Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Driving To The North Pole In A Pickup Truck - Top Gear

What is the best way to travel to the North Pole? Husky dogs or a Toyota pickup truck? No one has ever gotten to the North pole by car.
Watch this Top Gear Special and find out if Jeremy Clarkson and James May will succeed in reaching it on four wheels.

Timeline: On April 6, 1909, Robert Peary claimed to be the first person in recorded history to reach the North Pole.  He traveled with the aid of dogsleds and three separate support crews who turned back at successive intervals before reaching the Pole. -  The first persons to reach the North Pole on foot (or skis) and return with no outside help, no dogs, air planes, or re-supplies were Richard Weber (Canada) and Misha Malakhov (Russia) in 1995. No one has completed this journey since. -  On 2 May 2007, BBC's Top Gear reached the North Pole in a modified Toyota Hilux. -  On April 26, 2009, Vassily Elagin, Afanassi Makovnev, Vladimir Obikhod, Sergey Larin, Alexey Ushakov, Alexey Shkrabkin and Nikolay Nikulshin after 38 days and over 2,000 km (1,200 mi) (starting from Sredniy Island, Severnaya Zemlya) drove two Russian built cars "Yemelya-1" and "Yemelya-2" to the North Pole.


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