How to Re-Create Your Own "Top Gear" Redneck Road-Trip Adventure
Here are three domestic sleds you can buy today for under $1,000 each.
Episode 3 of Top Gear's "USA Special" originally aired during season 9 on February 11, 2007, and is a must see for die-hards and, well, just about anyone else. In the episode, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May fly to Miami, Florida, and buy three used American vehicles for less than $1,000 each. The challenge is to drive the beaters to New Orleans without breaking down—or getting beaten or shot.
Clarkson buys a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS, Hammond wisely chooses a Dodge Ram pickup, and May rolls in a big old 1989 Cadillac Brougham. The goofy gang of misfits track the cars, brake test them near an alligator-filled swamp, and write crazy slogans on the sides of the vehicles to see if they can get through Alabama without getting harmed. Spoiler alert: They almost do!
Clarkson's Camaro is the least offensive of the lot and is tagged "Country & Western Is Rubbish" on its side. Hammond's slogan is a bit more of a challenge and reads: "Man Love Rules OK" in pink on the side of his white "Dodge-y pickup with pink painted headlights and pink eyelashes up front. And May gets the biggest challenge of all with a "Hillary for President" logo painted on the side of the Caddy—plus "NASCAR Sucks" written across the trunk.
Naturally, when the trio stops to fuel up in a small town of rednecks—the locals end up attacking the film crew and throwing stones at our insensitive hosts as they make a race run for the state line. "I honestly believe in certain parts of America now, people have started to mate with vegetables," Clarkson deadpans to the camera as he flees the state of Alabama. You can stream the show now via the MotorTrend app and—maybe even more fun—re-create your own version of this episode if you dare. We found three vehicles you can buy today in Southern Florida on Craigslist, provided you have the cash, like to live on the edge, and enjoy a serious challenge. Here are three to consider:
2005 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor for $1,000. Check out this recently retired State of Florida Corrections Department Vehicle in black paint. Perhaps most important, it has ice-cold A/C. You will outrun any pursuers in this superfast cop Ford—just write "Chevy Sucks" on the side of it for a challenge and keep a close eye on your rear mirror for shotgun muzzles.
2000 Dodge Ram 1500 for $1,200. This Dodge Ram truck features a 5.9-liter V-8 gas engine that "runs like a sewing machine." Just add pink headlights and write something crazy on the side of it like "I Love Vegans" and you're good to go.
2006 Ford Taurus SE for $970.The Ford Taurus sedan here has only 130,000 miles, also has a cold A/C, and could be yours for $970—which will leave you with an extra $30 bucks for gas. The seller says he's been driving it for five years and it is "practical and reliable." Write "Impeach Trump" on the side of it and get ready to watch the stones fly.
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