Challenges Cheap Car Challenges Top Gear Series 5

Top Gear: Series 5, Episode 6

  • 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).

Episode Guide

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
1:32.80
Seat Leon Cupra
1:32.90
Renault Megane 225
1:34.00
Mini S Works
1:33.20
Volkswagen Golf MkV GTI
1:33.70

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Cliff Richard
1:50.00
Billy Baxter (Blind Man)
2:02.00

Music

VW Golf GTI:
00:37 – 01:13 – Craig Armstrong – Hymn 2
01:21 – 01:38 – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Mike Shinoda Reinterpreted Mix)
01:38 – 01:54 – Craig Armstrong – Rebecca
01:54 – 02:07 – Depeche Mode – Dream On (Dave Clark Acoustic Version)
02:09 – 02:42 – Massive Attack – Montage
03:17 – 03:33 – Kelpe – Petrified
03:33 – 03:56 – Depeche Mode – Nothing (Headcleanr Rock Mix)
03:56 – 04:21 – Stratus – Uplink
04:22 – 04:40 – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Mike Shinoda Reinterpreted Mix)
04:48 – 05:07 – Stratus – Uplink
05:11 – 05:19 – Kelpe – Petrified
05:19 – 05:26 – Death in Vegas – Head
05:32 – 05:57 – Death in Vegas – Head
06:05 – 06:15 – Depeche Mode – Nothing (Headcleanr Rock Mix)
06:15 – 06:53 – Craig Armstrong – Finding Beauty

‘The Stig’ Lap:
07:45 – 07:51 – Cliff Richard – What Car
08:06 – 08:15 – Cliff Richard – What Car

Cheap Porsche Challenge:
14:08 – 14:40 – Joe Haider – Carnaby Street
14:44 – 15:12 – The Mohawks – Beat Me ‘Till I’m Blue
15:18 – 15:59 – Mr. Scruff – Blackpool Roll
16:59 – 17:35 – Noonday Underground – Nobody But You
17:43 – 18:36 – John Shakespeare – Bell Hop
18:37 – 19:07 – Stevie Wonder – Superstition
19:11 – 19:40 – Syd Dale – The Penthouse Suite
19:53 – 20:04 – Primal Scream – Get Duffy
20:18 – 20:36 – J-Walk – Soul Vibration
20:50 – 21:00 – J-Walk – Soul Vibration
21:14 – 21:57 – Ludwig van Beethoven – 9th Symphony (4th Movement)
22:33 – 23:08 – Randy Crawford – Streetlife
23:10 – 23:39 – Zero 7 – Look Up
23:41 – 23:58 – Danmass – Happy Here
24:15 – 24:31 – David Holmes – Tess
25:06 – 25:21 – David Holmes – Tess
26:06 – 26:21 – Fatboy Slim – Demons

Hopkirk Mini Cooper:
39:37 – 39:55 – Quincy Jones – On Days Like These (Reprise)
40:00 – 40:27 – Santana – Soul Sacrifice
40:51 – 41:02 – The Classics IV – Spooky
41:07 – 41:23 – The Zombies – Time of the Season
41:23 – 41:52 – Zero 7 – When it Falls

Cheap Porsche Challenge, Pt. 2:
47:25 – 48:06 – Cy Coleman – Pussy Cat
48:13 – 48:45 – Cy Coleman – Pussy Cat
48:49 – 49:13 – Cy Coleman – Pussy Cat
49:16 – 49:31 – Sergei Prokofiev – Dance of the Knights
49:34 – 50:15 – Joe Haider – Carnaby Street
50:18 – 50:36 – The Tornadoes – Bustin’ Surfboards
50:39 – 51:11 – Alan Hawkshaw – Good Thing Going
51:27 – 51:58 – Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town
52:03 – 52:25 – Fatboy Slim – Ya Mama
52:35 – 53:11 – Massive Attack – One Thought at a Time
53:15 – 53:23 – Mr. Scruff – Get a Move On
53:42 – 53:59 – Happy Mondays – Mad Cyril
54:14 – 54:29 – Ash – Goldfinger
54:45 – 54:52 – Fatboy Slim – Mad Flava
55:07 – 55:22 – Foo Fighters – All My Life
55:56 – 56:14 – Mr. Scruff – Blackpool Roll

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2 comments

steve May 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm

this website is quality

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Sean McKellar January 30, 2015 at 9:20 pm

In my mind this is the ultimate cheap car challenge – if you haven’t seen it you absolutely must!

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