top Gear producer. He is rumoured to be in talks with Netflix.

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