Top Gear Hovervan heads to Beaulieu.


The Hovervan, built by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond for the latest series of Top Gear, has gone on display at the National Motor Museum. The “mk2 Hovervan”, which is based on a Ford Transit, was the presenters’ solution to the problem of torrential flooding, being equally as capable on land or water. It appeared in series 20 of Top Gear, when Clarkson, May and Hammond tested it on the River Avon, causing complete mayhem. Power for the Hovervan comes from a pair of motorcycle engines, one to inflate the giant skirts that keep it afloat, and the other to drive the rear-mounted fan.

Fresh from its adventure, the Hovervan has been admitted to the World of Top Gear exhibition at Beaulieu motor museum. It joins other vehicles built for various Top Gear challenges over the years, including Clarkson’s P45 micro car, three not so sensibly modified police cars and the homemade amphibious vehicles built to cross the English Channel.

Admission to the World of Top Gear, as well as the Bond in Motion exhibition, is included in the entry price to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Prices range from £9.50 for a child to £19.00 for an adult. For more information visit the Beaulieu website at

Christopher Macgowan
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Acknowledgement: BBC Worldwide

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