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Which is your overall fav...
Aston Martin DB9 vs. French TGV
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Ferrari 612 Scaglietti vs. Passenger Jet
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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren vs. Cruise Ferry
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Bugatti Veyron vs. Light Plane
36%
 36% [ 4 ]
Polar Race - Toyota Hilux vs. dog sled
18%
 18% [ 2 ]
London Race - Car vs. Bicycle vs. Boat vs. Public Transport
9%
 9% [ 1 ]
Nissan GT-R vs. Japanese Public Transit System
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Fuel Economy Race
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Ferrari Daytona vs. Powerboat
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Car vs. Motorbike vs. Steam Locomotive
27%
 27% [ 3 ]
Total Votes : 11
 

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PostSubject: Top Gear Races Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:38 pm

Aston Martin DB9 vs. French TGV - Distance 900 miles

Clarkson drove an Aston Martin DB9 from the Dunsfold studio in Surrey to Monaco, against Hammond and May who took the Eurostar and the 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 TGV to Nice, then another train to Monaco. 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. Though the result was edited to seem quite close, James later revealed in a radio interview[citation needed] that Clarkson had actually beaten them by almost an hour.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti vs. Passenger Jet - Distance 650 miles

Clarkson tried to beat Hammond and May in a race from the Dunsfold studio in Surrey to Verbier, Switzerland. Clarkson drove a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. Hammond and May got a bus to Guildford, took a train to Woking, got a RailAir coach to Heathrow, and a plane to Geneva. After landing, Hammond and May took the train to Martigny and La Chable before getting on a coach to Verbier. This proved to be the closest Top Gear race ever, as Clarkson overtook Hammond and May on the main street of Verbier.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren vs. Cruise Ferry - Distance 1320 miles

Hammond and May raced Clarkson (in a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren) from Heathrow airport to Oslo, Norway. May and Hammond flew to Newcastle, then took the ferry across the North Sea to Kristiansand, Norway and used a speedboat to get to Oslo. Clarkson, in the Mercedes-Benz super-car, had to drive over 1,300 miles (about 2,100 km) through the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark (stopping to rest overnight), Sweden, and Norway. On the way from Kristiansand to Oslo, aspiring to their first epic race win, the engine on Hammond and May's speedboat burnt out while the back-up chase boat's hull was damaged—all while Hammond was getting seasick over the side of the boat—severely spoiling their lead. They had to land in an unknown town (Stavern, in Larvik), taking hours to find a bus and get to the destination—leaving Clarkson to win the race, fly back to England, get home, and be halfway through supper before Hammond and May arrived at the destination.

Bugatti Veyron vs. Light Plane

Clarkson (in a Bugatti Veyron) raced Hammond and May (in a Cessna 182) from Alba to Tower 42 in London to deliver a truffle. Hammond and May rode scooters to the local airport, and planned to fly directly to London, but had to fly via the French Riviera since the aircraft was not equipped to fly over mountains above 10,000 feet—in this case, the Swiss Alps. While catching up to Clarkson, May had to land in Lille, as he was not licensed to fly at night. From Lille, May & Hammond took the Eurostar to London, and then a bus for the final leg of the journey. This race was also one of the closest races ever. However, the race was criticised[who?] as May & Hammond had go through lengthy pre-flight checks, fly via the French Riviera, and land in Lille before it got dark.

Polar Race - Toyota Hilux vs. dog sled

Main article: Top Gear: Polar Special
Clarkson and May drove a modified Toyota Hilux against Hammond, Matty McNair and a dog sled team in a race across the Canadian arctic. Clarkson and May won the race, and became part of the first successful attempt to drive a motor vehicle to the North Magnetic Pole.


London Race - Car vs. Bicycle vs. Boat vs. Public Transport


May (in a Mercedes-Benz GL-Class) raced Hammond (on a Specialized Sirrus Limited hybrid bicycle), The Stig (using the London public transport system), and Clarkson (by motorboat) from Kew across to London City Airport. The Stig started on a bus, then got on the Tube before taking the DLR. The bicycle was the winner by a fair margin. Clarkson, in the speedboat, came second, the Stig came third, and the car came last. Despite the result shown in the film, the presenters mockingly denied this outcome, and insisted that May in the Mercedes-Benz won the race fairly and foremost. This race is notable for being the only Top Gear Race in which the competitor using a train beat the competitor in the car.

Nissan GT-R vs. Japanese Public Transit System (Including the Bullet Train)

Clarkson drove a Nissan GT-R through Japan, from Hakui, Ishikawa to Mount Nokogiri, while Hammond and May took public transport—most notably the 188 mph Shinkansen. First they took an "ordinary" train from Hakui to Kyoto, before getting on the bullet train to Yokohama, they then had to take the Yokohama Subway to Yokohama Station, where they got on the suburban train to Kurihama and caught the bus to the ferry. While in Tokyo, Clarkson accidentally turned off the satnav system in the GT-R, costing him 45 minutes and giving May and Hammond the lead. However, May and Hammond were separated when their train split. They eventually regrouped when Hammond asked May to hold the bus. May and Hammond then crossed Tokyo Bay on a ferry. From the ferry, Hammond and May used bicycles (carried in their suitcases) to the cable car, which got them up to the top of Mount Nokogiri. This was one of the closest finishes in this type of race on Top Gear, as it was later revealed that Clarkson finished literally minutes before Hammond and May.


Fuel Economy Race - Car vs. Car vs. Car


With the team booked to switch on the famous Blackpool Illuminations, the three were presented with a challenge to determine which one of them would get the honour of actually throwing the switch. This took the form of a race from Basel in Switzerland to Blackpool, taking a route of their choice and using any unmodified production car they chose, with the restriction that they were only allowed to use a single tank of fuel. May selected a Subaru Legacy Diesel, Clarkson a Jaguar XJ and, to the scorn of his compatriots, Hammond chose a Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion. Clarkson bought the Jaguar because, he said, they cannot go from Basel to Blackpool on one tank of fuel, claiming "If you're gonna fail, you may as well fail in style and comfort." Before leaving France he figured out that, if he went fast enough, he could run out of fuel a few minutes from his house. However, Clarkson failed to run out of fuel—arriving in Blackpool shortly after Hammond. May did eventually finish, albeit 40 minutes after the celebration. All competitors chose their own routes, taking differing routes through France but all crossing the channel via Calais and Dover, which put Blackpool out of the theoretical range of all the chosen vehicles. With seconds to go before the switch-on, Richard—despite winning—claimed Jeremy should switch the light, but Jeremy declined. However, the honour of performing the ceremony fell to the Stig during the ensuing argument.

Ferrari Daytona vs. Powerboat

Hammond drove a Ferrari Daytona against May and his co-driver in an XSR 48 powerboat from Portofino to Saint-Tropez. Both were stopped by the Italian police at different points to check documents, with Hammond having to follow the police to a nearby police station.

Race to the North - Car vs. Motorbike vs. Steam Locomotive

Tornado on the race, 25 April 2009On 25 April 2009, the BBC filmed a private charter train hauled by the brand new steam locomotive 60163 Tornado. Clarkson (on the train) raced James May (in a 1949 Jaguar XK120) and Richard Hammond (on a 1949 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle) from London King's Cross to Edinburgh Waverley. Tornado completed the run in exactly 8 hours, with four stops for water, while May and Hammond were restricted to the A1 Road (as no motorways existed yet in 1949).

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PostSubject: Re: Top Gear Races Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:40 pm

I voted for the Veyron v Light Plane, loved that one ,May couldn't fly when it it goes dark lol
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PostSubject: Re: Top Gear Races Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:11 am

its all about the veyron
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PostSubject: Re: Top Gear Races Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:24 am

Had to vote DB9 cos that was the first and the best as they seemed a bit obvious after that.
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PostSubject: Re: Top Gear Races Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:56 pm

car, bike, and steam train for me some amazing machines
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PostSubject: Re: Top Gear Races Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:09 am

it has got to be the veyron vs light plane that was epic
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