Top Gear meets Evel Knievel

By David Knox on December 20, 2007 / Filed Under News 9

In a spooky meeting of minds and octane passion, Top Gear’s Richard Hammond met with Evel Knievel for his final interview before his death.

Hammond has himself survived a high-speed accident, when he crashed the Vampire Dragster in November 2006 at a speed of over 500km.

In the special Richard Hammond Meets Evel Knievel airing on January 16, the ‘Hamster’ talk to Knievel about the booze, the drugs, the comas, the 37 broken bones, the reported 2,000 lovers and what it felt like to jump over 13 British Routemaster buses while drunk on Wild Turkey whiskey.

It airs in the UK on Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile SBS also has a Top Gear Polar Special on January 7th.

Press Release:

In a union of kindred spirits, Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond travels to meet the man synonymous with daredevilry – Evel Knievel.

A 70s icon who became a legend for repeatedly cheating death in 300 perilous Harley Davidson jumps, Knievel stayed close to an oxygen tank, ingesting 50 pills a day and sucking on lollipops that deliver Fentanyl, a heavy-duty painkiller.

As he prepared for his last years of cheating death, he agreed to be interviewed about his extraordinary, reckless life of excess – the booze, the drugs, the comas, the 37 broken bones, the reported 2,000 lovers and what it felt like to jump over 13 British Routemaster buses while drunk on Wild Turkey whiskey.

Hammond – who shares a genuine passion for stunts and has himself cheated death – journeys across Montana on a Harley to meet Evel Knievel and his son to reflect on a life of hell-raising in an age when stunts weren’t a science or an illusion but a matter of life and death.

Wednesday 16 January – 8.30pm.

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The lads are at it again, this time in one of Canada’s northernmost towns, Resolute. The gateway to the Magnetic North Pole, Resolute is considered one of the coldest inhabited places in the world.

In this Top Gear Polar Special, screening on SBS on Monday 7 January at 7:30pm, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May take part in one of their most ambitious challenges to date. Starting in Resolute, they will race each other across approximately 650 kilometres of treacherous frozen ocean and fields of giant ice boulders to the Magnetic North Pole.

Jeremy and James team up in this challenge and will attempt to drive to the Magnetic North Pole in a specially ‘polar’ converted ute. If they make it to the finish line alive, it will be the furthest north a car has ever been driven.

Richard takes a more traditional mode of transport and partners with Matty McNair, an experienced Polar explorer, on a sled pulled by a team of 10 Canadian Inuit dogs.

Before they can begin their Artic expedition, they must first prepare for the harsh climate at a weather training camp in the Austrian Alps. Armed with a team of Polar and survival experts, the boys learn how to survive in the minus 36 degree temperature. They are also warned against the affects of the extreme cold weather on their friendship, shown what would happen if a part of their body gets frozen and are strongly advised to take both a gun and shovel when nature calls. The Artic is after all the home to over 60 percent of the global polar bear population.

After being told that they could quite possibly die in their latest challenge, the team set off for Canada undeterred.

With no road rules or traffic police in the Artic, dog power is pitted against horse power as they race in 24 hour sunlight across the unforgiving and unpredictable Artic terrain.

This epic Top Gear Polar Special promises to give fans more action-packed, and often hilarious, drama than they bargained for.

Monday 7 Jan 7:30pm.

9 Comments »

  1. David Knox December 24, 2007 at 11:30 am -

    SBS confirms the Polar Special has never screened before on SBS.

    No idea where you guys saw it!

  2. Anonymous December 22, 2007 at 4:49 pm -

    sbs has not screened it yet, unless foxtel bbc tv or uk tv has screened it already. otherwise youve done what ive done and umm downloaded the copy my friend in the uk taped for me …. :)

  3. David Knox December 22, 2007 at 2:22 pm -

    Hmmm, I just watched the preview. It is indeed a race between snow dogs and Hilux.

    I will have to check what’s up with SBS programming as there is definitely no Repeat on their Guide info.

    May take a while with Xmas hols.

  4. Anonymous December 22, 2007 at 5:42 am -

    I’m pretty sure it was on a few months ago if this is the one with the modified big red hilux and the snow dogs.

  5. David Knox December 21, 2007 at 9:18 pm -

    SBS info says its first run.

    There was a Winter Olympics Special as part of the eighth series. And in S8E2 there was a sequence in which they races a Jet Kayak across the waters of Iceland.

    But the Polar Special is part of Season 9 which starts in January.

    I’ve also looked back thru SBS Guides and didn’t find it.

  6. Anonymous December 21, 2007 at 8:44 pm -

    No it was on SBS before I watched it.

  7. Blake. December 21, 2007 at 7:19 am -

    Unless you were in the UK, you wouldn’t have seen it.

  8. David Knox December 20, 2007 at 11:23 pm -

    SBS says first run.

  9. Ben December 20, 2007 at 11:17 pm -

    i recall seeing a Polar Special a while back, so its probably a repeat.

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