Top Gear's Bolivia Special - Remembering Death Road

Could have been worse...

3y ago

During The Grand Tour, especially the second season, there have been quite a few moments where death could have come knocking. The Rimac incident for example, and the constant motorcycle accidents in Mozambique... you know, I think the majority of these actually revolve around Hammond.

Death came knocking several times during Top Gear. It was part of the charm of the show and kept us on the edge of our seats. Of course, Top Gear is scripted, but you can't script the fact that in the following clip they were very close to falling.

This was the Bolivian Special, more specifically, the Death Road. For their first venture through South America, Jeremy chose a Land Rover, Richard a Toyota Land Cruiser, and James a Suzuki SJ413 - a Suzuki SJ413 with flat tyres.

On the treacherous Death Road, the boys would encounter hell bent taxi drivers, truck drivers who, according to Jeremy, approach you at β€œ3.5 times the speed of sound", and bus drivers who are so used to the road, they've forgotten just how dangerous it is.

A few jump starts later, a winch out of a ditch for Hammond's Land Cruiser, and some considerate modifications to all but James' Suzuki, they make it to the end of the road. Although Hammond's car makes it a bit further than expected as it unceremoniously topples down a sand dune. It could have been worse. He could have been in it.

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Comments (3)

  • I think land rover have kept the range rover off this episode as my brother had a school trip to the factory and when driving around in the tour vehicle their was a old range rover in the same colour with the large wheels that looked like the ones Jeremy fitted. Might have been repatriated so it could prove that it survived all of that abuse and still worked.

      3 years ago
  • Still one of their more epic journeys and great fun to watch too!

      3 years ago
  • Jeremy was attacked by his co-presenter

      3 years ago