Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Season 9 Episode 3 (US Special)

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Top Gear Series 9 Episode 3

On land-of-the-free Top Gear, we spent the whole show in the good ole USA, as we sent Jeremy, Richard and James across the pond on a massive interstate road-trip.

Our presenters touched down in sunny Miami amid a heady cocktail of bikini-clad beach babes, colourful art deco buildings and drug-related gangland violence. They were each given an extremely tight budget of $1000 and told to go off and buy themselves a car in which to embark on an epic road trip, stopping along the way to compete in a series of challenges.

It turned out that finding a car for that sort of money is pretty tricky. Especially if your picky about such things as bullet holes in the windscreen or shrubs growing through the radiator grille. Eventually, though, Jeremy managed to lay hands on a Chevrolet Camaro, Richard landed himself a very utilitarian Dodge Ram pick-up, and James turned up in a Cadillac as large and wobbly as Liberace’s waterbed. The target destination was revealed to be New Orleans, which was over 700 extremely hot, red neck-strewn miles away.

The first stop along the way was the Moroso Motorsports Park, which is unusual in the US because it’s a racetrack that has both left and right hand turns. Each car was put through its paces by none other than the Stig’s super-sized US cousin.

The next challenge was simply to camp out for the evening. There was, however, a small catch – they were only allowed to eat road kill. After several hours of foraging, all they managed to turn up was one slightly mouldy squirrel.

The next morning the presenters faced their final challenge: to drive their cars across Alabama without getting shot. This might sound relatively easy, but before they set off they were allowed to paint slogans on each other’s cars. James ended up with ‘Hilary for president’ scrawled along the side of his Caddy, Jeremy’s Camaro had the words ‘Country and western is rubbish’, and Richard’s pick-up bore the legend ‘Man love rules OK’. These sentiments didn’t go down too well with some of the locals and, to cut a long story short, we were lucky to make it to New Orleans with our lives.

Challenge: American Cheap Car Roadtrip.

First shown on: 11/02/2007

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