Weekend Edition: Top Gear Botswana Special (2007)

It’s difficult to say which of the Top Gear adventure specials feels the best. After careful thinking of at least five minutes, I decided to nominate the Botswana Special – it simply works so well, and there’s genuine affection towards the Opel Kadett, nicknamed “Oliver” by Richard Hammond. The car choices of the other two guys are brilliant as well, Clarkson’s car being the ridiculously inappropriate Lancia Beta and James May going for the indestructible Mercedes-Benz W123.
If one would attempt something in this scale, a Peugeot 504/505 would absolutely be the ticket. Then again, I would feel as bad stripping one to a bare chassis, as Hammond with his Opel, so it would have to remain untouched and un-improved.

[youtube width=”720″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OETj9aTYO2Q[/youtube]
What would you have bought from South Africa?

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  1. stigshift Avatar

    Possibly the best episode ever. Brilliant from the opening through, and including, the closing credits, where everyone was listed as…

  2. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    quality programming. rivaled only by bolivia and vietnam.

  3. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

    Honestly, I think the W123 is pretty much perfect for this.