Top Gear

Season 8 Episode 3

Series 8 Episode 3

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 21, 2006 on BBC Two
out of 10
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70 votes

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Episode Summary

Jeremy, James and Richard design their own amphibious vehicle and test it on a Stafforshire reservoir. Jeremy has a Toyota Hilux, James a Triumph Herald with a sail and Richard has a Volkswagen camper van painted to resemble a canal boat. At least one of them is going to get very wet... The new Lotus Exige S is given the freedom of the Top Gear track and Philip Glenister is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.moreless

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  • A classic example of three guys who love cars "cocking about" to use the British vernacular!

    One of the things that has made Top Gear one of THE most watched shows in the world on BBC Two is the fact that even though they regularly review cars that cost over US$250,000, they are still simply three guys who love cars, "cocking about." This episode is a classic example of this attitude!

    Most of the episode revolves around their task of each host taking a car of their choice and changing it into an amphibious car, without knowing how the car will be used!!! In a classic manner, the cars and how they choose to convert them reflect each of the blokes. Steady, introspective James made his car into a sailing boat. Richard (the cute, fun-loving one) took a camper van and made it into a canal boat that he could live in. And Jeremy took a Toyotal Hilux (the Toyota pick-up they tried, and failed, to destroy) and mounted a high-powered motor on the back of it.

    The whole process of them creating these boats is hysterical and very revealing into their characters. And the ending is absolutely classic!

    I didn't rate this episode as a perfect ten, though, because I found the special guest (Philip Glenister) and the car-of-the-week (the Lotus Exige S) weren't horribly exciting. But don't let this hold you back as these two parts of the show don't take up much time.moreless
  • Funniest thing I've seen

    This has been one of the funniest 'Top Gear' episodes I've seen, and it probably won't stop there. When they designed their own boats with cars, I knew there was gonna be fun, because nothing rarely goes right with these tasks. I laughed out loud when Jeremy and Richards boats sank; especially when Richard got on Jeremy's cause Jeremy thought it was fine, and then his sank. Although was nice to see James May do better for a change. The designs were great ideas so I will see what they come up with next, could be very interesting indeed.moreless
  • Absolutely hilarious!

    This is exactly the type of TV you need to liven up your Sunday evenings. From the moment I switched it on to the moment it finished, I was in fits of laughter! Jeremy Clarkson is so stubborn that his race was bound to be finished before it even started. If only he\'d listened to his expert. He would\'ve won if he\'d fitted the smaller outboard motor!! James, being James, typically went for the sailing option and Richard must be the eternal optimist if he ever believed that his \"dampervan\" was ever going to make it. Nice idea though, particuarly the fully functioning kitchenette!

    This really was a classic episode. Perfect TV viewing (in my humble opinion anyway!)moreless
  • Silly - but completely hilarious.

    This episode is so funny it hurt. I always love it when they do something absurd like trying to make amphibious cars because it makes great television. As usual, James ends up with a car that broke down several times before they even arrived at the task and Richard goes all out on decoration - his camper van did look good though.

    However, when they finally got to the lake and started sinking, I couldn't control my laughter. I was shaking constantly for the whole time it was on. A true Top Gear classic, especially when Hammond sunk twice and then tried to climb on via the wheel.

    Absolutely brilliant.moreless
  • Absolutely fabulous episode

    This is THE reason I love this show. How many other shows will do a amphibious car challenge? And then, how many others will have one of the hosts throw a 225 HP boat engine on the back of a toyota pickup when the guy building it said a 2.3 horsepower engine would be just fine for the car?

    Also, the Lotus Exige they tested was an amazing car. For not that much money, you have a track car that is faster than a BMW M5 and a Lamborghini Gallardo.

    Fabulous quote from the episode:

    "Some say that his genitals are on upside down. And that if he could be bothered, he could crack the DaVinci Code in 43 seconds. All we know is, he's called the Stig."moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the challenge to build an amphibious vehicle, Clarkson buys a Toyota Hilux and paints an extra "B" into the back, so it reads, "TOYBOTA".

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that his genitals are on upside down. And that if he could be bothered, he could crack the Da Vinci Code in 43 seconds. All we know is he's called the Stig.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [during the amphibious car challenge - James looks set to win to Jeremy's displeasure] If he drives out the water I'm going to kill myself.
      Richard Hammond: Fair enough.

    • James May: [during the amphibious car challenge] HMS Clarkson has capsized by the sounds of things - fantastic!

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [during the amphibious car challenge - James had problems on the way to the reservoir in Leek]: The big question was, which would arrive first: summer, or James May?

    • Jeremy Clarkson [narrating after driving past James May on they way to Rudyard Reservoir near Leek]: In the traditional sense of Top Gear comradeship, we left James behind.

    • James May: [talking about dot matrix congestion signs] There's never any correlation between a dot matrix display and the truth. in fact I've got a mate with a microwave oven with a dot matrix on 'em, and when you cook something in it, it goes "ping" and then it says: "enjoy your meal".
      Jeremy Clarkson: Which is extremely unlikely if it's come out of a microwave.
      James May: Particularly unlikely when I was drying my pants in there.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Anyone who washes their car either has a small mind, or an unhappy marriage.
      Richard Hammond: I turn it into a family occasion. My eldest daughter is five and she loves cleaning the car with me. We share it.
      Jeremy Clarkson: Do you live in a yoghurt commercial?

    • James May: [After completing the two-mile sailing challenge] Can I just say chaps, one observation I would have... Sailing... really boring!

  • NOTES (2)