May and the mysteries of totalitarian transport
Only a fool turns to a Top Gear presenter in search of enlightenment, but James May's Cars of the People proved surprisingly intelligent TV.
It will air over three episodes on BBC2, and started with a consideration of how dictators like Hitler and Stalin played a key role in the development of affordable cars. They didn't do this for the good of their health of course, and May (inset) draws a fine line between admiring Volkswagens and approving of the Third Reich.
While driving around in a high-ranking Nazi's car, he said: "I'm very interested in his car but I don't share any political views with Dr Robert Ley." Pleased to hear it.
Overall this was an interesting, thoughtful insight into the mysteries of totalitarian transport, though May couldn't resist dropping a Lada from a helicopter at one point. You can take the man out of Top Gear. . .