Broadcast a week ago in the UK, the Top Gear team produced another spectacular episode for their fans’ enjoyment, with tonight’s episode featuring a special challenge.

More on that later…

The episode opens with Jeremy Clarkson comparing the latest offerings in the high-priced drop-top market: the Audi R8 V10 Spyder and the Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet. While both are for sale at identical prices, the Audi is equipped with the more powerful engine, while the Porsche is lighter. But which one emerges on top?

This episode’s ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ is Cuban-born Hollywood actor Andy Garcia, the star of The Godfather and the Ocean’s Eleven franchises. The interview with Garcia is particularly good, and her impresses on the test track with his efforts to best Rupert Grint’s record-setting time.

But it’s this episode’s challenge that proves the highlight of the show, with the hosts tasked to design a new style of motorhome in a bid to make the campervan “cool” again. The rules were pretty open, but the designs must include sleeping quarters, cooking facilities and a toilet.

A short clip from the Top Gear camping trip

Richard Hammond bought a Land Rover 110 with a shed on the back of it decorated to look like a house. Jeremy Clarkson arrived in a Citroen CX with a Grand Designs styled three-storey structure on top of it. James May bought a Lotus Excel with a shuttle-shaped skybox perched atop.

The trio is then set the task of driving some 200 miles to Cornwall for a camping trip, where they have to deal with the typical camping trip hazards such as petrol stations (and in Jeremy’s case, his Citroen repeatedly threatening to topple over!), cooking a three-course meal with ingredients only found in a gas station convenience store, getting changed into wetsuits, and rescuing their cars from the incoming tide!

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.