TopGear goes to the Moon
Posted: 20 May 2010
As we scoot around the grey rockyard among the volcanic rocks, it's hard to imagine what it really feels like to drive on the Moon. Only six men have ever tried. Apollo 16 astronauts Charlie Duke and John Young were the coolest of the lot, and they reported that in one-sixth gravity, the 1972 buggy felt nimble and floaty. "Man, this is a fun ride!" Duke said, before handing over to Young for the Lunar Grand Prix, the part of the mission where they tested the buggy's handling. Young accelerated hard, and the Rover bounced out of craters. "He's got about two wheels on the ground!" Duke yelled to Houston, "There's a big rooster tail coming up off all four wheels, and as he turns, he skids. Man, I'll tell you, Indy's never seen a driver like this!"