Top Gear

Season 19 Episode 2

Series 19 Episode 2

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 03, 2013 on BBC Two
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This week the boys are in the western United States. Travelling from Las Vegas to Los Angeles via Palm Springs, they make their journey in three front-engined supercars: the Lexus LFA, Dodge Viper and the Aston Martin Vanquish. The trip involves a race against the police and a dash to the Mexican border, where the last man to arrive faces a 'terrifying' penalty.

Mick Fleetwood is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • This week's viewing figures: 5.2m - 17.7%. This figure includes BBC HD.


        These are 'overnight' figures and do not include iPlayer figures.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Jeremy Clarkson: The problem is, Richard Hammond may be stupid and a rampant racist, but he is quite practical. He'll probably have that car put back together again in about five minutes. It would take me a year.

      • James May: A long journey lay ahead... so we decided to annoy Jeremy.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Jeremy Clarkson: "Yes. It's telling me Paul McCartney's dead because he wasn't wearing any shoes or socks.


        In 1969 an American student magazine claimed that Paul McCartney had died in a road accident. It further claimed that he had been replaced in The Beatles by a look-a-like.


        Amongst many conspiratorial theories, several images from the cover of the Abbey Road album cover were said to 'support' the theory.


        John Lennon, it was suggested, was leading a funeral procession and was dressed in white to symbolise a 'heavenly figure'. George Harrison, dressed in denim, was suggested to symbolise a grave digger and Ringo Starr, dressed in black, said to represent a mourner. The fact that Paul McCartney was walking out of step with his band mates and was barefoot was said to symbolise a corpse.


        At the time of writing, in 2013, Paul McCartney was alive and well.


         

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