Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.
I always enjoy the British motoring press' take on American muscle cars. Many of them look at our Mustangs and Camaros and Challengers with this kind of detached amusement mixed with smug superiority. Maybe it's some kind of colonial thing.
But if they scoff at muscle cars, they're the ones who are missing out. While they zipped around in their little MGs and Sunbeams and dreadful Rovers, we were smoking rear tires and going really, really fast in a straight line. Handling? That's for weenies.
So it makes me happy that in this Top Gear clip from 1992, Jeremy Clarkson shows at least a little bit of appreciation for what may just be the quintessential American car, the Ford Mustang. We see him roll in a five-point-oh with the top down as he recounts the Mustang's history, kindly leaving out duds like the Mustang II. Very kind of you, Jeremy.
It's not a long clip, but it's a fun one, and it even closes with the host saying "God Bless America," most likely the first and only time in history that he has uttered that phrase. Be sure and rock out to the sweet Don Henley music, too. I know I did.