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Season 17  "E-Type 50th Anniversary"  17x1

Aired 8 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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Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 1
Take the back seats, for instance.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 2
It really is like offroading quite a large building.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 3
Now, normally the towaway people leave you powerless and penniless,
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 4
drive, handbrake off.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 5
and as a result you can't open them, so this is where it gets a bit awkward.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 6
in the NCAP ratings, and we start not with this but with that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 7
The question is, can it still be driven?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 8
"My watch survived the explosion completely unscathed.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 9
I like the idea of the Slob. Now, hey, you know when you're pregnant?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 10
they sent out here and it says the first car was driven off the line by the only woman who works there.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 11
to fix on the badge is made from a dead British racehorse.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 12
No, I went on it, and did you know - because somebody doesn't - there's somebody driving around
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 13
Are you suggesting then we go out and hunt?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 14
What BMW has done to create this is take a standard one-series and pump it up a bit.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 15
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 16
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It's a family saloon.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 19
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 20
..with an enormous goat.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 21
OK, hard on the brakes, penultimate corner, still very greasy out there.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 22
but then he became a rock star and decided he needed a rock-starry name so he changed it to Alice.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 23
Mary Whitehouse - in essence, she was the Daily Mail but in a pearl necklace really.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 24
It is. The Prince of Darkness. We're doing a big show at the Ally Pally.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 25
And your car was in the swimming pool.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 26
Iggy Pop, Ted Nugent, Bob Seeger, Madonna is Detroit, which a lot of people don't realise.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 27
That was a Lincoln Zephyr.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 28
Yeah. No, you're really right because in America we drag race.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 29
No brake lights there, that's good.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 30
So...
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 31
Come and see the show, I do that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 32
This tiny machine shocked the rally world by winning the prestigious
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 33
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 34
Bang! Oh! Go! Yes!
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 35
Captain Paddy Slow to get stuffed and make way for their driver.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 36
nearly two kilometres - and it too is twisting, turning, yumping, icy terror.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 37
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 38
Sadly for us, she had a great start.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 39
Here we go. Whoa!
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 40
Point? 61.04. Yeah?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 41
the pivot point will move and the runners grip the ice.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 42
But look here. The owner of this house wouldn't be allowed
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 43
it could only be operated when the rest of the country was asleep.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 44
Because when the E-type was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961,
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 45
"What was that?!"
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 46
Britt Ekland, Frank Sinatra, George Best,
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 47
But they haven't.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 48
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 49
There is, however, a problem.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 50
and I don't think that's right, which is why I've organised something a little more substantial.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 2
It really is like offroading quite a large building.
#2
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 3
Now, normally the towaway people leave you powerless and penniless,
#3
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 4
drive, handbrake off.
#4
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 5
and as a result you can't open them, so this is where it gets a bit awkward.
#5
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 6
in the NCAP ratings, and we start not with this but with that.
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 7
The question is, can it still be driven?
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 8
"My watch survived the explosion completely unscathed.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 9
I like the idea of the Slob. Now, hey, you know when you're pregnant?
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 10
they sent out here and it says the first car was driven off the line by the only woman who works there.
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 11
to fix on the badge is made from a dead British racehorse.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 12
No, I went on it, and did you know - because somebody doesn't - there's somebody driving around
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 13
Are you suggesting then we go out and hunt?
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 14
What BMW has done to create this is take a standard one-series and pump it up a bit.
#14
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It's a family saloon.
#18
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..with an enormous goat.
#20
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 21
OK, hard on the brakes, penultimate corner, still very greasy out there.
#21
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 22
but then he became a rock star and decided he needed a rock-starry name so he changed it to Alice.
#22
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 23
Mary Whitehouse - in essence, she was the Daily Mail but in a pearl necklace really.
#23
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 24
It is. The Prince of Darkness. We're doing a big show at the Ally Pally.
#24
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 25
And your car was in the swimming pool.
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 26
Iggy Pop, Ted Nugent, Bob Seeger, Madonna is Detroit, which a lot of people don't realise.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 27
That was a Lincoln Zephyr.
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 28
Yeah. No, you're really right because in America we drag race.
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 29
No brake lights there, that's good.
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 30
So...
#30
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 31
Come and see the show, I do that.
#31
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 32
This tiny machine shocked the rally world by winning the prestigious
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 33 #33 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 34
Bang! Oh! Go! Yes!
#34
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 35
Captain Paddy Slow to get stuffed and make way for their driver.
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 36
nearly two kilometres - and it too is twisting, turning, yumping, icy terror.
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 37 #37 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 38
Sadly for us, she had a great start.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 39
Here we go. Whoa!
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 40
Point? 61.04. Yeah?
#40
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 41
the pivot point will move and the runners grip the ice.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 42
But look here. The owner of this house wouldn't be allowed
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 43
it could only be operated when the rest of the country was asleep.
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 44
Because when the E-type was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961,
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 45
"What was that?!"
#45
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 46
Britt Ekland, Frank Sinatra, George Best,
#46
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 47
But they haven't.
#47
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 48 #48 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 49
There is, however, a problem.
#49
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 1 (S17E01) - 50
and I don't think that's right, which is why I've organised something a little more substantial.
#50