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Hammond’s telly drives

  1. Richard is a man who loves cars so much he even shipped back his ratty Opel from our Botswana special. Here’s a quick run-down of the best metal he’s driven for Top Gear telly - including Oliver. Click through the gallery for more… 

  2. Richard on Oliver the Opel: “Guess what? Oliver has an MOT. He just needs a spiv up. The brakes are
    temperamental mind. Oh, and the headlights were broken, so I had to tickle in
    what I had lying about - I think they’re off a Lotus.”

    Watch Hammond drive Oliver across Botswana

  3. “Having snapped on the last of his chrome chintz, and a set of genuine
    Minilite alloys - pimpification demanded by me - Oliver was ready.”

    Watch Hammond drive Oliver across Botswana

  4. Richard on the Morgan Aeromax: “The first 1,000 miles had passed in a thunderous,
    heart-pounding storm of V8 noise and hard-edged performance. The 325bhp V8
    makes for speed and power to push the handling right to the edge.” 

    Read why Hammond is playing dirty with his new Aeromax

  5. “The big Morgan is wild, beautiful and crazy but,
    perhaps above all else, has a sense of humour about itself. And that is the key
    to it. As a result, blasting around in it is an absolutely unique and wonderful
     hoot.” 

    Read why Hammond is playing dirty with his new Aeromax

  6. Richard on the Dodge Challenger: “How a modern car manufacturer has managed to
    create such a long, low, lean and sinister shape and still adhere to the
    pedestrian safety laws I just don’t know. And I’d rather not – the more mystery
    the better.” 

    Watch the boys’ second big US trip

  7. “Oh God yes it’s cool. How many other cars work in bright orange?
    Exactly, none. It can carry it off because its shape is bold, strong and
    confident enough to wear a colour that would never work on a Merc S-Class.”

    Watch the boys’ second big US trip  

  8. Richard on the Mk1 Jaguar: “It’s not F1. It’s not rallying. It’s something more humble, and yet more
    exciting than both: British Touring Cars. Nothing comes close for excitement.
    And this, the Mk1 Jaguar, was one of the first real stars.” 

    Watch Hammond’s affectionate look at the last 50 years of touring car racing

  9. “Roy James, the legendary getaway driver for the
    Great Train Robbers, was a big fan, and he always made a point of taking one
    that had been prepared for touring car racing.” 

    Watch Hammond’s affectionate look at the last 50 years of touring car racing

  10. Richard on the Ferrari Daytona: “One of the all-time great jet set cars. it may take its name from a racetrack
    in America, but trust me, this is the absolute essence of pure, European
    supercar. Drop-dead gorgeous looks, stunning speed, and born in Italy.” 

    Watch Hammond and the Daytona race James and a 1,000bhp powerboat

  11. “On A-roads is where this car starts to come alive. Yes it’s not a
    nimble, tiny, lightweight sportscar, but it feels lithe and supple. The car’s
    still brilliant, but the world’s changed.”

     

    Watch Hammond and the Daytona race James and a 1,000bhp powerboat

  12. Richard on the Gumpert Apollo: “There’s something deliberate and wilfully obtuse about the pointy snout, the
    piggy eyes and the dumpy arse of the thing. Somehow, I can’t imagine that it
    actually needs to be that ugly simply to function.” 

  13. “You can feel the road surface through the seat,
    through the steering wheel. You feel wheels beginning to lose their grip or
    finding it mid-corner… It is, in short, a much better car than I will ever be
    a driver.” 

  14. Richard on the Renault R25: “By the time I arrive at Silverstone and meet the support team, I’ve mentally
    turned this into a test of their new F1 driver. I’m asked how many
    single-seaters I’ve driven in my career, and I answer truthfully: ‘none at
     all’.” 

  15. “I hit the pitlane straight, and experience the joy of unleashing
    everything a car with a power-to-weight ratio of 1,216bhp per tonne has to
    give. It’s beyong anything I could have imagined.”

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