One of the blokes from Top Gear was tooling around
Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull in a Toyota pickup about a week before it
blew and scientists who set up monitoring equipment just hours before
the eruption used the same truck.
Toyota, eager for some good publicity for a change, didn’t hesitate
to announce that its “indestructable” Hilux pickup was on
Eyjafallajökull before it let loose, wreaking havoc on air travel and making “Eyjafjallajökull” the most common Google search no one can spell.
The guys from Top Gear are never ones to shy away from
crazy situations, so it should come as no surprise that co-host James
May drove on the volcano about a week before the eruption on April 14.
Scientists drove the same truck as they scrambled to set up monitoring equipment before the eruption, according to Toyota.
“The legendary pick-up that Top Gear simply could not
destroy and which was the first car to be driven across the Arctic to
the Magnetic North Pole proved the perfect transport for scientists
racing to set up monitoring equipment before the long-dormant mountain
blew its top and sent a vast cloud of ash 30,000 feet into the sky,”
the company’s flaks in the U.K. said in a press release so breathless you’d think they’d been inhaling ash.