Joy of souks: new Jag XJ hits Morocco
Top Gear magazine’s new longterm XJ subjected to the ultimate initiation: Africa's High Atlas mountains
Posted: 23 Sep 2010
The ‘road' is barely wide enough to have both wheels on it at the same time, with the margins dropping brokenly some six inches into a mess of rocky scrub. The locals, and therefore you, drive at an average of 50mph, with a complicated game of 100mph chicken to decide who has to drop off the side. I didn't (and still don't) understand the rules, except for the fact that if it's a truck with roughly 70 people clinging to the roof/sides/front, you give way. This leads to tension that can leave fingerprints in the leather of the steering wheel. And it's all very well throwing the Jag off the side, but if you run back onto the road too gently, you risk pinching a tyre and making a mess. So it's big swings and gritted teeth, especially when you can see precisely bugger all through the dustclouds.