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Above: James' final leg, from Dubai to Sydney
24 hours ago, BBC Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May set off from London-Heathrow Airport with a final destination of Sydney, Australia. They flew on separate planes through different layover airports, and their arrival times were to be within thirty minutes of each other despite the incredibly huge distance traveled. The trip evolved into a Top Gear Live challenge, with the usual jokes and competitive spirit of a regular Top Gear challenge, except that it all occurred over Twitter.
Well, now that the guys have completed their #RacetoSydney journey and are on the ground Down Under, it's time to name the winner.
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UPDATE: The race has concluded, nearly 24 hours after it began. Check out who won, and how some twists made it a real nail-biter.
The sun has set for tonight in London, but it's already a bright new day over in Sydney. The miles and time zones between the two world capitals are many, and right now they're the focus of a new, live Top Gear race, as presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May challenge each other to be the first to zip across the globe and touch down at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport.
Both are traveling on commercial flightsJeremy's onboard Singapore Airlines SQ321 to Singapore and James is on Emirates EK6 to Dubaiand both on Airbus A380s for all legs. They're also due to share their travels on Twitter thanks to the magic of in-flight wifi, but only Jeremy seems to have gotten the hang of using the network onboard his flight, which is currently chasing James' flight across Germany.
But is this race really for BBC's Top Gear? All signs point to yes, as Jeremy notes that it is a "Top Gear race," and the video of their announcing it (posted below), was uploaded to a "Top Gear Live" channel. There's a hashtag, of course: #RacetoSydney.
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The Top Gear guys are back in the U.S. for another epic road trip that has already taken them from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.
Yesterday Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond were spotted driving three supercarsan Aston Martin Vanquish, an SRT Viper, and a Lexus LFAthrough Baker, California. Today they are in L.A. where they were looking for two girls to "get into the back of the Aston Martin."
According to Clarkson, who is still adjusting to the time change, their final destination will be Mexico, which they plan to hit sometime next week.
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So yesterday, while driving around the Isle of Man nearby Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's second home, we got to wondering about one of the great mysteries of the popular UK car show: what's the deal with the unmarked Boeing 747 in the background of their test track shots?
A quick Google search revealed that it wasn't just us seeking the meaning and history of it, and some expert Wikipedia meandering revealed the real deal behind the giant laid-up behemoth:
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Maybe it's that road trip season approaches, or maybe it's because there's been so much focus on Britain lately, but we've been watching a lot of old Top Gear episodes on Netflix. If you can get by host Jeremy Clarkson's bullying and love of cultural stereotypes, Top Gear can be quite the adrenaline-filled armchair travel show.
As a break from reviewing the newest muscle car or SUV on the market, the three Top Gear presenters regularly go off somewhere around the world for a massive challenge. The often surprise destinations test the cars, the wills and even the health of the men and the BBC camera crew, but there are five must-watch specials with the most drama and awesomest scenery. Without further ado, we give you (with video clips)...
The Most Epic Travel Challenges in the History of BBC's 'Top Gear':