IT SURVIVED a trip to the North Pole – now it’s heading for Emley Moor mast.
A Toyota Hilux car driven by Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May in an intrepid trip across the Arctic is one of the star attractions at this year’s Emley Show on August 7.
And it is hoped the 4x4, complete with bumps and scratches from the BBC show’s expedition in 2007, will help the event bounce back following a disappointing turn-out last year.
Treasurer Molly Cundy said: “It rained for days before the show last year and the weather had a terrific impact – it always does.
“We got a third of what we expected through the gate.
“If the weather’s good this year, the crowds will pour in.
“We are thrilled to bits that the Top Gear car will be there.
“Top Gear is such an iconic programme and hopefully it will bring in people who never thought about going to an agricultural show before.
“There’s something for absolutely everyone.”
This year’s show, at Factory Farm in the shadow of the mast, will be the 92nd.
As well as the animal classes, there will be country crafts and family-friendly attractions, displays of vintage cars and music from a variety of bands.
Nerina Tatchell, the show’s trade stands and entertainment secretary, worked with Toyota in Huddersfield to bring the Hilux to the show.
She said: “I would urge any Top Gear fans to come down and see it. It’s a one-off opportunity.
“I’m told it still has Jeremy Clarkson’s and James Mays’ fingernail marks in the dashboard.”
Danny Holden, marketing manager for West Riding Motor Group, which owns the Toyota dealership on Leeds Road in Huddersfield, said: “It’s the first time we have been to the Emley Show and we’re thrilled to have got the Hilux.
“It’s a bit of an exclusive and we’re really looking forward to the day.”