Top Gear

Season 6 Episode 9

Series 6 Episode 9

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jul 24, 2005 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

James and Richard spend the evening as 'scootermen'. Scootermen provide a service whereby they will drive you home in your own car if you have had too much to drink. They arrive on tiny scooters which can be folded away and placed in the boot of the car. By doing this, they get to drive different cars and test them at the same time. Whilst they do that, Jeremy gets to drive three hot hatchbacks: the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Renault Megane Sport and the Vauxhall Astra VXR. To make up for having to drive a Vauxhall, he also test-drives the new BMW M5. Chris Evans is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.moreless

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  • This episode that demonstrates what is so good about this show.

    Yes there is a significantly fast and expensive BMW M5 review, but the rest of the cars on this episode are everyman cars. And even the M5 is a 4 door saloon. So how are they going to keep us motor-heads happy? The way they do every year: by coming up with a silly way to go about it.

    The idea of rescuing drunk people and driving them and their cars home reviewing the car as you go was brilliant and hilarious. I loved watching James ridicule the man who spent too much on a Mercedes A class diesel. But I especially loved when he test drove the Audi A4 with the lovely owner correcting him and beating him to the punch with the problem bits.

    And now that I have watched the show, I think ALL cars should come with an “M” button, like the BMW M5.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that his voice can only be heard by cats. And that he has two sets of knees. All we know is he's called the Stig.

    • James May: The interesting thing about the French nation, I think because they are essentially peasants and communists, is that they are quite good at the fairly small and fairly simple car.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [referring to the Vauxhall Astra VXR] Driving this car is a bit like getting a piggyback off Richard Hammond after he's had a couple of pints of Stella: you don't know what he's going to do next or where he's going.

    • James May: [referring to the the Astra VXR] Sort of exciting though, isn't it? C'mon.

      Jeremy Clarkson: It's exciting in the same way that being shot at is exciting.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [unhappy that Honda are dropping the NSX] So thank you very much, Mr Blair.

      Richard Hammond: Why are you blaming him?

      Jeremy Clarkson: Well, he takes the credit for the Olympics and the economy, which he had nothing to do with, so he can take the blame for that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In this episode, stunt driver Steve Griffin and Top Gear set an official world record for rolling a car. Using a Ford Sierra estate, Steve managed to roll the car six times - enough to set the record and have it officially recognised. The record was set on the 22nd March 2005 at Bentwaters Park, Suffolk.

    • Stig's Lap Times:

      BMW M5: 1.26.2
      Vauxhall Astra VXR: 1.33.0

    • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Lap Time:

      Chris Evans:1.47.9


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