It was the “fracas” that “crossed a line.”
When Doncaster’s own Jeremy Clarkson walloped a Top Gear producer in a row over a steak earlier this year, it sparked what many saw as the beginning of the end for the outspoken petrolhead. Sacked by the BBC and axed from Top Gear, it could have been the final farewell for Jezza.
But, as you would expect with such a controversial Marmite style ‘love him or hate him’ character, you can’t keep Clarkson down for long - and this live show brought him back to doing what he does best - talking about cars and getting up to all manner of crazy motoring japes with his presenting pals Richard Hammond and James May.
Re-cast as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live after the fiasco (the BBC insisted the trio drop the Top Gear name) all the trademarks of the BBC2 motoring favourite were there - irreverent humour, daft stunts and an even an appearance from a cheekily titled The Stog.
Mixing filmed inserts (which referenced the dust-up to good comedic effect) with live action, the Arena audience was left open-mouthed by some of teh high-octane thrills and spills on show.
Stunning stunt driving routines from Paul Swift, a mouthwatering array of sports cars, motorbike stunts and some drifting displays all had the audience lapping up the fun.
But it was Clarkson, Hammond and May who the audience were the real stars of the show, bursting into the arena on motorbikes (while Clarkson entered on a hovercraft) and then indulding in races against each other in Reliant Robins (all of which ended up on their sides), cars made out of household appliances and the obligatory game of car football to round off proceedings.
“Being in Sheffield is a homecoming for me,” the Doncaster born star, who honed his career as a journalist in Rotherham told the audience, which spanned the entire age gap.
And although his fisticuffs may have ended the star’s Top Gear stint, it is clear there’s still a lot of love for Clarkson and co in South Yorkshire.
This was a show filled with entertainment and laughs from start to finish and packed a real punch.
Its certain that Clarkson, Hammond and May certainly haven’t reached the end of the road yet.
And on that bombshell, we eagerly await another live tour from the terrible trio soon.