The world’s first hybrid rallyist…

Top Gear Prius Rally

…er, that would be me. And my good mate Tim Bampton. If you google either of us, it’s more than likely that this is what you’ll find first – our assault on the 2002 Midnight Sun to Red Sea Marathon Rally, in a works-prepared Toyota Prius. It was a genuine world first. Seriously, no one had ever thought to race a hybrid before us. And, whilst it was pretty slow going at times, we finished the event (not last!) and I wrote about it for, amongst others, Top Gear and The Daily Telegraph. We also blogged daily – before it was even called blogging – produced web video and an hour-long documentary and were even tracked live by satellite. So I’d better put this in all three of my categories: car stuff, tech stuff and travel stuff! Want to read a bit about it – then click here: TG Rally Story

Motor Mania

I wrote this book with my dad. It’s full of top facts, stats and stories such as this:

Jussi Salonoja, the sausage king of Finland, also holds the honour of receiving the priciest speeding ticket ever issued. After being nabbed driving at 80km/h in a 40km/h the millionaire was fined a record 170,000 (£116,000) in February 2004. Finland’s fines are income related and tax office records showed that Salonoja had earned almost £7m in 2002. So he could probably afford it.

It’s still for sale on Amazon. Please buy it, it will help pay for my dad’s new Jag.

Long before Clarkson, Hammond and May…

…I drove Bolivia’s Death Road in 2005. And it was quite scary. So scary in fact that Top Gear’s cameramen didn’t get all the shots they needed and came to me for some extra footage for their 2009 Xmas special. You can read about by clicking the link: CAR-BOLIVIA or watch my own movie on YouTube

Icecapade

Probably not my smartest idea. I went to Newfoundland with a very brave Canadian climber called Ben and persuaded him to climb an iceberg. Except we couldn’t find any. And then, when we finally did, it wasn’t exactly easy. Still, made a nice story for Zoom Zoom thanks to some great pix by Philip Lee Harvey. Download a PDF if you like. Iceberg climbing