Presenters find top gear thanks to scooters

A SUDBURY company has helped BBC’s Top Gear team reach the top of a Welsh mountain.

TGA, a mobility scooter company on the Woodhall Business Park, supplied two scooters for the challenge, which involved Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond racing three disabled war veterans from Help for Heroes to the summit of a peak in the Brecon Beacons.

The race was watched by more than eight million viewers and saw Richard Hammond using a heavily-modified TGA scooter, while ex-soldier Nick Gibbons used a model more akin to those used by Sudbury’s pensioners.

Managing director Daniel Stone said: “We were a little apprehensive as the filming date approached as we anticipated a challenge which would undoubtedly be extraordinarily extreme.”

The Help for Heroes team eventually overcame the tricky terrain to claim victory, with Mr Hammond’s scooter also one of three others to finish.

“Bearing in mind one of the BBC crew’s 4x4 vehicles became stuck several times during the ascent and the other two products tipped over, I am really proud of how our scooter coped,” added Mr Stone.