AlThe world renowned British tv-show Top Gear is the world’s most widely watched factual television programme. It began in 1977 as a conventional motoring magazine show. Over time, and especially since a relaunch in 2002, it has developed a quirky, humorous, unconventional and sometimes controversial style. Exactly what we love here at kickasstrips!
In their own kickass way Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, over the years, have covered everything related to cars and car travel in the randomnest of places in several travel specials and challenges.
One of their most kickass exploits was their so called ‘stretch limo challenge’.
In Series Nine, Episode Six the presenters were sent out to buy normal cars that were available in Britain, then turn them into stretch limousines. Once the presenters had built their limos, they had to chauffeur three celebrities across London to the Brit Awards. The result is one of the most hilarious ‘car tours’ through to and through the London city centre.
Hammond chauffeured Jamelia in his 1996 MG F “Sports Limo Convertible” arriving with a stuck throttle.
James May attempted to chauffeur Lemar in his “Salfa Romeaab” (a cross between an 1996 Alfa Romeo 164 and a 1996 Saab 9000) which used two front parts of those cars making it possible for him to drive the car ‘forward’ in either direction. He even installed a sauna and ‘sistine chapel’ in his car!!
Inspite of May’s impressive design Lemar ultimately got so frustrated and got out of the car after May repeatedly got lost.
Clarkson claimed victory of the challenge as he got one photograph of his celebrity published in a newspaper. However, as his co-presenters pointed out, the image appeared in Clarkson’s own newspaper column in The Sun. Clarkson on his turn then pointed out that both Hammond and May also have newspaper columns that they could have used.
Due to this ‘controversy’ the result of the challenge remains disputed by all three of them.
Have a look and great laugh at their stretch mission through London