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Season 15

Aired 6 years ago - Aug 01, 2010

The team purchase old British roadsters from Jensen-Healey, Lotus, and TVR and they then take a wistful journey through the remnants of this country's sports-car industry, beginning in Norfolk and ending in Blackpool. Jeremy test drives the new Ferrari 458 Italia. Jeff Goldblum is the star in the new Reasonably Priced Car this week.

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If you do it well, you're going to win.
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It's like having two bricks joined together by a playing card -
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However, even though it is a big improvement,
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it's very hard to detect the shimmying and you really don't notice the extra weight.
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no harm done and if anything, you make it a bit better cos it's a bit of drama. Quite.
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Stig seems to have developed an obsession with the Bee Gees.
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We have done an Audi R8, though - it's here.
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Oh, God!
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has come up with a car which can be driven by...
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Thank you, James. Animal Hospital next week, presented by the idiot.
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One in four fatal or serious accidents on an A road involves a bike.
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That's because the bus said Guildford on the front and that's where I wanted to go.
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You ride round the track as fast as you can and I'll chain-smoke, we'll see who dies first. 100 quid.
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Whatever we made had to have sleeping accommodation, cooking facilities and a bog.
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No, he'd love it.
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No, wait - not reliability. No. And Citroen famed for... The same problem.
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What do you need? A tin opener and a vegetable peeler.
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"You ARE going on a camping holiday in Cornwall.
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and cut away the bodywork to create this.
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Yes. He hasn't got a clue.
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Jeremy, can I just say, this is the biggest entertainment I've had
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Make it stop!
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Yes!
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and all I have to look forward to is camping with a...
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I'm brave.
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He might eat a free-range egg.
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Just a minute - this is Great Uncle Yourself.
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But unlike any other caravan enthusiast,
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I do a lot of things with both hands, so I'm pretty used to it.
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We're sorting out the issue of motorhomes tonight, what you'd call RVs.
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I was thinking that, being a Saturday night and all and Vivien's here,
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Obviously, you have been in very many big films over the years.
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and mixing it to create the pad for the brakes,
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No, I have a little Porsche that I drive, a 4S, 2006 or something.
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Who would like to see Andy's lap?
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This is where most of our celebrities go off, but that was nicely handled.
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..the third fastest driver we've ever had.
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"Since you are in Cornwall, you must try surfing."
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Look at this. Surftown UK.
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They're not going to go, are they?
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It's really cold.
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Ah! Jesus!
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Right, what I'm going to cook tonight is Spam slices,
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The oil. This does worry me, I must admit, using Castrol GTX.
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'Hammond then found another extinguisher
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SHEEP BAA
Aired 6 years ago - Jul 25, 2010

Richard takes the Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 to Sweden for a race against some snowmobilers. James travels to Germany where he attempts to break his personal speed record in a brand-new version of the Bugatti Veyron. Jeremy Clarkson looks at the reasons why Ayrton Senna is considered the best driver of his generation.

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Cost, L37,000,
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it can do 130 mph over just about any terrain.
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through forests, and across frozen water.
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'a six-mile dash across the frozen lake. '
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because the belts themselves overheat
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of your trousers, to see if it sets fire to your gentleman's sausage.
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you know Linda Blair in the Exorcist? My head was just...
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No! It did! Did you see thisincident on DVD or pay per view?
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APPLAUSE DROWNS SPEECH
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So right now it's running on Frosties
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they've created this...
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The standard Veyron famously has 1,000 horsepower.
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And cutting through the fruitcake requires more than just brute force,
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It's one of very few places on earth where you can actually max a Bugatti Veyron.
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Here's a bollard. Change down two.
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Slightly twitchy.
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Hang on. No, no, wait!
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In a car with windscreen wipers? And a CD player!
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Hammerhead, air brake goes vertical generating 0.7G of braking -
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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
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Can I just say, what staggers me is, sitting here,
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Yes, some of them REALLY hurt.
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It just was a very quick... LAUGHTER
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On your own, your life expectancy is like here.
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Could you say a six-barrel carburettor for a '66 Vette?
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There's this great scene where the GTO, the daddy of muscle cars,
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So what have you got? Let's run through them.
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Love it.
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I had three flights in one day.
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OK, let's have a look.
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Some of this is broadcastable.
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The Formula 1 drivers come out really wide but Stig thinks that's right.
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I felt the wind come underneath. I was feathering like a kite.
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Thank you so much. That was so much fun.
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I think I was nine years old and I was racing that weekend
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Ayrton Senna did race in Formula 1
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I sixth sense of where the grip was before he turned into a corner.
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In Monaco in 1988, he out qualified his teammate, the great Alain Prost,
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That's why he was fantastic.
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He often used to put us in a position, erm, that you were going to have an accident
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'All over the back, he's having a look and he's inside Mansell. '
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He doesn't even try to break? No, no, no. At that point...
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That's the paradox of Ayrton Senna, isn't it.
Aired 6 years ago - Jul 18, 2010

The team attempt to build some interesting motor homes before setting off for a Bank Holiday weekend in the West Country to see how what that they have created holds up. Jeremy test drives the new Audi R8 V10 Spyder and the latest version of Porsche's enduring 911 Turbo cabriolet to see how they compare.

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This is a 3.5 litre V6 turbo diesel.
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So I got up, got dressed, came downstairs, and I made... this.
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whose racing skills have won them silver medals at the X-Games.
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Um... where is here, exactly?
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'But now the Touareg had the edge. '
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Yes. Yes, I did. I'll admit they did finish with a bit more of a...
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No! I'm not saying ice is hot, just, it can create a lot of friction!
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but you're driving along and, " There's a girl, mustn't look...
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Actually, do you not think there is here a case for the burka?
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Next week, Jeremy visits a hospital, and a nurses top falls off.
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APPLAUSE DROWNS SPEECH
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Because this is the first mid-engine 911.
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So, behind closed doors, in the Bugatti skunk works,
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which is the same as the 0-60 time of a Porsche 911 GT3.
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which includes this 5.5-mile arrow-straight straight.
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What they actually said to me was, "Ask an admiral how deep his submarines can really go.
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Here's a bollard. Change down three times.
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What do you mean, not exactly? Well, after I'd done my run,
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In a road car? That's staggering.
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OK, first corner. Simply flies into those, almost cartoonishly fast.
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CHEERING
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At the last minute, they pulled out. So we rang Cameron Diaz...
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Thank you. That's a bitof a reaction! I know! It was a lot of fun.
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and fingers and my leg and toes, ribs.
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Yeah. No, but I love comedy. The comedy stuff...
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This is pornography. What?
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It's fun. We all sit around and talk about which cars
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so I thought it would be a good ideato say, "Come on, Cameron,take me out on the track. " Yeah.
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What cars do you drive to the shops in? What are you everyday cars?
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Do you like bikes, Cameron?No, I don't. I ride on the back of them very well.
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and every time we travelled I had a picture of a Spitfire and a P-51.
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and we were doing heavy air combat manoeuvres. My pilot's name was Bozo
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You're 33 films, you're 30, I think this is the peak of your career now.
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APPLAUSE
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Aired 6 years ago - Jul 11, 2010

Jeremy, James and Richard drive the Aston Martin Rapide, Porsche Panamera Turbo and the Maserati Quattroporte; four-seater cars from manufacturers more famous for their two-door cars. Richard drives the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Mercedes E63 AMG. F1 driver Rubens Barrichello tries his luck in the Reasonably Priced Car and Rupert Grint is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

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That's why it's blindingly difficult to operate everything in here, as we shall now demonstrate.
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Then there's the pricing.
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Oh, my God! Whoo-hoo-hoo!
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'the unhinged but bewitching Quattroporte. '
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There's a subtle, refined rage to this car.
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Is he ready? Yes, believe so. Of course he is - he's the Stig.
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But why is it so expensive? Why is it 140 grand?
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I have to say, I like the look ofit now. You can't...
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Why don't you get naked? Go on. LAUGHTER
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All it needs is a ball pit down here,
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We've got some footage of them doing it here. Here we go.
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AUDIENCE GROAN This is potentially disastrous,
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If you say... The EU go and inspect a Spanish fishing boat and go, "Have you been fishing?"
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That's not gone well, has it? My case rests.
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You have, sir? Er... LAUGHTER
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and I'm trying to lead the team to a different area.
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Yeah. And I could only say,"No, I'm not going to do it. "Did you actually say that?
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Well, that's your fault for driving on the wrong side of the road.
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And here we are now. What's the time? Give me the time!
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44.3! Wow!
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In a minute, it's going to stand up and throw an oil tanker at my face.
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This is the SS version - the most powerful - with a 6.2 litre V8.
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However, it must now face this -
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the AMG can outslide, outturn and outrun any muscle car on the planet.
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and then you put it on sale and people buy it.
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And that, just very recently, he developed an irrational hatred of Rubens Barrichello.
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Oh, the Camaro getting it very crossed up.
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Rupert!
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and I did ask him, "Do you understand it?"
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But I've done other films, kind of in between,
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LAUGHTER
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I had a Mini, a Mini One, which I kind of chavved up a little bit.
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Did nobody tell you that?
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It does, yeah, yeah, I was really shocked by that. Oh, you see, you know...
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Earlier on, we tested the new Aston Martin Rapide, which we liked, despite the price,
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We'll go to different places and it'll be who get to his place first.
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Groom is going to want to go in the Aston.
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Meanwhile, I'd arrived at the groom's house.
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This is the Maserati Quattroporte. Not the original model, which had a slightly ropey gearbox.
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That sounds really good, yeah.
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No, no, this isn't a test, I'm just... Because I've done this loop, I'm not absolutely sure...
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Is she a calm bride?
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Are you sure it was that way? Yes. Yeah.
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Actually, no, I tell you what. The bride's mother told me on the way over there's an airfield near here.
Aired 6 years ago - Jul 04, 2010

With a budget of £5,000 each, the boys buy cars which are at home on the track and suitable to do the family shopping. James tests the Porsche 911 Sport Classic and the Boxster Spyder. Alistair Campbell is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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Belgium is home to everything. Tennis players, chips...
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It's not! Oh, and he's gone for the fake wood door-pull.
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the Germans were all drunk, running around celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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5,000rpm.
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122. A bit of a weave.
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Come on. I'm the tallest thing here.
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BAND CONTINUES PLAYING
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The judges' decision is final. Saying...
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Note the plain, sensible front end,
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We want the old one back. We really do. We do.
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It's because nobody wants orange wheels, obviously!
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but I had several accidents in a Reliant Robin.
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It's a more stable three-wheeler configuration.
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to come and rescue you, because it was the 1950s and the mobile telephone hadn't been invented.
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"Volume One. "
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This does have an airbag.
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And because it's lighter, 0-60 is done in just five seconds.
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Ah!
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I have started behaving a bit like the other two idiots.
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It's a shame he's not here to stand up, but never mind, will carry on without him.
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Off now, slowly, to the first corner.
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I don't mind that. don't like that. I have the time here
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Not necessarily right.
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What star sign are you? Gemini.
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I don't think you can tell anybody to smile.
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INDISTINCT RESPONSE I'm going to make a guess.
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The chat we have outside about the director general will be in there...
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the whole country in concrete and drive in big cars.
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'Let's have a look through the first corner. I'm going to see this car...
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So...
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"I'm faster than you. I'm faster than you. I'm faster than you. "
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'and a gizmo to check the roundness of its tyres. '
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This, he claimed, was the best? ! And famously said that.
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You don't need to speak to him...
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I hate to say this
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19?! Mmm.
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You can feel the multi-link, Martin Brundle-approved,
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the World Touring Car Championship, the British Rally Championship!
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Oh, come on, then, what was the time for the BM, what was the lap time?
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And then there would be one point for every hit we got.
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Vroom! Vroom! Vroom!
Aired 7 years ago - Jun 27, 2010

Jeremy wonders why there aren't more three-wheeled cars and investigates further with a closer look at the Reliant Robin. James drives the Toyota Hilux pickup up an active volcano in Iceland; and The Stig rips up the track in the new Bentley Continental Supersports.

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They've also reprogrammed the four wheel drive system so that now most of the power goes to the back.
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But even if you do that the computer steps in,
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Oh dear! Now, I don't think that's legal any more,
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Yes, it is. Anyway, we must now find out how fast
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This is incredible! But Stig's out of the wreckage!
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Now, obviously, this was a job for a rugged, outdoorsy sort of chap.
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This really brings it all back,
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Emile didn't look very confident,
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a volcanologist who couldn't get to the volcano because of the weather.
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Wow, that's dark.
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I could hardly stand up.
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Oh, God, look at that.
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God, that's hot.
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Here is...
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Ferrari has broken the lap record of the Nurburgring for production cars with this, the 599XX.
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piece of graffiti has also been at work in Russia on a drawbridge. I've got a picture here.
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It's got a million horsepower, yes!
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It's a bit close to the whole exhaust process for food.
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That would be my Top Gear top tip for the night.
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That's great. Good. Now, for this new series of Top Gear, we have the new reasonably-priced car.
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It took Mum to and from hospital when the kids were born.
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What a life it's been.
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Except today, they weigh a little bit more because each has been stuffed with 25 kilograms of nitroglycerine.
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A Lamborghini, no, it isn't, it's the same height as him, so it can't be a Lamborghini.
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We couldn't just invite a celebrity tonight, and ask them, "So!
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No. She isn't coming.
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Oh, yes! But at that mome nt,a Page 3 girl arrived.
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Whoa! Someone left a cake out in the rain.
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Bill went bird watching and that left to me all alone with my new best friend.
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We knock five seconds off, or we add five seconds for a wet lap in our mind, so it's five seconds gone.
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from, let's be honest, skidding downa mountain at extremely high speed. Sophisticated skidding!
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.. when Louie out on the track.
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I've been in charge of everything you see here.
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When it's not raining. Maybe you could use a faster car?
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Oh, no. I've crashed it. I've crashed it almost immediately.
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Where's Martin Fry out of ABC when you need him?
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Oh no! I'm 50 years old.
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Sack of cement on t'passenger seat belt, helps the balance.
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In this, it feels like I'm driving through South Yorkshire in the 1970s, again.
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Since then, it's dropped to just 513,000.
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