Top Gear runs Heathrow Airport for a day
Another classic from 20 years of TG mag: the time we took an Aventador to our biggest airport...
Posted: 24 Oct 2013
Thankfully, I'm not alone. Alongside me is a chap called Nigel. He's been driving here for 20 years and has the permits to go wherever he's needed. If I crossed the black 'n' white stripes separating roadway from runway without him, I could be arrested and banged up for five years. About 25,000 people are licensed to drive airside, and Nigel keeps an eye on them from one of his more regular leader vehicles - a Mitsubishi L200 pickup or Land Rover Disco wearing the same colours as our Lambo. They're like the highway patrol here, smoothing traffic, scanning runways for debris and sometimes escorting planes. He even used to marshal Concorde with his ping-pong paddles. His eardrums have seen better days.