As much as we dig the nerdier car minutiae and driving impressions that come out of Top Gear's iconic hosting trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, it's the presenters' hapless side quests that kill us the most. Trekking across continents and climates, always in remarkable vehicles, often at each other's throats, the chemistry between the three car dudes is extremely relatable—like, we could totally see ourselves doing the same things with our homies if we had to build cars to cross a desert or take a convoy of SUVs across ground ice and permafrost in a driving blizzard.
Chief among these exploits is one that literally went up in flames. In the summer of 2006, the boys hooked up an Elddis Shamal XL caravan (think super-small travel trailer) to their Kia Cerato 5-door hatch (known as the Spectra in US markets) and hit the road, winding up at "Caravan-catraz," the equivalent of an RV park in the south of England. The "Caravan Holiday" segment of Episode 6, Series 8 featured a vomiting "Top Gear dog" during the road trip; pilot "Captain Slow" May crashing into, well, everything; and finally a conclusion that brought out the fire brigade when Clarkson tried to cook up some fries and a small oil fire got well out of control. We'd all find out months later the conflagration was in fact staged, but the segment was no less hilarious.
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