As extreme-risk automotive assault courses go, this one is right up there. I’ve just threaded a Discovery Sport between the two hollow engine cowls of a 747, and as I round the corner to pass photographer Rowan, my attention is focused on a piece of dismembered landing gear that lies on its side: a macabre aeronautical sculpture directly in my path. When dwarfed by the scale of the 747 they’re normally attached to, they take on a more diminutive status, but when torn from their host and discarded on the ground, they are, quite simply, MASSIVE. Even the squishy-looking bits are inflated to 205psi and form immovable rubber boulders that are best avoided.
Photography: Rowan Horncastle
This feature was originally published in the May 2016 issue of Top Gear Magazine.