The Top Gear team’s highlights of 2013
Some of the best motoring memories from the last year from everyone at Top Gear HQ
Posted: 20 Dec 2013
Rowan Horncastle, Online Content Producer, Top Gear
The memories that continually rattle round my brain from the last year are all surreal ones.
They include singing along to The Beatles with Horacio Pagani while chasing his lineage of work through Tuscany, finding The Stig at the hands at the controls of an A380 while airside at Heathrow in a Lamborghini, and having an hour long debate/argument with Paul Horrell and Ferrari engineers about how the 458 Speciale's diffs work to create the witchcraft that is Side Slip Control.
But my overall highlight has to be travelling round the world following the Peugeot 208 T16. I was present at its birth in Peugeot Sport's factory, scaled Pikes Peak to see Seb Loeb absolutely obliterate the hill climb record, then, a few months later, witnessed Kris Meeke's eyes widen as he gave it the absolute beans for Top Gear Magazine.
Skunkworks cars of this breed and performance don't come around very often. And to have seen the record books rewritten right in front of my eyes as the Flying Frenchman fired the 875bhp Pug up Pikes was a massive privilege.
It wasn't without its surrealism, though. As once I'd interviewed the newly-crowned King of the Peak, he took off his t-shirt, packed it into the panniers of his Honda Goldwing, pointed the bike at the horizon and rode topless into the Colorado sunset. It's the most alpha thing I've ever witnessed.