FEATURES: Top Gear volume 4 : The Challenges
Description: All the best action from
the Top Gear Challenges. Including Cars, Boats Planes and Trains!
Contains almost 3 hours of ingenious plans,
foolhardy ventures and fuel-injected rivalry.
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fantastic challenges that test the mettle of the Top Gear team.
Gear boys - Jezzer, Hamster and Captain Slow - can do brake-horsepowers,
torques and 0-60s until the pumps run dry. But when they take on
a challenge, the action gets competitive, hilarious, dangerous
and, at times, downright humiliating.
Reliant Space Shuttle: Combining cutting edge amateur rocketry, British Grit,
and truly intergalactic levels of messing about, Richard and
James try to put a Reliant Robin into space.
Building Amphibious Cars: Can the lads create a vehicle equally at home on land
and water? Will they even make it across the reservoir without
drowning or catching hypothermia?
Building a Limo: The boys are up against it, making their own stretch
limos from everyday cars. But the challenge has only just begun.
There are some high-profile celebs who need a lift to the Brit
Building a Convertible: Attempting to turn a Renault Espace into a fashionable
'drop top', the team prove that trying to make your own
convertible is a bit like trying to cut your own hair... you can
do it, but you probably shouldn't...
Parkour vs Peugeot 207: They may wear silly trousers but these parkour (the
barmy sport of leaping across rooftops across the city) lads are
serious competition for Captain Slow's Peugeot 207 in a race
Veyron Race from Alba: It's Top Gear's most dramatic race yet. Jeremy's in the
Bugatti Veyron - the fastest, most lavish supercar ever - while
Richard and James are in a flying washing machine - with Captain
Slow at the controls!
70s Supercars: They were once state-of-the-art Italian supercars - the
Maserati Merak, the Ferrari Dino 308GT4 and the Lamborghini
Uracco. Now, all the lads need to do is try to drive them from
Bristol to a "gentleman's" club in Slough.
Top Gear volume 7 : The Challenges vol.
Description: Over two
hours of ingenious plans, foolhardy ventures and fuel-injected
rivalry from the 'challenge' slot of the popular BBC car show.
more fantastic challenges from the Top Gear team.
Gear boys - Jezzer, Hamster and Captain Slow - are at it
again. Never afraid to let incompetence get in the way of a good
idea, instead of learning from their mistake they have another
go: Challenging each other to succeed, to outperform, to... no
that's not what I mean... what do I mean?... oh yes... daring
each other to be humiliated on International TV for our
enjoyment and don't we love it?!
A selection of the best
challenges from the latest series (series 9):
The Channel Crossing
A drowning-not-waving Top Gear saw the magnificent
return of the homemade amphibious cars. This time they raised
the bar and all three had to drive their cars to Dover and cross
the Channel. Yes, really.
The 24 Hour Race
On the-longest-day Top Gear,
they put their environmentally friendly biofuel where their mouth
is and went racing. Last series, as a thinly guised excuse for
driving about in some massive tractors, the presenters planted
their own biofuel crop. Having harvested the petrol plants and
added the appropriate cocktail of chemicals, they discovered
they'd accidentally made a vast quantity of diesel. Plainly,
they needed to use it up and fast. A plan was hatched and the
entry forms for the Britcar 24-hour endurance race hastily put
in the post.
Some weeks later, they found themselves in
the pit lane at Silverstone where the bravado of the presenters
was rapidly wearing off. Each of them would be taking it in
turns to do stints of several hours at the wheel and, even with
the Stig as the fourth driver, this was going to be a tall
The Greatest Driving
On a weight-watchers' Top
Gear, Jeremy, Richard and James take three contestants for
Automotive Slimmer of the Year on a trans-continental hunt for
the world's best driving road. Recently, Porsche, Lamborghini
and Aston Martin have all been putting their cars on crash
diets. The slimmed-down results of their efforts come in the
form of the 911 GT3 RS, Gallardo Superleggera and the V8 Vantage
N24, and very nice they all are too.
However, the now hopelessly congested roads
of Southern England are no place to enjoy cars such as these, so
with that in mind, Jeremy, Richard and James headed over the
channel to France and beyond in an effort to find the best
stretch of tarmac continental Europe has to offer.
Bugatti Veyron Vs
On a drivin'-too-fast Top
Gear, Richard lost his Bugatti cherry as he took on the most
advanced fighter jet on the planet. When they last raced a plane
against the Bugatti Veyron, it was a creaky little Cessna
piloted by James May. The plane lost - badly.
This time they up the stakes considerably by
borrowing a £65m Eurofighter Typhoon from the RAF. And because
they thought James might not be up to the task, they borrowed
one of their steely-eyed pilots too.
Gear, they brought their own special brand of wanton destruction
to a small corner of Essex. The only purpose motorhomes seem to
have at F1 races is to give Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen
somewhere convenient to fondle supermodels. The Top Gear guys
think this is a massive waste of a vehicle.
So Richard and James got together some
ageing camper vans and a small troop of touring car drivers for
Top Gear's inaugural Motorhome Grand Prix. The resulting race
was actually more a war of attrition. So watch to see who wins
when the dust and debris finally settled.
Fiat 500 vs BMX
James travelled to Hungary for a race
between the new Fiat 500 and some urchins on undersized
bicycles. The Fiat 500 used to be utilitarian motorised
transportation for the masses. It's now been reborn as a chic
urban runabout for fashionably sexy young people. So if anyone
was going to see past its cutesy charms to the car beneath it
had to be someone who's none of these things - enter James May.
Race Across London
On cross-town traffic Top Gear
tackle the automotive quagmire that is rush-hour London. In an
attempt to find the quickest means to negotiate the virtually
gridlocked streets of the capital, they organised a race.
Starting in West London, with London City Airport the target
destination, the presenters introduced their weapons of choice:
James made the case for the car.
Unfortunately, the car in question was the massive new Mercedes
GL500, which, at 17ft long and 6.5ft wide, is surely the king of
the Chelsea tractors. Next to arrive was a Lycra-clad Hammond,
who would be travelling by bicycle - a state-of-the-art, £1,700
bicycle, admittedly, but a bicycle none the less. Next, they
wheeled in the Stig, armed him with an Oyster card and told him
to use public transport. Finally, Jeremy arrived and announced
he would be using the river - and a 225bhp racing speedboat.
Track Heroes: Lewis Hamilton & Simon Cowell; ° Lap
& Extended Interviews; °
Ride With The Stig In The No.1 Lap Car; °
Front Row Seat In the Eurofighter & Lamborghini Gallardo
Jeremy is Top Gear’s figurehead,
looming large at the heart of everything Top Gear stands
for. He’s the man who made cars interesting even for
people who don’t drive thanks to a combination of
infectious enthusiasm, polished wit and a realization that
most folk don’t want to hear tedious mothering over
economy and boot space, they just want to know if it’s
fast and makes people fancy you more.
If Top Gear is like the
playground gang you always wanted to join, Jeremy is the
leader. He’s the oldest, the tallest and he can shout the
loudest. Forever ribbing Hammond and May and disagreeing
opinions, he’s equally able to
take their return fire, particularly when his own pig
headedness means that one of his ambitious schemes goes
Jeremy can utterly dismiss and
destroy a new car with just one well turned sentence yet when
he finds something he likes, no one else can be so
boisterously passionate and tell you exactly why you should
sell one of your kidneys to get one. That’s why he’s the
Richard is the closest thing Top
Gear has to a pin-up – although let’s face it, the
competition ain’t strong – Richard Hammond brings boyish
enthusiasm to go with his boyish looks.
Although Jeremy is forever
pointing out how short he is, Richard is feistier than
Clarkson and May put together which is why he’s always
first in line to volunteer for Top Gear’s daftest and most
dangerous stunts. He’s been drowned, frozen and struck by
lightning, and yet still Richard comes back for more. And
his enthusiasm for everything he does is truly infectious.
When Top Gear held a vote to find the Greatest Car In The
World, Richard stepped up to nominate the Land Rover, as
he would since as he owns several of them. His advocacy
was so passionate and well informed that his choice
absolutely romped it to win the vote by a mile. Not just a
pretty face then.
James is the ‘quiet one’, a
well-mannered and thoroughly decent chap who often
despairs of Jeremy’s obsession with screeching round
deserted airfields at a million miles per hour. As such,
he’s the perfect foil to the boisterous Clarkson and
James is a man of simple pleasures, never happier than
when he’s thumbing through Auto Trader looking for a
splendid old Bentley he can dream of buying or sitting at
the bar in his local with a pint of brown beer and the
James gives Top Gear an underplayed wit and a quiet
dignity, as well an added air of authority that only comes
when you employ a bloke who genuinely goes home after the
show to spend the evening cleaning up bits of his old
motorbike over the bath.
Some say he urinates 98 RON
petrol, and that he can smell corners.
No one knows when the Stig was
born, or how. But we do know why he was placed upon the
Earth. To drive quickly.
He has a penchant for prog rock,
and rumour has it, likes his eggs sunny side up.
"All we know
is- he's called the Stig!"
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Run Time: 310 minutes (approx.)
DVD Release Date: November 24,
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