World's Toughest Driving Tests
is it to reverse park a 60-tonne dump truck, full to the brim with
Scottish coal? Or to find the precise centre of gravity of a Romanian
battle tank, so that you can traverse a ridge without injuring yourself
or your crew? And just how much skill and training does it take to
manoeuvre one of those giant straddle carriers you see at the port
between rows of shipping containers?
ever thought it would be fun to find out, then Worlds
toughest driving tests is the next best thing to hopping inside one of
these daunting vehicles yourself.
six-part BBC series, good friends and celebrities Will Mellor and
must compete in a series of challenges to find out who is the better
driver. A lot is on the line here: pride, bragging rights and an answer
to the old question of which sex is better behind the wheel.
kicks off in snowy Romania, where the pair have to come to grips with
most powerful battle tank. The basics are tackled first, as Will and
Kirsten learn to navigate the monster vehicle through an obstacle course
designed to test their nerve and skill. Right from the outset, the
differences between the two hosts
driving styles are glaringly obvious: Will, ever the typical hot-headed
bloke, rushes into each challenge with a head full of steam and his foot
to the floor. Kirsten starts off timidly, and at fist it looks as if shes
going to struggle to come to grips with the vehicle. But in the long
run, her patient, methodical approach proves to be more than a match for
vehicles themselves are a highlight: youll learn the ins and outs of
snow groomers in Switzerland, Forest harvesters in Uruguay and the
great fun to watch the owners of these machines frown and grimace from
the sidelines, especially when things go very wrong. In each episode
there is some sort of miniature crisis which threatens to derail the
whole challenge, and you get the feeling that some smooth talking from
the producers was required, on more than one occasion, to allow things
help his cause, and makes similar mistakes over the course of the
series. Sometimes you just wish hed
slow down, listen to the instructors and do things in their proper
order. His perpetual cockiness is grating, especially in the final
couple of episodes. If you wanted to you could make a drinking game out
of his catch-cries, and take a swig every time you hear
But be warned: youll
probably be cactus within the first half hour.
has an energetic, always-moving look that appears to be designed for the
shorter attention spans of younger viewers. The music selection is
eclectic, featuring tracks from a diverse range of artists that
stretches from the Beastie Boys to Kesha to Johnny Cash.
six episodes and no special features, there is of course the issue of
value with this DVD, and thats
where the overall score of 6.5 comes from. You wonder how hard it would
have been to get some interviews and bonus footage together.
toughest driving tests is best seen as a gap-filler in your nightly
viewing schedule. Its laid-back viewing that wont tax you mentally,
and sometimes thats all we need after a hard day at the office.