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'Top Gear': James May Drives on Active Volcano, Takes Home Earthy Souvenir (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 28th 2010 5:00AM
'Top Gear' Drives on Iceland's Active VolcanoRemember that unpronounceable Icelandic volcano that brought Europe's air traffic to a grinding, lengthy halt? The 'Top Gear' (Mon., 9PM ET on BBC America) gang, specifically James May, drove a Toyota Hilux pickup dangerously close to the active volcano's mouth barely a week before it erupted. Of course they couldn't just test the off-road vehicle in the desert or something, and they'd already been to the North Pole. So after reconfiguring the truck's tires for both Arctic and volcanic conditions, May hit the road earth.

"It does look quite angry," he said simply on the approach. "There's raining red-hot lumps. God, that's hot." A few new, fiery red volcanic rocks soared from the volcano's mouth, and landed frighteningly (yet conveniently) close to the vehicle. With his "lava scoop," May retrieved one (still glowing) as a souvenir.

But the vehicle had stayed in one place too long. Gazing back at a rear tire, May said, "We're on fire." Though he cursed, he was still pretty calm about the whole thing. Just another day on the job...

Speaking of souvenirs, TV Squad has teamed up with BBC America to give away a 'Top Gear' Boot of Loot prize bundle that includes various Stig-related fare and season DVDs. Check it out!

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