Top Gear Thursday: Season Two Once Was ‘Lost’, But Now It’s Found

Found at last.

There have been lots of things lost throughout history. The lost tribes of Israel; the books lost in the fire that burned down the great library of Alexandria; the lost Continent of Atlantis; the Titanic, lost at sea; and of course, the characters in the TV show Lost.

But for the folks at Top Gear there is no such thing as an acceptable loss, and that’s why they’ve found the legendary “lost” season two. It aired in England in 2004, but it’s never been seen here. Until now, that is.

The first episode airs on BBC America this Monday, June 11 at 9p/8c.

James May helped one town in Oxfordshire celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, reports BBC News. Ever since the coronation of George III – you’ll remember him, he’s the “Mad King” who had a bit of row with the 13 colonies – the town of Abington has had a tradition of throwing buns off the roof of its county hall building. This year they threw 6,000 buns, 100 for every year of the Queen’s reign. That’s a lot of buns, and so the town asked whether May would contribute his technical expertise in coming up with a machine to help in the bun tossing.

“When we got the call from the good people of Abingdon,” May said, “we were only too happy to rise to the challenge.”

• Also in honor of the Diamond Jubilee, Top Gear UK selected a sampling of the show’s “best British moments.” Among them: a celebration of the Jaguar E-Type (series 17, episode 1), the “more exotic delights” of British Leyland (series 10, episode 7),  members of the British armed services take a spin in an ex-drug dealer’s Mitsubishi Evo (series 3, episode 4) and the smallest car in the world drives through the indoor halls of the BBC (series 10, episode 3).

To read the full piece and watch all ten clips, just click here.

• Durban is getting ready to host Top Gear Live, reports IOL News. The South African city’s mayor, James Nxumalo, turned out to hand over the  Moses Mabhida Stadium to the Top Gear festival organizers. “We have an action-packed season full of international sporting events,” Nxumalo said. “Next week we will host the rugby match between South Africa and England, and the prestigious Top Gear Festival will follow.” The event, which will take place on June 16 and 17, will boast Top Gear’s first street circuit, a two kilometer track comprised of city streets that will host various racing events.

“I’ve been to South Africa at least once a year for 10 years and love it there,” Richard Hammond told The Saturday Star. He responded to a question about whether South Africans are bad drivers: “No, you’re not especially bad drivers. Well, there’s always the taxis… “

TopGear.com reports on its efforts to build a homemade DeltaWing, a project we first noted a few weeks ago. Customizer Andy Saunders is nervously optimistic. “Coming along now, isn’t it?” asks Andy. “It’ll certainly turn a few heads at Le Mans.”

Nearly ready, says Andy Saunders. (Top Gear)

• Website Buddy TV has published a list of “10 Things That Make Top Gear Great”. No 1. is “camaraderie” – “These are three blokes who not only love their subject,” writes the website, “but they genuinely get along with one another, and that in turn makes the audience feel like we’re part of the group, too.” Other reasons Buddy TV loves the show are, “unsuccessful challenges” (No. 3), hatred of caravans (No. 6) and, of course, The Stig (No. 9).

Take a look at the complete list here, and feel free to add some of your own points below.