Top Gear Thursday: Clarkson Reviews the Warthog from ‘Halo 4′, James May Hits the Death Valley Dunes

Jeremy Clarkson has lent his voice as well his wit to a promo for the upcoming Forza Motorsport 4 racing game for Xbox 360. In this clip, he gives a tongue-in-cheek tour of a completely imaginary vehicle from another game, the Warthog from the yet-to-be-released Halo 4. You can almost hear Clarkson raising an eyebrow as he muses on the Warthog’s fictional “specs.” (via MTV’s Multiplayer Blog)

• If you’re around your TV this Labor Day weekend, there will be a Top Gear marathon starting Sunday, September 4th at 6 am/5c.

• In the next episode of Top Gear (airing September 5 at 9/8c), James May rough-rides the Victoria Beckham-designed(!) Range Rover Evoque through the sand dunes and suffocating heat of Death Valley. But he has a destination in mind – Sin City – and he picks up a beautiful stranger along the way:






• In this extended clip, James takes his Range Rover into “sand mode” as he rolls through Death Valley. But out of nowhere, our Captain Slow is confronted by a gang of “yobbos” in dune buggies:






By the way, James quite liked the Range Rover Evoque, he tells TopGear.com. And that includes Mrs. Beckham’s contributions.

• An English metal processing plant has seen its fortunes rise due to a simple quiz over at TopGear.com. As the Express & Star newspaper reports, “More than half a million people have taken part in a quiz on the BBC’s Top Gear website featuring Dudley-based Surface Processing Ltd.

“The company, which strips the shells of old cars to remove rust and old paint, attracted the attention of the show’s producers who were looking for a new game for the site.

“Players must guess the make and model of the car correctly from looking at a picture of a stripped-down body shell without any paintwork.”

• Dunsfold Park, the UK home of Top Gear, hosted the Wings and Wheels show, an event celebrating aircraft and vehicles, this past weekend. BBC News has photos.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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