WHEN the BBC needed a nine-metre statue of an iconic TV character transporting abroad, one respected Lancing firm was more than willing to help.
Sussex Transport was called upon to transfer the giant Top Gear Stig across the south coast to Poland.
The top-secret operation quickly caused a social media frenzy, with reported sightings of ‘Big Stig’ popping up as the Lancing-based firm safely transported its cargo.
Jenny Guy, of Sussex Transport, said: “We are often asked to move unusual or abnormal loads such as hot tubs, valuable art sculptures, equipment for festivals, conferences, concerts, sporting events and exhibitions.
“So it came as no surprise to our Transport Team when we received an enquiry to move a large statue, and to keep the details confidential, in the run up to the job.”
Big Stig was created by BBC Worldwide to mark the launch of new global channel, BBC Brit, which launches in Poland on the 1st February.
The statue began its journey at the Top Gear track in Dunsfold, Surrey.
It travelled across Surrey, Kent and Sussex on a head turning journey before boarding a ferry in order to carry on its way through Holland, Germany and Poland where it was finally stood upright.
Jenny said: “Before we knew it, this statue was being tweeted about all over the world.
“The load we were moving was not just a statue, but in fact the statue of all statues – a 9 metre tall big Stig.
“We are very proud of our involvement with this movement and wish the new BBC Brit every success.”
Sussex Transport, based in Lancing Business Park run a varied fleet of HIAB, Artic, 18-tonne, 7.5-tonne, rigid, flatbed and curtain side vehicles and operate a dedicated transport service up and down the UK and across Europe.
For more information, visit www.sussextransport.com or call 0800 915 23 23.
Another local firm, Lifting Me Hire, of Rustington, was called in to hoist Big Stig onto the Sussex Transport lorry before the epic journey.