Top Gear doesn’t like golf. At all. Should any member of the TG fraternity catch but the daintiest susurration of a golf bat anywhere within our confines, an instant and cataclysmic apnea will occur. So the sight of rising professional Jake Shepherd smiling with the joyful bliss of youth and competence, practicing his swing on our deserted test track caused us to have minor palpitations.
But then we heard it. We heard noise. From a far, far corner of the track came the venomous rasp of something biblical. Something angry. Could it be that heaven itself had sent down Lei Gong, the mythological Chinese god of thunder, to prevent a man with a silly bat from hitting a ball for no apparent reason?
No. Because it wasn’t Lei Gong. It was a Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster. And ex-Formula One driver and DTM racer and BBC pundit David Coulthard was driving it. Just as David roared past in the SLS, Jake swung for the rafters. What on earth were they trying to do, hit a golf ball into a ruddy moving SLS Roadster at over 100mph?
Words: Vijay Pattni