Top Gear was filming on the Icelandic volcano hours before the eruption

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Updated: April 22, 2010

An Icelandic volcano disrupts the world’s air traffic. What a story. The last time the world was grounded like this was World War 2, and I think it’s safe to say that there weren’t nearly as many people stranded in German airports at the time. Or any airport for that matter.

Luckily, we now have someone/something to blame. Top Gear, that massive British television show featuring chief mentalist and sometime car critic, Jeremy Clarkson, has been blamed for many things in the past. Thin-lipped woman with access to email and little else to do but form chihuahua organisations against everything on earth that is remotely fun have blamed the show for promoting smoking, driving, not using public transport, promoting swearing, promoting recklessness and of course, global warming.

And now it turns out we can blame them for grounding Europe. Awesome.

Click through for a (hilarious) press release from Top Gear, as well as an incredible gallery of pictures from the shoot on the volcano.

Here’s the full text, posted by Sam Phillips on the Top Gear blog:

As widely reported in the media this week, James May was spotted in Iceland days before the volcano eruption that paralysed British air space.

Today, experts worldwide have rushed to blame TopGear for the holiday-ruining cloud of ash and doom sweeping over the UK.
According to local media, the shaggy-haired television presenter was witnessed driving a modified Hilux to the rim of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano last week.

Though initially assumed that he was simply filming a feature for the the popular motoring television show, it has since been speculated that May’s purpose was far more devious.

“It has been scientifically proven that TopGear is responsible for almost every evil in the modern world, so the eruption of a furious tectonic force barely a week after Richard Clarkson’s ‘visit’ can hardly be viewed as mere coincidence,” says media commentator Annalisa Kneejerk.

“We have it on good authority that Jeremy Hammond drove one of his favourite Ferrari gas-guzzlers at 100mph, straight into the main magma chamber, which could quite easily have caused this geological catastrophe. Thankfully I’ve never watched the show.”

The team used the same trucks that reached the North Pole in the spectacular race to the pole episode from a few years back. They modified the tyres to include a water cooler mechanism, which prevents the rubber from melting. Their were also lava-shields fitted to the roofs of the Toyotas. What a laugh.

Bonus: OverdriveTV interviews Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in Cape Town

Ciro De Siena

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