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The third episode of the ninth series of Top Gear aired on the 11th of February, 2007. It was presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig's American Cousin. It is also known as the US Special and USA Special; the DVD calls it the US Special and the BBC's website call it the USA Special, which may get it confused with the other 3 USA Road Trips.



Synopsis

The trio goes to the US to see if they can find cars for less than $1,000. Starting out in Florida with Richard in a 1991 Dodge Ram 150 pickup truck, James in a 1989 Cadillac Brougham, and Jeremy in a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro RS (further investigation would reveal the car was in fact manufactured in 1989, see trivia), the tour goes on to test the cars' track ability with the American equivalent of The Stig, with the first acceleration/braking test of the series by having the trio drive down a long strip which feeds directly into alligator-infested waters. Later on in Alabama they are challenged to get each other shot or killed and get bonus points for successfully achieving this feat, which they do by decorating each others' cars in provocative slogans. Lastly they finish their journey in the freshly-hurricane stricken New Orleans. The original goal of this final task was to sell the cars, but this is changed to give their cars away to families really needing them.

Cars

Image Vehicle Driver
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Chevrolet Camaro RS Jeremy Clarkson
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Dodge Ram Richard Hammond
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Cadillac Brougham Sedan James May

Trivia

  • Jeremy was hit with a $20,000 lawsuit after the episode had been filmed for incorrectly identifying the model year of his Camaro as a 1991 when it was in fact made in 1989. Nothing is known about the outcome of this lawsuit.
  • This was the first Special to feature the presenters in three separate cars with one main challenge.

DVD Release

The US Special was released on DVD as part of the first Great Adventures box-set, which also contains the Polar Special. The DVD release of the special, cuts roughly eight minutes of footage from the original broadcast, including a segment featuring a drive through a rainstorm, when the Camaro's wipers failed, and footage from the first scene in which the trio purchase cars. Some music cues were also changed for copyright reasons.

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