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NAIROBI, Kenya, April 5- Kenya’s motor sports enthusiasts have the chance to witness the most popular live motor sports show in Africa as Durban hosts the 2012 Top gear festival in South Africa between June 16 and 17.

The festival’s director James Graham who is in the country to market the event is gunning on the huge popularity for motor sports including the Safari Rally and Rhino Charge events.

“Our aspirations is to make this festival the biggest motoring event in Africa and to begin we must get Kenyans interested in what we are up to, try get them to come down to South Africa and in future develop close relationships in line with things like content for the show in the rest of Africa,” explained Graham.

The festival has been held in South Africa since 2007 in the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town but has now shifted venue to the precincts of the Nelson Mandiba stadium in Durban.

“After spending the few days in the country and witnessing the excitement of Kenyans about Top gear, I will take the sentiments to my team and maybe we certainly would consider holding the event live but for now we don’t have any immediate plans to have the cars here,” he added.

He expects that the two day event will attract over 65,000 people having sold over 20,000 tickets by the end of last month.

The show will feature it’s a first ever Street Circuit where visitors will see international stunt and race drivers pitched against each other, in a number of motoring challenges including high speed races and daring manoeuvres on the streets of Durban.

Enthusiasts will also enjoy an exhibition crammed with some of the most stylish, rare and expensive cars ever made as well as the latest gadgets, luxury goods, car accessories and motoring technology.

Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles estimated to have around 350 million views per week in 170 different countries.

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