Reality TV stars are revving their engines in Collier County this week, and some area drivers could be affected Tuesday by related periodic road closures.
A production crew for the History Channel’s “Top Gear,” a test-driving show based on a popular BBC program by the same name, is filming along U.S. 41 East.
The show’s three hosts — Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood — race throughout the country in high-end luxury cars and test them in extreme stunts.
This episode will take the “Top Gear” production crew from Naples to Miami via U.S. 41, said Maggie McCarty, film commissioner for the Paradise Coast Film Commission, which is part of Collier County’s tourism department.
Some of the local action took place Sunday afternoon and evening along a stretch of U.S. 41 East from Collier Boulevard to the Collier County line.
Tuesday, the crew will film stunts from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 41 and San Marco Road, which will result in intermittent road closures that will last for about 2 to 10 minutes, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies will be on scene during filming, but motorists are advised to find an alternate route.
Paradise Coast Film Commission works in conjunction with county law enforcement to accommodate film crews and minimize headaches for local residents, McCarty said.
“I’m hoping the community just sees it as an economic enhancement,” she said. “It’s always a great postcard for our area. You can’t buy that kind of advertising. So when they choose us, it’s great.”