BBC Top Gear Special – the photo

In 2007 I was asked to support guide the Top Gear team on their polar special. I spent a week with Richard Hammond in Resolute Bay – high arctic Canada training for the expedition. Soon after the two other presenters James May and Jeremy Clarkson came out to begin their own type of preparation.

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Taken by myself at the pole.

When we arrived at the pole I took the team shot which is shown in the banner / main photo above and then I asked Clarkson and May to stay still as I took the shot that got on the cover of the DVD.

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I only new it got on the cover when I was at home and my Dad pointed out about 50 of them on the shelves in a shop – it was weird seeing my photo multiplied in front of me.

A few months after the expedition I found myself in Kathmandu preparing for another journey in the mountains – at the time there were a lot of fake DVD shops  – as I looked through them I found a fake Top Gear Polar Special DVD with my photograph on the cover. I know it sounds strange but I was so proud to see my photo on the front of a £1 film.

You can read more about the journey here; http://markwoodexplorer.com/expeditions/top-gear-expedition/ 

 

Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

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