TG drives the VW Amarok in Africa
Another epic Top Gear magazine feature from the archives: the only thing between us and certain death is a VW...
Posted: 17 Oct 2013
In truth, I'm not exactly sure what the legal speed limit is here. It seems a little irrelevant. On these roads, the factor limiting your speed isn't avoiding licence points, but a desire for self-preservation. No chance of another car springing up on you: you can see vehicles coming the other way from 10 miles off, kicking dust plumes high into the air. Humans? Not for a few hundred miles in any direction. If you get it wrong - sneeze and veer off the road, catch a rogue rock - you'll flip for a few hundred yards, and then you'll die. I've no idea what adrenaline and skill is required to wrestle an F1 car on a Q3 hot lap, but I can't imagine it's a patch on piloting a sensible diesel pickup down a straight African road.