Races have been an important part of the Top Gear franchise during its run, and the best of those contests are featured in this compilation series. Actor Matt LeBlanc -- who holds the Top Gear record for fastest lap by a celebrity on the test track -- hosts this look at some of the greatest and most entertaining races from the show's storied history. LeBlanc, joined by mysterious show mascot The Stig, introduces clips that present some of the fastest vehicles that have been featured on the popular British car show.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Top Gear: Races - Top Gear Races - Netflix
In Top Gear, a BBC motoring show, one of the show's regular features since 2002 is various forms of racing the presenters undertake, either against each other or against invited guests. The show has featured a number of epic races, where one of the presenters — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and occasionally The Stig — drives a car in a race against the others in another form of transport. These races typically involve Clarkson driving the car while Hammond and May take the same journey by combinations of plane, train, or ferry. May has said that the races are planned to be as close as possible. Of the long distance races so far, the car has won the vast majority of the races, with the exceptions of the cross-London epic, in which the car was beaten by a bicycle, a boat on the Thames and public transport; Ferrari Daytona vs. Powerboat, in which the boat won and Shelby Mustang GT500 vs. High Speed Train, in which the train won.
Top Gear: Races - Aston Martin DB9 vs. French TGV - Distance 900 miles - Netflix
Series Four, Episode One Clarkson drove an Aston Martin DB9 from the Dunsfold studio in Surrey to Monte Carlo, against Hammond and May who took the Eurostar and the French TGV. Hammond and May walked two miles to a bus stop, took a bus to Guildford railway station, and went on a train to London Waterloo. From there they took the Eurostar to Gare du Nord, the RER to Gare de Lyon, the French TGV to Nice, then another train to Monte Carlo. During the race, May compared the contest to the earlier Blue Train Races, won by a Rover Light Six and Bentley Speed Six against Le Train Bleu or The Blue Train. Winner: Car
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