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.

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; 


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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