Dunloy firm gets into ‘Top Gear’

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Mark hard at work. inbm21-15 s

A Dunloy company helped to provide extra polish to the weekend’s eagerly awaited, action-packed Clarkson, Hammond & May Live Show at the Odyssey Arena.

Total Perfection, the Dunloy car valeting and auto detailing company, ‘took a real shine’ to hundreds of luxury super cars and stunt cars at previous Top Gear Live shows.

Total Perfection owner, Mark Smiley was well up for the challenge as the famous trio of petrol-heads brought their unique brand of revved-up anarchy to Belfast.

The Total Perfection crew headed for the Odyssey Arena last Wednesday to spend five days cleaning more than 40 high performance vehicles in preparation for a three day motoring extravaganza of high speed thrills and exciting stunts.

These were the first live shows since the high profile controversy that led to the three presenters ending their association with the BBC’s Top Gear but the format for the live performances, billed as ‘Back on the Road’ is exactly the same.

Mark said: “It was great news when we were told that the shows were going ahead. Having worked at eight previous Top Gear live events we were really looking forward to getting stuck in and getting these cars into perfect condition.

“Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are very professional and are there to put on a great spectacle. They are very thorough about how everything looks, so there is plenty of pressure on us to make sure the cars look their best.

Mark had been preparing for a Top Gear Live Show in Norway in March when news broke that Clarkson’s contract with Top Gear would not be renewed.

He was therefore relieved when he heard that the decision was made to continue the tour with a new name.

“We are very proud to be associated with such a globally successful and prestigious event. It is a great buzz and the backstage people really make us feel welcome and appreciate our attention to detail,” he added.

Total Perfection will be travelling ‘Back on the Road’ with Clarkson, Hammond and May to Sheffield and Stavanger in June and London in November and are awaiting confirmation about their possible involvement in the South Africa and Australia shows.