Oliver ,Top Gear
Top Gear: Botswana Special is an episode of the popular British television series Top Gear, first broadcast on 4 November 2007 on BBC Two, as episode 4 of series 10. In this full-length film, the three presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, travel to Botswana to buy a car for less than £1500, and use it to travel from the Zimbabwean border to the Namibian border, a trip of 1,000 miles.
Himself – Presenter (as Archbishop Desmond Clarkson)
Himself – Presenter (as Archbishop Desmond Hammond)
Himself – Presenter (as Archbishop Desmond May)
Himself (as Archbishop Desmond Stig)
The intro song is originally called Jessica by the Allman Brothers Band.
The Opel Kadett was re-introduced in 1962, with deliveries beginning on 2 October, a little more than 22 years after the original model was discontinued in May 1940. Like the original Kadett, the new car (designated the ‘Kadett A’) was a small family car, although it was now available in 2-door saloon, 3-door Car-A-Van (estate) and coupé versions.
Challenge 1: Buy a used car for up to £1500. Mocking the use of ‘Chelsea Tractors’ for delivering children to school and driving up leafy lanes, rules for the challenge stipulated that the car purchased to cross the spine of Africa had to be two wheel drive, and not designed in any way for off-road use. Clarkson bought a 1981 automatic Lancia Beta Coupé, May a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 230E and Hammond a 1963 Opel Kadett A, which he nicknamed ‘Oliver’ (all three cars bear South African license plates, specifically those of Gauteng Province). Starting from the Botswana – Zimbabwe border, they then had to drive 1,000 miles (1,600 km) to the Namibian border. James, who was ‘mechanically confident’, accidentally drove towards Zimbabwe, a place where the BBC is not allowed, much to Clarkson and Hammond’s amusement.
Release Date: 4 November 2007 (UK)
Runtime: 52 min
Richard Hammond : ‘This is just the happiest car in the world! I shall call it Oliver! Not that we’d ever name a car on Top Gear. I wish I hadn’t said that.’ – (as he was driving an Opel Kadett)
Richard Hammond : ‘ OLIVER !!! ‘ ( as his car slowly fills with water )
In the end credits everyone’s first name is replaced with “Archbishop Desmond,” even though Archbishop Desmond Tutu is not from Botswana, he’s South African.
James May – Presenter: Can I just say? Hammond’s walking round his car, muttering to himself about how he needs all of it.
Jeremy Clarkson – Presenter: I know what he’s doing. He’s developed an emotional attachment to the car. It’d be like asking him to cut bits off his wife.
Jeremy, James and Richard each buy a used two-wheel drive car for £1500 and drive it for 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) across Botswana from the Zimbabwe border across the Makgadikgadi salt plains and through the Okavango Delta to the Namibian border. The Stig’s African cousin also makes an appearance
Richard Hammond – Presenter: I suppose I’d better practice my lion drill. Oh no, here comes a lion. What do I…
[closes car door]
Richard Hammond – Presenter: . There we go. Oliver will protect me.