Top Gear challenges

Top Gear challenges

Top Gear challenges are a segment of the show where the presenters attempt to prove or do different things.

Novelty/stunt challenges

Novelty challenges and short stunt films are typically based on absurd premises, such as a bus jumping over motorcycles (as opposed to the more typical scenario of a motorcycle jumping over buses) or a nun driving a monster truck. These features have become much less prominent over the life of the programme (they were much more regular during the first four series), being replaced or superseded in later series by the "How hard can it be?" and "Cheap car" challenges which are much larger in scope.

  • How fast do you have to drive to be undetected by a speed camera? Series One, Episode One
  • How many motorcycles can a double-decker bus jump over? Series One, Episode Two
  • Can Grannies do donuts? Series One, Episode Three
  • Can you make an 'average' car into a 007/Bond car, for less than £300? Series One, Episode Five
  • Can Grannies do handbrake turns? Series One, Episode Six
  • What is Britain's fastest faith? Series One, Episode Seven & Ten
  • Who is Britain's fastest white van man? Series One, Episode Eight
  • Lotus give a Lada Riva a £100,000 makeover Series One, Episode Eight
  • How much faster will a car go if you strip it to save weight? Series One, Episode Nine
  • What to do with the worst car of all time, the Nissan Sunny? Series Two, Episode One
  • What is Britain's fastest political party? Series Two, Episode Two
  • What country makes the fastest supercar? Series Two, Episode Three
  • Can Ford's World Rally Championship pit team dismantle and rebuild a rally car faster than four women can get ready for a night out? Series Two, Episode Five
  • May oversees an attempt at the land-speed record for a caravan Series Two, Episode Six
  • A "race for the universe": Sci-Fi characters race around the Top Gear track Series Two, Episode Eight
  • Can The Stig achieve 100mph on the 200m runway of HMS Invincible? Series Three, Episode One
  • How many caravans can a Volvo 240 jump over? Series Three, Episode Two
  • What is the best wig for driving fast in an open top convertible? Series Three, Episode Five
  • Which professor can do the best burn-out? Series Three, Episode Seven
  • Can a nun drive a monster truck? Series Four, Episode Two
  • Hammond and May play darts using real cars Series Four, Episode Four
  • Hammond makes fun of motorists that block yellow boxes Series Four, Episode Eight
  • Is the Jet wash from a 747 enough to blow a car over? Series Four, Episode Eight
  • Can you parachute into a moving car? Series Four, Episode Nine
  • Olympic Games for cars: Long Jump Series Four, Episode Ten
  • How many bouncy castles can an ice cream van jump? Series Five, Episode One
  • Hammond and May play conkers with caravans Series Five, Episode Four
  • Historic People Carrier Racing Championship Series Five, Episode Five
  • Can a stretch limo jump over a wedding party? Series Six, Episode Four
  • Hammond oversees an attempt at the world record for the number of complete sideways rolls in a car Series Six, Episode Nine
  • Hammond and May play with life-size radio control cars made from real cars Series Seven, Episode Two
  • The Team try to get a Mini to beat a skier down a ski slope at Lillehammer Winter Olympic Special
  • Hammond oversees an attempt by the Stig at the nonexistent indoor world speed record Series Eight, Episode Six
  • Hammond converts a G-Wiz into a full-sized remote-controled car Series Ten, Episode Ten
  • May oversees an attempt by Top Gear Stuntman at the nonexistent world record for car jumping in reverse Series Eleven, Episode One
  • May oversees an attempt by Top Gear Stuntman to replicate a corkscrew car jump, as featured in The Man with the Golden Gun Series Eleven, Episode Two
  • The Top Gear team (Britain) take on the hosts of D MOTOR (Germany) in a series of car challenges to decide the best motoring country Series Eleven, Episode Six

How hard can it be?

A recurring feature on Top Gear involves the hosts undertaking a number of bizarre challenges involving cars. The segments involving the challenges are usually preceded by Clarkson, Hammond or May asking the audience and viewers: "How hard can it be?"

Lap the Nürburgring in under 10 minutes... in a diesel

Clarkson took a diesel Jaguar S-Type to the Nürburgring with the aim of completing a lap in under 10 minutes. Series Five, Episode Five

Lap the Nürburgring in under 9 minutes and 59 seconds... in a van

Hammond went to the Nürburgring to see if Clarkson's mentor from the previous Nürburgring challenge, Sabine Schmitz, could do a lap in a diesel Ford Transit van in under 9 minutes and 59 seconds. Series Six, Episode Seven

Convertible people carrier

The presenters were set the task of building a convertible people carrier. They succeeded in removing the roof from a Renault Espace and replaced it with a canvas fold-down top. The resulting vehicle was able to travel at 100 mph without losing its roof, and was driven through an animal park without any incident. However, a trip through a car wash resulted in the brand-new million-pound wash facility catching fire. Series Eight, Episode One

Present a drive time radio show

The presenters tried to host a drive time radio show on BBC Southern Counties Radio in Brighton, but ended up with many complaints from the listeners. This was mainly because Clarkson's travel bulletins focused on hounding motorists he could see dawdling on CCTV, rather than issuing the more normal information on the location of problem areas and how to avoid them. Series Eight, Episode Two

Amphibious vehicles

The presenters were set the challenge of building amphibious cars, and using them to get to, and across a 2 mile reservoir. May, using the rig of a Mirror dinghy, turned a classic Triumph Herald sports car into a sailing boat, Hammond transformed a Volkswagen camper van into a narrowboat style "damper van", and Clarkson attached an outboard motor to a modified Toyota Hilux pick-up truck, which he dubbed the "Toybota". In the subsequent challenge, Hammond's "damper van" overheated several times on the road, and because of its lack of power, it had to be towed by Clarkson's Toybota for the last few miles. At the lake, the damper van's propeller snapped off as the van entered the water, and as it wasn't watertight, the van began to sink rapidly. Using a small outboard motor he borrowed from Clarkson, Hammond managed to do a few hundred yards, before the engine failed and the van sank bow first. Clarkson's Toybota was the only car of the three not to have any problems on the road. On the water, it was also the fastest, but its high speed caused a huge bow wave, which covered the whole front of the truck and most of the cab. Clarkson rescued Hammond from his sinking Dampervan, and they then crewed the Toybota up the lake. However, just a few yards from the finish line, Clarkson did a tight left-hand turn to get round the dock, causing the truck to roll completely over, leaving it floating upside down. May's Herald, like the Dampervan, also overheated on the road. It also had a few problems with its mast, which was too long and often forced May to stop near low bridges and trees. However, on the water it suffered no leaks and despite there being very little wind, managed to make it to the far end of the lake and drive half-way up the launch ramp before his clutch stopped working. May was declared the winner by audience vote. A second attempt was made in Series 10 (see below). Series Eight, Episode Three

Car interior design

Clarkson bought a 1996 Mercedes-Benz S280 and designed his perfect interior based upon his house. The car, dubbed "Anne Hathaway's Cottage", features a wood-burning stove, kitchen chairs, a flagstone floor and wood with a cement base (weighing approximately two tonnes), even plastered insides of the doors. James May and Richard Hammond then tested the car. No seat belts and unsecured seats meant they tumbled around inside the car. Eventually, with May holding Hammond's seat, a 0–60 time of 35.4 seconds was established. Series Eight, Episode Four

Improve your lap time by 20 seconds

Jackie Stewart claimed that he could cut down any of the presenter's driving time around a race circuit by 20 seconds, so James took him up on the offer and they used a TVR Tuscan at Oulton Park. Series Eight, Episode Five

Caravan holiday

Clarkson, May and Hammond went on a caravan holiday in Dorset to try and find out more about caravanning. The trio unsuccessfully tried to have fun and caused numerous traffic jams, May crashed the caravan into a bollard, Hammond and the Top Gear dog were "kidnapped" by an elderly female fan, and Clarkson "accidentally" set the caravan and its neighbour on fire whilst trying to cook chips. Series Eight, Episode Six

Build a car

The presenters, based at Knockhill Racing Circuit in Scotland, were set the task of building a Caterham Seven Kit car from scratch, faster than the time it would take The Stig to reach the track from the Caterham showroom in south London using a pre-built Caterham Seven Kit car. The presenters won the challenge because The Stig was arrested for speeding. Series Eight, Episode Seven

Roadies van challenge

The team decided to test some vans by being roadies for The Who. May picked a Renault Master, Hammond chose a Ford Transit, and Clarkson selected a Volkswagen T30 TDI 174 Sportline. After The Who's concert at Hyde Park, Clarkson, Hammond and May took some of their equipment 90 miles to the site of their next show. They concluded that the cheapest van for the task at hand should always be used. Subsequently, Clarkson admitted that the feature was not the greatest of ideas. After this challenge the presenters were then set the challenge of buying a van for £1000. Series Eight, Episode Eight

Road works

The presenters decided to speed up the road works on the D5481 near Bidford in Warwickshire. According to the County Council it would take an entire week but the Top Gear team achieved it in just one day (although they did have 32 men working with them). According to the film Clarkson prevented them from having proper lunch breaks and instead fed them on the fruit berries growing on the bushes by the side of the road. However for tea, Hammond fetched fish and chips for all the work men. The film shows that the team worked through the entire day and night to get the job done. Series Nine, Episode One

Reliant Robin Space Shuttle

Hammond and May tried to convert a Reliant Robin into a space shuttle. They were given 12 days to build it and help from the British Amateur Rocket Society. Eight tons of thrust were required to launch the Robin — the largest non-commercial rocket launch undertaken in Europe. The Reliant Robin took off, everything seemed to be working until a release bolt attaching the Robin to the fuel tank failed to detach. The combined result spiralled out of control and crashed in a massive explosion on a nearby hillside. Series Nine, Episode Four

Grow your own petrol

The presenters decided to grow their own environment-friendly petrol by planting rapeseed in a field. For this challenge, each presenter needed to research and acquire a tractor. Each presenter then took part in a series of challenges at the airfield, including a 'drag race', in which they raced each other while dragging something found around the airfield. May dragged all of the custom-cars made on the show, Hammond drove a mobile room with a sheet of paper reading "Top Gear Production Office" taped to a window and Clarkson dragged the 747-200 James Bond film prop that appeared on the runway, although he was unsuccessful. Subsequently they travelled to a field where they attempted to prepare and plough the field for planting. After several setbacks, James May incorrectly operated the planter, causing all the seed to be dumped in one spot. Clarkson forced him to spend the night re-sowing the seed until "[his] seed was evenly distributed in every furrow [he] could find." May also ordered the wrong type of seed, so they ended up with 500 gallons of Biodiesel. This was later used for the Britcar 24-hour endurance race. Series Nine, Episode Five

Stretch limos

The presenters were sent out to buy normal cars that are available in Britain, then turn them into stretch limousines. Once the presenters had built their limos, they had to chauffeur three celebrities across London to the Brit Awards. Hammond chauffeured Jamelia in the MG F "Sports Limo", arriving with a stuck throttle. Clarkson chauffeured Chris Moyles using a greatly lengthened, dual rear axle Fiat Panda, arriving with only half a car after it split in two before reaching its destination. James May attempted to chauffeur Lemar in the "Salfa Romeaab" (a cross between an Alfa Romeo 164 and a Saab 9000), who ultimately got frustrated and got out of the car after May repeatedly got lost. Clarkson claimed victory as he got one photograph of his celebrity published in a newspaper. However, as his co-presenters pointed out, the image appeared in Clarkson's own newspaper column in The Sun (to which he responded that they both also have newspaper columns that they could have used). Series Nine, Episode Six

Polar challenge special

In April-May 2007, Clarkson and May teamed up to race Hammond from Resolute, Nunavut to the North Magnetic Pole, taking the route set out in the Polar Challenge. The terrain in between is some of the toughest in the world - a mix of mountainous land masses and jagged sea ice where temperatures can drop to minus 65 degrees Celsius (minus 85 degrees Fahrenheit). Jeremy and James used a specially adapted Toyota Hilux pick-up truck, while Richard used a sled pulled by a team of ten Canadian Inuit dogs, driven by American explorer Matty McNair. In the end the truck won, although the sled overtook them at one point while they were crossing the first of two fields of ice boulders. Polar Challenge Special

Amphibious cars: redux

The presenters made a second attempt to use amphibious cars — this time to cross the English Channel. Clarkson created an amphibious Nissan pickup (the "Nissank"), Hammond built a new Volkswagen Transporter; May upgraded and used the same Triumph Herald he had used in the original challenge. On the road to Dover, all three cars suffered problems, Hammond's and May's cars overheated, and Clarkson's suffered a small fire in the engine bay. When they finally reached Dover, there was little daylight left and three decided to postpone their attempt until the next day.

Attempt 1: May was the first into the water, but was unable to lower his centreboard, or raise his sails. During this time, the Herald drifted towards a pier, and had to be towed back into the harbour by the rescue boat. Soon afterwards, the Herald took on water and quickly sank. Meanwhile, Clarkson and Hammond launched their cars. Both cars suffered no leaks and managed to move under their own power. Clarkson and Hammond then returned to land while May's Herald was salvaged and repaired.

Attempt 2: This time, May's car suffered no leaks, but because of the lack of wind within the harbour, it drifted uncontrollably. Hammond and Clarkson left him behind and headed out to open sea. However, with their cars nearly capsizing, both of them decided to return to the harbour until calmer conditions prevailed. Back inside the harbour, the rudder on Hammond's cabin cruiser jammed, causing it to turn in tighter circles in the harbour mouth. Meanwhile, Clarkson towed May out towards the sea, but the Herald's mast snapped, rendering it irreparable. At the same time, Hammond's engine overheated and failed. With the sun setting, and with Clarkson's Nissan the only working car left, the three returned to land.

Attempt 3: The next day, the cabin crusier was powered by a small outboard motor, and was crewed by both Hammond and May. The sea was much calmer, but for unknown reasons the cruiser began taking on water, and eventually sank. Clarkson rescued his colleagues and then returned to Dover, as he planned to officially break the world record for crossing the Channel in an amphibious car.

Attempt 4: On the final attempt, Clarkson's Nissan was crewed by all three presenters. They avoided the shipping traffic, eventually they made it to France, but did not break the record. They missed Calais and instead landed at the town of Sangatte, a few miles down the coast.

Back in the studio, Clarkson's summed up, that they had been "Ambitious, but rubbish." Series Ten, Episode Two

Driving a Formula 1 car

Hammond sets out to complete two laps around Stowe Circuit at Silverstone driving the Renault R25 Formula One car, which took both the driver's (with Fernando Alonso) and constructor's championship titles in the 2005 Formula One season. Series Ten, Episode Eight

Britcar 24-hour endurance race

In the previous series, the presenters planted their own biofuel crop, which was rapeseed. Having harvested the crops and added various chemicals, they accidentally made 500 gallons worth of biodiesel. In order to dispose of it they took part in the Britcar 24-hour endurance race at Silverstone Circuit using a modified BMW 330d. Arriving at the event, the team discovered that it was not an event for novices, as they had expected, but it was a fully professional endurance race and the team would be competing alongside actual 200mph supercars. However, with help from The Stig, they eventually finished 3rd in class and 39th overall. Series Ten, Episode Nine

Cheap cars

The presenters are given a budget (typically around £1,500, but it has been between £100 and £10,000 depending on the type of car) to buy a used car conforming to certain criteria. Once purchased, the presenters compete against each other in a series of tests to establish who has bought the best car. The presenters have no prior knowledge of what the tests will be, although they generally involve a long journey to determine reliability, fuel economy (not always however), and a race track event to determine performance. There is also the recurring element of the presenters spending their change from the initial budget on improving the cars and selling the cars at the end of the challenge. All three are highly competitive and any presenter whose car breaks down during a challenge will typically be abandoned to make their own way to the designated destination.

£100 Car Challenge

The presenters were given £100 to buy a car that was road legal (had current tax and MoT). This was to prove that a car could be purchased for cheaper than a train ticket (around £100) from London to Manchester. Clarkson bought a Volvo 760, Hammond bought a Rover 416GTi and May an Audi 80. The challenge included reliability and lap time testing. Clarkson won the challenge as his car was bought for £1. Series Four, Episode Three

Cheap Porsche Challenge

The presenters were given £1,500 to buy a Porsche. Clarkson bought a 928, Hammond bought a 924 and May a 944. The challenge included driving from London to Brighton and modifying them for judgment by the Porsche Owners' Club. Clarkson won the challenge, despite bringing the most unreliable of the three cars. Series Five, Episode Six

Cheap Coupés That Aren't Porsches Challenge

Following the previous challenge ("We proved that you can't buy a Porsche for £1,500") the presenters were sent to buy coupes that weren't Porsches for £1,500. Clarkson bought a Mitsubishi Starion, Hammond purchased a BMW 635 CSi and May a Jaguar XJS. The challenge included driving from Millbrook in Bedfordshire to Oxford and reliability testing. May ultimately won, although conceded defeat to proclaim Clarkson the winner if the latter admitted he was an idiot for blowing his car up. Series Six, Episode Two

Italian Mid-Engined Supercars for Less Than a Second-Hand Mondeo Challenge

The presenters were given £10,000 to buy a 1970s supercar, the requirements being that the car had to be mid-engined and Italian. Clarkson bought a Maserati Merak, Hammond bought a Ferrari 308 GT4 and May a Lamborghini Urraco. Various challenges included a lap of the Castle Combe Circuit and driving from Chippenham to Slough. In the end none of the cars survived the final journey. Series Seven, Episode Four

White Van Man Challenge

From the same show that had the three presenters working as roadies for The Who. As punishment for the poor reviews of the vans tested, they were given £1,000 to buy a van and face a series of challenges. Clarkson bought a Ford Transit, Hammond a Suzuki Super Carry and May an LDV Convoy box van. Tests included how long it took to load then unload various items, replacing their driver's side doors, length of time for a burglar to unlock their rear doors and trying to outrun a police patrol car around their test track. Clarkson won the latter event, which also featured a spectacular roll-over by Hammond trying to achieve the Scandinavian flick whilst cornering. Hammond, however, still won the overall challenge. Series Eight, Episode Eight

Road Trip Special — Used American Car for $1000 Challenge

The presenters wanted to find out if it was easier to buy a car for a holiday rather than rent one, so each of them was given a budget of $1000 to purchase a car which they would take on a road trip across four US states. Clarkson bought a Chevrolet Camaro, May got a Cadillac Brougham Sedan, while Hammond ended up with a Dodge Ram pick-up truck. During their journey they were given a series of challenges, which included the cars being driven around a track by The Stig's overweight "American cousin", doing 0 to 50 to 0 without over-running the track and crashing into a river full of alligators, and camping a night in a field eating only roadkill (after a long search, they found first a squirrel, and then a cow). That night, while May was sleeping, Hammond and Clarkson destroyed the air conditioning in May's car — the only one of the three in which it worked. They also had to paint slogans on each other's car in order to get them shot at or arrested as they drove across Alabama. When they pulled into a gas station to refuel, a gang of 'rednecks' attacked them with stones, and chased them out of town.

Eventually, the presenters got to New Orleans, where they had planned to sell their cars in an attempt to get their $1000 back. However, after seeing the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, they decided instead to give their cars away for free to those who'd lost theirs in the hurricane. Clarkson and Hammond both found new owners for their cars, but May couldn't even give his car away. Clarkson proclaimed himself the winner because his Camaro performed the best in all the challenges, and also declared May the loser because his car was slow, and constantly needed to be jump-started. Also, the three presenters gave the audience two Top Gear top tips: "One: yes, you can buy rather than rent, and two: don't go to America!" Series Nine, Episode Three

£1,500 Two-Wheel Drive African Cross-Country Car Challenge

The presenter trio were sent to Botswana to buy a car that was not an off-road vehicle and had only two-wheel drive which they would drive across the country, from the eastern border with Zimbabwe to the western border with Namibia of approximately 1000 miles, including a drive over the Makgadikgadi Panwhich left Clarkson and May's cars filled with dust, after they had been stripped of excess weight as to try to prevent their cars sinking through the thin surface, and The Okavango Delta. This was to prove "to the people of Surrey that they don't need 4x4s in case there are leaves on the road". Unlike other challenges, this one included a new rule that stipulated that if any of the presenters' car were to break down beyond repair, they would have to complete the journey in a Volkswagen Beetle. (The Beetle being the presenters' combined worst car) Clarkson bought a Lancia Beta Coupéwhich was the most unreliable and almost didn't make it to the Namibian border, Hammond bought a 1963 Opel Kadett, which he named Oliver (and was made fun of because of that) and May bought a Mercedes 230E. Hammond felt such affection for his car that he subsequently had it shipped to the UK (and was made fun of because of that). All three made it to the Namibian border, and Clarkson declared the Beetle as the winner, since it had no documented mishaps during the trip. Series Ten, Episode Four

British Leyland Did Make Some Good Cars After All Challenge

In an argument with the producers of Top Gear, the presenters claimed British Leyland did produce some good cars after all. So, they were given a budget of £1,200 (of their own money) to buy a BL car in which they would face a series of challenges, for which, instead of points, they would earn money back. Clarkson got a Rover SD1, Hammond bought a Dolomite Sprint, whereas May acquired a Austin Princess. After all the challenges, Clarkson summed up the points and declared May the winner of the challenge, as not only did he get back all that he had paid, he made a £20 profit. Series Ten, Episode Seven

Make A Police Car For A Lot Less Money Than The Real Police Spend On Their Cars Challenge

The presenters say that the police don't crash their cars like on those 'Police Crash Action shows' as they call them, because they don't want to wreck their Vauxhall Astra Diesels. So the presenters say, why not buy used cars, and just buy another used car if they crash it. They were all given £1000 to buy a car and they each bought the following, which they turned to police cars within a few days:

  1. Jeremy bought a 1998 Fiat Coupé 20V Turbo for £900, painted in Italian Polizia di Stato livery, and fitted with Boudicea wheel covers;
  2. James bought a 1994 Lexus LS400 for also £900, which he painted in a traditional 'jam sandwich' livery, fitted with an air siren from an ice cream van, and armed with paint sprayers at the back.; and
  3. Richard bought a 1994 Suzuki Vitara for £750, and equipped it with light bars and a self-deploying stinger on the front, which in Clarkson's words was really "a door mat with some nails in it."

The presenters' cars were then put to test around the Top Gear track, which included beating the Stig's lap in the Vauxhall Astra diesel (coupled with extra points for flamboyance), clearing a crash site in under two minutes, and then stopping the Stig in a police chase (the latter driving a BMW 7-Series).

Back in the studio after the challenge, Hammond discovered that after giving and taking away points for winning and losing challenges, he'd won the challenge, beating Clarkson by one point. Unable to accept this, Clarkson demanded to see the result paper. Hammond refused, and to make sure no one else could see it, he ate it. Unable to find out who'd really won, Clarkson was forced to declare Hammond the winner, and his 1994 Suzuki Vitara as the best car for the police. Series Eleven, Episode One. All three cars were subsequently on display at the British Motor Show 2008.

Can You Buy An Alfa Romeo For £1000 Or Less Without It Completely Ruining Your Life All The Time Challenge

The presenters were challenged with proving to the show's producers that in order to be a true "petrolhead", you need to have owned an Alfa Romeo. So, they were each given £1,000 to buy an Alfa Romeo. Clarkson bought an Alfa Romeo 75 (for £450), Hammond bought an Alfa Romeo Spider (for £1,000), and May bought an Alfa Romeo GTV (for £995). The cars were put to a series of tests, which included participating in a track day at Rockingham Circuit, featuring their cars on a calendar which they must sell at a newsstand, and then lastly entering a Concours event for Alfas, traveling as far as 80 kilometres to get to the event area.

In the end, despite Clarkson and Hammond being given the lowest scores in Concours history (23.5 & 9 respectively) Clarkson was declared the victor, which pleased him greatly due to it being his first victory in one of these challenges in three years. Series Eleven, Episode Three

Mercedes-Benz 600 vs Rolls-Royce Corniche Coupé Challenge

Clarkson and May wanted to find out which of their classic luxury limousines, Clarkson's Mercedes-Benz 600 "Grosser" or May's Rolls-Royce Corniche, was best. So they brought their cars to the Top Gear Test Track for a series of challenges. This was not a real "Cheap Car Challenge", as Hammond didn't participate, and the cars were their own prior to the challenge.

1. The pair had to drive their cars round a slalom course faster than the Stig who was driving a Hyundai i10. Clarkson was the fastest, mostly because the Rolls-Royce's turning circle at high speed was larger than the width of the track.

2. The presenters had to take part in a 1/4 mile long drag race, the only problem was that they had to push their cars. May won by default, as Clarkson collapsed half way up the track.

3. For the final challenge, the presenters had to go to the centre of London and park. They got to London without incident, but soon found that most of the parking spaces were either taken up by G-Wizs or were too small for their cars, or had to be paid for by mobile phone. Eventually, they made it to a parking garage but Clarkson could not get out of his car after he parked. May inadvertently blocked other cars from getting in and they both had to leave because Clarkson blew his very loud horn at the other cars. They abandoned the challenge when May ran out of petrol in the middle of the street right next to a building site. This scared May as he thought he would get raped by the builders.

Back in the studio, May and Clarkson decided to only way to find out which car is best was to compare past owners of the two models. The Rolls-Royce was mostly owned by, as Clarkson put it, people who owned jump suits, whilst the Mercedes had been owned by various people, including several dictators (e.g, Saddam Hussein, and Mao Zedong [May mistaking Mao's surname to be Tung]). Eventually, the two presenters couldn't decide which one was best. Series Eleven, Episode Five


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