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Top Gear in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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In April, 2009 I was part of the KRG All Party Parliamentary group's visit to northern Iraq. Whilst there we were taken to the new airport which had yet to open and I suggested, given the one mile runway, that Jeremy Clarkson might like to take a drive.

On my return to the UK, I contacted the producer of Top Gear and yesterday Clarkson and the crew made it.

This is what they said:

Jeremy Clarkson: "This is the Kurdistan part of Iraq, everybody is really friendly, frankly it's about as dangerous as Cheltenham."

Richard Hammond added: "I can honestly say I have never been anywhere more beautiful. It's movingly beautiful."


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