Sunday’s latest instalment of Top Gear delivered on its promise for the usual entertainment of blokey blokes doing manly things: reliving their childhood spy movie fantasies, demolishing buildings, and racing very fast cars.
The not-very-well-built 1970s icon, the Jensen Interceptor, has been given a facelift by a small British firm, and despite its stonking power it has kept much of the original styling and is still, well …not very well built. Jeremy Clarkson does the obligatory mix of swooning over the new Interceptor, while also pointing out a myriad of design and assembly problems that the new builders have been unable to cure.
The episode also features the Lotus T125 customer ‘Formula 1’ car, which offers the everyday driver – provided they part with a considerable fortune – the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a Formula 1 driver. The monster price tag also includes a chef, physiotherapist, and former F1 driver Jean Alesi as your driving coach. This is a very solid segment, well-presented by Clarkson.
This week’s Star In A Reasonably Priced Car is honorary Knight of the Realm and poverty fighter Bob Geldof, who is faced with the stiff challenge of trying to beat Rowan Atkinson’s record lap time posted the week before.
And lastly, the three hosts take on the challenge to demolish a row of derelict houses in less time that it takes a team of professional developers. It being a car show, their ‘tools’ are of course sourced from the wide world of transport.