When you visit the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean this summer, you will be spoilt for choice...
Top Gear fans will be excited to learn that the vehicles featured in the most recent episode are now on show at the National Motor Museum. These vehicles are particularly significant, as they were part of the very last challenge the familiar presenter line-up would be part of, due to the BBC’s decision not to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract.
The three SUVs were purchased by the trio after they were each given a maximum budget of £250 each, all of which had unsurprisingly high mileages. They were then modified by the presenters in compliance with a brief set by the production team, before being put to the test in a variety of tasks.
Clarkson chose a Vauxhall Frontera, Richard Hammond picked a Jeep Cherokee, and James May favoured a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin for the challenge, with the latter being driven into a large, water-filled trench. Clarkson opted for simple white paintwork, which was a stark contrast to May’s bright colour scheme inspired by 80s wetsuits.
This very episode saw 5.8 million viewers tune in to the program, which was presented by just May and Hammond, although it was followed by an apology from Clarkson at the end. This was to say sorry for his actions earlier in the year, which saw him punch a producer in a row over steak.
The 4x4s have joined a number of other vehicles at the World of Top Gear exhibition at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. Asides from the cars, those renting cottages in Hampshire can also experience the Top Gear Enormodrome, which is a recreation of the iconic studio and includes features such as the ‘Cool Wall’. There are also exclusive clips of the three presenters, which were filmed especially for the exhibition.
Top Gear is now set to be presented by Chris Evans when it airs again on the BBC next year.
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