Top Gear episode
Series 1, Episode 1
Production Code GFGA001W
Episode # 1
Original airdate 20 October, 2002
Guest stars Harry Enfield
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Series 1, Episode 1 is the first episode of Top Gear since its 2002 makeover. It was presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, Jason Dawe and The Black Stig.



Clarkson wanted lots of cheap French wine so he thought he would get some with a cheap French car. The car was a Citroën Berlingo. He went off to Calais(-ish) booze warehouse and decided the storage space was actually very good indeed.

Richard went on to drive a Mazda 6 (Japan's attempt at a sports saloon) and a BMW to see if the boring, geeky Mazda was better than the big Beemer. He and Clarkson both thought it handled well but didn't have enough power to be a match for the BMW.

Jeremy also compared the Pagani Zonda C12 and Lamborghini Murciélago. He loved the Zonda and called it the king of supercars. Clarkson then introduces The Stig, whose sole purpose is to post lap times. The Zonda achieved a 1:23.8 around the track while the Murciélago had a 1:29.0.


Harry Enfield showed us that he was worse than the Suzuki Liana when it came to quick driving, posting a terrible time of 2.01 minutes.


The Stig had to drive fast enough to be undetected by a speed camera. After failed attempts in a Honda Civic Type R (129 mph) and a Mercedes CL55 AMG (148 mph), he finally did it at 170 mph in a TVR Tuscan S.