Top Gear drives the Channel Tunnel
Chris Froome has just cycled through, but we were the first in a production car...
Posted: 07 Jul 2014
Onwards into the gloom. The ceiling lights are off now, leaving our headlamp beams to chase away the shadows. Up ahead, the road bends around gradual corners, softening the vanishing point and giving me something to steer at. It took 11 boring machines to crunch through the rock, the last of which nosedived to avoid one coming the other way. It's still buried around the halfway point, which is where we stop for a rest. The lights flicker on. The air is dense. Fine concrete dust creates a haze in the orangey twilight. And the bare wall is covered in workmen's graffiti. "Dickie Dawkins - the mental health legend!" reads one. "Pigeons on cable tray?" asks another. We add our own, mostly unprintable contribution before setting off into our private underworld.