Hammond drives the icons: Willys Jeep

But this wasn't awoken in me by wartime associations and legendary status: I'm not all that good on the war and get quickly left behind when James and Jeremy talk about it, which makes, in a way, my response to the Spitfire's undoubted magic all the more revealing. It possesses it simply because of what it is and how it works, not what it's done. And the same can be said, very much, for the Jeep. Here's a thing built to a budget and less complicated than a pepper grinder but it has it, that machine magic, no doubt.

(Words: Richard Hammond, Pictures: Justin Leighton)