The new season of the revamped Top Gear show starts on BBC2 on May 29 and to make sure everyone is reminded about it, the team has put up a thirty feet tall reminder in London.
We’re talking here about the BBC’s huge fiberglass “Big Stig” statue. Since this is a statue for an automotive show, it didn’t stay put in one place and instead was driven around London earlier this week before finally taking a rest at the BBC’s central London New Broadcasting House. This version of the tame racing driver is 30 feet (nine meters) tall and serves, of course, as a reminder that he’s returning to the new Top Gear series while the usual cast – Clarkson, Hammond and May, are not. By the way, this statue is not even new as it was completed last year for another event – the promotional campaign for the introduction of the “BBC Brit” global channel. Maybe they’re running out of budget after Chris Evans, one of the new show co-hosts, contended he’s being overpaid.
For the Big Stig to come to life, three sculptors needed around two months to create the incarnation of the Stig, whose racing suit we all know should only be “hand-washed in warm soapy water.” The initial trip was a bit longer than this one, as it had to go from Top Gear’s test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey to Poland’s capital Warsaw on a flat bed. The new series is being presented now by Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, and Rory Reid.