• Oct 20, 2010

Top Gear arrives in Israel – Click above for high-res image gallery

The fellas over at Top Gear have been to just about every nook and cranny in Great Britain and criss-crossed continental Europe in all manner of train, plane and automobile. They've driven to the North Pole, scaled an active volcano, crossed the Sahara and traversed South America. They've driven through Vietnam, Dubai, Japan, the southern United States... nearly everywhere we can think of, really. Except Israel. But now they can cross the Holy Land off their collective bucket list as reports and photos come in from the tiny Eastern Mediterranean country showing Clarkson, Hammond and May taking in the desert sun.

Apparently filming a new episode in their epic series of cross-country adventures, the Top Gear crew was spotted crossing westward over the border between Jordan and Israel in a dingy trio of roadsters: Richard in a Fiat Barchetta, James in a BMW Z3 and Jeremy in a Mazda MX-5, complete with retrofitted hookah. (Just for tobacco, of course.) The cars appear to be accompanied by a convoy of support vehicles for the production and camera crews, and undoubtedly had to jump through a lot of hoops to get there as the border is typically open only for foot traffic.

We'll be ordering up some fallafels and tuning in to Arutz Shtayim just as soon as we know when the episode will air to see how James, Richard and Yirmiyahu manage to get themselves out from in between the Dome of the Rock and a hard place. In the meantime, check out the spy shots (courtesy of forum member Dark-Shadow) in the gallery below and the (translated) report from our friends over at Walla! Cars for a closer look at how the blokes are single-handedly re-instituting the British Mandate. Ashrecha for the tip, Nat!



[Sources: Walla! Cars, Rotter.net]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The episode looks great got some pictures from friends up there. There is going to be what looks like a little rally on a track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm, I would have imagined Jeremy in the Fiat (failing Italian car), Richard in the Z3 (he seems to like Porsches and BMWs) and James, to of course "do this properly", in the Miata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jeremy once did a video where he proclaimed the Miata as the best British Roadster. I guess he's standing behind that claim.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait to hear Jeremy's Hamas jokes. Should be good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1) the TG Boys only traveled to the North MAGNETIC Pole, not the top of the world

      2) stop rudely prejudging TG USA without seeing it first...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The jordan river crossing is not for foot crossing but mainly for private cars , trucks, and some foot crossing. many cross the border during the winter season for some offroading at the jordanien deserts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope no untoward stuff this time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know...I appreciate you guys giving us updates, but you're kind of ruining the surprise. Maybe I'm weird, but I like to save the shock of finding out what exotic countries they've ended up in for when I'm watching the episode.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I always read the title, and reluctantly look at the picture. Then I have to resist reading the article, for fear of spoilers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yeah! There's been a whopping recent US TG update ... thank God that never ending streak is over!

      (read sarcasm)
        • 4 Years Ago
        sorry, mean to be a reply to jason's message above where he complains that he's had it with US TG updates
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeremy, you better do Miata owners proud!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, yes it is. Recognized by almost the entire world, including its big neighbors Egypt and Jordan (now if want to say that Jordan is not really a country but some freak British creation, go ahead). Meanwhile, the PLO can fly its flag as long as it want, it ain't a country yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to say that you write barchetta with a small 'b'!
      • 4 Years Ago
      When did the cross the Sahara? Did you mean the Makgadikgadi?
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