'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 2'
After a well-placed promo for the US edition of Top Gear, this week's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is Fleetwood Mac namesake Mick Fleetwood. He and Jeremy briefly discuss the history of Fleetwood Mac, including the fighting and the songs written during said arguments. They then move onto cars, with Jeremy impressed that Mick drives a restored Austin, but unbothered by the bright orange pants he's wearing in the provided photo of him with said car. Mick does his lap in 1:45.4, putting him just behind Blur's Alex James.
You can watch a portion of Mick Fleetwood's appearance on the show below.
The final segment of this week's film sees Jeremy, Richard and James arriving in Los Angeles, with Richard challenging his co-hosts to see who can leave the longest tire tracks and best donuts. When they're done, all they've managed to do is make a giant part of the male anatomy, which gets censored.
They run away to Palm Springs, still extolling the virtues of their respective vehicles along the way. During drinks at a resort, the trio are told that they'll race to the US/Mexican border, with the last to arrive being left there to test a car for a future show. This is punishment because as Jeremy says, "they hate us in Mexico." No one wants to lose this challenge. So naturally, James and Jeremy plot to sabotage Richard's car, by stuffing fruit in the Viper's tailpipe, stealing fuses and disconnecting leads.
The race begins the following morning, with James declaring "it's all Hammond's fault," Jeremy being almost too fat for his seat belt, and Richard not enjoying the surprises he finds inside his Viper. He does eventually get back on the road, though, and makes up some time as the others are stuck in traffic. James and Jeremy take separate routes to the border, with Jeremy calling Richard and getting deservedly shouted at. Richard catches up with them, just as everyone is forced to decide which of three roads they'll take to the actual finish line.
In the end, Jeremy is the first to arrive, followed by James, leaving Richard the unfortunate loser. After an unsympathetic sendoff by his colleagues, he sadly starts his walk across the border. It's worth an added laugh when Richard doesn't appear in the show's closing moments either, with his colleagues joking that they'll either bring you a review of the Mexican sports car he's off testing, or a tribute to Richard Hammond.
This is one of the less memorable Top Gear trips in recent history, but it still does the job of entertaining, and there's one bright spot for the BBC. At least on this American road trip, no one flipped off any cops or was threatened by any rednecks.
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