BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo's waterfront will be featured in a popular cable show. Cameras and helicopters took over the Skyway on Tuesday as the stars of "Top Gear" revved up their engines in the Queen City.
The roadway was shut down as TV crews filmed an episode for the History Channel. "Top Gear" features super cars, extreme stunts and strange challenges with cars. For the past few days they've been in Western New York, and Tuesday the big scene was on the highest point of the Skyway, which a producer says was chosen because it's visually stunning.
From the 33rd floor of the HSBC Tower, our cameras were able to see what appeared to be a half-boat, half-truck, and the scene that crews kept shooting over and over has the red life saving ring on the hood of the car eventually fly off into the road.
This had been scheduled days in advance to close the Skyway from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Buffalo Police diverted drivers on both ends for four hours.
Drivers like Mark Shanley wasn't thrilled about the unexpected detour through downtown.
"Should've done this on a weekend," he said.
But not everyone seemed to mind.
Mike Kaminski added, "I mean, it was an inconvenience coming here, but now that I know what it's for, it's pretty cool."
A black helicopter buzzed low over downtown, and at the Erie Basin Marina a small portion near the boat launch was roped off for the "Top Gear" TV crew.
Alison Ferraro said, "I think it's amazing that we're able to be a part of that."
Charlie Regan added, "I've seen it a few times on TV. It's an enjoyable show. I don't mind them closing the Skyway. I'm from Rochester. They just did a Spider-Man movie up there where they closed our Main Street for a week plus. I thought it was great for the city and good thing here in Buffalo, too."
No one from "Top Gear" would do an on-camera interview, but we're told the TV crew will be in town until Thursday, and this episode is expected to air sometime this fall on the History Channel.
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