Top 10 moments in new-format Top Gear's 10-year run on TV

Schumacher as The Stig isn't one of them
Oct 21, 2012

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Time goes by so fast indeed. It's already been 10 years this weekend since the new-format Top Gear, the studio-based, hour-long entertainment program that Guinness World Record has named "the most widely watched factual TV show in the world," first aired. A far cry, really, from the old, 30-minute car magazine show that aired from 1977 to 2001.

So, in honor of the show's 10th anniversary, we share with you what we think are the 10 most memorable moments of the show in the last 10 years.

 

1. Jeremy Clarkson takes the Peel P50 to work

Watching a big man like Clarkson putter around town and in the BBC's office building in the world's smallest car is simply entertaining.

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2. Crossing the English Channel in car boats

Putting their best MacGyver-like skills to work, the Top Gear boys attempt to turn their cars into boats that are capable of crossing the English Channel.

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3. Bugatti Veyron vs. Eurofighter Typhoon

In one episode, Jeremy Clarkson in a Veyron ably beat James May and Richard Hammond in a propeller-driven Cessna. But could the world's fastest production car beat the state-of-the-art Eurofighter Typhoon?

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4. James May breaks the production-car world speed record

May may be known as "Captain Slow" on the show, but for a few short hours, he held the world record as the fastest man in the world when he took the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport up to 417kph.

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5. Richard Hammond drives the Renault R25 Formula 1 car

We've seen the Hamster drive the Veyron. Now, we see him drive a championship-winning race car.

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6. Mika Hakkinen teaches James May how to drive like a Finn

May takes racing lessons from former Formula 1 world champion Hakkinen.

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7. Bolivia's Death Road

In one of the boys' trips to South America, they encounter what has come to be known as Bolivia's Death Road. Can they drive through it unscathed?

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8. Ford Fiesta shopping-center chase

In the interest of making a serious road test, Jeremy Clarkson drives the Fiesta through a mall while being chased by a menacing Chevrolet Corvette.

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