The best Top Gear episodes to settle down with

JonathanApril 23, 2014

With the bank holiday behind us, many of us are counting down the four-day working week so that we can enjoy some time off once more. The rejuvenated version of Top Gear (aka the one with Jeremy Clarkson in) has been running for more than a decade, making it an essential part of many men's weekends.

Top Gear lovers will know that every episode brings its own fair share of humour, stupidity and even some information on the odd occasion, but for those who have never spent many an hour with Clarkson, May or Hammond – here is a list to get you started.

Series three, episode five – Trying to destroy the Toyota Hilux 
For many people this was a turning point in the franchise, which saw its audience switch from casual viewers to die-hard fans. Witnessing the destruction of the Toyota Hilux was, for many people, the moment that it became a show not just about cars or the stupid things the presenters say and do, but actually a decent TV programme. 

Although a lot of the episode surrounds the primal survival instincts of Toyota's famous car, which refuses to be beaten, there is a definite talent in the way the scenes were shot – something that hadn't really been seen before this point. However, for the less sentimental, its controlled explosions and general organised chaos took Top Gear into the modern era, with a guise that is loved by millions across the globe.

Series nine, episode six – The battle of the stretch limos
This episode makes it into the top rankings because of its sheer absolute ridiculousness. For film fans, however, there are also plenty of references made to the iconic 1960's film The Great Escape. The episode sees Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond haphazardly mesh together various styles to make a bigger car.

May opts for the age old combination of Alfa Romeo and Saab, which also includes a sauna and a replica of the Sistine chapel, while Hammond favours a rear-drive sport limo convertible.

Series ten, episode one – A trip to the greatest road on earth 
This episode sees the three usual suspects embark on the ‘greatest driving road in the world’ in three of the greatest lightweight supercars available. However, it isn't all plain sailing for the trio – especially James May. 

While Clarkson tears it up in a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Hammond chooses a iconic Porsche 911 GT3 RS for the trip. May, on the other hand, selects an Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24, which makes for an uncomfortable journey thanks to its lack of air conditioning and a proper suspension. The former results in him stripping off in order to stay cool, which is hilarious enough to bring a smile to anyone's face.

Whether you are content with just crashing on your sofa this weekend or fancy embarking on your own adventure, car leasing can offer you an exciting way to see the world. 

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