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We free a Korean hatchback from its coronavirus prison.The episode follows presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May in their successful attempt to be the first people to reach the position of the North Magnetic Pole in Canada in a motor vehicle. They did not, however, reach the actual position of the North Magnetic Pole at the time. This was the first episode ever aired in HDTV. At Resolute, NunavutClarkson and Hammond announce their intention to travel from the small hamlet to the location of the magnetic north pole.
Hammond will travel via dog sled, aided by American explorer Matty McNairwhile Clarkson and co-presenter James May attempt to beat them, travelling by motor vehicle, a feat that had not before been achieved. Clarkson chooses to use a Toyota Hiluxmodified for arctic conditions by Arctic Trucksto prove that Arctic exploration can be quicker and more luxurious than via traditional methods. Before departure, they spent a further two nights of survival training out on the sea ice in Canada.
Due to their constant tomfoolery, they were shown sobering images of the dangers of freezing weather and received a stark warning of the dangers they faced from polar explorer Ranulph Fiennes.
At on 25 Aprilboth expeditions set out from Resolute towards Bathurst Islandan uninhabited island where they would be making camp for the first day. Hammond and McNair moved at a steady pace during the initial days of their expedition, being stopped only by the presence of a polar bear following them, while Clarkson and May drew ahead by taking advantage of satellite navigation to ensure that their route took them over smooth ice.
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Problems soon developed for the Hilux, though, when it nearly fell through thin ice and had to be rescued by the support team, resulting in the need to plot a longer but safer route.
Three days after starting out and having reached firmer ice, the motorised expedition's speed reduced drastically as they began encountering difficult terrain. From this point on, the expedition had to rely on their guides to scout ahead for a safe routes, with some routes proving impassible, forcing the team to backtrack.
Extensive delays over the next two days saw the sled team catch up, although Hammond admitted that the physical and mental strain was already starting to take its toll on his health. Clarkson's anger at being delayed led to poor decision making and damage to the vehicle, causing further delays and straining the relationship between Clarkson and May.
However, they eventually passed through the boulder field and regained the lead on the sled team, encountering a crashed C  near Isachsen .Top Gear Special - Bolivia (Bits you didn't see Pt.1)
Meanwhile, Hammond and McNair's relationship became more strained as Hammond began to realise that they were unlikely to win. Hammond never made it to the destination, as it felt cruel to make him go on "just so Clarkson could gloat",  so instead, he was collected along with the other presenters to be evacuated by plane. For the end credits, in homage to Sir Ranulph Fiennes, each person who had been involved with the filming of the episode had their first name replaced with the words "Sir Ranulph" e.
Note that the finish line, near an old weather station, was called "The North Pole" for entertainment purposes only; the actual North Pole is miles further north, and the actual North Magnetic Pole at the time was a few hundred miles further north.
The "expedition" was undoubtedly a hard challenge, but the mile drive took place entirely within the territory of Canada, only about miles further North than Canada's Northernmost town, Grise Fiord and further South than a number of permanently inhabited places.
The landscape depicted is not the polar ice capbut the frozen sea among the islands of Nunavut, Canada. The events depicted should not be confused with an actual polar expedition. The vehicles used in the special challenge to reach the Pole were two Toyota Hilux double cab 3. The Hilux was chosen for its exceptional durability, as demonstrated in an earlier episode of Top Gear. All vehicles underwent the same extensive modifications to make them suitable for the Arctic conditions, including:. The episode was largely scored with compositions by Clint Mansell and performed by the Kronos Quartetparticularly the pieces " Lux Aeterna " and "Death is the Road to Awe", from the soundtracks of Requiem for a Dream and The Fountainrespectively.Top Gear: Patagonia Special is a full length special that was aired as a two-part episode for the BBC car show Top Gear ; the first part was aired on 27 Decemberwhile the second part was aired a day later on 28 December.
The special sees hosts, Jeremy ClarksonRichard Hammondand James Mayusing a selection of cars with V8 engines to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the small-block V8 engine, on a journey across Chile and Argentinastarting from Bariloche and ending on the outskirts of Ushuaiaand includes the infamous scene involving the protesters that the presenters and their film crew encountered and the events that happened; it is the last Top Gear special to be filmed with the hosts, prior to Clarkson's exit from the show in March followed by Hammond, May, and Executive Producer Andy Wilman shortly afterwards.
The incident with the protesters was widely documented and reported by the media, prior to the broadcast of the special. Unlike previous specials, despite each part doing well to draw in viewers during Christmas week it was aired on, it received mixed reviews from fans and critics, many of whom felt that it was not as entertaining as past specials by the hosts. All three presenters met in an area near Barilochewhere they brought and compared their cars.
Clarkson had bought a Porschewhich both Hammond and May berated for being "boring". Hammond had bought a Ford Mustangwhich though both Clarkson and May initially liked, they pointed out the numerous flaws with the car, in that most of the car's features were "pointless".
May, arriving last, bought a Lotus Espritwhich was mocked outright by both Hammond and Clarkson for its unreliability and faults. The producers then presented them with a challenge; they were to drive from Bariloche to Butch Cassidy 's final resting place.
Amazed by the apparent ease of their challenge, the three set off towards their destination. Though May and Clarkson enjoyed the journey, Hammond's Mustang struggled, with poor steering and heavy fuel consumption, causing him to break down a mile and a half from the destination and be abandoned by May and Clarkson.
When Hammond caught them up, they were informed by producers that they must continue driving southward to Ushuaia. Once there, they were to play a game of football using their cars. Their route to Ushuaia - planned by Jeremy - took many odd turns along the way. The trio took a side road that ended up leading them to a strange area where the road essentially disappeared. Eventually, they encountered an unstable bridge which they had to cross in their cars.
May was the first to cross, who discovered that the end of the bridge led to a dead end, though chose not to inform Clarkson or Hammond about it. After heading back, they encountered a swamp, which bogged down the Mustang and the Porsche. Clarkson admitted that the Lotus had been performing better than anyone had expected, as it had not suffered any breakdowns thus far. After stopping at their hotel for the night, Hammond became extremely upset with his drive along the route and sought to take control, taking them on a different route where he believed the roads would be better.
This route, however, ended up taking them on worse terrain than before, causing all three cars to struggle and Clarkson's Porsche to break down due to an electrical fault. Though he managed to fix the fault, Hammond was stripped of his leadership and Clarkson took back control of the route. When setting off the next morning, the trio found a large, desolate area, which they used as a race circuit. When attempting to relocate the road, they discovered that their route had been blocked by a fence, meaning the cars could not continue and that the journey would have to continue on foot.
Clarkson, in protest of this, found some nearby horses, to ride, though when May fell and cracked three ribs, the presenters abandoned this idea and located another route. At a nearby town, Punta Arenasthe team stop for supplies in preparation for their football game, though end up using most of their supplies to drive across a nearby beach, filled with boulders and other various rocks, where they were landed by a commercial Chilean ship, which cannot transport the three directly to Ushuaia for political reasons.
Shortly before arriving in Ushuaia, Hammond's Mustang breaks down again in the snow, leaving May and Clarkson to continue, in belief that Hammond would follow them in the 2CV.
May and Clarkson crossed a nearby river, after which Hammond joined them for the final straight to Ushuaia. Prior to the trio's arrival in Ushuaia, the residents of the town got word of their upcoming arrival. Preparations were made by the residents to protest their arrival. The trio had received news about the protests, which prompted them to check into a nearby hotel, but there a small number of Falklands War veterans gathered outside of the building with a nationalistic designed van, which had "Las Malvinas son Argentinas!
Protesters entered the hotel, followed by the local police. The protesters noted that if the crew didn't cease filming, then they would have to cause trouble.
This was believed by the protesters to be fake, and created as a reference to the Falklands Warfought between Argentina and the United Kingdom. The show's producers attempted to negotiate with Argentinian officials, saying that the number plate was not fake, which the officials claimed it was, and that it would be removed before the game of car football would commence.
However, attempts to please the officials were unsuccessful. Afterward, Clarkson received word that they must leave the Tierra del Fuego area immediately.
It was estimated that it would have taken 24 hours to organise a full departure from Ushuaia, but protesters warned that there would be violence unless they left in just under 3 hours. The crew made a hasty departure, though the presenters - the source of the trouble - had to remain in the hotel. Protesters had found the travelling crew and were searching for the Porsche with the offending license plate.That and, well, it was the s after all.
Which were pretty dowdy automobiles, to be honest. And frankly, we dig Memphis Group styling. As much as we know we should be all about muted this, reserved that and lumbersexual the other, we like to break from the drudgery of the everyday with flights of fancy just like this. Why take yourself seriously all the time? The only thing Americans fear, it seems, is not fear itself.
And so we turn to perhaps its magnum opus: trying to jump on the denim bandwagon as it truly arrived in the s. Oh, damnit.
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Anywhos, the velvet-voiced crooner did lend his name to this American luxo-barge. You then hit them with all the evidence you have to the contrary, then ask a very simple binary question: do you consider such behaviour to be lawful, or were you lying? In possibly the most Ronseal moment ever, Dacia thoroughly prepped its Black edition by… painting everything… black. We see. Is it because, among the destruction and detritus of apocalyptic America, the survivors just happened to find a mint-condition Tucson?
Car companies and marketers of the world, read this: we do not want to have your piles of commuter-spec drudgery shilled in our TV shows. And it was all to support… the fact that Skoda having just been consumed by the rapidly engorging Volkswagen behemoth had called their newest creation… wait for it: the Felicia Fun. Yep, if you were a backseat passenger in a Felicia Fun, you were out in the elements. In the UK. OK, the Ricky Bobby in us is abso-frigging-lutely on board with this, at least on the surface.
So the Mustang M81 got a McLaren-massaged 2.
Considering the 4. Look, we love guitars — especially Fender guitars. So we should absolutely love a Volkswagen with a watt, 9-speaker stereo and the same colour scheme on its dashboard as the sunburst gorgeousness of… you guessed it, the Jazzmaster.
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The trio were originally left on the bank with nothing. Richard remarked on the other two's inappropriate clothing and they all revealed their phobias. Richard is terrified of insects, James is scared of heights and Jeremy, manual labour, something James says is just 'bone idleness.
The driver of the raft only parks it vaguely near the bank, so, at that point, they cannot disembark. They then climbed into the Andes to La Paz along the Yungas Roada road also known as the 'Death Road' due to its narrowness and sheer drops. Due to James's fear of heightshe warned the other two not to perform their usual running gag of running into the back of his car Richard had repeatedly rammed James several times before the warning.
Unfortunately, just a few miles up the road, a momentary lapse in concentration caused Jeremy to hit the back of James' car by accident. James stopped and angrily told Jeremy that he is about to be "Macheteed to Death", holding a machete near Jeremy's face.
Jeremy was able to pacify James and walked back to Richard to regale him with the tale of how James almost killed him. Further down the road, James stopped with a mechanical problem and, keeping in with the code of the 'Top Gear brotherhood', Jeremy left James and Richard to fend for themselves. With Jeremy far ahead, Richard drove into a ditch to avoid a passing bus, and found out that James's car's winch was broken, and required the assistance of some angry locals.
Elsewhere, Jeremy was placed in extreme danger when he met a car coming the other way on a particularly narrow section of the road, and the edge of the road ledge started to crumble under his wheels. Near the end of the section, Jeremy held a brief memorial service for Richard and James, jokingly suggesting that they must be dead. He put two makeshift crosses up, labelling one ' Ted Nugent ' and the other ' Ray Mears '. Jeremy had a near-death on Death Road. A few miles from the end of their journey, the route took them down a very steep sand dune to reach the Pacific coast, on Caleta Los Verdes, some 20 km south of Iquique.
They initially decided to practise on a less steep dune. Just prior to starting their practice run, Richard got out to talk to Jeremy, 'forgetting' that his handbrake was broken and that he had left the Toyota in neutral. A hand can be seen through the Toyota window letting go of the car at the rear, causing it to begin moving forward.
The Toyota began rolling down the dune driverless and rolled over, losing a wheel in the process. The broken wheel hub meant the end for the Toyota, but Jeremy and James completed the dangerous descent to the coastline. During that, The tailgate on the Range Rover opened because it was bent. Luckily nothing fell out because the stuff was held on with green rope. Although Richard was forced to admit the defeat of the Toyota Land Cruiser that he lovingly referred to as "The Donkey", he still argued that he had chosen wisely.
Jeremy observed that James's Suzuki James have completed the journey, but it had been a very rough ride; James agreed, saying, "The ride is rotten".
Due to the Toyota's failure and the Suzuki's hard ride, Jeremy declared that although the Range Rover was the most unreliable car in the world, it had proven itself to be the most reliable car in the world.
Although it was not mentioned on the show, the three can be seen passing along Lago Chungara approx m in elevationand the Parinacota volcano was seen near this lake in the National Parque Lauca. These came into view just before the three began their drive up the Guallatiri volcano. This episode is regarded by the presenters as the best in show history. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki.This is episode 6 of series The three presenters started at a riverside in the Amazon jungle, dropped off by boat the presenters were supposed to have been helicoptered in to the location, but Clarkson said that the helicopter had crashed before filming.
Eventually a raft arrived with their cars on board, but it is just parked vaguely near the bank. All three, after boarding, remarked on their vehicles: Clarkson had bought a Range Rover Classic which had been described as having a 3. While trying to move the raft closer to the shore, Clarkson began to sink into the mudflatsand had to be hauled out with his own Range Rover.
Further trouble ensued, as Hammond's car would not start and the raft was too small for a push-start. It was not until the next morning that May realised that some of the planks on the raft were long enough to make a ramp off. James tried to get off first, but got stuck up a small hill just after disembarking.
As May was blocking the path, they had to get a third plank to get Clarkson's Rover off. When he managed this, he first pulled May's Suzuki up the hill, and into a log, then towed Hammond's Cruiser off onto the shore, before then giving him a pull-start. The trio were then provided with a supply of items to help them with their journey from the rainforest to the Pacific coastline, including a chainsaw, car winch, Tampax tamponsDurex condoms and Viagra tablets.
For the first section of the journey through the rainforest which took three daysthey were forced to make a route by slashing undergrowth and travelling along logging trails, encountering snakes and insects, and coping with the heat; Hammond suffered a poor first night, thanks to his phobia of insects.
When the group encountered a small, steep gully, Clarkson tried to drive across, but failed and got his Rover stuck. May tried to winch him out, but ended up pulling his own vehicle into the gully, so Hammond had to winch both back to the starting point. Using the chainsaw and some rope, they made a bridge out of the trunks of four young trees to complete the crossing. During the second day, several fan blades were broken off Clarkson's engine, which led to him cutting holes in the bonnet for additional ventilation; this resulted in the roof of Hammond's Toyota catching fire.
For the third day, the cars had to undergo some minor modifications to cross a river, including non-standard use of certain products: Clarkson used Tampax tampons to waterproof his fuel tank cap, and Vaseline and Durex condoms were used to waterproof various parts of the engines.
Hammond got through the river without problems, but Clarkson stalled, and May promptly got stuck after driving round. As Hammond was winching May out, Clarkson got his car started without any problems, which seriously annoyed May. After journeying out of the rainforest, the group finally found a road, though both Hammond and May suffered from their vehicles' poor ride a few minutes later.
The next day saw the presenters travel to Bolivia's capital, La Pazalong the Yungas Roadwhich was also known as the 'Death Road', due to its narrowness and sheer drops that had claimed lives. Due to May's fear of heightshe threatened to cut anyone's head off if they bumped into him, later waving a machete near Clarkson's face after an accident.
Later, Hammond drove into a ditch to avoid a passing bus, and found out that May's car's winch was broken. Clarkson, having already left the pair behind following May's car failing from river dust, was placed in extreme danger when he met a car coming the other way on a particularly narrow crumbling section. At the summit, he held a brief memorial service for Hammond and May, jokingly suggesting that they must be dead. After all three were reunited, the trio modified their cars in La Paz to climb over the Andesduring their border crossing between Bolivia to Chile.
Clarkson and Hammond both fitted much bigger wheels and tyres on their cars, but the added weight had a negative effect upon their performance, as it overworked their drivetrains. Hammond also got rid of his roof, replacing it with a lighter rollbar though exposing himself to the cold altitudes proved a bad idea ; May simply 'mended' his car. On the next day, they crossed the Altiplano. They tried to take a straight route into Chile over the Guallatiri active volcano.
Lack of oxygen also reduced each of their cars' effective power; May's car could produce no more than 20 bhp. At 17, feet altitude 3. All three were displaying clear signs of altitude sickness and as the road was continuing to climb, the trio decided it was too risky, and so turned back and took a lower route.
Having passed the Andes, the group began travelling upon the Pan-American Highwaybut the modifications on Hammond's cruiser caused serious issues; having already suffered a sheered front spring, the prop shaft had come apart and the diff had broken.
After repairing and reuniting with the others, they found out, just a few miles from the end of their journey after driving off the highway, that their route would take them down a very steep sand dune to reach the Pacific coast, on Caleta Los Verdes, some 20 kilometres south of Iquique. They initially decided to practice on a less steep dune. Just prior to starting their practice run, Hammond got out to talk to Clarkson, 'forgetting' that his handbrake was broken and that he had left the Toyota in neutral.
The car began rolling down the dune driverless and rolled over, losing a wheel in the process. The broken wheel hub meant the end for the Toyota, but Clarkson and May completed the dangerous descent.Specialsoriginally, were episodes of Top Gear in which the show's three presenters at the time, Jeremy ClarksonJames Mayand Richard Hammondhead to an international location for a road trip.
These specials differed from regular episodes insofar that they were longer than the standard sixty minute episodes; the Top Gear studio is only used at the beginning of the episodes and there are no power tests or SIARPC segments. Generally, these specials aired at Christmas time during each Winter series. Though often disputed, there were eleven specials broadcast over nine separate years, the first one being the Winter Olympics Special which aired in as the finale for Series 7.
This special was different from the others as it did not feature a road trip, with the first of the familiarly-formatted specials being the USA Special in The show's final special, the Patagonia Specialaired inas a prelude to Top Gear's twenty-second series. Typically, the specials were one-off episodes but later the format changed - in the AfricaBurmaand Patagonia Specials, which were broadcast in two parts. Special episodes were revived in the presenters' successive show, The Grand Tourwith a two-part special set in Namibia, entitled The Beach Buggy Boyshaving aired in late December A second special, set in Colombiaoriginally intended to air in between Series 2 and Series 3ended up as two-parter episodes for the latter, increasing its episode total to Prior to that, a "mini-special" set in Mozambiqueserved as the finale to the second series due to Hammond's accident and Clarkson's near-fatal bout of pneumonia.
A third special set in Mongolia aired during the third season. The fourth seson kicked off with a special set in South East Asia. A special in Madagascarhas been filmed for the show's forthcoming fourth season. After the format and host changes, Specials did not return for the Chris Evans format as well as the Matt LeBlanc format. Before the twenty-seventh season finale of Top Gear, it was announced that a one-off Christmas special would air in The special was filmed in Septemberalong with some of the show's forthcoming twenty-eighth series.
Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Categories :. Winter Olympics Special. Colombia Special. Survival of the Fattest. Untitled Madagascar Special.