Clarkson on the Lotus Esprit

With a new Esprit on something resembling the horizon, we started getting nostalgic for the old S1 and S2. Which, were our pockets lined with a modicum of dosh, could get us in some serious, serious, unthinkable trouble. Meanwhile, here's a Top Gear clip from the first season featuring Jezza and the Stig whirling… » 7/20/07 6:30pm 7/20/07 6:30pm

James May vs. a Pigeon

Wherein the most quietly manly of the Top Gear trio hops in a Ford SportKa with a top-flight navigation system and attempts to race a pigeon capable of 70mph from point to point. Interesting factoid? A racing pigeon can cost up to eleven-thousand quid. That's a pricey snack. » 7/13/07 7:45pm 7/13/07 7:45pm

James May on the 300SL Gullwing

Around tha Jalop, guitars owned range from Gibsons to Paul Reed Smiths to whatever kind of bass the Loverman plays. And while the Les Paul-loving Jalop has always had a massive crush on the Fender Telecaster, he's really only begun to appreciate the Strat in the last few years. Regardless, it is an iconic… » 7/05/07 4:00pm 7/05/07 4:00pm

Tiff Needell On the Jaguar XJ220

When we were on the Gumball a month and a half ago, founder Maximillion Cooper showed up driving an XJ220 wrapped in flat black vinyl with gold-wrapped wheels. On one hand, we were flabbergasted, having never actually seen one in real life. We were also rather flummoxed at how cheap the thing seemed. We would have… » 6/13/07 8:45pm 6/13/07 8:45pm

A Feeble Novelty, Best Avoided: Lotus Europa!

Don't buy a vintage Europa. Just don't. You'll screw up our fantasy of a Winnebago Brave converted into a diagonal-backed car carrier with a de-Lucased Europa on its back and a Manta on the trailer behind it. Said fantasy is all we've got. Please, please don't fuck it up. Thanks. » 6/04/07 10:00pm 6/04/07 10:00pm

Classic Top Gear: Stig Can Fly Higher Than A Mosquito, In A Lotus He's…

A season or a few ago, Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson sought out what he termed a "great American car." One of the contenders to the throne was the high-po but not-quite-Shelby Roush Ford Mustang. To verify how worthwhile the modified 'stang truly was, Jezza dropped Danny McKeever into the FoMoCo driver's seat. And… » 12/18/06 6:09pm 12/18/06 6:09pm