World of Top Gear

World of Top Gear

A second vehicle from the present Top Gear season, now in its 20th series, has joined the ranks of challenge vehicles in Beaulieu's World of Top Gear.

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Although Ireland and the UK have experienced hot weather in the past few weeks, it probably means that the next torrential flood is just around the corner.

Top Gear viewers would have seen recently that hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May devised the solution for transportation in such water-logged towns and cities - the Hovervan - and tested it by riding it down a river.

The mk2 Hovervan design features bigger engines, larger skirts and additional floatation devices, all installed after the mk1 machine proved itself to be fine as a van (by driving around the UK town of Penistone) but utterly rubbish as a hovercraft (by sinking as soon as it went near water).

No such worries for this version, which skipped gracefully across the surface of the River Avon causing barely a ripple on the water. It is, quite simply, a work of genius. Apart from being noisy - and dangerous - and thirsty - and disruptive - and destructive - and uncontrollable - and expensive! Apart from those things, it's brilliant.

The Hovervan joins a whole host of vehicles at Beaulieu created by the Top Gear presenters for some of their most ambitious challenges.

Another recent addition from the current series is the Hindustan taxi, a Morris Ambassador, the winner of a world taxi shootout to find which could claim the crown as the world's best taxi.

The Enormodrome recreates the feel of the Top Gear studio with regular features from the programme, including the Cool Wall and the Celebrity Lap Times board, kept up to date in line with the show.

Visitors can also watch behind-the-scenes footage of the Top Gear production zone and clips of some of the best Top Gear moments.

World of Top Gear can be seen as part of a visit to the whole Beaulieu attraction which also includes the UK's National Motor Museum, Bond in Motion, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.

Beaulieu is located between Bournemouth and Southampton in the south of England and is open every day, except Christmas Day, from 10am.


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