- Jeremy races a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren against Richard and James on a Ferry, to Oslo (in Norway).
- The Aston Martin DBR9 is taken for a lap around the track.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: David Dimbleby.
Review: The Aston Martin DBR9 racer is given a race around the track. It sets a very quick time of 1:08.6, but can’t go on the board because it is not a production vehicle & it was on slick tyres.
Challenge: A race from Heathrow Airport to Oslo. Clarkson chose the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren because it was both extremely fast and completely comfortable. This choice seemed to vindicate the SLR as the better real-world car over the Porsche Carrera GT. He embarked on a tiring 1,320-mile (2,120 km) drive via the Channel Tunnel, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, the Øresund Bridge, Sweden, and into Norway. Hammond and May took a flight to Newcastle upon Tyne, and then a 17-hour long ferry to Kristiansand. Initially, it looked hopeful for them as they planned to complete the trip by speedboat; however, in heavy seas, they broke down in two speedboats and had to complete the journey by bus after ending up in a town (which name is never mentioned) some distance from Oslo. Though Clarkson had spent the night sleeping at a service station just outside of Copenhagen in Denmark, he beat Richard and James by several hours due to the setbacks. Back in the studio, Clarkson admitted that his victory was a hollow one as despite the greatness of the McLaren, he was wasted after spending 24 hours inside it. He summed it up saying, “The weak point of the modern car is the squidgy organic bit behind the wheel. Me, basically.”
News: Nissan Micra C+C, the car for the man who “likes musicals”. Also, Hummer have produced aftershave and cologne for “inbreds.”
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Jeremy discusses A Picture of Britain and Question Time with David Dimbleby. Lap time of 1:52
Greatest Driving Song of All Time: Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild”
“Some say he naturally faces magnetic north, and all his legs are hydraulic. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
Stig Power Laps
Aston Martin DBR9
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car