Toyota ,Top Gear
‘Toyota Hilux Destruction‘, featured in series three, episodes five and six. Various methods were employed by Clarkson and May to try to destroy a fourth generation Toyota Hilux, thereby proving its strength. The ‘trials’ included dropping the Hilux from a crane, setting the vehicle on fire, crashing it into a tree, driving it through a big shed (with a sign which said ‘Top Gear Production Office’), leaving it in the Bristol Channel tethered to the jetty at Burnham on Sea and waiting for the tide to engulf it, dropping a caravan on it, slamming it with a wrecking ball, and finally having it hoisted to the roof of a tower-block that was subsequently demolished with explosives. The heavily damaged (but still driveable, without the use of any new parts except for a replacement windscreen) Hilux now stands on a plinth in the Top Gear studio.
Release Date: 28 December 2003 (UK)
Runtime: 52 min
“Some say he never blinks, and that he roams around the woods at night foraging for wolves. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
“Some say he’s wanted by the CIA and that he sleeps upside down like a Bat. All we know is he’s called the Stig.” “Some say that he appears on high value stamps in Sweden, and that he can catch fish with his tongue. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
“Some say he is illegal in 17 US states, and he blinks this way [sideways]. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
“Some say that his breath smells of magnesium, and that he’s scared of bells. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
“Some say he naturally faces magnetic north, and all his legs are hydraulic. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
“Some say that he lives in a tree, and that his sweat can be used to clean precious metals. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
“Some say that his heart ticks like a watch, and that he’s confused by stairs.
All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
The third series of Top Gear aired during the latter half of 2003 and ran for 9 episodes, beginning on 26 October before concluding on 28 December, with the show being hosted by returning presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May. A new “Stig” was introduced after the previous “Stig” (referred to by the presenters as “Black Stig”) was written out of the show in the first episode. A “Best of Top Gear” special for the series was aired on 4 January 2004. This series was first in the relaunched show’s history to acquire more than 10 million viewers for an episode.