- Jeremy power tests the Volkswagen Golf MkV GTI.
- How much Porsche can you get for £1500?
- Billy Baxter (Blind Man) sees how fast he can lap the track.
- Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car: Cliff Richard, Billy Baxter (Blind Man).
Main review: Volkswagen Golf V GTI. Clarkson compares it to the previous hot versions and especially to the fabled Mark I, claiming that the Mark V is a return to “the true spirit of the GTI.” Though it is down on power compared to the Honda Civic Type R and many other hot hatches, Jeremy finds it as the best because it’s “all things to all men.”
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Cliff Richard gives an excited Stig a track (aptly named “What Car”) off his new album and tells what it’s like having poorly-functioning monogrammed gates. Achieved a time of 1:50
Restoration Rip-Off: A racing Mini Cooper previously owned by Paddy Hopkirk. This car is the last contestant to be introduced.
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Take 2: Army veteran and blind land speed record holder Billy Baxter. Clarkson orally guided him around the track and he came in at 2:02, faster than Terry Wogan and Richard Whitely who both have sight. His name on the board is written as “Blind Man”.
Challenge: How much Porsche can you get for £1500? The presenters each have to buy a Porsche for less than £1500 and put it through a series of tests. Hammond buys a Volkswagen van-engined 924, May buys a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder 944, and Clarkson buys a broken-down 928. Clarkson wins in the end by selling his car as spare parts and as “furniture”, although the better car, it seems, was Hammond’s 924.
Stig Power Laps
Honda Civic TypeR
Seat Leon Cupra
Renault Megane 225
Mini S Works
Volkswagen Golf MkV GTI
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car
Billy Baxter (Blind Man)