Challenges Cheap Car Challenges Top Gear Series 21

Top Gear: Series 21, Episode 1

  • Top Gear attempts to prove that hot hatchbacks from their youth are better than their modern equivalents.
  • They each buy a ‘classic’ hot hatch and face a series of challenges.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Hugh Bonneville.

Episode Guide

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News: BMW’s new 3-cylinder hybrid, the i8; litter bugs; the new F1 car nose; the new Lexus RC-F; the new Mercedes S-class has thermal imaging; wishing Michael Schumacher a full recovery.

Challenge: The team attempt to prove that the hot hatchbacks of their youth were better than their modern equivalents by buying a ‘classic’ example of the breed each and then undertaking a series of challenges. Richard purchases a Vauxhall Nova SRi, James buys a Ford Fiesta XR2i and Jeremy buys a Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI. Richard blows up his Vauxhall’s engine in the second last challenge. James’ Fiesta and Jeremy’s Golf get destroyed in the last challenge

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey, driving the Vauxhall Astra Tech Line, who set a time of 1.50.1 in the wet track.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Hugh Bonneville
1:50.10 (wet)

Music

Season Preview Montage:
00:58 – 01:57 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Let the Day Begin (Instrumental)

Old Hatchback Challenge, Pt. 1:
02:49 – 03:04 – INXS – Need You Tonight
03:29 – 03:36 – AC/DC – Back in Black
04:45 – 05:02 – The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
05:44 – 05:54 – Blur – On the Way to the Club
06:18 – 06:28 – Blur – On the Way to the Club
07:51 – 09:11 – New Order – Blue Monday
09:20 – 09:50 – Malachai – How Long (Instrumental)
09:50 – 09:53 – Deadly Avenger – Reign
10:09 – 10:19 – Bassnectar – Bass Head
10:23 – 10:31 – David Sardy – People in a Cage
10:31 – 10:49 – Skrillex feat. Sirah – Bangarang
10:51 – 10:54 – Skrillex feat. Sirah – Bangarang
11:04 – 11:12 – David Holmes – Against All Odds
11:15 – 11:46 – Duran Duran – Girls On Film
11:48 – 12:27 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes (Carnage Mix)
12:43 – 12:50 – Roy Budd – David
12:57 – 13:14 – Pigbag – Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag
13:16 – 13:23 – Pigbag – Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag
14:17 – 14:24 – Mark Ryder & Charles Olins – Room Service No. 1
15:11 – 15:30 – The Clash – The Magnificent Seven
15:31 – 15:53 – Baltic Fleet – Double Door
16:03 – 16:13 – Baltic Fleet – Midnight Train

Old Hatchback Challenge, Pt. 2:
22:42 – 22:50 – Emiliana Torrini – Gun
23:45 – 23:54 – Cat Power – Peace and Love (Instrumental)
24:32 – 24:47 – Heinz Kiessling – Melody in Love
25:00 – 25:06 – Ramin Djawadi – Force Multiplier
25:06 – 25:50 – David Holmes – Against All Odds
25:53 – 26:04 – Barry Gray – The Trip
26:10 – 26:16 – ? MP3 Sample
26:16 – 27:21 – Lalo Schifrin – Main Title from ‘Dirty Harry’
27:23 – 27:35 – Barry Gray – The Trip
28:29 – 28:39 – Orchester Pete Jacques – Fata Morgana
28:52 – 29:18 – Spandau Ballet – To Cut a Long Story Short
29:26 – 29:37 – David Holmes – Dublin
30:51 – 31:00 – Roy Budd – Free Tarrant
31:44 – 32:37 – Eddie and the Hot Rods – Do Anything You Wanna Do

Old Hatchback Challenge, Pt. 3:
45:46 – 45:57 – Baltic Fleet – Black Lounge
46:02 – 46:17 – BT – The Fast and the Furious Theme
46:57 – 46:59 – Laurie Johnson – Stopover, Pt. 5
46:59 – 47:21 – Laurie Johnson – Stopover, Pt. 6
48:00 – 48:10 – Laurie Johnson – A Hiding to Nothing, Pt. 1
48:10 – 49:22 – Savages – She Will
49:23 – 49:43 – Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme
49:45 – 50:02 – Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme
50:02 – 50:21 – Deadly Avenger – Tailgunner AND Reign
50:26 – 50:59 – Ilan Eshkeri – Kitchen Stand Off
51:08 – 51:51 – Brian Tyler – Countdown
52:21 – 52:31 – Laurie Johnson – Hijack, Pt. 3
52:35 – 52:54 – Malachai – Shitkicker (Instrumental)
53:08 – 54:22 – The Heavy – Strong Enough (Instrumental)
54:35 – 54:43 – Laurie Johnson – Hijack, Pt. 2
55:06 – 55:16 – James Newton Howard – The Ring Chooses Hal
55:16 – 55:46 – Steve Jablonsky – Scorponok
55:47 – 56:03 – David Holmes – Upstate NYC
56:03 – 56:14 – City of Prague Philharmonic – Capricorn One
56:21 – 56:41 – Brian Tyler – Party Crashers
56:41 – 56:50 – Brian Tyler – Bad Way to Live
56:50 – 57:24 – Ramin Djawadi – Gulmira
58:09 – 58:15 – ? MP3 Sample
58:18 – 58:34 – Ramin Djawadi – Kit Up
58:40 – 59:25 – Brian Tyler – Outnumbered

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7 comments

m February 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Brilliant episode, quite harsh sometimes a little bit staged probably, but the rest of the episode was funny and entertaining for all the ages. For the people who complain saying they want only supercars, lets remind that this cheap car challenges are the most famous and funny characteristics of TG!

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Thomas from Germany February 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

Good to see them back. The cheap hot hatchback challenge was a great idea, but the staging was over the top, especially the two TGPD explosions. Would be nice if the scripting wasn’t THAT obvious, the guys in their cheap cars should have been funny enough without all the overacting. Loved the moustaches, though.

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FarmerNIC February 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

Thank god for the cheap car challenge in this episode , I was hoping they weren’t extinct but once I had heard of the challange in jan I was jumping with excitement but it was different to the other cheap car challanges , still loved it 😀

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the guy with no name January 24, 2015 at 7:07 pm

vid deleted :/

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Sean McKellar January 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm

Try now 🙂

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Ciulea Victor September 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

first part missing in many episodes, some are missing completley

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Sean McKellar September 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm

I’ve fixed this one, so please report any you find and I’ll do my best to find a new copy. They’re always being removed so it is an ongoing battle. Thanks.

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