NI company adds shine to Top Gear Live

By January 23, 2014General, Newsroom

A small Northern Ireland company was chosen by Top Gear to prepare the world’s most luxurious supercars for its first live show of 2014 in Glasgow.

Total Perfection, based in the small village of Dunloy near Ballymoney, was responsible for cleaning 55 high performance vehicles for the Top Gear Live event starring presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond and the legendary Stig.

Managing Director Mark Smiley said it was a great privilege to be awarded the contract.

“There are hundreds of cleaning companies throughout the UK to choose from, so for a small company from Northern Ireland to be selected by Top Gear to come over to Glasgow to look after these amazing cars is a great honour,” he said.

The spectacular Top Gear Live event took place Friday Jan 17  to Sunday Jan 19 at the new SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow – one of the main venues for this year’s Commonwealth Games.

And it was the ideal way to christen this 12,000 seater arena, with spectacular stunts, pyrotechnics and sporting challenges including a grudge match of Car Football between Scotland and England.

The four man team from Total Perfection was responsible for making these prestigious supercars, including an F40 Ferrari, look their absolute best for every show during a hectic three days of high speed, high octane excitement.

It is not the first time that Total Perfection has felt the pressure of working on a big event. The company was chosen to clean the cars of world leaders at last year’s G8 Summit in Enniskillen.

Mark recalls driving to the George Best City Airport to polish up President Obama’s limousine – ‘The Beast’.

“That was an incredible experience as the car itself is one of the most famous in the world. To be able to work on it was one of the highlights of our careers. It is a lovely car but the inside is quite plain, but the carpet is so thick your feet just sink into it,” he added.

Total Perfection was born when Mark began a car-washing business 11 years ago to help fund his Sports Science studies at University of Ulster Jordanstown. The valeting side was added and the company went full-time seven years ago.

Mark employs a team of four people and the service is fully mobile: “Our vans are set up specifically to provide the service at our customers’ premises. They contain all the equipment and products we need to provide the best possible finish to their vehicles.” For further information, visit