Top Gear Series 5

Top Gear: Series 5, Episode 1

  • 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)

Music

Season Preview:
00:42 – 01:52 – Paul Oakenfold – Ready Steady Go

Porsche 911 Review:
02:24 – 02:57 – Katherine Jenkins – Hymn to the Fallen
03:34 – 04:15 – Ian Brown – Solarized
04:39 – 05:19 – Ian Brown – Solarized
05:23 – 06:03 – Van Hunt – Seconds of Pleasure
06:05 – 07:39 – Ian Brown – Happy Ever After
07:40 – 08:19 – Ian Brown – One Way Ticket to Paradise
08:19 – 08:51 – Katherine Jenkins – Vide Cor Meum
08:53 – 09:06 – Ian Brown – One Way Ticket to Paradise

‘The Stig’ Lap:
09:49 – 09:56 – Ace – How Long (Has This Been Going On)
10:13 – 10:18 – Ace – How Long (Has This Been Going On)

James Dean’s Lotus:
12:59 – 13:10 – Billy May – Man with a Golden Arm
13:23 – 13:41 – Billy May – Man with a Golden Arm
13:49 – 14:27 – Asa-Chang & Junray – Hana
14:37 – 14:57 – Willie Bobo – Trinidad

Vauxhall, Chrysler & Jaguar Shootout, Pt. 1:
25:21 – 25:37 – Groove Armada – Madder
25:37 – 26:20 – I Monster – Stobart’s Blues
26:30 – 26:43 – Deep Dish – Flashdance (Raul Rincon Remix)
26:50 – 27:25 – Dark Globe – Feed
27:56 – 28:22 – Rob Dougan – Left Me For Dead (Instrumental)
28:22 – 28:49 – Primal Scream – If They Move, Kill ‘Em
28:55 – 29:02 – Primal Scream – If They Move, Kill ‘Em
29:32 – 30:11 – Rob Dougan – Left Me For Dead (Instrumental)
30:19 – 30:37 – Massive Attack – I Am Home
30:40 – 31:26 – Rob Dougan – Left Me For Dead (Instrumental)
31:27 – 32:02 – Samuel Barber – Agnus Dei, Op. 11 Adagio for Strings
32:02 – 33:36 – Curve – Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
33:42 – 34:01 – Curve – Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Ice Cream Van Jump:
44:33 – 44:47 – The Finn Brothers – Edible Flowers
45:06 – 45:43 – Barry Adamson – Can’t Get Loose
45:46 – 46:25 – Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Rivals

Vauxhall, Chrysler & Jaguar Shootout, Pt. 2:
48:15 – 48:51 – Craig Armstrong – Ruby
48:51 – 49:16 – Curve – Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
49:17 – 49:35 – The Cinematic Orchestra – Dawn
50:07 – 51:01 – Curve – Missing Link
51:01 – 51:24 – Rob Dougan – I’m Not Driving Anymore (Instrumental)
51:31 – 52:24 – Death in Vegas – Death Threat
52:24 – 53:20 – Meat Beat Manifesto – 10 X Faster than the Speed of Love
53:20 – 53:47 – Craig Armstrong – Ruby
55:38 – 55:54 – Craig Armstrong – Rebecca
55:54 – 56:28 – Curve – Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

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Rating: 7.6/10. From 34 votes.
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3 comments

chapsal January 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

i will like to see the jaguar s type r test please

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the guy with no name May 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Jezza, Arnold Schwarzenegger is Austrian not German lol

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vancouver bill May 4, 2016 at 2:40 am

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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