Norfolk stunt rider stars along side Matt LeBlanc on new Top Gear

A member of the Harleston based Lings Bolddog display team on Top Gear. Picture BBC.

A member of the Harleston based Lings Bolddog display team on Top Gear. Picture BBC. - Credit: Archant

It has been television's big talking point and millions tuned in to watch Top Gear on Sunday night when it returned to our screens.

A member of the Harleston based Lings Bolddog display team on Top Gear. Picture BBC.

A member of the Harleston based Lings Bolddog display team on Top Gear. Picture BBC. - Credit: Archant

But while most of the attention was on Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc, as they took over presenting duties from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, perhaps the most spectacular moment was provided by a Harleston stunt rider.

Dan Whitby of the Lings Bolddog display team was involved in a section of the show which saw him pretend to be a member of the paparazzi trying to hunt down Le Blanc in the Moroccan desert, while riding a Husqvarna bike.

In one stunt, he was seen jumping over the Le Blanc's Ariel Nomad vehicle.

The bike was provided by Lings, in Lowestoft and Paul Barkshire, director of the firm, said it was exciting to see the company name on television.

A member of the Harleston based Lings Bolddog display team on Top Gear. Picture BBC.

A member of the Harleston based Lings Bolddog display team on Top Gear. Picture BBC. - Credit: Archant


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'It was really exciting for us to be involved with a show like Top Gear and fly the banner for Norfolk and Suffolk on such a big show,' he said.

'Normally you hear about what doesn't go on in Norfolk and Suffolk and this really emphasises what exciting things are happening here and it feels really good to be waving the flag for the region.'

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It was not the first time the Harleston display team had been involved in the series. They had been invited to take part in some Top Gear Live shows with previous presenters Clarkson, May and Hammond, after producers spotted them performing around Europe.

Mr Barkshire said the new look show had been a success.

'I thought it was a good start but it was always going to be hard do a show with the same name when it had been done for such a long time with strong presenters and it was always going to be a tough act to follow,' he said.

'Overall I think it just needs time to settle in as it is exciting and a little bit different.'

•The Lings Bolddog Display Team will appearing on the Suffolk Show which runs on June 1 and June 2.

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