At the World of Top Gear exhibition at Beaulieu, three new cars from The Three Wise Men Christmas Special are now on display. For the 2010 Top Gear Christmas Special, presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were sent on their most dangerous challenge to date.
They were tasked to take the route of the three wise men, starting in Iraq and finishing in Bethlehem, a distance about 1,200 miles. The journey was marked by seeing a fascinating culture, remarkable sceneries, a massive amount of scariness and Richard's bottom also went through some awful stuff.
James' malfunctioning BMW Z3 had a clever camouflage paint scheme, inspired by the work of the Luftwaffe and the Africa Corps. The BMW Z3 does not have the frankincense James bought in Bethlehem. A Mazda MX5 was Jeremy's car for the epic journey.
Special features include a unique "car of many colors" paint job, evidence that the car was once fitted with an "axle of evil" and holes in the bodywork left behind by Jeremy's rubbish "bulletproofing" scheme.
The hookah pipe fell off, though, and if the car was running, you might be able to hear if it was spluttering on three cylinders again. Richard was pleasantly surprised by his Fiat Barchetta's reliability although the missing "buttock" made driving uncomfortable.
Of note are the bits of actual desert carefully applied to the front of the car by smearing it in glue and then throwing sand at it, and the remnants of a Bedouin tent to the vehicle's rear.