(photo credit: BBC)
British car show Top Gear is filming an episode in Israel this week, and hosts
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are sure to learn a little about
driving in a country where commuting is a blood-sport and road signs confound at
The hosts were seen entering Israel from Jordan earlier
this week in a pair of sand and dirt-battered roadsters, including a Mazda Miata
driven by Clarkson that had a hookah affixed to its drivers’ side
The well-worn roadsters look more than capable of handling an
encounter with a Tel Aviv cab driver or stone-throwing Silwan youth, and whether
or not the Top Gear hosts plan to affix Breslav stickers or the likeness of
Gilad Schalit to the roadsters remains to be seen.
Though details of the
visit are not clear, Channel 2 reported that the Top Gear crew was seen filming
in Nazareth, before tearing through the hills chased by paparazzi to Highway 6,
where they high-tailed it south toward Jerusalem.
The visit to Israel
during a late October heat wave is to film an episode for the show’s coming
season. The show has hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide, many of whom
will get their first view of Israel as the tourism ministry never intended it:
through a bug-spattered windshield flying down an open Israeli highway.