Gallery: drifting with Verstappen, the Lambo Lanzador and the best cars from 30 years of TG mag
The best pictures curated for your delectation from the new issue of Top Gear magazine
"We elected to pay tribute to issue 001 by gathering each and every car that's won the Top Gear Car of the Year award since its inception, and delivering the lot to the spot where the first ever mag cover was shot..."Advertisement - Page continues below
"As ever with those 'wouldn't it be great if...' ideas, there were immediately some headaches. Chief among which was the realisation that until 2000, TG mag didn't actually declare a Car of the Year. And the telly show only did so intermittently..."
"We delved into the archives to see what the team rated through the Nineties, and we selected, on behalf of our forebears, the cars most deserving of posthumous TG CotY titles. That was the fun bit..."Advertisement - Page continues below
"The plan had been to put the Mustang on a boat to Hawaii, but Ford wanted to put the car, covered in its 49 state stickers, on display, and we didn't have enough time to get it there and back. For years it's been unfinished business..."
"I collect the car the next day. It's the Mustang's Mustang: a 5.0-litre GT, naturally aspirated V8 with a manual gearbox, painted Grabber Blue with a Bronze Pack..."
"After trying and failing to buy the tooling for the old Defender, chemical magnate and extremely rich man Jim Ratcliffe decided that he would design and build his own take on the off-road icon. Amazing what you can do with a little bit of initiative and a net worth of £29bn, isn't it?"
"There are almost 40 very interested cows around and each is worth around £1,500, so combined they're getting close to the value of the entry level two-seat Grenadier Utility Wagon..."Advertisement - Page continues below
"Max Verstappen is on fire. A huge lick of flame has erupted from the exhaust of his car, and he's just dumped the clutch with a ferocity that would detonate a Formula One gearbox during a Grand Prix start..."
"TG has been invited to Millbrook proving ground to watch as Max swaps his single-seater for a 1992 Mazda RX-7 known as the Madbul, a gargling, snorting, steroidal monster created by a man called 'Mad' Mike Whiddett..."Advertisement - Page continues below
"Within the kaleidoscope of stupid things car journalists get up to, driving concept vehicles has to be right up there as our biggest waste of time..."
"The concept car in question is the new Lamborghini Lanzador - sounds like a boozy holiday spot in the Canary Islands, or a faithful retriever, is actually... well, we're not entirely sure..."
"If you're not familiar with GT1, it was the top and most exciting rung of the GT racing ladder at the time. So to be competitive, Weissach went big: merging the front end of a 993 with the rear section of the 962 to create the most extreme 911 ever..."
"The debate will constantly rage as to what The Best Road in the World is. But the Grossglockner is easily up there. If not king..."
"Much as we love the emotional zap of Italian cars, we aren't blind to a troubling fact. Fiat, Alfa and Maserati are all sadly prone to launching an all-new car that's the equal of, but not significantly superior to, a German rival that's been around for years..."
"The i8 was a monumentally daring project. And if you compare its sales with the contemporary Porsche 911 Carrera's, or its residual values, you're forced to conclude it was a failure..."
"In 2005, the Veyron was a white elephant. Years late and millions over budget, VW's overspend on development and then the phenomenal cost of production meant that it was said to be losing millions on each one..."
"Mountain Rescue teams across the UK are currently replacing the Defenders they have used for years, but there's no consensus no a perfect replacement for the varied and difficult to reach work that the volunteers do..."