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Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution, the new version of the show’s mobile game app, is now available for iOS (Mac) devices. (Don’t worry, Androiders, yours will be available soon.) Among the new driving locations are New York City, the Grand Canyon and Alcatraz. And perhaps best of all, Stunt School Revolution is FREE! That’s right, freakin’ free. Just go to iTunes to download it. And take a look at it right here:
“It was quite remarkable,” said Jeremy Clarkson. “As anyone who has seen Top Gear either live or on TV will know, we are much more famous for mucking about and breaking other things like caravans – certainly not for breaking world records! I’m just glad no one asked me to do it.”
You can take a look at a photo gallery from Durban here, but here’s an image we enjoyed. Yup, where there are cars there will be hot women – and, as you can see below, this one’s definitely hot. She’s on fire. In fact, she reminds us of an old flame. The type we hope would still carry the torch for us. Yup, she’s smokin’. We’ll stop now.
• Season Two of Top Gear may have been lost, but there’s plenty of web video about next week’s show, episode three (airing Monday, June 25 at 9/8c) available to scholars and the general public. Hopefully, we’ll be able to piece together exactly what life was at the time the episode was produced. We think this video evidence not only fills the gaps in the record of our understanding of life in Britain just after the turn of century but provides hitherto unknown glimpses into the episode itself. Take, for example, this clip, in which an audience member is escorted out of a taping by Jeremy Clarkson himself for committing an unforgiveable social transgression:
There’s other video evidence galore for the historian trying to reconstruct life in 2003. Jezza spends some time with a BMW Z8 Alpina, even offering some advice for future anthropologists on how to identify the car.
“You can tell it’s an Alpina,” says Clarkson, “because of its huge wheels and tires and also because it says “Alpina” on the back.”
Britain may have lost its empire, but Richard Hammond demonstrates that even if Britannia no longer rules the waves, Jaguar still rules the racetrack – with a little help from nitrous oxide.
And actor David Soul (Starsky & Hutch) is the episode’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
• Perhaps you’ve been following Top Gear UK’s attempt at building a replica of the Nissan DeltaWing race car. They got custom-car builder Andy Saunders to help them complete it for last weekend’s Le Mans.
“The crew looks to have succeeded,” wrote Autoblog. “The finished product looks no more ludicrous or phallic than the real deal.”
• Speaking of the DeltaWing and Le Mans, the two provided a heartbreaking moment over this past weekend. Actually, it was more than a moment – it was about two hours long.
Watching driver Satoshi Motoyama trying to fix his damaged DeltaWing, wrote Jalopnik, was enough to make you cry.
Motoyama was “punted off” the track, and Le Mans regulations prevent drivers from either going too far away from their cars or from getting any help, so Motoyama tried – in vain – to repair his car. After working on it for two hours, he himself broke down and wept.
“He deserved the crowd’s applause as he walked away from the wreck,” said Jalopnik.
• Britain’s Mini has made an action-packed five-minute ad film called The Britalian Job, an homage to the two Italian Job movies in which the Mini plays a significant role. It’s timed to celebrate Mini’s part in Team GB in the Olympics and Paralympics.
Just in case you’ve forgotten either of the Italian Job movies from 1969 and 2002, here are some video reminders. Hey, who are we kidding? We just wanted an excuse to take a look at the trailers: