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Best of Top Gear: The boys head for the North Pole

With the premiere of Season 21 just days away, we take a moment to revisit some of Top Gear’s most memorable episodes.

In this classic from 2007, the boys head north – way north – on a mission to be the first team to drive from northern Canada to site of the 1996 magnetic North Pole. In true Top Gear fashion, however, this is no mere drive in the country: it’s a race – Jeremy and James versus Richard – across some of the planet’s most inhospitable terrain, including snowy plains, jagged mountains and broken sea ice. The Clarkson/May vehicle of choice is a diesel-powered Toyota Hilux pickup, modified for Arctic duty with 38in studded snow tires, massively flared fenders, revised gearing, an auxiliary fuel tank and, of course, winches.

Hammond, however, makes the 450-mile trip in somewhat more rustic fashion: on a dog sled. Hilarity ensues.