Considering the excruciatingly long distance and the myriad of unflattering conditions these three cars were subjected to, it’s a complete miracle that the three drop-top sports cars Top Gear used in their “Christmas Special” made it all the way to their destination in Bethlehem.

Though there were some mishaps and unplanned detours along the 1,200-mile journey from Iraq, Clarkson’s Mazda MX-5, Hammond’s Fiat Barchetta, and May’s BMW Z3, lasted long enough to see the three deliver their gifts of gold, frankincense, and apparently, a Nintendo DS.

As a result of successfully completing the journey of the Three Wise Men, the three sports cars are now on display in the World of Top Gear exhibition at Beaulieu, UK.

They’re not in the best of conditions, to say the least. Clarkson’s MX-5 has bullet holes on its doors as a result of an experiment gone bad, Hammond’s Barchetta experienced radiator problems, and May’s Z3…well, it fared the worst of the three with a laundry list of problems. But like true steeds dedicated to bringing their masters to their destination, the three sports cars battled dirt roads, desert dunes, and even an impromptu NASCAR-style race, to find a way to get to their destination.

So to give honor to these noble four-wheeled sheets of metal, the three sports cars have been placed in the World of Top Gear Exhibition to join its fellow brethren of cars that have been used over the years in different challenges by the cast of the show.

It’s a well-placed recognition considering what they’ve been through.


Source: Top Gear

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  (329) posted on 04.28.2011

:Wow! I have watched their Christmas episode and it won an award but i forgot the title. Top Gear UK would be the best compare to the American version!

  (32) posted on 03.24.2011

"Three Wise Men" Awesome....this cars should be definitely viewed by audience.. they are worthy than what they are......

  (31) posted on 03.24.2011

wonderful part..very excited when listened about this...waiting to see those cars...

  (507) posted on 03.24.2011

I have watched the full episode of Top Gear’s Christmas special and I’m quite impressed with them and handle every situation wisely! They are really worth it to be called "Three Wise Men"! BTW, i congratulate them for the recognition!

  (466) posted on 02.14.2011

It was a pretty good episode but no arctic special. Also, can’t believe Captain Slow got a concussion and stitches. Guess it’s what he gets for standing next to a slack tow strap.

  (692) posted on 02.14.2011

Did any of you know that? It was not nearly as fun as this one is. Keep watching the US version, it’ll gain more money and become more interesting, with more things to crash bash and mess with.

  (341) posted on 01.4.2011

lovely segment, actually I’m recording all the movies they make from my PC tuner and burn it so that I can watch it over and over.

  (461) posted on 01.4.2011

i bet how many liters of gas did they consume just to keep the segment running plus the dust and effort they made just to entertain us..

  (329) posted on 01.3.2011

well they should display all the cars they’ve use in their movie so that many people can see it personally or even in televisions.

  (504) posted on 01.3.2011

While KIA is yet to confirm the KV7 for production, a statement released along with this teaser image strongly suggests that a version of the concept will be appearing in showrooms in the not too distant future.

  (367) posted on 01.2.2011

As a German I usually am proud of German engineering, but this thing is an abomination.

  (392) posted on 01.2.2011

nahh this three guys really want to entertain the viewers that’s why even a movie like this will be aired.

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