The Top Gear Series 19 DVD provides Top Gear fans around the world with loads of entertainment, as you would expect.
Straight off the bat James May teams up with rally driver Chris Meek, to test the new Bentleigh Continental. Since this is Top Gear, the first test of the series can’t be an ordinary run of the Top Gear test track. They decide to see how the Continental handles itself on a rally course. James’ job for the day was to read out pace notes for Chris, which at the start fails miserably.
Jeremy revisits his inventive ways and creates his alternative to the three-wheeled Peel P50, the P45. The P45 is smaller than the P45 and even has a reverse gear. Jeremy puts it through some standard tests before presenting it to the panel of Dragons’ Den, who are unimpressed with his invention.
Episode 2 sees the boys head over to America to test three new sports cars. As Jeremy explains, the presenters each take turns in picking the next international destination, this year was Richard’s turn, as you may have guessed since they’re in America.
The starting point of their journey is in Nevada, where the three show off their purchases to one another. Jeremy bought a Lexus LFA, Richard an SRT Viper and James the new Aston Martin Vanquish. Surprisingly Jeremy and James admire each other’s purchases, and go on to torment Richard about his obvious American choice.
The American trip includes a drag race between the Top Gear presenters and the locals, (much to the presenters’ embarrassment) an Ariel laser tag game where the boys flee Italian fighter pilots on a racetrack and a race to the Mexican border, the loser would have to stay in Mexico and test the Mastretta MXT.
Episode 3 saw the return of a Top Gear favourite, a car vs public transport race. Since in previous years the car had always won, Jeremy’s car budget was limited. The team arrive at the starting point in Wembley Stadium, Jeremy in a Shelby Mustang GT500. The destination was San Siro stadium in Milan, where the winner would be presented with a ticket to the football game being played.
The new Toyota GT86 was tested by Jeremy, who labelled it one of the best cars he has ever driven. He then went on to compare it to the identical Subaru BRZ, assisting buyers out by helping them choose between the two. A simple ‘eeny meeny miny moe’ was the solution.
The show gets an upgraded ‘reasonably priced car’ in Episode 4, with the Kia Cee’d. Before it could be used it had to answer a few questions such as; is it easy to park? Can you plug a guitar into it? Can Officer John McClane operate the horn? To find out Jeremy got the Cee’d to park itself, Eric Clapton to play guitar through the cars speakers and Bruce Willis to use the horn.
The final and ultimate question, can you play Rugby in it, was answered when Jeremy versed James at the home of English Rugby, Twickenham, completely destroying the pitch.
Also a trio of hot hatchbacks are put to the test around the track. A Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus ST and Renault Megane X95 are reviewed and put into a drag race to see which comes out fastest.
In Episode 5, Jeremy and Richard design a car purely for the elderly then test it out in Christchurch with the help of three elderly women. The car features some humorous design items such as a squeaky toy under the brake pedal, a navigation system with four destinations pre-loaded, and a self-destruct mechanism that activates if you drive too far down the wrong way of a motorway.
James tests the new Range Rover in London, and then challenges a self-driven autonomous military machine in an off road race.
The ‘star in a reasonably priced car’ featured the likes of Damien Lewis, star of Homeland, Amy Macdonald, Scottish recording artist and Scottish actor James McAvoy, Mick Fleetwood, drummer of Fleetwood Mac, and the highlight: Lewis Hamilton, F1 driver.
Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Top Gear: Series 19…
OUT OF A POSSIBLE 5.
Top Gear: Series 19 is currently available for purchase at major stores. Our review copy was kindly supplied to us by Roadshow Media.
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