Top Gear

Season 5 Episode 8

Series 5 Episode 8

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 19, 2004 on BBC Two
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Another epic race pits the car against public transport. Richard and James travel by aeroplane and train in an attempt to beat Jeremy, who is driving a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti to their destination at Verbier in Switzerland.

In Lillehammer, Richard and James are having another race with the help of the Norwegian Olympic Bobsleigh team: Richard tries to race down the bobsleigh track at Lillehammer, faster than James can travel down the road that runs along side the bobsleigh track. James is in a Mitsubishi Evo rally car driven by Henning Solberg.

Stig gets to take a F1 Renault around the track and old racing cars compete with modern road cars to see how fast they are. Eddie Izzard is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • According to Top Gear's website, the race should have been even closer as Richard and James missed the bus into Verbier by seconds, costing them 20 minutes!

      • Jeremy thought he was miles away from Verbier and would lose the race. It was only when he reached the outskirts of Verbier that he realised that he had misread the scale of his map.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Richard Hammond: [referring to Jeremy being stopped for speeding in France] How fast were you going when you were stopped?
        Jeremy Clarkson
        : I strayed slightly over the speed limit there and was caught and they dealt with me efficiently and courteously, as befits a civilised nation which, is of course, what France is.
        James May
        : No. France is a country you have to drive through to get to Italy. That's all it's for, right?
        Richard Hammond
        : He's not going to like it.
        Jeremy Clarkson
        : It's, look, the fact of the matter is they've got better cheese; they've got better wine...
        James May
        : No they haven't!
        Jeremy Clarkson
        : They have!
        James May
        : They haven't got better cheese. They are a bunch of treacherous, lamb-burning work-shy peasants.

      • Richard Hammond: [before the bobsleigh vs Mitsubishi Evo challenge with James] But my bobsleigh was custom built for going on ice. Your car has had to be sort of adapted with clever tyres and stuff.
        James May
        : You're wearing tights.


        Richard Hammond: Yeah.
        James May
        : I can't take lectures on physics from a man wearing tights.
        Richard Hammond
        : I am aware of the tights...
        James May
        : Dancing, yes. Physics, no.

      • Richard Hammond: I didn't tell you this, it's developed a terrible rattle.
        James May: What has? Jeremy?
        Richard Hammond: Well, he says it's the car - could be his hip.
        James May: Don't tell me, it's at motorway cruising speed?
        Richard Hammond: Do you know, it is!

      • Jeremy Clarkson: See, this is the thing that interests me because obviously when I first saw you kicking around, I assumed you'd be like 'cushions and wild flowers', and it turns out - it turns out that you do have a genuine love for engineering.
        Eddie Izzard: No, I'm an action-transvestite.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Stig's Lap Time:

        Renault F1 Car: 0.59.0

        This time does not feature on the power lap board, as cars must be road legal to qualify.

      • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Lap Time:

        Eddie Izzard: 1.52

        Eddie Izzard is a stand-up comedian, actor and crossdresser. Described himself as an "action transvestite".

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • James May: I know, but the next train that we've got is out of the Reverend W. Awdry stories.


        The Reverend W. Awdry stories James is referring to are the popular Thomas the Tank Engine stories of a toy train and his train friends.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Obviously my abiding memory of it (referring to the Ferrari 612) is the windscreen wiper here which had a bent blade caused buy a mechanic leaning on it and he's now sharing his bed at night with a horse's head.


        This is a reference to the 1972 Academy Award winning film, The Godfather. In the film, Don Corleone, the head of a powerful Mafia family, has the bloody head of a man's prized horse put into the man's bed as punishment.

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