Gearheads of the world, BBC America has jump-started this Summer of London with free and discounted episodes of the British original Top Gear. As we begin our travels to lands near and far in the next few months, here are some adrenaline-fueled episode download suggestions to help you weather the inevitable air delays and screaming kids:
1. Winter Olympics: Season 7, Episode 7
With London 2012 approaching, it only seems natural to look back at the lads as they made their way to Lillehammer, Norway to compete in their own version of the Winter Olympics.
2. Romanian Road Trip: Series 14, Episode 1
When the boys turn up in Romania, rolling high-class in an Aston Martin, a Ferrari and a Lamborghini, Jeremy Clarkson remarked, “Coming here in a car that costs £168,000 is a bit like turning up in the Sudan in a suit made completely out of food.”
3. Botswana Salt Flats: Series 10, Episode 4
An epic adventure across the Makgadikgadi Pan, which have never been crossed by a car before. The stretch is compared to a crème brulee — it is paved in a primeval ooze covered with a salty crust.
4. The Hatchback Challenge: Series 17, Episode 2
In one of the most fun Top Gear episodes yet, James, Jeremy, and Richard wind their way through Italy on a massive scavenger hunt, in which each host must collect odd items ranging from ice cubes to an actual dog.
5. American Road Trip: Series 9, Episode 3
The boys each buy a car for $1000 and go on an American Road Trip from Miami to New Orleans. The Top Gear boys faced one of their most harrowing moments during a stop in Alabama:
What episodes would you add to this list?