. The Turkish roads are incredibly bumpy and uncomfortable and, to make matters worse, the Turkish people travel on both sides of the road. There is certainly some scripting mixed in there, but it comes off as natural. Richard had fitted a Bedouin tent to the rear of his car, concealing the majority of his vehicle. Vietnam Special Season 8 Ep 8 Compared to some of the other specials, the Vietnam trip is fairly tame, at least in terms of the ruggedness of the journey that is very much relative though. Special The Director's Cut Great Adventures 4 Middle East Special The Director's Cut. The producers tell the presenters that Turkey is currently involved in a war and is more dangerous than Northern Iraq.
The original stereo is unplugged, giving him no idea how to turn the sound down. On this episode: This is Middle East Special: Clarkson, Hammond and. Jeremy proposes that he lines the inside of his doors with sand bags. It could have gone to any of several episodes, and you could make a great case for any of them. The presenters headed for a bar and came up with a solution while watching the Syrian-dubbed version of the show.
The special saw the three presenters using a trio of derelict lorries to travel across Burma, also known by it's modern name of Myanmar, to Thailand in order to construct a. The door of the cargo hold opens, much to the discomfort of the presenters, particularily Richard who freaks out. There they put on what is essentially a regular episode, but with a slightly bigger budget compared to the other episodes of the time. Soon after it begins to rain and the road becomes incredibly slippery. Sure, there were some scripted moments — probably more than we know — but it was done so smoothly that it felt like everything was natural.
If you ever find yourself wondering why May and Hammond both and follow Clarkson after his firing, watch this episode. They then contend with their increasingly deteriorating vehicles in an environment that seems to want them dead. The following morning the presenters left Damascus, which Jeremy deemed to be the fifth best city he had ever visited, heading towards the Jordanian border. The presenters were given a budget of 3500 pounds and told to each buy a second hand two-door convertible sports car James spent 466 extra on his. Jeremy's car breaks down and he is forced to pull over to mend it.
The following morning the presenters are reunited as they leave Arbil and head into the countryside of Iraq. The forced narrative hurts a bit though, and the final challenge to build a bridge in homage to a brutal and horrific real event is also a but tacky. Within a few minutes of the presenters trek across the Syrian desert Jeremy's wheel arches had fallen off. After travelling for a few hours Jeremy decided to lead the presenters into a small ditch, getting himself stuck in the process. James' car soon begins to draw the attention of the local Iraqis and within minutes he has kids sticking their hands into his bonnet. At the border the cars are checked by sniffer dogs.
It begins simply enough, with a challenge to get from southern Florida to hurricane ravaged New Orleans while driving cheap, American made cars. James and Jeremy promise Richard that they will follow him after he leaves the aircraft however do not stick to this promise and remain parked. This special shows where the series is heading, and it provides some outright laughs as hosts engage in some wacky automotive engineering in order to show up the athletes. The following morning, the presenters once again set on their way. Before setting on their way, Jeremy and Richard reveal the back up car to James, an old Astra Convertible. Their cars, along with themselves, were shipped to the starting point in a Russian Cargo Plane with no knowledge of where this actually was. To pull him out Richard tied a rope between his Fiat and Jeremy's Mazda with James holding onto this rope.
Because they were heading in the wrong direction Jeremy suggests a detour to look at the Sea of Galilee. Top Gear frequently finds itself in locations that are mostly inaccessible, but few are as inhospitable as the North Pole. After a few hours clearing customs, they discover that they now had an even bigger problem. Arriving at the border crossing, Jeremy heads inside to complete the paperwork. The convoy enjoy an eventless drive to their final destination, with the exception of James destroying Jeremy's hubble pipe, and pull over on the Mount of Olives to decide whose car is the best; The presenters all agree that Richard's Fiat is the best. The only solution was to travel from Syria into Jordan and then from Jordan to Israel.
If this special were the only special, or if it belonged to another show, it would be a massive success. He also fitted a hubble pipe via a bracket attached to the bullet holes produced from his sand bag test earlier in the trip and a cooking grill that would be heated by the sun. Now, with that all said, there are some genuinely funny, and genuinely wild moments as the pair drive beat up trucks that they heavily modify. By midday they reach the Turkish border. Putting that climax aside, the rest of the special was filled with some remarkable footage.