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Season 17

Aired 5 years ago - Jul 31, 2011

Jeremy Clarkson and James May set out for the seaside in a pair of electric cars, the Nissan Leaf and the Peugeot iOn, stopping off in Lincoln along the way. Richard Hammond meets an extraordinary rally team in which everyone is an amputee with a military background, and finally the new Lamborghini Aventador is taken out on the track.

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A V12 is kind of its signature dish, it defines the car.
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And now we're in corsa mode,
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the steering is just...
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Yes I do. Yes. What is Helsinki syndrome?
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And that he spent all week waiting for a big cheque from the Germans,
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He's doing a lot more than that now.
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Right, it's time for us to do the news and we begin with this.
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It's ridiculous! The ride is stupid.
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a copy of a motorcycling magazine from 1976.
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Lewis Hamilton has been in the news this week
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So he gets up on the podium and...
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I want to see what happens when it goes to minus one.
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that did it in 59 seconds.
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except the engine doesn't shout or bellow or roar.
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to deflect air away from the mirrors.
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Soon we pulled over to examine our cars more closely.
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So far then, all seems well with these cars.
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What does that mean? What's an eco-tree? What are you saying?
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Well, a few hours I suppose. Is it?
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'but they were all too far away.'
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whatever the equivalent of empty is for a battery.
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See that, blue light on the dashboard.
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Basically, in the Ice Age,
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Are you going to go? I can't go, actually.
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That's £8.30 to do - it says - 100 miles.
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Interesting. I've also done 26 miles but this is the bit you'll like,
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These cars, then, are not the future.
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I think that might catch on. But seriously,
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Ladies and gentlemen, it's the other one from the X Factor, Louis Walsh.
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No, Old Time Rock And Roll. Old Time Rock And Roll.
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No. Absolutely not. I have Led Zeppelin albums at home.
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"Because Louis and Simon..." Simon's not on this year.
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I always think, but what could I do to improve myself?
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Do you remember what period Mustang?
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Yes, look, here you go. Foot still in it.
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You really do need to get those gear-changes worked out.
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who better to attend, we thought,
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and ended up basically losing my left arm and having my legs amputated.
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I know there's amputees all round the world
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I'd like to see it function, for a start.
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Go through, go through, go through.
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'Tom uses 300% more energy than an able-bodied person, just to move around.'
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The guy obviously had Manchester United shirts
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 24, 2011

Jeremy Clarkson tries out the new Lotus T125, and an updated version of the classic Jensen Interceptor. Also, the team employs all manner of second-hand military equipment to knock down a row of derelict houses, aiming to complete the job in less time than a team of demolition experts.

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However, it as thirsty as the jet,
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If anything ever has a button on it or a light, they're massive. Girls.
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Who here would like us to stop making this rubbish and make that instead? Yes!
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So, about 8% of the population want me to get a move on.
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for a time, was the fastest car in the world, verified by Guinness. Faster than the Bugatti Veyron.
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We've got this new car, it's called the Cygnet and Colette
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"A guide to Paris, a plastic camera, an empty bottle
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A giant stork that wees on its knees is not strictly our kind of deal.
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I will move it on because I want to talk about sport.
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For instance, included in the price is Geoff,
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Because I was so generously proportioned,
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It's just terrifying. Oh, I can't turn the wheel!
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And to explain why, I switched to my own car.
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in this car which has enormous, ventilated discs, I would
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until you stand on them! It's all over the place!
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Then, second gear. For the Chicago. Through the tyres. Yes. Yes.
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until your neck hurts and then you go home.
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there is really no point entering a wet lap in this,
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And that is Geldof Corner. I know you've got Gambon Corner, which I'm sure we'll see later.
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And I slammed on the brakes
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there was a West Country crowd and there were as an Irish crowd.
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more environmentally aware. You know.
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It doesn't fit on iTunes very easily, how to, oh, there we go.
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I'm not a speed head, and then I start to enjoy it
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Wait, I don't mean pouring down, do I?
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So, anyway, Bob Geldof. Don't say and I'll watch it at home.
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Hands up those that think you could do... who could be in the top ten if you did it.
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"an enormous help if you would come over and smash his house to bits. "
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Ye-e-e-s! You are history!
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May? What? It won't fall down. You try.
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which seems unlikely, or those diggery things and the pecky thing,
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So this, or a Ford Focus.
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'to find a vehicle that might be suitable for our demolition project. '
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I'm not sure you could drive it through a building.
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Unlike James's, mine is white. It's also absolutely excellent.
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It's a military machine with some white paint on it. It isn't military!
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'so in order not to keep the chaps waiting,
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Hammond, you do the cream ones, and I'll do this lot. That make sense?
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Stop there, stop there! Jeremy, the roof's going to land on it.
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which is holding the house up, the roof and everything else will fall into a neat pile in the middle.
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Aired 5 years ago - Jul 17, 2011

The presenters manage to finally find a good use for caravans after they try to make train travel cost less, faster and more interesting. Rowan Atkinson is the celebrity behind the wheel of the Reasonably Priced Car this week. Jeremy gets the chance to test drive the Jaguar XKR-S and the updated Nissan GT-R to compare the two cars.

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And I'm sorry but red brake callipers on a Jag...
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It expands and it contracts too much.
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That's faster than almost anything else with a tax disc.
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But you know what the problem is, don't you?
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and that he thinks Harper Seven is a convicted terrorist cell.
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Back under control now for Gambon, and drifts it through, and across the line.
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which is four times as much. Anyway, we must now do the news.
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Can we just say one other thing as well, about launch control?
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Turned the lights off, looked down to see where I was going, and there
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Any Glaswegians here?
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Anyway, it's a normal Punto Abarth, which you buy for £17,000,
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or maybe you could use the big box as a spaceship and then the little one as a dashboard. Come on!
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Yes, you did. It's quite interesting, this, because I have a photograph
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That's annoying.
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To find out, I took it to Top Gear's Secret Railway Development Centre
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This was in total £4,750. That is an enormous saving!
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We've solved public transport, literally solved it. Yep!
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Inside, it was beautifully appointed,
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You'll say, "I'll have second class." We'll make more profit. We'll make more money. Exactly.
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You did. It's a rear-wheel-drive roadster.
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That's why it's called a train. I'm not changing the car.
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For goodness' sake. Look at this, that is a fat exhaust.
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And why, did you find that...? Well, I liked its modesty.
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You had an Aston Martin last time we saw you in Johnny English. Yes.
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Which was? Which was an engine.
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I'm with you, I'm a huge fan of the Phantom.
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Can I just say, it's also the faces. Exactly, that helps.
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followed by Ross Noble, the northern comedian. I was born in the north.
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It is actually remarkable,
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Yeah, and that left Hammond and me with all the coaches,
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James, that's my job! I'm running this bit of the train.
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It's a railway!
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Do you think it's safe? No.
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Oh, no.
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That was an overshoot. RICHARD: 'Stop doing the BLEEP-ing announcements, that's my job!'
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Good for people with one arm.
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And now I would show May that speed is right, speed is good.
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Ignore the enormous locomotive behind me.
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80mph.
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It appears my colleagues have a bit of a problem.
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 10, 2011

Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond find second-hand bargains for the price of Britain's cheapest brand new car, the Nissan Pixo. James May is in Nevada to test the toughness of the Range Rover Evoque and chauffeuring a megastar through Las Vegas. Also, the McLaren MP4-12C is compared with its rival, the Ferrari 458.

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without crashing into it. Oh, yes!
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'This gives you better cornering and, more importantly, a better ride.'
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'It's a simple, elegant, a truly lovely place to sit.'
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'but when you drive this, it's like you're operating'
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'The Ferrari, though, that is a pair of stockings.'
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Some say that he refuses to acknowledge
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'How much is he going to clip the corner?
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No, it's like a northern Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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Somebody else is having one at Silverstone on the weekend of 22nd July,
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Anyone from the MG owners' club? Not here, obviously.
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it's also got a multimedia system that can bring up Facebook and Twitter.
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At this time of year that's bad for the paintwork cos the lacquer is soft.
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If the cherry stones were in its gut, it must have eaten the cherry whole,
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I reckon it would be three, maybe four minutes
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Going on this one, I could miss that rock.
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Still, it's quite a noble effort.
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'Eventually, my destination came into view.
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But didn't you spot the difference? I mean, the Adam's apple and the...
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Ladies and gentlemen, Sebastian Vettel!
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I mean, I enjoy it, you know.
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"And the first to use a lavatory..."
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And you give all your cars names?
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And then I saw the English version and I loved it.
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Yeah, so that's why I'm...
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Tortured tyres. Going through the follow-through.
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40...
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You can lean back now. You can relax. Well done for today.
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You also get a radio, and a dial!
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if you're prepared to ferret around on the second-hand market?
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Back in 1988, this car cost someone £79,000.
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This one is now for sale with 47,000 miles on the clock
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and you are driving about in a convertible Porsche.
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54,000. Rubbish!
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more aerodynamic and, in a race like this, aerodynamics matter.
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so I think given a longer runway, like 50 miles longer...
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I held it.
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wet himself. Yours... Was an interesting bloke.
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Let me just try the linguatronic, make sure that's working OK.
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 03, 2011

The team travel to Italy to test high-performance hatchbacks. Jeremy Clarkson is in the Citroen DS3 Racing, Richard Hammond is in the Fiat 500C Abarth and James May is in the Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup as they navigate their way round baffling Italian towns and take part in a scavenger hunt.

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I wonder how we can find that out.
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and it will go on to 186 miles an hour!
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I have to address the elephant in the room.
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LAUGHTER
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Very neat on the way out, though.
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You will. Because the boss of the company was quoted this week
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It's not alone. What's that Kia called, from a while back? The Rooney. Not the Rooney.
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I'll stump him.
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Well, now there's another one. Here it is.
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Yeah. Why would you name your car after THAT? Honestly, James, I don't think they knew.
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But it still has back seats that fold down. It's still small.
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Ha-ha! Gentlemen, behold the Fiat 500 Abarth convertible.
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Magnificent, ridiculous... It's a bit boring, bland.
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I can't go left.
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having a bag on your head or being blind.
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Yes, there's no missing it, is there?
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That's what I said, "A dog"! What's the point of that?
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In all fairness, the Fiat and the Citroen are very similarly equipped.
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Suspension's gone down a bit. That's ten.
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TRANSLATION:
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There you go. Off-roading.
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I've got to get a cube of ice. Not difficult.
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I like dogs and cats.
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What this is, it's an acrylic fur stuffed with industrial waste. That's no way to talk about a dog.
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I just...
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You move on a bike and you look where you want to go and the bike goes.
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So I floored it into this bale of hay. I went, "Here we go,"
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Beyond anything you could possibly imagine. Literally, it torched...
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that was the area of destruction. So you've come back to live in England now?
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Murray Mints flying all over. Are you actually allowed to drive it on the road?
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Squealing like a pig, boy! Squeal like a pig.
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Who's another biker on there?
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The Northern comics are the fastest people in the world, as it turns out.
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A chance to drive this little thing.
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As we approached Monte Carlo, I heard a familiar sound.
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I don't know the fastest line through Rascasse! I don't know what Rascasse is!
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A good run through the tunnel and then on the brakes. The left-right?
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A very nice man called Tim O'Glock. An Irishman...
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Let's go over to the right a bit, shall we?
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I am out of my depth to a degree I've never before experienced.
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I can see why racing drivers love this track. You are just on it.
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It was amazing. I'm not exactly steeped in F1 folklore, but still,
Aired 5 years ago - Jun 26, 2011

Jeremy drives a modern day interpretation of the E-type Jaguar as it celebrates its 50th birthday. Richard travels to South Africa where he test drives a larger, rugged alternative to the Hummer. James, with the help of Olympic athlete Amy Williams, takes a look at the latest Mini rally car. Alice Cooper as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

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Take the back seats, for instance.
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It really is like offroading quite a large building.
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Now, normally the towaway people leave you powerless and penniless,
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drive, handbrake off.
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and as a result you can't open them, so this is where it gets a bit awkward.
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in the NCAP ratings, and we start not with this but with that.
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The question is, can it still be driven?
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"My watch survived the explosion completely unscathed.
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I like the idea of the Slob. Now, hey, you know when you're pregnant?
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they sent out here and it says the first car was driven off the line by the only woman who works there.
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to fix on the badge is made from a dead British racehorse.
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No, I went on it, and did you know - because somebody doesn't - there's somebody driving around
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Are you suggesting then we go out and hunt?
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What BMW has done to create this is take a standard one-series and pump it up a bit.
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It's a family saloon.
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..with an enormous goat.
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OK, hard on the brakes, penultimate corner, still very greasy out there.
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but then he became a rock star and decided he needed a rock-starry name so he changed it to Alice.
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Mary Whitehouse - in essence, she was the Daily Mail but in a pearl necklace really.
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It is. The Prince of Darkness. We're doing a big show at the Ally Pally.
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And your car was in the swimming pool.
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Iggy Pop, Ted Nugent, Bob Seeger, Madonna is Detroit, which a lot of people don't realise.
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That was a Lincoln Zephyr.
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Yeah. No, you're really right because in America we drag race.
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No brake lights there, that's good.
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So...
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Come and see the show, I do that.
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This tiny machine shocked the rally world by winning the prestigious
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Bang! Oh! Go! Yes!
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Captain Paddy Slow to get stuffed and make way for their driver.
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nearly two kilometres - and it too is twisting, turning, yumping, icy terror.
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Sadly for us, she had a great start.
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Here we go. Whoa!
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Point? 61.04. Yeah?
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the pivot point will move and the runners grip the ice.
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But look here. The owner of this house wouldn't be allowed
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it could only be operated when the rest of the country was asleep.
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Because when the E-type was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961,
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"What was that?!"
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Britt Ekland, Frank Sinatra, George Best,
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But they haven't.
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There is, however, a problem.
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and I don't think that's right, which is why I've organised something a little more substantial.