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Season 2  "James and Richard Go Camping in Cabriolets"  2x8

Aired 16 years ago - Jul 06, 2003

REVIEWS: Nissan 350Z • Alfa Romeo 147 GTA • Citroën C3 Pluriel •Mercedes CLK500 • Audi A4 • Daihatsu Copen CHALLENGE: The Race for the Universe James and Richard go camping with a selection of cabriolets to see which is the best. Naturally they choose the wettest place in Britain, Buttermere in Cumbria. Jeremy drives the Alpha Romeo 147 GTA and the Nissan 350Z and a Klingon, a Darlek, a Cyberman, Ming the Merciless and Darth Vader race each other around the track in a souped-up Honda Civic. Jodie Kidd shows the men how to drive the Liana - properly.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 1
We've had fusion food before,
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So I pointed its nose at the road snaking out of Sheffield and up onto the moors.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 3
and on to a top speed of 150, and I'm sure it will.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 4
I could go very berserk at this point,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 5
three ancillary dials, driving position's good.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 6
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When we get a British one, we'll give it to the Stig.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 8
is one of the reasons we love these cars. That crazy British optimism.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 9
And that's about 17,500...too much.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 10
Why, do you think they'll think we're a pair of screaming..? Exactly. Yes.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 11
and there's a nice cold metal ball on the gear stick.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 12
It's a diesel! Somebody decided,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 13
extravagant and illogical five-litre V8.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 14
280 components just in the roof frame! And a lightning conductor.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 15
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And there's another problem.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 17
It's quite safe, though. It's very safe. NCAP crash-test, four stars.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 18
Seemed all right. Beetle. Would you buy one?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 19
You may as well have a small engine. So why not have the Audi? Yes. Why take the Merc over the Audi?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 20
My guest tonight is very, very tall and a global fashion icon.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 21
That helps. If it's a Ferrari... I'll drive with my knees up here.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 22
This year, I did San Francisco to Miami.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 23
The truckers help out, don't they?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 24
Have you driven one on a track?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 25
So where did the love of cars come from?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 26
I have three donkeys at home. Yes?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 27
I'm competitive, I went round until I got a good time. Practice laps.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 28
Very smooth...
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 29
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 30
We have. So, we set out to find the fastest Master Of The Universe.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 31
TYRES SCREECH
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 32
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Yes, indeed. Ming's on a hot bot.
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Now I understand. Thought I'd chip in. Thank you, Jeremy. Incisive motoring journalism there.
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Which means we have a winner. It's the Cyberman.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 39
"My neighbour is a clot and he's ruined...
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 40
The BX has got a suspension that goes up and down.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 41
Look at that! That! THAT is a spoiler. No, it isn't.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 42
That's a Vauxhall Cavalier, isn't it? You can tell?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 43
Then Volkwsagen came along with the Golf R32.
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trying desperately to keep the power away from the wheels.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 46
But that's OK because you'd have to be insane to buy one.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 47
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and I know it'll ruin you BUT if you want to be sensible - get the bus.
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Off the line and predictably a huge amount of wheel spin!
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 50
No. He's through it. He was four seconds off at the halfway mark.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 2
So I pointed its nose at the road snaking out of Sheffield and up onto the moors.
#2
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 3
and on to a top speed of 150, and I'm sure it will.
#3
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 4
I could go very berserk at this point,
#4
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 5
three ancillary dials, driving position's good.
#5
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When we get a British one, we'll give it to the Stig.
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 8
is one of the reasons we love these cars. That crazy British optimism.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 9
And that's about 17,500...too much.
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 10
Why, do you think they'll think we're a pair of screaming..? Exactly. Yes.
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 11
and there's a nice cold metal ball on the gear stick.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 12
It's a diesel! Somebody decided,
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 13
extravagant and illogical five-litre V8.
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 14
280 components just in the roof frame! And a lightning conductor.
#14
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And there's another problem.
#16
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It's quite safe, though. It's very safe. NCAP crash-test, four stars.
#17
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 18
Seemed all right. Beetle. Would you buy one?
#18
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You may as well have a small engine. So why not have the Audi? Yes. Why take the Merc over the Audi?
#19
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 20
My guest tonight is very, very tall and a global fashion icon.
#20
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That helps. If it's a Ferrari... I'll drive with my knees up here.
#21
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 22
This year, I did San Francisco to Miami.
#22
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The truckers help out, don't they?
#23
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 24
Have you driven one on a track?
#24
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 25
So where did the love of cars come from?
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 26
I have three donkeys at home. Yes?
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 27
I'm competitive, I went round until I got a good time. Practice laps.
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 28
Very smooth...
#28
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We have. So, we set out to find the fastest Master Of The Universe.
#30
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TYRES SCREECH
#31
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Yes, indeed. Ming's on a hot bot.
#33
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Now I understand. Thought I'd chip in. Thank you, Jeremy. Incisive motoring journalism there.
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 38
Which means we have a winner. It's the Cyberman.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 39
"My neighbour is a clot and he's ruined...
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 40
The BX has got a suspension that goes up and down.
#40
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 41
Look at that! That! THAT is a spoiler. No, it isn't.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 42
That's a Vauxhall Cavalier, isn't it? You can tell?
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 43
Then Volkwsagen came along with the Golf R32.
#43
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trying desperately to keep the power away from the wheels.
#45
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 46
But that's OK because you'd have to be insane to buy one.
#46
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and I know it'll ruin you BUT if you want to be sensible - get the bus.
#48
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 49
Off the line and predictably a huge amount of wheel spin!
#49
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 50
No. He's through it. He was four seconds off at the halfway mark.
#50