Top Gear: Series 5, Episode 1

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  • Jeremy power tests the Porsche 997 Carrera S.
  • The boys drive a Vauxhall Monaro VX-R, Chrysler 300C & Jaguar S-Type R.
  • Can an ice cream truck jump a bouncy castle?
  • Jeremy eats his own hair.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Bill Bailey.

Episode Guide

Review: Clarkson reviews the Porsche 997 Carrera S. He declares that it is the laziest design job ever. Which was proven when he accidentally drove the old one because of its similarities. However, he also says that this is a car for keen drivers; a 911 from the old school. The Stig sets a power lap time 1:28.9, on an extremely wet track.

Restoration Rip-Off: May introduces James Dean’s Lotus Ten, one of only seven made.

News: Top Gear is up for a National Television Award. They show the new Ferrari F430. Clarkson has to eat his hair because of a bet he made that the new Vauxhall Astra would not look like the concept. Chef Antony Worrall Thompson begins fixing a hair omelette for Clarkson, which he eats at the end of the show.

Star in a reasonably priced car: Bill Bailey talks about being a communist, owning a 2CV, and his fondness for wrecking hire cars. He sets a time of 1:53.4 in the Liana, on a wet track.

Challenge: An old ice cream van attempts to jump over four bouncy castles. The van manages to clear none of the castles.

Review: May reviews the Vauxhall Monaro VXR, and Clarkson reviews the Chrysler 300C. On face value, the two colonial cars are excellent, so they are met at Pendine Sands with Hammond’s Jaguar S-Type R to decide which is the most fun to drive. The Chrysler is panned for money-saving features like poor brakes and a soggy suspension, coming very close to a successful sports saloon but failing. Clarkson and May agree that the Monaro is the best of the three, though Hammond still prefers the Jag.

Stig Power Laps

Porsche 997 Carrera S
1:28.90 (very wet)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Bill Bailey
1:53.40 (wet)

Screenshots

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Rating: 7.7/10 (34 votes cast)

3 COMMENTS

    • I fear that many Brits are unable to discern the subtle differences between the various countries where the Herr is predominately Square….

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