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Top Gear launches live world tour

Top Gear presenters
The team will present the show in London and Birmingham

The presenters of BBC Two show Top Gear have thundered across London's Tower Bridge aboard a tank to launch their new world tour.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were driven in the stretched 434 Armoured Personnel Carrier to launch Top Gear Live.

Motoring fans will be able to watch the hosts take on crazy challenges during each 75-minute live show.

The presenters begin their tour at Earl's Court in London on 30 October.

The show will be part of the MPH Prestige and Performance Motor Show, which will be held in both London and Birmingham's NEC in November.

Clarkson said the idea for a live tour was born last year when the presenters were performing in South Africa.

"There was a huge demand from all over the world for us to go and perform - this is an opportunity to come and watch us three cocking about," he said.

The 20m world tour will visit Dublin, Johannesburg, Sydney, Auckland and Hong Kong in its first year, with 10 shows on each leg.

It will then visit Stuttgart, Moscow, and Abu Dhabi the year after.

Clarkson and Hammond are confirmed to be fronting all the shows on the tour, with May so far signed up for London and Dublin.

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