Memorable Cars From Top Gear Challenges At National Motor Museum
posted on Apr 29 2014 by Kiri Nowak
The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, set in the heart of the New Forest has over 250 amazing vehicles. It’s somewhere all car enthusiasts should visit, you can see cars from lots of different eras including models dating right back to the early 1900’s.
One of the must see displays is the World of Top Gear where you can see some of the legendary cars that were used in the television series. If you are a fan of the television programme you will love reliving some of the show’s most memorable moments. Here is a selection of some of the famous cars on display in the museum.
The Limousine Challenge - MGF Limo
This is Richard Hammond’s car from the ‘limousine challenge’. In this challenge the Top Gear presenters were asked to each buy their own everyday cars. They were then asked to convert these cars into stretch limos. They then had to pick up some celebrities who needed a lift to the Brit Awards, including Jamelia, Lemar and Chris Moyles. Richard Hammond decided to build the world’s first mid-engined open top roadster. He made his limo from an MGF roadster.
Featured in episode 6 of series 9.
In this episode Jeremy and Richard are tasked with creating a car that is specifically designed for old people. They then head to Dorset to try it out with the help of three pensioners. They used a modified Fiat Multipla and the car featured a simplified sat nav system, a modified speedometer to encourage old people to drive faster and beige paint which is apparently the same colour as a hearing aid.
Featured in episode 5 of series 19.
The Indestructible Toyota Hilux
This scene often features in top gear’s greatest moments. In this episode they attempted to destroy a Toyota Hilux pick-up truck. The truck faced water, fire, had caravans dropped on it, had a wrecking ball slammed into it and was even placed on a block of flats which was then demolished with explosives.
Featured in episode 5, series 3.
The Middle East Challenge
In this Christmas Special Jeremy, Richard and James were sent on a dangerous challenge where they travelled from Iraq to Bethlehem. They were trying to pass themselves off as the ‘three wise men’, following a star to Bethlehem. They embarked on a 1200 mile journey in their chosen cars. Jeremy chose a Mazda MX5 convertible, James chose a malfunctioning BMW Z3 and Richard chose a Fiat Barchetta. This is the actual malfunctioning BMW Z3 driven by James May across the Middle East.
Featured in episode 2, series 16.
The Amphibious Challenge
In this episode the Top Gear boys attempted to cross the English Channel. They each built their own amphibious car in the hopes of being able to cross the channel. Jeremy Clarkson used a Nissan pick-up truck, Richard Hammond used a Volkswagen Transporter camper van and James May chose a sailing boat using a classic Triumph Herald. Jeremy Clarkson won the challenge in his ‘Nissank’. This is the actual Nissan pick up that Jeremy Clarkson used.
Featured on episode 2, series 10.
The Australian Double Decker Cars
This challenge featured a competition between TopGearUK and TopGearAU. The Aussies took on the Brits in a ‘Top Gear Ashes’ challenge. The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has the double decker cars used by the Australian team, two Toyotas, one mounted upside down on top of the other as shown in the above image.