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DAY ONE -


SCENE - MONTAGE - HOSTS AND ONE ASSISTANT EACH GOING OVER THE CARS IN SEPARATE GARAGES.



VOICE OVER - MAY

We all spent the next morning getting to know the cars. I have to say that in all the years on Top Gear I have never seen as versatile a machine as these. With a little work they could go from luxury car to street demon to off-roader.



SCENE - THE THREE CARS ON THE LINE. VOICE OVER - CLARKSON

We started at 6 pm. The cars were every bit as amazing as James had claimed. All of us were feeling like little children and enjoying every second.

JEREMY CLARKSON - DEEP VOICE

Prepare to die at the hands of the Road Warrior!

RICHARD HAMMOND - SOUNDING BRASH

You will have to catch us first. Can you do Mach 5? I think not.

JAMES MAY - SOUNDING CONFIDENT

Try anything you like. The Batmobile is ready for you.

VOICE OVER - CLARKSON

And we we're off.

Oddly we were starting nearly 12 hours later than normal. The film crews need the light to shoot proper film so we try to get going as early as possible. We can work in the dark but it is more difficult. This time however we seemed to be fated to drive, and shoot, almost exclusively at night. At first this just seemed to be accidental. Later we would grow to wonder about that and a great many other things.

Like... would we all get out of this one alive?

SCENE - A COUPLE OF SHOTS OF EACH CAR IN THE LIGHT AND THEN NIGHT. MULTIPLE SHOTS OF THE CARS MOVING THROUGH THE DARKNESS.

SCENE IN CAR - JEREMY CLARKSON

There is of course only one main way to get from Lillie France to Palermo. But as you might expect each of us has their own little shortcuts. And to get to my first one I want to get far ahead of the other two. So I will take a bit of a penalty and see what this baby can really do.

SCENE - INTERCEPTOR BUILDS UP SPEED. AND MORE. AND MORE.

SCENE IN CAR - JEREMY CLARKSON

Thats 300 km/hr! Over 180 mph! What a monster. 0-60 has got to be well under 3 seconds I could barely count it. Stomping down on that pedal triggers a sledge hammer blow to your chest. You cannot believe the acceleration. The big supercharger thrusting through the bonnet like... well. That thing really works and just feeds this monster V8 what it needs to blast you down the road.

Of course I am terrified of corners in this thing. But this is no ordinary muscle car. The blokes who normally drive them expect to do insane things with them. So it does corner far better than say that Corvette ZR9 I tried a while back.

SCENE - THE MACH FIVE ZOOMS ALONG THE ROADWAY. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT HE IS STILL ON THE MOTORWAY.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

What can I say? I loved the Speed Racer cartoons and this car is magnificent. It was originally built for the Speed Racer movie they did a couple of years back. Since then this version was created to take on any commercials or other publicity they might want to do. I am told it has seen a fair amount of work but it is in perfect condition.

SCENE - CLOSE-UP OF STEERING WHEEL.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

If you are wondering about the buttons the answer sadly is no. None of them do what they did on the original car. They all are buttons, very expensive smooth-working ones at that, but most of them currently do nothing. When this car is used for stunt-work they can be connected to any number of things so the drivers can trigger them easily. I don't expect to get any use out of them myself but you never know.

SCENE - BATMOBILE CRUISES ALONG.

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

I cannot believe I am sitting in this iconic car. The 1960s Batman was a camp classic. Somehow they combined the comic book hero with humor and made it all work. This car might be the most recognizable car in the world. People are loving seeing it I can tell you.

SCENE - MONTAGE POSITIVE REACTIONS TO BATMOBILE AND MACH 5. SOME PEOPLE ARE VERY PLEASED TO SEE THEM.

SCENE - A MIX OF GOOD AND BAD FACES LOOKING AT THE INTERCEPTOR.

SCENE IN CAR - JEREMY CLARKSON

I don't think everybody realizes that this is a famous car. Some people seem to regard me as some sort of hooligan. That old lady over there gave me such a look of disgust I felt a bit guilty.

JEREMY SHOUTING -- HEY YOU PEOPLE THIS IS A CLASSIC CAR FROM MAD MAX!

There that should fix the problem.

SCENE - MONTAGE - ALL THREE CARS RACE ALONG. WE SEE ALL THREE RETURN TO THE MOTORWAY EVENTUALLY. A RACE CLOCK IS FLASHED ONTO THE SCREEN. IT SHOWS TIME ELAPSED AND THE TIME OF DAY. 11:55 PM.

SCENE - THE BATMOBILE CRUISES ALONG.

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

So far this is shaping up to be our best adventure to date. Since two of these cars will be going back they are not going to ask us to tear them apart or do some other senseless thing to them. Our challenges might be tricky but they should not be overly dangerous. Maybe just this once the other two fools I work with will not be bumping into me.

JAMES LOOKS VERY PLEASED WITH LIFE RIGHT NOW.

If they do act like their normal selves I have a little surprise in store for them. Jeremy doubtless thought I was joking when I said the Batmobile was ready for anything. I was not.

Hey...

JAMES IS LOOKING OUTSIDE THE CAR. SOMETHING HAS JUST BLOWN PAST HIM. IT PASSED WITHIN MERE INCHES OF THE BATMOBILE. JAMES SWERVES AND PRODUCES A 30 SECOND LONG RANT THAT IS JUST A BLUR OF BEEPS.

Where the <BLEEP> did he go?

Viewers I do not know how much you saw there. But a very unusual car just rocketed past me and then disappeared. His lights were particularly blue and fairly bright. Honestly I did not recognize the make in the least. The thing is that it went well past me and then the lights vanished. This whole section of the motorway is straight and lined with trees. There are no side roads or even access paths that I can see.


JAMES REACHES UP TO TOUCH HIS MOBILE.

Lads. Are either of you on the motorway? Did you see a car with bright blue lights go past?

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND

I am just about 3 minutes ahead of you James. Nothing like that has come past me.

SCENE IN CAR - JEREMY CLARKSON

Not on the motorway sorry. Is there some reason you are asking about this car? What was it?

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY

I have no idea but it was going extremely fast and the <BLEEP> almost bumped me. You need to watch out for him boys.

JAMES MAY TO HIMSELF

Something about it was familiar.

SCENE IN CAR - RICHARD HAMMOND LOOKING SHOCKED

I will. Thanks James.

SCENE IN CAR - JEREMY CLARKSON SWITCHES MOBILE OFF

I won't James is just being his usual paranoid self. And I won't have to worry about that much longer because I am well in the lead! I will make the stopping point in a little under 2 hours from now. Car is working well.

SCENE IN CAR - JAMES MAY WATCHING HIS MIRRORS AND LOOKING ANNOYED

SCENE - ALL THREE ARRIVE AT A SMALL TOWN WHERE THERE ARE THREE GARAGES FOR THE CARS. EACH HAS A SINGLE ASSISTANT. THE HOSTS STAY IN A HOTEL BY THEMSELVES WITH EVEN THE ASSISTANTS EVENTUALLY LEAVING.

SCENE - PUB SETTING - HOSTS AT TABLE

RICHARD HAMMOND

At least hear him out Jeremy.

JAMES MAY

They gave us fantasy cars. They started us almost at night. I saw this thing at the very stroke of midnight. I have checked the maps. I have checked the Sat maps. There was no where to go and yet he vanished. Something is up that we do not know about.

RICHARD HAMMOND

One assistant each. No contact with the crew outside of shooting. Each of us has our own film crew rather than the normal switching about they do. Nothing about this challenge is like the others.

JEREMY CLARKSON

Rubbish. You ran into some street racer punk who wanted to prove he was stupider than you. He gave you a little scare and that is it. I am going to bed.

JAMES MAY AS CLARKSON IS WALKING AWAY

Jeremy I finally realized where I have seen that car before. It is from a movie called 'The Wraith'. It is about a dead racer come back to life to get some sort of vengeance.

SCENE - CLARKSON SHAKES HIS HEAD AS HE EXITS. THE OTHER TWO LOOK WORRIED.






NEXT UP: DAY TWO AND THE FIRST CHALLENGE

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