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Hello and welcome to
The One Show with Matt Baker.
And Alex Jones.
And tonight we're joined
by the high-octane, full-throttle
presenters of the nation's
favourite car show.
who spend their days
pushing the flashiest cars
to the very limit.
Honestly, boys and their toys.
Who says we don't do serious car
How good is that?
dance in the car? A little bit!
That, my friend... Is an ash!
Please welcome Matt LeBlanc
and Chris Harris!
Good to see you. Chris, how are you?
I am good.
Somebody is missing?
Somebody had to stay behind, he is
shooting extra gear.
He is the one
who works harder? He does the heavy
We know where Stig is. He
is catwalk modelling for the Queen
at Fashion Week! Only joking, he is
with us and we will let him in a
little bit earlier but not just at
the moment, keeping a close eye on
We can see you driving these
lavish, exciting cars but in real
life, when you're off, what do you
On your ranch? On the
ranch I usually drive some kind of
tractor but were kindred spirits. In
real life, I have a Mercedes SUV. Or
This could go on for some
What about Chris? I have a
Mercedes coupe with a big engine
which is very comfortable and I feel
like I have not driven.
like I have not driven.
This man is
downplaying his car collection.
has got everything! I have a side
issue in that I cannot stop buying
cars! I have a lot of rubbish that
depreciates rapidly! Plenty of
choice. I like my old French cars.
We have seen you in your Citroen two
CV. When cars are you they have this
lovely smell but people tend to let
them get messy.
Like you, with your?
My old Land Rover is a farm vehicle,
this is this morning, some sheep
feed and jump leads. You bought that
from working? It has its working
clothes on, I like to say. There is
a lot of sandwiches. I didn't take a
picture of the back because it is
Well, on that, we'd
like to hear from you tonight.
Because as a nation we're notorious
for being house proud -
but do you treat your cars
with the same TLC?
Yes, we want to see Britain's
messiest motor tonight.
Take a quick photo and send
it our way and make sure you tell us
who's responsible for all the filth!
Name and shame!
Lots more to come tonight,
including the mums who'll be
joining me to take on not one
but five gruelling
challenges for Sport Relief.
I will give you a round of applause
We're calling it The Mother
Of All Challenges and you can see
what's in store for us
all a little later.
And we've the perfect music to gee
you all along on your challenge.
Performing Running to
the Future from the new movie
Finding Your Feet, Elkie Brooks
performs live at
the end of the show.
You might be one of the 135,000 who
bought an electric car.
But there's another
coming just around the corner.
One manufacturer is flying the flag
for the UK in where else but Wales.
And Lucy's been to see
their brand new green machine.
The British car industry is famous
all over the world. Around a quarter
of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions
are from transport.
So the industry
is under pressure to change, like
never before. We have already got
electric cars and hybrid cars as
alternatives to petrol and diesel
but we are also starting to see some
cars powered by hydrogen.
I am in
Llandrindod Wells two small company
with big ambitions to take on the
motoring giants with their
revolutionary hydrogen powered car.
Backed by funding from the EU, the
Welsh Government and a crowdfunding
campaign, this is the Rasa, a two
seater car for those short local
journeys. The company founder is
Hugo Spowers. What are you doing the
Giants are not?
We have made the car
lighter, carbon fibre, made to last
longer and we have no gearbox and an
electric motor in each wheel. Is
this exorbitantly expensive? We hope
we will never sell a car. I would
not only that? You would buy a
service contract like a mobile phone
and you pay a monthly direct debit
that covers everything. The customer
fills this with hydrogen but the
bill comes to us, you're talking
about £370 per month and 18p every
mile. There are about 15 filling
stations in the country at the
moment so building and intercity
capable motorway car needs a few
hundred filling stations but if the
car is for local use you can create
a market with one filling station.
Riversimple's mission is to
eliminate the environmental costs of
personal transport. The Rasa is a
result of 15 years of research by a
team including ex-Formula one and
aerospace engineers. Andre Bird is
head of research and development at
the workshop. This is a hydrogen
It is tiny. It produces
8.5 kilowatts of power, from zero to
60 mph in 9.6 seconds and this is
capped at 60 mph. Will that put
people off? The car is designed as a
two seater Robert Allen use and I
hate to think of anybody getting to
60 mph in the town.
Before it can be
released, 20 will be trialled by 100
volunteers around the time of
Abergavenny. Feedback will influence
the final design. We have invited
one of the test drivers here for a
driving lesson in the prototype.
Karen Harris, a retired head
teacher, is about to become the
first member of the public to drive
it. This is the only Rasa in the
How do you feel about the
Shelby get going?
Don't worry, Andre will be with you
every step of the way.
Off we go!
Once Andre has found a quiet road
for a current practice on, it is
time to swap over.
Their OBR. My gosh!
Fantastic. Smooth! This is a nice
Being low to the
ground is great fun and it is very
Going around the corners, you
feel quite safe.
Rasa weighs roughly half as much as
a Volkswagen golf and does the
equivalent of 250 miles to the
But the foot down a little
The exhilaration, my
gosh, is really good. --
Here they come.
was that? Absolutely fantastic.
Brilliant to drive.
And so nippy.
You looked genuinely thrilled? I
cannot wait to have one to drive
It has to be the way to go.
So the Rasa gets the thumbs up. It
is a huge idea from a tiny company,
will it be a success? The One Show
will find out what happens.
Any film that will get the boys
talking. You are in opposition with
hydrogen and electric, who wants to
I can see this being a
part of the future, especially
hydrogen, it is a wonderful resource
but you need a lot of geothermal
energy to produce it in liquid form
and fitness storage so electricity
and hydrogen, it is not about
whether it works, it does, but we
need new infrastructure so somebody
has to build the tanks, who pays for
it? The car-makers? Government?
Probably not. It looks difficult but
I love the idea of clean...
to be where it is going?
It is still
a combustion engine and the
by-product is water. You cannot run
down the 7-11 and get some hydrogen.
And storage, that is basically like
an explosive in the car that stores
hydrogen. They have been trying to
jump-start hydrogen cars for a while
but storing, at the place where you
go to buy it, that is a very big
tank, so that is a very big bomb. I
think the future is electric.
Battery technology will get there
and maybe solar panels on the roof.
But you have to make electricity and
in this country... That is oil
If the car has got solar, the
entire body, it can make its only --
its own energy.
You know about the
weather over here?
So it's not quite
as pure as at my house!
out! We were just about to ask about
your chemistry! Sunday sees the
start of the current line-up and
there was a lot of fuss, will they
get on? In terms of friendship. We
had that when we started, and you
don't know each other. But by now,
have you settled into a groove
together? Is a relationship forming,
do you go for beers?
Do you want to
hold hands for this next part?!
Maggie said, in the beginning, will
we get along? We didn't know either.
You want to get along because it is
better for the show. But it turns
out we get along really well. We
have a lot of laughs, half the stuff
we come up with we cannot say on
television so we're getting along
Absolutely and Top Gear, if
you are not enjoying making it there
is no joy in the end product so we
have to have fun making it. It is
very strange. As a child of the 90s,
watching him on television, I did
not think I would become Friends
Whenever you go, on your
travels, you are celebrating those
We're having a good time.
The culture. Cars are everywhere.
Transportation, even. We did a film
in Sri Lanka driving Doctors the
whole time and we had a blast. And
they are huge part of the culture.
-- tuk-tuks. Does it feel British or
global? Top Gear goes all over the
world from your perspective?
depends on which part of the show
were working on, making the films,
it feels global. When we get back
into the studio to do the voice-over
parts and stuff, and we go back and
forth with the producer on Ranj
Singh aluminium. -- on pronouncing
A lot of the humour comes
from that, the divide between the UK
and America? One thing you do not
disagree on, well, you do, is
Bigfoot. You take Chris into the
sticks and you are like, it is a
I first realised it was a
problem like this when I was at his
ranch in the summer and I saw a
little face sticking out of a
planned part and it was a little
Bigfoot. Clearly the Bigfoot thing
is an issue.
Yes, I get a kick out
You went out into the
We have a photograph.
Northern California, to try to find
That looks fun!
That looks fun!
We have a
picture of you dressed up as
Can we see that?
are! That is camouflage.
happened, we have the quickfire
round of things. Most competitive?
Rory. Probably Rory.
most likely to be caught
I am most likely to get away with
it! He is most likely to be caught!
Most likely distil under pressure?
That would be Rory.
-- to stall.
Which has the best taste in cars.
is not Rory.
We have quite similar
tastes. There is a particular
manufacturer in Stuttgart that makes
a car with an engine in the back and
we like them. Ultimately, I own a
1957 Citroen two CV so that trumps
I have a big forward delete,
but the two seater in the back.
unbelievable thing happens in the
series with the massive crate of
eggs. I cannot believe you did this
with a car that you love so much.
Have a look.
What is happening?
Whose idea was
So, when Andre Citroen
design... I can still smell that
now. When he designed the car, he
had some very strict design criteria
and one was it had to be driven at
around 40 miles an hour over a
likely ploughed field with a basket
of eggs on the lap of the passenger
in the car, so the suspension was
soft and subtle enough. There are
three or four other bizarre claims,
involving livestock and things. So
they tested the design criteria in
On all actual parts of the
design brief of the car, they were
written in there.
That was one of
them. They were supposed to have 12
eggs. He had 400 anti-tipped them
all on me.
But the car handled the
bumpy field with a basket of eggs
and none of them were breaking. So I
thought it would be fun...
would be good television!
the best laugh ever on camera.
was funny, but the poor car. The egg
got into the rails and it went rank.
When I took it out of the garage
three weeks later, it was horrible.
And Stig has been round Adam's farm
in Countryfile, and he has been
trying attractive. You can see that
on March the 25th. There he is just
reminiscing. Good day down on the
With all the miles you do, you
probably fancy a drive through now
and then. If it is fried chicken,
you may have to put more miles on
A delivery mix-up has disappointed
hundreds of hungry fried
chicken fans this week,
and the hysteria has
left us wondering -
can the country cope
without the colonel?
It was devastating. It was like the
I was shocked because it
I was suffering a bad
hangover and I chose Subway over KFC
and it was serious.
and it was serious.
Over 600, have
run out of chicken. That is no
finger licking good. It is the
biggest problem KFC have ever had.
They have been a high-street stable
since 1965 when they opened their
first store in Preston. Problems
began last Wednesday when they
switched the distributor. KFC
changed its applied to DFL.
were not a lot of lorries and
drivers, so there was a lot of
chicken stuck in the warehouse.
as the chicken ran dry, stories
began to close and people took to
social media with the hash tag KFC
crisis. Disgruntled customers were
calling the police who asked them to
stop. We have come to my lender to
see what the public make of this.
What do you know about the KFC
crisis? I eat it as well.
get through it?
Yes, I will. Does
the chicken situation bother you?
might be healthier for people.
be it is a good thing to get people
off fast food.
Is cooking an option?
Yes, it is. For the competitors this
is good news.
It is good news for
Burger King and all the small chain
They are getting a lot of
customers. Will we look back on this
and say, 2018, the great chicken
Forget Brexit, this was
Delivery time and KFC
and chicken. But, thankfully, my
lender is now one of the stores off
the closed list. I am satisfied I
finally got what I have been
I got my hot wings, so it
is all good.
Right, welcome to The One Show car
lot, guys, because it's time
to put your motoring knowledge
to the test in a little
game we like to call
Who Do You Think You Car?
The idea is as simple as they come.
All you need to do is match
the owner to the vehicle they drive.
And these are the first three cars
you've got to play with.
Car one is a 1908
Car two is a true original -
affectionately known as Cosmotron.
And car three is a Fiat 500 revamped
to look like an Abarth 695.
It's called Freddie I think.
owns these cars?
Alan from Hertfordshire.
Basil from Norwich.
Kathy from south-east London.
All you have to do is match the cars
to the owners.
All you have to do is match
the cars to the owners.
I always think it is good to look at
footwear. The Oxford brogue.
you feel about yellow?
you feel about yellow?
OK, so if you
stand by your actual cars, that
would be fantastic. Let's see how
right the boys are.
That could have gone
Let's go and speak to
Basel. What is the story?
and 1908 Stanley steam car.
and 1908 Stanley steam car. It is
equivalent to 1800 horsepower. There
is a boiler under the bonnet, or the
hood as you call it. The fire boils
the water and generates the steam.
Steam and then goes towards the
engine, but via the fire. That super
heats the steam.
We are going to
have trouble shutting you up.
we are. The engine is coupled to the
axle and there are no gears and no
Does it see the road much?
Do you drive it?
It is clean as a
whistle. We did 1000 miles in
America last year.
Basil, you can
keep chatting if you want.
to Alex. It is so lovely that you
have brought these cars end. Cosmo
looks like Penelope pit stop's car.
Is it a hurry? It is him its
omission Mark it is handbuilt in the
UK by a guy called Paul Bacon.
that the real V8? It is a fake top.
How do people react when you pull up
at the supermarket?
I have not got
to the supermarket, but at the
petrol station they do.
How can you
see over that?
You just look past
it. He is beautiful.
believe that the Stig is in his car.
What is the story with this? How did
you end up with it?
I have always
been a fan of Fiat 500 and we got
married in 1973 and I bought one to
teach my wife had to drive. She
changes gear better than me. We got
one after the other until we had
three up until 1984. I was building
a house and I paid somebody to take
it away. It was crazy.
Yes, all originals. This
one we got a few years ago from a
chap who had completely restored it.
That was 20 years ago and it still
The good news is we are
going to have another round of this.
Stay tuned for the second part.
It isn't just fast cars and crazy
vehicles that we're celebrating
on the show tonight.
It's time to introduce
you to an impressive bit
of microscopic engineering that's
helping to revolutionise
the treatment of heart failure.
53-year-old Jeff Wales has spent
most of his adult life working on
the railways in Kent.
16 years as a
train conductor, endless trips to
London, how many thousands of miles
have I travel?
Who knows? Good days.
Jeff and his wife Lynne have been
together for 20 years and with a
grown-up family they were looking
forward to enjoying the future
together. But last year their life
took a different turn.
He had time
booked off from work for the weekend
and we thought of going to Wales to
see some family.
On the second day I
had chest pains. Being a man I
decided to wait until I came home
two days later before I said to my
wife, I have some pain.
That was the
first I knew of it.
suffering from heart failure. That
happens when the heart is unable to
pump blood around the body and it
leads to tiredness, shortness of
breath and swelling of the ankles
and if untreated it can be fatal.
I had not gone, I would be dead.
This is Jeff's consultant.
what we call cardiomyopathy and the
muscle does not pump enough around
They believe a virus
caused this failure. He was fitted
with a pacemaker soon after
diagnosis but his condition means it
is only able to pump one side of his
heart and it began to be out of
sync. It all looks pretty random,
the movement of the left ventricle.
This is the inherent problem when
one part is contracting and the
other part can be moving out, so it
leads to a very inefficient pumping
function. It is likely it could get
worse over time and that would
reduce his life span.
The damage to
Jeff's heart is so great, all
conventional treatments have been
exhausted. Time is running out and
everyday becomes bigger struggle.
Just walking up a couple of flights
of stairs and any exertion causes
A year ago our life was
very different. I feel we are living
the lifestyle of my parents now.
has been hard for Jeff and limb to
accept, especially as Jeff's dad has
to do the jobs Jeff no longer can.
don't ask often because it is a bit
of a burden on him.
You have got to
do it, he is my son. Yeah.
care about who does the gardening
and the decorating, I just worry if
he will still be there.
ground-breaking device is offering
help. It is a stimulating system
which doctors help will
resynchronise his heart. It is the
size of a grain of rice, so small
that it can be placed inside the
We put the device into the
muscle. There is a little needle and
some barbs and an ultrasound
transmitter activates the device to
electrically stimulate the heart.
Today, Jeff is back in hospital for
the device to be fitted. He is the
first person to have the latest
generation of transmitter. If it
works, it could transform his life,
but it is not without risk.
theory the device could fly off into
the heart or another part of the
circulation. That is why we take a
lot of time to make sure it is
correctly deployed and the chance of
that happening is very small. We
have not experienced that
Jeff is very young for
The fact he's young
and apart from his heart problem,
the rest of him is in pretty good
nick and we are hopeful that if we
resynchronise the heart, that Jeff
will do very well.
I think about the
risk, Jeff does not, but the
benefits far outweigh the risk. We
have got so many things we want to
It is worth a chance. The device
has only become available recently.
A year ago, two years ago it was not
an option. We are very fortunate.
We are very fortunate.
And you can see how Jeff got
on with his operation
a little later in the show.
Right it's the moment that
Alex has been dreading,
because once I finish reading this,
there really is no going back!
In March, Alex will lead a team
of mums in a challenge
for Sport Relief, but it
isn't any old challenge,
it's The Mother Of All Challenges!
Before she has time to back out,
let's see what's in store.
I feel sick. To be honest.
So many of us mums are struggling
and it is all right to get help,
that will bring us together.
wanted to do something to make me
feel like myself again.
other people tell you cannot do
something, you can.
I don't want
just to prove that I am not that
person any more.
I don't know, I am
more worried about this and any
other Sport Relief challenge.
The Mother Of All Challenges is a
serious challenge, I cannot think of
anyone who would like to be in their
shoes and this is properly tough.
The challenge feels like this
enormous mountain and I hope that
the girls and myself will bond and
do it together.
I don't think I have
fully taken on board but I am going
to be doing.
We're going to be
It is on!
First up, it's Amal from London!
Mum to 11-month-old Rafii,
Amal works as a doctor,
specialising in Sports Medicine.
Next up, Debbie from Bristol!
By day, Debbie is a support
worker for adults with
But her spare time is devoted
to her four daughters -
Mum three is Jodi from Bristol!
Mum to Taylan and Farren,
Jodi has overcome severe post-natal
depression and now wants to support
other mums facing the same ordeal.
And finally, it's
Leigh from Glasgow!
Mum to Ross and twins
Ethan and Freya, Leigh
loves the gym and works
for a construction company.
So we know who'll be
doing the heavy lifting!
There is no backing out! We have
given birth, we can do this! That is
the bottom line, it is so nice to
have a team of ladies doing it with
me. I am so grateful that you have
signed up. Thank you in advance,
before we get into at!
How will this
Every day there is a different
challenge, and we saw your face!
Matt was giving me tips about the
wet suit and what we should do to
warm it up! One challenge every day,
swimming, biking, hiking, caving and
the marathon and we will play on
each other's strengths. If somebody
is good at running they can take the
lead and we will finish together,
team effort. Nobody left behind.
Leigh, you describe
yourself as Mrs Average.
What made you want to get
involved in the challenge?
Mrs average, we are just mothers, I
always watch the celebrities on
Sport Relief and when Alex asked my
mum to come along, why not? So I
applied and here I am.
The reason we
are asking for mums is this year is
all about raising awareness of
paternity issues and pregnancy
issues. Jodi, you had a real time of
it with postnatal depression and you
thought that you would want to do
something to help others in the same
Give us some background. I
suffered badly after my first son
and it was a really lonely time and
it was a really dark place, not a
great place to be and this is about
trying to normalise that episode so
that women feel they can talk about
it and we can say, OK, we're
actually not feeling great but that
is all right and get that
In general, but
your perspective change in life when
he became mothers? More fearful? Or
more out there?
More fearful! It is
both. I am more fearful for the
children but as I get older I am
getting more gung ho!
getting more gung ho!
Debbie is a
dark horse. Shelley Winters? In the
Poseidon adventure? That is Debbie!
Really good in the water.
Really good in the water. And Amal,
you are the Doctor. How can we feel
better? What is your reason for
getting behind this?
When you put
out the advert I was not in a good
place, similar to Jodi, I was six
months postpartum and I used to be
very fit and active and during my
pregnancy and after I had the baby I
did not have the capacity to
exercise that I guessed it. It used
to be such a massive part of my
identity and at that time I didn't
have the energy or the strength or
do anything and I looked to that
challenge to be something that I
could aim for and get motivated for.
And that transition from being
really fit and healthy to becoming a
mum and your body going through the
mill and is trying to get back to
the same place is a big challenge, I
find it really hard so this is a
reason to get back on the bike!
is achieving something, some of us
felt that we had failed as a mother
for a while, and we didn't but that
is how we felt and I think this is
our chance to achieve something.
Absolutely. No doubt your families
and your children think you are the
best thing in the world ever!
Look at the support! It is so
lovely. Such a great feeling of
absolute support. There we go. And
everybody has been helping you with
What are we dreading
You really do hate the running?
is it, basically damp and tight
There must be elements...
You must be looking forward to
something? I cannot wait to get
started and with everyone together
to just go for it, what else can we
do? We just have to go for it and it
is going to happen.
It is the
swimming. I am not as strong swimmer
and it is so cold water.
the cold water, have we time for
this? This is the actual temperature
of Loch Ness. At the moment, just
come over here, take off your shoes!
Very quickly. It is 5 degrees, to be
exact. There you have it. You will
be absolutely fine! That is
absolutely... Well, it is full of
We wish you all the very
We will get to know this team a lot
better before then.
But in the meantime,
there's lots more information
about the Mother Of All Challenges
on our website.
And we're looking forward to having
Elkie Brooks perform
for us later in the show.
That will be good for motivation.
As we saw earlier, one
of the locations we'll get
to enjoy on our challenge,
if that's the right word,
is the Lake District -
the stunning setting
of our next film.
Not that we'll have
time for fishing.
The bends in rivers are vital for
wildlife. A slow the flow of the
water and allow sediment to build
up, creating habitats for insects
and fish and the creatures that feed
on them. This valley in the Lake
District suffered a drop in wildlife
when the Victorians straightened the
river to make way for more farmland.
At the time the project was heralded
a great success and what they did
not realise was that by changing the
course of this once meandering
river, they had destroyed once rich
wetland habitat full of wildlife.
John Gorse from the local utilities
company spotted an opportunity to
bring the ecosystem back to life by
reinstating the bends.
They are not
only good for wildlife but good for
water quality survey I live the
finer material in the water column
to drop out into the catchment
rather than going to the water
intake. This sort of injury. In the
old straightened channel Weather
Watcher running quickly, all of that
material was highly mobile and would
be taken into the water intake so
there is extra cost.
By stopping the
flow, sediment deposits on the
bends, creating vital habitats for
wildlife. Digging an entirely new
watercourse complete with 15 new
bends was a monumental task but the
effect on wildlife was almost
immediate, as Leigh Scofield from
the RSPB explains.
The gravel is
such a key feature of this
restoration so it is supporting this
new food chain, the gravel bars have
lots of different niche is so
different invertebrates can be
supported and that supports the fish
and the birds and the predators, the
arteries and the kingfishers and the
exciting thing for us was upstream
we could see several salmon spawning
in here, only three months after the
machines left. All that has done
that is putting in the bends and the
water has engineered these smaller
features into the landscape.
spawning is an indicator of a
healthy river, showing this project
has been a great success. But
getting there is just the end of a
perilous journey they have made from
the sea. In autumn, our river
systems are motor ways for salmon
looking for spawning grounds and
they. At nothing that gets under
way. Every now and again they will
come across water falls like this
and it is only with a strong flow of
water that allows them to leap up
and get over the top of them and I
am hoping that I have come to the
right place at the right time and
salmon is going to leap in front of
me. Despite several hours, my luck
is not in. Undeterred, I am back.
This time I'm headed south to
stretch of water full of obstacles
and hopefully, salmon. It is
completely hit and miss when it
comes to filming salmon leaping and
I have this ten metre wide waterfall
in front of me and I don't know
which bet they are going to try to
jump up and I do not know when.
That is a whopper! That salmon is
huge. Absolutely fascinating to
With the U:K.'s salmon population
feared to be at its lowest ever,
projects like this one at Swindell
back are critical to give this fish
the best possible chance of
In honour of our Top Gear guests
tonight, we've invited some One Show
viewers and their unusual vehicles
onto the show tonight for a quick
game of Who Do You Think You Car?
Three more lovely contenders. Match
the car with the order. Great game,
Who Do You Think You Car? This
beautiful tractor, 1917, this
Samsung tractor, absolute beauty.
Feast your eyes on that. Look at
this 1970 Dodge Charger, half of the
engines sticking out and finally,
number three, this is a customised
jet powered Volkswagen van known as
the Oklahoma Willy.
Let us be the
owners. We have got Sam from
Portsmouth, Perry from Dorset...
Gordon from Norfolk.
Good evening. We have the pictures
of the cards, match the pictures to
Matthew, I was rubbish
You have the roughest
hands so I would imagine that is
you. The muscle car?
I think you
have got the jet.
have got the jet.
Ansan, the Dodge.
Last time you got it completely
wrong. It cannot get any worse.
Please stand by your cars, that
would be fantastic.
would be fantastic.
Hang about! It
is absolutely right! You have nailed
it! The tractor, you will love this,
this Samsung, six - 12.
horsepower and 12 horsepower at the
bully. Powered by?
Wow! What year?
You have got quite a few
of them? We have a passion for
vintage tractors, the older, steel
wheels once. You don't suffer from
Takes more loading and
unloading. It will be a slow ride
Sam, you are the owner of the Dodge.
That's it, all muscle.
The Stig is
in there, is it all right?
made my day.
How did you get your
hands on this car?
Growing up it
always appealed to me to have this
car. It looks the part, it has all
the power, but it is all a facade.
15 years later I finally got it. Me
and my dad went to America four
years ago and built our business
buying and selling American cars and
it has taken this long to put it all
How much is it?
can't afford it, don't buy it. Is it
him or it? It is it.
And you are the
owner of this phenomenal machine. It
did not come as a rocket.
the car from Oklahoma, it was 1958,
spent its entire life on a farm and
it was wrecked when I got it. I
spent three years restoring it. And
then we bought the jet engine to put
on the back. It is 5000 horsepower
is fighter jets engine.
Have a look
at this in action. Talk us through
This is me going on the
drag strip pulling away and burning
31 gallons of fuel in ten seconds
covering a quarter of a mile at 150
miles an hour when I crossed the
line at the top. It is good fun, the
world's most inefficient hybrid
Thank you one and all for
bringing in your cars. We simply
asked to this is what we got.
Oklahoma Willie is lovely.
Earlier we introduced
you to train conductor Jeff
who was about to undergo
a revolutionary new treatment
for heart failure.
It's success hinges on a tiny
wireless device and the steady hands
of one of the country's
top heart surgeons.
So let's see how things go.
Last year, 53-year-old Jeff Wales
was diagnosed with heart failure.
was horrified when we found that the
diagnosis. Then you start to think
what is going to happen to the
He has been fitted with a
pacemaker but his health is
deteriorating and there was little
else doctors could do until now.
Today we are at Saint Thomas's
Hospital in London and the professor
is preparing to insert a
revolutionary wireless device into
Jeff's heart to help beat normally.
The device is a wireless stimulate
and is the size of a grain of rice
and uses ultrasound to work with
Jeff's pacemaker, making both sides
of his heart beat together. After a
year of life limiting illness, this
could mean a normal future.
got the promise of a better life. If
it all goes well, I hope it happens.
I will be a wreck whilst it is going
on. I want the Jeff of 18 months
ago, that is all.
It is not only
Geoff and Lynne who might be feeling
nervous this morning. It is the
first time they have used this new
generation device. Jeff will be
awake for the procedure but heavily
sedated as the device will be
inserted through an artery. A guide
catheter goes on first to find the
direct location of the heart.
goes inside the left ventricle and
we are putting the device from there
and deploy it into the heart. Just
make sure that is straight down
there, guys. You can see it coming
The next stage is crucial.
The professor has to find a healthy
section of tissue.
We are testing
the device to see whether or not it
captures the heart electrically.
Hold on one second. Check that.
Hold on one second. Check that. Are
you sure your connections are OK?
is not good news. The first attempt
We have to reposition
OK, more testing, please.
Jeff's heart is even more damaged
than expected. The professor has
discovered extensive scarring, so
they cannot find a site where it
It is even worse in this
position. Let's try going up very
high on the wall. Otherwise we are
running out of targets really.
have now tried a dozen positions and
nothing is working. Jeff's last hope
for a better quality of life is
We have tried the
whole of the lateral wall.
Professor Rinaldi is not giving up
and tries one more time.
Finally success. They have found a
healthy piece of heart.
I think we
should deploy it here. OK? You can
see now we have pushed the device
forward and the tip has gone into
The device is now
anchored into the beating heart
muscle. OK, we are done. Jeff's
heart is at last being paced by the
That was a very
difficult case. We had to move may
be ten times within the heart. Now
it looks like a good position to us.
It has all gone well. Less than an
hour after his future was hanging in
the balance, Jeff is back on the
ward and feeling better.
realise how bad it was before. I
have not felt like that for years.
am pleased. It is an astonishing
change and Jeff should continue to
improve, but he has already got a
result he hardly dared hope for.
feels good. It feels good.
had some lovely news since we filmed
that and Jeff has had his treatment
in October and he is now back at
work and feeling better than ever.
Long may that continue. Jeff, I am
sure that is weird watching your
surgery on television. Chris, you
found that weird.
I do not like
people messing about in that area of
That is understandable. And
a new series of Episodes is starting
in March. What can we expect?
guide, me, gets in the most trouble
he has ever been in, so some pretty
outrageous things. I don't want to
spoil too much, but it is bigger,
broader, crazier and stranger than
We have got a little clip.
This is you in full name-dropping
I just got tickets for
Madonna, do you want to come?
Really? In her seat, said they will
be good. Madonna's suits?
You know Madonna? Why can't I
know Madonna? Since she was a
virgin. At the Andy Warhol factory?
Why can't I know Andy Warhol? You
guys are the least interesting
people I know.
We have got to know
which other a little bit over the
years, but, Chris, is that the true
likeness of him in general?
surprisingly accurate in many ways,
but it is inaccurate in others
because he is actually nice. In
Episodes he is not that pleasant.
think the man is nice.
What part are
you talking about? There is an
meanness to him. He seems quite
You did mention he invited you to
his ranch. Did you get stacking?
have no option, it is a fantastic
way of living. It is all about dirt
bikes and it is amazing and cool.
is one of us, he likes getting his
How are things animal
Good, everything is good on
the ranch. It is cattle season and
babies are being born.
When will you
be going back?
Probably the weekend
We have to say thank you
to everybody who have been sending
in pictures of their cars that are
really dirty. Just pick one. That is
a good one.
This is my's friend Ria
and she has a very messy car and she
This is horrible.
JP wants to embarrass his friend by
showing us the state of his car. His
friend is anonymous, but he is from
Kilmarnock. That is terrible.
works in a body shop in Blackpool
and this is his course. That is
incredible. That is almost it for
tonight. A very big thank you to our
The new series of Top Gear starts
on Sunday night at 8 on BBC2.
Angellica's here tomorrow and we'll
be joined by Christopher Eccleston.
But now it's over to Alex who's back
outside braving the cold.
We are acclimatising out here. It is
tropical. I want to say thank you
before we start. It will be great.
We will be all right, we will
support each other.
Well, playing us out tonight
with a song that can't fail to put
a spring in your step
it's Elkie Brooks and
Running To The Future.
# I'm the things that
I've been put through
# And everything I've done
# The battles that
I've lost and won.
# Though there's no changing
what is in the past
# The rest is mine to live at last
# So I'll take this chance on you.
# So I'm running to the future
# And if this dream survives
# I'm running along beside you
# Through the best
years of our lives
# And it's calling me
# Yes, it's calling me to you.
# So I'm running to the future
# I hope we will be strong
# I'm running along beside you
# 'Cause I know that's where
# I was tired and I was hurting
# But you helped me to my feet
# And made my broken heart complete
# I know there will be
hills for us to climb
# So come and put your hand in mine
# And let me walk this line with you
# So I'm running to the future
# And if this dream survives
# I'm running along beside you
# Through the best
years of our lives
# And it's calling me
# Yes, it's calling me
# And it's calling me...
# Yes it's calling me to you.