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The seventh episode of the first series of Top Gear aired on the 1st of December, 2002. It was presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, Jason Dawe and The Black Stig. Rick Parfitt was the guest star. It was the 7th episode overall.


Hammond test drives a Saab 9-3, Dawe takes a selection of supercars to a primary school to see which is the most popular, and a race takes place between several religious Faiths. Clarkson drives the latest Lotus Elise round the track.


  • Rock star in our reasonably priced car...
  • [Jeremy] learns how to drive a Lotus Elise properly...
  • And it's religious racing as we find the fastest faith.


Cool Wall

Following on from the previous week, The Cool Wall was added to with the following additions:

Car Ranking
Volkswagen Golf C
Volkswagen Golf Diesel U
Saab 9-3 U (C)

Airing History

Series 1, Episode 7 originally aired on the 1st of December, 2002, on BBC 2. It was aired nationally in all regions except for the East Midlands. It was then regularly reshown on channels such as BBC Prime through to at least June 2005, along with the rest of Series 1. Some point after these re-runs, the episode was pulled from the BBC Worldwide sales catalogue. It has never re-aired since on any channel, nor has it appeared on any streaming services such as Netflix. As of the 13th September 2021, It was added to BBC IPlayer.


The following songs were used in this episode's soundtrack:
  Flower Duet - Natalie Dessay & Delphine Haidan [Saab 9-3 road test; removed from successive broadcasts]
  The Shining - Quicksilver [Saab 9-3 road test; removed from successive broadcasts]
  Hey Boy Hey Girl - The Chemical Brothers [Playground segment; removed from successive broadcasts]
  True - Spandau Ballet [Lotus Elise Power Lap; removed from successive broadcasts]


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