The first 'Top Gear Challenge' was actually back in the 1930s

8 júl 2020
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The Veyron race to London, the Ferrari 612 race to Verbier - they all made for truly classic television. But cross-continental challenges have been happening for over 100 years, just like the Top Gear challenges that we know and love. Mike explains the most famous of them all - a battle between the Bentley Speed 6 and 'Le Train Bleu'.
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  • Nothing can be quite like the original Top Gear challenges. The Grand Tour, even with its enormous budget can not be as thrilling and entertaining or "spontaneous". And now, it's only specials. I wish the boys would return to the BBC and take over again, but I don't see that happening.

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  • car bike vs trian challenge

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  • Rover! 1st Top Dog. XK120 and Vincent versus the new Tornado A4 is a better watch.

    David PetersDavid PetersMánuði síðan
  • Race to the north. Just for that vincent black shadow

    Jiří ŽemličkaJiří Žemlička2 mánuðum síðan
  • People miss the challenges get them to do the challenges

    ryan21terryryan21terry2 mánuðum síðan
  • my favourite is minicab challenge because my car featured on it mk1 ford focus c max

    İsmail Beygirciİsmail Beygirci2 mánuðum síðan
  • My favorite Top Gear Road Trip was America Road Trip when 3 of them buys a car in Miami for a Grand and at the end of the day The angry American chase them throwing rocks in Alabama, that was intense as Patagonia Special too

    roland hazukiroland hazuki3 mánuðum síðan
  • My favourite challenge is 24-hour Britcar race with diesel powered BMW

    Ondřej HofmanOndřej Hofman3 mánuðum síðan
  • Really liking that t-shirt, haha

    Mondoblasto0Mondoblasto03 mánuðum síðan
  • Romanian Roadtrip with the Transfăgărăş Highway. I've wondered if they've gone back since then for a bit of fun. And YES! Do more challenges! They are so enjoyable for those of us who can't do them. It has been quite fascinating to see how these 3 guys all interact, visiting with people in different cultures.

    Grexican SoundGrexican Sound3 mánuðum síðan
  • Orslo is my favorite top gear race is that one have m83

    the ultimategmoney 2020 NASCAR dude - top gearthe ultimategmoney 2020 NASCAR dude - top gear3 mánuðum síðan
  • This was mentioned in the DB9 vs trains race to Monte Carlo.

    Brian WongBrian Wong4 mánuðum síðan
  • MacRobertson Air Race is one of the best Top Gear challenge in history! Jeremy flying the DH88 Grosvenor House Richard flying a DC-2 James flying a Boeing 247

    Siakol YanoSiakol Yano4 mánuðum síðan
  • you're right , if you cannot improve on the original there seems little point

    Philip HallPhilip Hall4 mánuðum síðan
  • Id still rather take the train

    Joachim MacdonaldJoachim Macdonald4 mánuðum síðan
  • Bike vs car vs tornado London to Edinburgh because it was all about the yesteryear nostalgia

    Stuart RonaldStuart Ronald4 mánuðum síðan
  • Top Gear challenges are when they buy used cars for "fifteen hundred quid" and see who got the best deal. The DB9 vs train, Bugatti vs plane, Ferrari vs jet are 'epic' races.

    Richard BiltonRichard Bilton4 mánuðum síðan
  • My fav challenge was the one with the SLR, as it is the first one I recall. I spark my love to Top Gear!

    KamilMBKamilMB4 mánuðum síðan
  • When Jeremy raced James may on the boat in nz.mind you though Jeremy picked the wrong car.should have gotten the ford falcon not a corolla

    NZbreedsarerareNZbreedsarerare4 mánuðum síðan
  • when they built Geoff (the home made electric car that ended up as a hybrid by having a diesel generator in the back)

    C JoeC Joe4 mánuðum síðan
  • Lame clickbait ...

    ShowtaimShowtaim4 mánuðum síðan
  • This guy has an awful voice for this job.... Go away

    P51 MustangP51 Mustang4 mánuðum síðan
  • The picture where the bentley is side by side with the train is pretty cool

    Bintang CahyanaBintang Cahyana4 mánuðum síðan
  • Clarkson in the GTR vs Japanese public transport was my favorite.

    Warren ArmstrongWarren Armstrong4 mánuðum síðan
  • For me it was Bolivia. Being from the US it was the very first episode I watched on BBC America. When I seen the name Top Gear, I mistakenly thought it was military gear, which I had no interest in. Having decided to finally watch an episode to see what kind of military gear they were showing, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was actually a show that would quickly become my favorite, and it was their Challenge to reach the pacific from the Amazon river in cars. I was captivated and impressed with what I watched and became immediately hooked on Top Gear UK, but only because of Clarkson, May and Hammond's infectious humor. It also reintroduced me to British humor. Ever since Monty Python there had been a hole in British comedy in America that wasn't replaced until I seen Top Gear UK. And a shout out to Ricky Gervais for bringing British comedy to the US.

    Interested AmericanInterested American4 mánuðum síðan
  • This video acts all smart and tries to degrade the quality of some of the Top Gear races, when actually whats the chances non them new about these old races. I'm very sure as a child i raced cars and planes soo whats stopping Jeremy from randomly doing the same.

    Thomas RowlandsThomas Rowlands4 mánuðum síðan
  • The race to the north!!!(repeated loudly by burly bearded men in furs holding swords )

    Ben YoungBen Young4 mánuðum síðan
  • My favourite challenges were the cheap car ones... Before they force-scripted the results, that was. Cheap Porsches and British Leyland are some of my particular favourites.

    Clok-Roo, The PrimordialClok-Roo, The Primordial4 mánuðum síðan
  • Cheap 70s Supercar Challenge

    Faster Than YouFaster Than You4 mánuðum síðan
  • Someone called the rozzers.

    Robert raftRobert raft4 mánuðum síðan
  • Ambulance Challange!! Rambulance!!

    Trail MonkeyTrail Monkey4 mánuðum síðan
  • My favourite challenge is the Alfa Romeo vs the quadski

    Octo Vehicle spottingOcto Vehicle spotting4 mánuðum síðan
  • Oh def the race to Oslo... and the Bugatti from Italy to London... both Epic !

    Linda OffenbachLinda Offenbach4 mánuðum síðan
  • My favourite is DB9 vs train. It was one of the first TG episodes I've seen, and it made me absolutely obsessed with the show and Aston Martin. One of the strongest memories of my teenage years. The episode with Godzilla was great too, but I actually prefered when they just bought cheap exotic cars or build something themselves. Those are very rewatchable and the chemistry between our favourite trio truly shines the most when they have so much fun.

    Łukasz WojkowskiŁukasz Wojkowski4 mánuðum síðan
  • Can we see more jezza hammond and may and less of mike please

    Ketekian Tapi bukan ianKetekian Tapi bukan ian4 mánuðum síðan
  • Mongolia. It put all 3 of them in one car.

    Lee MillerLee Miller4 mánuðum síðan
  • A recreation of the original would be amazing

    Peter LisyakPeter Lisyak4 mánuðum síðan
  • I love the race to the Mexican border in the Lexus LFA, Aston Martin vanquish and dodge srt viper. It was exciting and the cars were amazing, that vanquish in that spec is my dream car!

    Melvin van der MeulenMelvin van der Meulen4 mánuðum síðan
  • Any of the long races with Clarkson in a fast car vs Hammond and May in something other than a car. The McMerc and the Bugatti races were my favorite

    Anthony AsuncionAnthony Asuncion4 mánuðum síðan
  • My favourite's got to be three way race to Edinburgh

    ChriseyChrisey4 mánuðum síðan
  • They (james May ) mentioned this very race im the train versus DB9 Top Gear episode (when theyre on the eurostar)

    Skippy 4077Skippy 40774 mánuðum síðan
  • I love the Vietnam special on the bikes.

    Germain GonzalezGermain Gonzalez4 mánuðum síðan
  • Favorite top gear challenge - Vietnam

    D RandomD Random4 mánuðum síðan
  • I love those Barnato Blue Train Specials! There's a guy in England who builds Bentleys with Merlin engines. When I'm rich I'm going to get him to build me a 27 litre Blue Train Special. When I'm rich..........................................

    Christopher DeanChristopher Dean4 mánuðum síðan
  • The SLR race to oslo. Such a great race

    Marcus ChastneyMarcus Chastney4 mánuðum síðan
  • my favorite one was the british leyland challenges

    Incompetent DiplomatIncompetent Diplomat4 mánuðum síðan
  • Vietnam. Hands down. It still felt fresh and new.

    Tony BTony B4 mánuðum síðan
  • My fav episode is the race against the sun episode and the car vs train vs boat race.

    Vijay RVijay R4 mánuðum síðan
  • The 1st challenge with the Db9 stands out, I liked the steam train, motor bike, car challenge, the eco challenge to Blackpool, and Clarkson 's eco challenge in the A8, they're all great TBH, I think the Cheap Car challenge' s are the best though!

    Phill SmithPhill Smith4 mánuðum síðan
  • The failed launch of the Reliant Robin Shuttle. What a spectacular piece of television. Now it was copied by Elon by launching his Tesla but May and Hammond were first with their glorious British failure. I would love to see something like that again as it would be something rather special and a real internet sensation.

    Simon Campbell-SmithSimon Campbell-Smith4 mánuðum síðan
  • Amazon should hire CarThrottle to continue on the grand tour, so that the silly Journeys can continue on for another few generations.

    demonbreed131demonbreed1314 mánuðum síðan
  • I like the mustang vs public transport to the champions league final

    JohnnyTheLod mateJohnnyTheLod mate4 mánuðum síðan
  • Liked the GTR challenge the most

    Ammageddon89Ammageddon894 mánuðum síðan
  • Top gear was genius

    Disney PlusDisney Plus4 mánuðum síðan
  • The Bugatti vs plane race was the very first Top Gear episode I ever saw. Brings back memories.

    FastCarsNoRules220FastCarsNoRules2204 mánuðum síðan
  • I miss old top gear :(

    Niksu PalleroNiksu Pallero4 mánuðum síðan
  • the Jag and Vincent against Tornado

    Steve DSteve D4 mánuðum síðan
  • the veyron COs its the FASTEST CAR FOR SUPERCARS and i love the challenge across the spine of africa

    Connor SmithConnor Smith4 mánuðum síðan
  • i loved all the races they did who agrees

    Connor SmithConnor Smith4 mánuðum síðan
  • My favourite was the GTR in Japan. Partly because I love Japan and Japanese things but, honestly? I love it because it has everything, including James May running! On TV! :O Haha. I love it. Thanks Drivetribe :3

    Time TravellerTime Traveller4 mánuðum síðan
  • I liked the Car vs Public Transit where Jeremy drove the GT500 Mustang. As for why? I love Mustangs.

    Andrew OlsonAndrew Olson4 mánuðum síðan
  • Something similar with/against the TGV? Best challenge, that is really hard I like them all.

    Alexander WingeskogAlexander Wingeskog4 mánuðum síðan
  • Favourite top gear challenge was the hot hatch one. The clip cup, citroen ds racing and fiat 500 abarth

  • I think my favorite Top Gear challenge was the one where they built their own trains in, I believe, season 17; in fact I bought the episode on iTunes just to see that. Not gonna lie though, the three-way race between them circa 1946 was pretty awesome too. For that matter, any of the challenges where Clarkson is in a car and the other two aren’t are pretty cool in my book and rank among my favorite segments in the show’s history.

    RockerTopper 1915RockerTopper 19154 mánuðum síðan
  • I think I liked the Africa Special because of the cars used. No one gonna talk about an RS6 Avant versus guys in skies?

    Mich ._.1020Mich ._.10204 mánuðum síðan
  • My favorite top gear race is the 1949 race agents the fastest car, the fastest bike and tornado

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  • James May brought this up during the DB9 vs Train challenge.

    I am Lion ManI am Lion Man4 mánuðum síðan
  • It's the London to Edinburgh race where James is in the XK120, Jeremy's on the Train (covered in soot) and Richard's on the Vincent Black Shadow.

    Bicester BobBicester Bob4 mánuðum síðan
  • For me it gotta be the race to the north with steam loco 60163 Tornado in fact it was going to be with 60103 (aka 4472) Flying Scotsman but she wasn’t ready in time so Tornado stepped in I was on the rail tour and didn’t know jezza was on the footplate until we had our 1st water stop

    David SmithDavid Smith4 mánuðum síðan
  • Gtr in Japan. The best.

    Thiago Albino SantosThiago Albino Santos4 mánuðum síðan
  • What a great shirt !!

    YeeSoestYeeSoest4 mánuðum síðan
  • Tonight I play Africa I watch drive tribe And I'm waiting for Clarkson roasting youtubers cars

    the ultimategmoney 2020 NASCAR dude - top gearthe ultimategmoney 2020 NASCAR dude - top gear4 mánuðum síðan
  • Ambulance Challenge. Have watched it 12 times, peed my pants every time

    Alex GrayAlex Gray4 mánuðum síðan
  • The trip thru Vietnam is still my favorite. It looked beautiful there and the lads seemed to really enjoy the challenge

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  • Panda runs the London Marathon, partly because the TVR Sagaris was in the episode, but mostly it was my first fully watched

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  • What was the episode that Jeremy and Richard leave a Model T Ford in front of this hotel in Monaco to see if the front staff could figure out how to start it and move it, I can’t find it.

    6078Brandon6078Brandon4 mánuðum síðan
  • My fav challenge was the Japan one

    zoraizzoraiz4 mánuðum síðan
  • The ambulance challenge

    Costas haralambakiCostas haralambaki4 mánuðum síðan
  • I would like to see a race with a car (possibly your Ford Mondeo) against the High Speed mainline to se if the government’s money was ‘well’ spent on HS2! :-)

    Daniel HaytonDaniel Hayton4 mánuðum síðan
  • this guy sounds like the guy from forza horizon 4 when he hits a certain tone

    Parknich081Parknich0814 mánuðum síðan
  • Wembley to San Siro in the Mustang

    Jordan SymonsJordan Symons4 mánuðum síðan
  • The first trip across America was insane. That Alabama stunt was really scary. The trip to the north pole was incredible! Honorable mention for May's volcano climb which insanity.

    Mike ReseighMike Reseigh4 mánuðum síðan
  • Top Gear: Race to the north. Between May in the Jaguar XK120 car, Richard on the Vincent Black Shadow motorbike, and Clarkson firing steam locomotive 60163 Tornado.

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  • Toyota Hi Lux vs dog sled to the magnetic pole

    landnnutlandnnut4 mánuðum síðan
  • Amphibious cars across the Channel! Iconic!

    LegitRonnieLegitRonnie4 mánuðum síðan
  • It has to be the Bugatti Veyron vs. Cessna 182. Brilliant race. James in his washing machine was hilarious and the veyron was epic.

    Hans Shoman ProductionsHans Shoman Productions4 mánuðum síðan
  • Just came here to say I hate his voice. I only watched on video of him and thought to cut of my ears.

    Motor._.ManiacMotor._.Maniac4 mánuðum síðan
  • Drivetribe - ze channel that uses old topgear and its hosts to clickbait us into watching wikipedia content

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  • The race to Verbier has never been beaten. Such an impossibly close finish.

    Ryzza5Ryzza54 mánuðum síðan
  • Mine is the Aston Martin DB9 challenge.

    Muhammad ZailaniMuhammad Zailani4 mánuðum síðan
  • For me it’s got to be the steam train with jezza, the xk140 with May and Hammond on a Vincent black shadow

    Sam._.BuswellSam._.Buswell4 mánuðum síðan
  • Really hard to pick one buuut it has to be the race to escepe from the polis in Albenia

    Shadowguy015Shadowguy0154 mánuðum síðan
  • The Race Across Japan was my Favorite because it was against a Nissan GT-R (Japan's greatest sports car) against Japan's Fastest Bullet Train. And The Race to The North (Motorcycle vs Car vs Train) was also my all time favorite Race in the Top Gear series.

    9A22 Sean Matthew9A22 Sean Matthew4 mánuðum síðan
  • Def the gtr challenge

    Ethan NolanEthan Nolan4 mánuðum síðan
  • I knew this was why the intro to the grand tour is like that

    Andrew OmeruoAndrew Omeruo4 mánuðum síðan
  • The episode when James Jeremy and Richard built train cars is my favorite challenge!

    pizza105zpizza105z4 mánuðum síðan
    • Agreed! To this day I can still laugh myself silly when watching it!

      J SJ S4 mánuðum síðan
  • Do it again. Cannonball run vs amtrack...

    jeremy barnesjeremy barnes4 mánuðum síðan
  • you told them this didnt you .. Bim.

    Yes ThatYes That4 mánuðum síðan
  • London Oslo

    Pål MarthinssonPål Marthinsson4 mánuðum síðan
  • Cheap car challenge's at my favorites. That or the amphibious cars.

    Kade CoxKade Cox4 mánuðum síðan