JEREMY CLARKSON, part writer and part buffoon, really likes the Range Rover TDV8, calling it "the automotive equivalent of France, the Sony Bravia, the Sunday Times, and Mick Jagger. It is the answer." Count on Clarkson to point out the features of anything automotive. In the Range Rover (at left in a photo by WASIM in Iraq), "you can even have something called a VentureCam--a wireless hand-held camera that feeds it picture to the sat nav screen on the dash. The idea is that you hang it out of the window while driving off-road so you can see what the terrain directly ahead of the wheels is like. However, since its docking port is in the passenger footwell, it can also be used for looking up your wife's skirt. And trust me, you aren't offered that facility in any other car I've driven. You want to go point-to-point? Well, there is nothing to beat a Range Rover, which can not only deal with the muddy entrance but also comes with a handy drop-down tailgate on which you can perch while enjoying a glass of sloe gin and some cake. Thinking of driving to the slopes for a bit of late skiiing this Easter? Well sure, there are many luxuxy cars that can eat up those autoroute miles. But none can do so more elegantly than a Vogue--providing you avoid the 20in wheels, which look good but spoil the ride a bit--and none will be quite so accomplished once you're in the mountains, on the snow and ice."
"And it's better for the environment too. Yes, you could buy a Toyota Prius, but let's be honest, the nickel for its batteries is mined in Canada, and shipped--not on a sailing boat, I might add--to Norway or some other intermediate location where it's processed and then shipped on again to Japan where it is put in the car, along with an electric motor and a normal engine. The finished product is then shipped halfway back round the world again before it arrives at a dealer near you. You may think of it, if y our like, as an Israeli strawberry.
"A Range Rover, on the other hand, is made in the Midlands, which means, if you buy one, it only has to come down the road. You may think of it, then, as an organic, farm-fresh producct, sourced and grown locally."
Jeremy Clarkson -- "Perfect, the car for all reasons" in the Sunday Times, 15 March 2009. The perfect ride for occasional visitor Evert Bopp.
Previously -- Jeremy Clarkson on the A380.
"Orangy" by Wasim Allami.