Crash Course

Top Gear Thursday: Top Ten ‘Top Gear’ Moments of 2012

Could we have used the word “top” any more times in that headline? But at least you get the idea: we’re aiming for the top here, and we’ll look at the high points of Top Gear over the past year.

Top Gear Thursday: For Richard Hammond, It *Is* Rocket Science

In the season two finale of Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, Richard Hammond is aiming high — 40,000 feet high — by joining scientists to launch an actual rocket from the Mojave Desert.

Top Gear Thursday: Richard Hammond Demonstrates Animal Magnetism

Top Gear Brit Richard Hammond may have learned how to speak American, but next week’s Crash Course is all about, as Dr. Doolittle might say, talking with the animals.

Top Gear Thursday: Richard, the Cowboy, Deep in the Heart of Texas

“You can always tell a cowboy, but you can’t tell him much.”

The saying could have come from the old West. Or it could be from the vaudeville circuit.

Top Gear Thursday: Richard’s Career as a Barber – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Could the two professions of barber and helicopter test pilot be any more different? Aside from the use of the word “blade” and the phrase “take off” (and even that’s stretching it), we couldn’t think of any …

Top Gear Thursday: Life is ‘the Pits’ for Richard Hammond

“Is there anything here that doesn’t hurt or sound unpleasant?” Richard Hammond asks plaintively about the job he undertakes on next week’s Crash Course.

Top Gear Thursday: Can Richard Hammond Walk on Water?


Next week, Richard Hammond tries to channel his own inner Ernest Hemingway. No, he’s not going to be writing crisp, clear but enigmatic prose – he’s going to try his hand at bullfighting.

Top Gear Thursday: Richard Hammond ‘Would Be a Great Stuntman,’ Says Mentor

This week, Richard Hammond survived being thrown off a bridge and being set on fire as a Hollywood stunt man. The challenges he faced all presented threats to life and limb.

Top Gear Thursday: Watch Out, ‘Crash Course’ Season Two is Coming!

The Hamster tries his hand at a variety of professions in the second season of Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, but perhaps it’s appropriate that he’s starting with a stint as a stunt (yes, the consonance was deliberate) driver on …

Top Gear Thursday: Hammond Says U.S. Slang is Missing Important Word

Richard Hammond has spent a good deal of time over here in the U.S. He enjoys getting to know us Americans through our jobs, and he even tries to see if he can learn to do them himself in his show, Richard Hammond’s Crash Course.