Aired 12 years ago - Dec 28, 2008
Arriving in Vietnam, James, Richard and James have to travel the entire length of the country in just eight days. But first they have to buy some suitable transport for the trip, and despite having several million Dong in their pockets, this proves
to be rather more difficult than they expected, especially in one of the most expensive car markets in the world.
Go on. No.
Over 60 million of those
have been built,
Guys, I can't do that.
'Jeremy and I
had to get helmets made...
'If we were to reach our overnight
stop in the mountain town of Da Lat,
Gear box has a mind of its own,
there's no suspension,
it just wobbles!
Over 60 million of these sold,
so if you combine the Beetle,
We've drunk 'em,
but we'll get another.
'But later, we may have made
mischief with Hammond's helmet.'
Name one upside!
That rain makes a really annoying
noise on my colander...helmet.
we can't just keep them
going with tools,
I might even get third gear.
Wait for it.
This is where it gets bad. Got to be
careful on the downhill bits cos
only the back brake works.
# Nowhere to hide... #
Ah, this is Chinese brocade.
Oh, come on, it's like being on
holiday with two idiots.
You getting fond of your motorcycle,
Jeremy? No. Are you sure? Yes.
Check out the lining! Ho-ho-ho!
I need some straps.
reminders of the war, stunning food,
The sun rose over another
beautiful day in the 'Nam.
How did you know what she asked?
We are now licenced. We could have
a Top Gear licence, with
all our faces on it.
and the finish line was still more
than 400 miles away.
James was a bit upset that my spare
wheel had come through my painting.
In the accident,
we've lost her hand.
It's not brilliant, mate,
if I'm honest.
'Hammond didn't fancy
any of that and nor did he
go for the main course.'
I doubt they're connected by
a three-foot wide dusty path
So there we are. It's
my first bike crash, so I'm
a member of the club now.
Ha Long City! There it is!
No, but look on the bright side.
James had attached his bike to a
traditional fishing boat,
'But then in true Top Gear
He doesn't usually pitch up on a
homemade amphibious scooter. No.
'Eventually, blind luck brought
Hammond close to the pontoon
Aired 12 years ago - Dec 14, 2008
James visits California to learn about the hydrogen-fuelled Honda Clarity, and Jeremy assesses the performance of Tesla's battery-powered supercar the Roadster. Richard looks back over 50 years of British touring car racing, and singer Tom Jones is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
the racing was incredible.
that didn't stop them crashing.
and now fighting his way from the back,
drove out of his skin.
100% of British people want the BTCC to
become the Burning Touring Car Championship.
"I will send the BBC an email
and I don't care if they don't read it."
It's that new helicopter piano removal company
that moved in next door.
I think some people just find this sort of thing
comes more naturally to them.
Earlier in the week, we decided to try them out
by seeing how high up the side of the BBC
As if they imagine that those of us who have
had one for years,
- No, we are. Who'd like to see that?
Right, back to it.
Actually, can I just make a point?
- This wizard's sleeve, for instance.
It's made in California,
it's based on the Lotus Elise...
The volt head has overtaken the petrol head.
They are three times more expensive
The first electric car that you might
actually want to buy.
Some say that he doesn't like to get
his helmet wet.
Can't reach. So they have to build up enough
momentum in their rocking chair
and the old lady can effortlessly
make Adrian Chiles go away.
"Oh, Christ!" Blood pouring out my ears
and so on.
Now, you've got a new album out, which of
course is why you're here, to tell us all about it.
- What, when you were a kid?
- Yeah, when I was a teenager.
- You're well to look frightened.
- Yeah, I bet.
- Ooh, I used to have one of those.
- (Tom) Here's the fast one coming up.
- Are they driving gloves?
in 1:52.2, which puts you...
The V8 bellow of the new Mercedes CLK Black.
And now the John Sergeant Award.
Can I just ask, a couple of weeks ago - were
you watching when Kevin McCloud came here
Jeremy Clarkson interviewing Will Young
and here he is.
The Ford Fiesta.
Look at the way it corners, this is proper,
old-fashioned racing car handling.
Terribly important. If you don't do that you get
hydrogen all over your shoes.
I'm trying to come up with a bit of a setup
like this next to my house.
Aired 12 years ago - Dec 07, 2008
Jeremy asks whether the Eastern bloc countries ever made a good car, and Richard assesses the performance of new German sports model the Veritas. The latest Ford Fiesta is also put through its paces in a stringent road test, and London mayor Boris Johnson is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
The biggest problem by a country
mile is the big round thing
in front of me.
Yes. You know Jeremy's wife's got
one of these? Ah... Very
fond of it, big fan.
I should add, since I drove
the car, Veritas have given it
Now we must find out if
can do any better.
Quite a heck of a lot
faster, because it's up here!
Every year, they do a survey in
which they ask the whole world
Yeah, no... That's just a noise.
What's it like on the top of
Everest? It's all right.
work it out. It's...
Really, I genuinely
congratulate you for your bravery.
They replaced the excellent disc
brakes with drums, which were worse.
The Cortina was a whole pound
Elitist! The coils, James,
are from a Bulgarian's biro.
..the Zzzgggz 968.
Well, Mr Scargill, a quick canter
through some other Eastern Bloc
cars will prove you wrong.
We dropped it from
a 23-storey tower block.
Still, having it here enables us
to answer an important question.
Russian communism is better
than British communism.
It does work well as a brazier.
That's what it feels like.
These three cars - Maserati,
What you find is that people
are far from loving - shout all
sorts of hostile things. Who shouts
You cycle, have you not been
attacked by a bus driver?
But they need to look in their
mirrors. Let's move it on.
"The essence of it is, in my view,
not to change up until you
hit about 6,000rpm."
Can I just talk about the Olympics?
If you believe that cars cause
global warming, get a Range
Rover and it will warm it up.
That's lovely. Watch out for
the rubber tyres. The rubber tyres.-
Yes, missed those. Come on, Boris.
What I thought I'd do is break
the road test down into segments.
Hopefully, cover all the bases.
I got out of the shopping centre
and the 'Vette didn't.
Aired 12 years ago - Nov 30, 2008
Richard celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Ferrari Daytona by taking one back to its spiritual home - the Italian Riviera - before trying to beat James and a powerboat in a race from Portofino to St Tropez. Jeremy tests the new BMW M3 saloon
and compares it with the Lexus IS-F. Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
So let's see how the two of them
get on in a drag race.
So what about price?
Gone in a biblical ball of smoke
And across the line!
180 countries you could go to
and saying, "Yes, Germany."
which is called the Panamera,
which sounds like a hat.
Along with the manhole covers
using the ultimate
crucible of excellence, motorsport.
we have the Mercedes 0305G.
To be honest, they're not that good
on passenger usage per mile.
True to their word, the touring car
racers avoided body contact,
No low floor means poor disabled access.
which didn't do too well
in the "I'm a bus driver
Just tell the mayor that was
a crash test or something.
- Go on.
- Have a seat.
The blades need a bit of work
in as much as you bought
a new shiny object
I know you're not an architect
but design is the same sort of thing.
A Toyota Prius
with its nickel batteries
(Jeremy) That doesn't look
quite as tame as you're making out.
Normally, people cut the corner
or go too far and run wide.
And, actually... We actually have...
There's loads of technical reasons
why it's so clever and brilliant
You're American? Welcome.
And when you open up the handbook
does it go, "Hear ye, hear ye"?
What?! Whoa, hang on!
What, you're saying that's?
It's just a blue turtleneck jumper.
The Ferrari Daytona.
and me in the greatest
grand tourer ever made.
and, for that reason,
I couldn't drive it on my own.
(Paul) About 45 knots so 50mph.
it just sounds right.
(Richard) When it was launched in 1968,
The technique, apparently,
is to relax.
Situation report: It's becoming very, very choppy
(Richard) I was, indeed, ahead
and as I neared the French border,
But because the police had stopped
Hammond for much longer,
but, you know, modern world.
Aired 12 years ago - Nov 23, 2008
Jeremy, Richard and James are challenged to drive from the heart of Switzerland to the north-western coast of England on just one tank of fuel, with the winner switching on the Blackpool illuminations. James also power tests the Pagani Zonda F
Roadster, and the Stig sets a lap time in the Bugatti Veyron. Grand Designs presenter Harry Enfield is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
And my eyeballs
are back in the correct position
on the front of my face.
Pagani is still very much here still
today, getting up Ferrari's nose.
Since I'd got my eye in
with the Zonda, I took that.
I wasn't kidding.
I do actually mean it.
I think it was that you stepped
out of the Panda, into the Zonda,
No, really, apart from being given
one, I can't think of a reason.
What sort of band are those kids in?
Thank God for that.
It's like people that say
you've got to eat natural yoghurt
because it's good for you.
First one there would get
their name in the history books.
Yes, it's a big four-wheel-drive
estate, but it has a large fuel tank
which gives good range.
How many miles per gallon...?
You see, this is a VW Polo...
We know what it is!
Well, theoretical range, 706 miles.
But what if you need one of these?
What if you need a wishbone?
to 17 hours of mental arithmetic.
but there's fewer hills
I had to use my brakes,
and then I've got to accelerate
again, which uses more fuel.
The only problem was boredom,
and that was made worse
by a phone call from James.
So, I'm gonna spend a bit more fuel-
to get there on time.
But now, if you've always
fancied a supercar
Because that, they've got
a supercar, 911 nose on the front,
Which is? Which is that when I came-
on, I did the round in the car,
Clarkson Island has the greatest
number of Clarksons in the world.
You're coming too soon, Enfield.
what we want to do and we'll
find it funny, and I think it sort
of helped our relationship, too.
Prince Harry, Prince whatever he's
called, the other one. William.
There you go, ladies and gentlemen.
Jeremy meanwhile had decided
the whole thing was impossible.
as once again
we'd all chosen different routes.
Our man on the ground was preparing
by having an afternoon nap.
Since Birmingham, neither had I.
How you kept that... I thought,
there's no way he can do it.
OK, I did make the mistake of going
too slowly, but nevertheless, I got
63 miles to the gallon out of that.
Right, now the Stig can really
wind up all 16 cylinders, all
four turbos, all 987 horsepower.
Aired 12 years ago - Nov 16, 2008
Clarkson, Hammond and James take on the challenge of making an ordinary second-hand car lap the test track as fast as a brand-new, purpose-built sports saloon. James enlists the help of F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen in a quest to discover why the
Finns are such good racing drivers. Richard hammers around the track in the outlandish Veritas sports car. Mark Wahlberg is the Hollywood Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
to their iPod from their iReal.
Because Honda has made
an even better car, right?
Now, Geoff Hoon, OK,
is the transport minister, yes?
- (Man) Villiers.
"I'm not spending a penny more
than L1.2 mil on my next car!"
Jeremy was not really bothered.
You can go in with that jacket,
well, maybe not.
As you're getting all hot
under your tweed collars about this,
so before letting him loose
on our track in a very fast car,
One of the reasons
for Finnish driving prowess
Unfortunately, the only person
I could find was a retired bloke.
No, honestly, what's going on now,
we are going really, really slowly.
But he taught me to be quite smooth
and fast on a tarmac circuit.
And then finally...
What is Finnish courage?
Let me give you an example.
- Is that quite Finnish?
- Yes, it is. Very much.
"I want to buy your car,"
and he or she has to sell it to you.
you have to be able
to power-slide a car?
is blend some beef.
- I'm just worried.
What I'd like to do is
whenever my wife puts The Archers on,
- You haven't! Have you?
He's not really from "the hood", you know.
and you go, "Ah, no."
and we wanted to make sure
we could make a really cool movie.
I was going to say, you did have a...
How can I phrase this?
I'm at the one, you know...
(Jeremy) Here we go!
That's an aggressive start.
Most of whom you won't have a clue
who they are.
Now, in these dark and difficult times,
He's right. That or the Kia Rio.
They were over 20 seconds to 60.
- Ford Mondeo. Good one.
but, no, they fitted it with clever
double hinges that they call kinematic
but we didn't realize
how nowhere near.
we backed the car
into a borrowed workshop
Right, this is the standard front disk
of the Avantime.
and the boffins from the Top Gear
The springs are stiffer
and the dampers can be adjusted
James, just old-fashioned tuning.
All our figures have been gained
with about 150 horsepower.
So it had come to this.
Aired 12 years ago - Nov 09, 2008
Jeremy, Richard and James travel to the US to take a road trip from San Francisco to the heart of Utah in three new-generation muscle cars, hoping this time to avoid a mob of angry locals pelting them with rocks. The Fiat 500 Abarth gets a test drive and Will Young is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
It's got air-conditioning. It's got
MP3 connectivity. It's got a CD player.
And then they found the only way of keeping
it cool was to run with the boot lid open.
And if you try to drive it with
the bonnet open, it doesn't work at all.
It corners well too.
there might have been one photograph of him
without his father gurning in the back of shot.
This really is the kind of car you'd imagine
would try to make love to your leg.
Now, that's 0-60, 8.7 seconds, 125mph.
You would have to have literally
no penis at all to buy a car like that.
and she's the one from the Pussycat Dolls,
"You're going to get it tonight."
"He's holding them up!"
No, Richard, that's the parade lap.
Erm... I am very sorry
that I didn't put the GT2's time on the board.
three brand-new American
muscle cars have arrived.
But immediately we ran into another problem.
We burbled out of San Francisco,
...has been round the Nürburgring,
I wasn't expecting to hear that.
- It's hideous, and what's the point...
- Why do they have that?
It's a town with some light bulbs on it.
(Jeremy) Two revving V8s
and the alarms went berserk.
- Are you... John Lennon or, uh...
- Might be.
I get that, I get... 'cause I do
have quite a wide jaw. So I get...
And I... and I was born in 1979.
My grandmother had an Alfa Spider.
They always had 'em.
I always think of it like Lego.
You could just, you know...
Jeremy and Will do up Surrey houses.
But some things the Stig, er... was saying
to me, and I just sort of didn't quite get...
- We've got to do that show. It'll be brilliant.
But to cheer James up,
Hammond and I decided not to use it.
Look at that road. Look at it.
This is what this car's for.
- (Jeremy) Did you leave it there?
- No, of course I didn't leave it in the road.
But despite that, this car has been round
the Nürburgring in less than eight minutes.
How can a car, as docile as this one
is most of the time, be this exciting?
(Jeremy) Meanwhile, back at the front,
something amazing was happening.
(Richard) Jeremy's sincerity wasn't convincing,
and his hand gestures didn't help either.
and we immediately bought some hats
so we'd blend in.
(Man) It's slicker. The surface
responds differently to the tires.
Coast is clear.
While Richard had found an expert
who said he should let some air out.
- Oh, God.
Aired 12 years ago - Nov 02, 2008
Jeremy, Richard and James buy second-hand lorries and set about discovering how easy it is to become an HGV driver. The Porsche 911 and Lamborghini Gallardo are also tested, and Michael Parkinson is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
That's so fast.
Loud, big grunt...
which is annoying some of the time.
As I see it, there's just one
drawback to this low-riding Lambo.
And that he once had full sex with
Russell Brand's answering machine.
Steps out again after
the tyres, steady on,
you Morse-crazed mentalist!
I don't know, in the audience
flicking people's ears and blaming
people... Excuse me. Hi.
Is it the first time
you've heard of it?
I'm not going to enjoy this, am I?
No, do carry on, please.
From the back of a c...?
That's not milk.
Actually, I have to say,
I do feel for the poor bloke
who's launched this,
It's a company in the Isle of Wight
that's modified a Citroen
by fitting it with a hat. Yeah.
What have you got then? A lorry.
You must now demonstrate
your lorry driving skills by
Look at that! That's fantastic.
You will now drive to
Milbrook's High Speed Bowl.
so bad but at the other end
there was an electric fire.
Why are you doing that?
Because I can't see where I'm going.
Oi! It was just over a mile from the
hitching point to the Alpine course,
Just let the lorry go,
always let the lorry go.
No! It's dying on me. No! No! No!
I'm a bit nervous about this one.
I bet you are(!) When was the last
time you were nervous?
"and paid butcher for permission
to come to work," etc.
By gum. I don't know. Never once.
My father was 66 or seven
Now I know and respect you,
more actually than a chat
show, as a journalist.
that the conversational kind of chat
show which we're having now, which
my show is based on, that's gone.
It wasn't my fault, no,
but I was responsible for it
What's it called, Jeremy?
It's called My Life In Music.
Oh, yeah. And across the skiddy bit.
I love these two bits.
Despite this, the producers threw us
straight into the next challenge.
I'm doing 60. Eat my Magnum!
Brake too gently you won't pull up,
brake too hard, you'll lock up
Our trucks would be placed on a
slope and then, to focus our minds,
No. Sadly though, even before the
test began, there was an issue.
"You must accelerate to 56 miles an
hour, drive through an obstacle and
then stop as quickly as possible.