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World of Top Gear Exhibition opening day - Click above for high-res image gallery

From the impossible-to-kill Toyota pickup truck, to the amphibious cars the three presenters created to cross the English Channel, to the Reliant Robbin Space Shuttle they tried to put into orbit, our fondest memories of Top Gear over the years almost always seem to center around the ridiculous vehicular challenges that the show's producers provide for Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Soon, anyone wishing to catch a first-hand glimpse of these machines will get their chance as the U.K.'s National Motor Museum just opened the doors to its new World of Top Gear exhibition. Also on display will be a full-scale reproduction of the stage where Top Gear is filmed before a live studio audience, the infamous Cool Wall, and the Celebrity Lap Time board. Want to know more? Click here to visit the official website and hit the jump to read the press release.

[Source: National Motor Museum Beaulieu]



World of Top Gear Now Open

The World of Top Gear Exhibition opened its doors at the National Motor Museum on June 19th.

The new exhibition at Beaulieu in the New Forest features a collection of the actual cars created by presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for some of their most ambitious challenges on the TV show over the years.

Fans of the show will be familiar with challenges such as their attempt to cross the Channel with their home-made car/boats, and the Stretched Limo Challenge, where they set out to turn rusty second-hand cars into luxury stretch limos, and chauffeur three celebs to the BRIT Awards.

Visitors will also experience the Top Gear 'Enormodrome' which aims to recreate the feel of the Top Gear studio, where the TV show is filmed in front of a live audience.

As well as regular features from the programme including the Cool Wall and the Celebrity 'Lap Times' boards, visitors can watch an exclusive video presentation from behind the scenes at the TG HQ with Jeremy, Richard and James plus clips from the show featuring the cars on display.

"It makes perfect sense for the National Motor Museum to be working with BBC Worldwide on the launch of World of Top Gear. While the National Motor Museum is primarily about historic vehicles this exhibition shows that cars can be entertaining and accessible to the whole family, not just the car enthusiast. We are delighted with the response that it has received from Top Gear fans," said Stephen Munn, Commercial Director at the National Motor Museum.

"It's fantastic that Beaulieu are preserving for posterity so many of the cars Jeremy, Richard and James have built for the show, and we are delighted to make the cars accessible for Top Gear fans to enjoy close up," said Adam Waddell, Managing Director of Top Gear, BBC Worldwide.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm there.

      Cant wait till tmro night!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So glad Top Gear is back tomorrow... as a side note, I saw Stig on TV at the British GP qualifying this morning. Probably getting himself psyched for tomorrow. ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Saw him too! The station I was watching it on, RDS (French language Canadian sports broadcaster), didn't know who he was, or why the F1-TV crew were showing him, and started to speculate that he may be a nutty or mischievous spectator!
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are far nicer things to see at Beaulieu than top gears cast offs, but that said its a good excuse for another visit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whats with the Reliant Robin Shuttle? The real one got blown up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have you guys visited the webpage of the World of Top Gear already? . Take a look at the paragraph "The Amphibious Cars". Now they've talked about Jeremy's Nissank. Hey, I thought it was a Toybota! I still have the video, Series 8 Episode 3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toybota was the original one, the Nissank was the new one he built to cross the channel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is kind of off topic, but does anyone know what that type of picture of Clarkson, May, and Hammond is called? or how to achieve that affect(the straight black and white)?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like a fairly simple stencil filter, then either really printed on a big piece of canvas, or made to look that way. I think Paint.net has a built in stencil filter if you don't have photoshop.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is good news for those who didn't get on that 100 year waiting list for show tickets early enough :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never been a fan of big burly trucks, but...
      I fell in love with that Hilux when I watched the Arctic Special. Mmm...