Posted by Tim Robson at 5:55 pm on Tuesday September 21, 2010
So if you were going into a competition against Clarkson, Hammond and May, what would you bring? This was something Shane Jacobson, Steve Pizzati and I had to ponder before taking on The Boys in The Ashes Challenge, showing on Nine next Tuesday night. I mean, they were hosting us. Clarkson even took us out to dinner.
What to give them… the services of a reputable hairdresser, perhaps? Or a course in dental hygiene? Maybe a personal trainer… Nah. Can’t change the habits of three lifetimes. Instead, we gave them three neatly bundled metal packages.
And to find out what these were, you’ll have to tune in next week.
Relaaaax – it’s worth it.
Okay, predicting a collective TV orgasm before your audience has settled on the lounge is always risky, but I reckon even the loneliest, angriest TopGear anorak coming to this website will find plenty of entertainment in this special.
Here’s kind of how it goes. There’s a welcome of sorts from Jeremy, after which he urges us to go explore Britain to discover the overpopulated island’s many motoring delights.
We’re to later meet him and his mates for a series of challenges to determine whether Australia or England gets to hold a brilliant new sporting title: The Motoring Ashes. Cue cricketing analogy, etc.
Shane, Steve and I then drive terrible cars, are nearly killed by wild animals, pedal three unbelievable supercars on the unlimited-speed roads of the Isle of Man and… well… other stuff goes down. Then it’s back to take on The Nigels (they called us The Bruces, so it only seemed fair…) in sheep herding, drag racing, drifting, upside-down racing and rallying.
So, here are a few photos to whet your appetite. Let the conversations/arguments/restraining orders begin!
- 80s hot hatches and Hugh Bonneville: post-show discussion from episode one
- Behind the scenes with Sherlock Holmes
- Video: James May talks budget supercars
- Video: behind the scenes with Ron Howard
- Jeremy welcomes you to episode two
- Sesto EleMENTAL
- James May on: axing speed limits
- Richard Hammond on: truckers
- Jeremy Clarkson on: driving standards
- James May on: retro car styling
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