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
Somehow though, in the midst of the chaos, there is a rhythm to African driving. After a few days you relax into the uncomplicated complexity, making manoeuvres unthinkable in Europe, extruding a kind of previously unused sixth sense. The driving is much like the country itself; raw, uncompromised, colourful and exciting. And yes, a little bit dangerous.
You think the Jag might have been out-of-place? It thrived. Hardly missed a beat, managed to be as exotic and as stand-out as the country itself. And the fact it survived without a single puncture is a testament to the suspension. So as I stand, with a cobra on my head and a man shouting that I am about to die into my left ear, I think about the views from the top of the High Atlas, breathe deep and imagine the cool bubble inside that brilliant Jaguar. And realise that after this week, it's going to take more than just an overgrown worm with teeth to faze me.