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Are You a Top Gear Superfan? Prove It With This Quiz

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One of the most popular television programs in the world, Top Gear has been a major cultural tour de force ever since its revival on BBC2 in 2002, mostly due to the natural chemistry of the three hosts — the bombastic Jeremy Clarkson, the chipper Richard Hammond, and the professorial James May — and the anonymous “tame racing driver” known as the Stig. The end is inevitably nigh for this ragtag team of motorheads, though. After a “fracas” with a producer in March during a day of filming, Clarkson’s contract for the show wasn’t renewed, and Hammond and May opted to leave the show with him as well. With the final episode airing this Sunday, take a trip down memory lane (but not a bus lane) and test your TG knowledge with our superfan quiz.

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What did he name the car?", "answer": "Oliver", "options" :[ { "title": "Barnaby" }, { "title": "Oliver" }, { "title": "Nigel" }, { "title": "Smithers" } ] }, { "question" : "Where is the Top Gear Test Track located?", "answer": "Surrey", "options" :[ { "title": "Surrey" }, { "title": "Suffolk" }, { "title": "Kent" }, { "title": "Dorset" } ] }, { "question" : "Which actor drove around the final corner on the Top Gear Test Track on two wheels, prompting Jeremy Clarkson to name the corner in his honor?", "answer": "Michael Gambon", "options" :[ { "title": "Michael Caine" }, { "title": "Ian McKellen" }, { "title": "Michael Gambon" }, { "title": "Eddie Marsan" } ] }, { "question" : "In which U.S state did the trio and crew get chased and pelted with rocks after 'lethally' decorating their cars with questionable content?", "answer": "Alabama", "options" :[ { "title": "Mississippi" }, { "title": "Alabama" }, { "title": "Louisiana" }, { "title": "Georgia" } ] }, { "question" : "In the same U.S. Special, which of the following was not a 'lethal' decoration painted on the hosts’ cars?", "answer": "George Bush Sucks Arse", "options" :[ { "title": "Man Love Rules OK" }, { "title": "NASCAR Sucks" }, { "title": "Country and Western Is Rubbish" }, { "title": "George Bush Sucks Arse" } ] }, { "question" : "Which supermini car did James May take a particular liking to, which eventually became a running gag during the news portion of the show?", "answer": "Dacia Sandero", "options" :[ { "title": "Dacia Sandero" }, { "title": "Ford Fiesta" }, { "title": "Peugeot 208" }, { "title": "Volkswagen Polo" } ] }, { "question" : "Because he couldn’t find any myrrh, what gift did Jeremy Clarkson present the Baby 'Jesus' with in the Middle East Special?", "answer": "Nintendo DSi", "options" :[ { "title": "Wii" }, { "title": "Gift card to Primark" }, { "title": "Pimm’s" }, { "title": "Nintendo DSi" } ] }, { "question" : "Which challenge moved Jeremy Clarkson to tears at its completion, with him claiming it to be 'absolutely epic?'", "answer": "Britcar 24-Hour Endurance Racing", "options" :[ { "title": "Britcar 24-Hour Endurance Racing" }, { "title": "Polar Special" }, { "title": "Off-Road Mobility Scooters" }, { "title": "Campervaning" } ] }, { "question" : "What nickname has James May been affectionately referred to as?", "answer": "Captain Slow", "options" :[ { "title": "Captain Obvious" }, { "title": "Captain Slow" }, { "title": "Captain Square" }, { "title": "Captain Dull" } ] }, { "question" : "In the London Race challenge, which mode of transportation made it from Key to the London City Airport the fastest?", "answer": "Richard Hammond’s hybrid bicycle", "options" :[ { "title": "The Stig’s public transportation" }, { "title": "Richard Hammond’s hybrid bicycle" }, { "title": "Jeremy Clarkson’s speedboat" }, { "title": "James May’s Mercedes-Benz" } ] }, { "question" : "Wanting to 'redo' the London Race challenge a few years later in St. Petersburg, which mode of transportation does Jeremy Clarkson decide to replace his speedboat with?", "answer": "Hovercraft", "options" :[ { "title": "Cyclogyro" }, { "title": "Helicopter" }, { "title": "Hovercraft" }, { "title": "Motorbike" } ] }, { "question" : "What year did the original Top Gear debut on the BBC?", "answer": "1977", "options" :[ { "title": "1981" }, { "title": "1992" }, { "title": "1977" }, { "title": "1969" } ] }, { "question" : "What beauty-enhancing procedure do Jeremy Clarkson and James May frequently tease Richard Hammond about presumably getting?", "answer": "Teeth-whitening", "options" :[ { "title": "Self-tanning" }, { "title": "Teeth-whitening" }, { "title": "Hair-dyeing" }, { "title": "Eyebrow-waxing" } ] }, { "question" : "What color was Jeremy Clarkson’s Peel P50, a.k.a. 'the smallest car in the world,' which he drove around London and the BBC headquarters with?", "answer": "Blue", "options" :[ { "title": "Green" }, { "title": "Blue" }, { "title": "Red" }, { "title": "White" } ] }, { "question" : "In the Bolivia Special, which of the following products was not given to the hosts to help aid their cars as they embarked on their journeys?", "answer": "Pantyhose", "options" :[ { "title": "Tampons" }, { "title": "Vaseline" }, { "title": "Condoms" }, { "title": "Pantyhose" } ] }, { "question" : "Jeremy Clarkson believes people 'have no friends' if they own which BMW?", "answer": "M3", "options" :[ { "title": "M3" }, { "title": "Z4" }, { "title": "i8" }, { "title": "XS" } ] }, { "question" : "Which famous racing driver 'revealed' himself as the Stig during an episode in 2009?", "answer": "Michael Schumacher", "options" :[ { "title": "Lewis Hamilton" }, { "title": "Sebastian Vettel" }, { "title": "Michael Schumacher" }, { "title": "Nico Rosberg" } ] }, { "question" : "What band does Richard Hammond greatly despise, prompting Jeremy Clarkson and James May to frequently play that band’s songs to annoy him?", "answer": "Genesis", "options" :[ { "title": "Yes" }, { "title": "Genesis" }, { "title": "Rush" }, { "title": "Jethro Tull" } ] }, { "question" : "Which of the following countries does not have its own version of Top Gear?", "answer": "Japan", "options" :[ { "title": "United States" }, { "title": "France" }, { "title": "Australia" }, { "title": "Japan" } ] }, { "question" : "How many carriages were there in Richard Hammond and James May’s 'caratrain' in the Caravan Train challenge?", "answer": "Four", "options" :[ { "title": "Two" }, { "title": "Three" }, { "title": "Four" }, { "title": "Five" } ] }, { "question" : "Which alliterated cities did the hosts partake in a challenge to drive between only using one tank of gas?", "answer": "Basel, Blackpool", "options" :[ { "title": "Marseilles, Manchester" }, { "title": "The Hague, Hastings" }, { "title": "Copenhagen, Coventry" }, { "title": "Basel, Blackpool" } ] }, { "question" : "What is the name of the dog 'owned' by the Top Gear crew?", "answer": "Top Gear Dog", "options" :[ { "title": "Not a Dog" }, { "title": "Top Gear Dog" }, { "title": "Annoying Dog Creature" }, { "title": "Animal Who Barks" } ] }, { "question" : "What was the color of the original Stig?", "answer": "Black", "options" :[ { "title": "Black" }, { "title": "Blue" }, { "title": "Gray" }, { "title": "The Stig was always white" } ] }, { "question" : "Which company did the hosts attempt to create a television car advertisement for?", "answer": "Volkswagen", "options" :[ { "title": "Toyota" }, { "title": "Volkswagen" }, { "title": "Kia" }, { "title": "Fiat" } ] }, { "question" : "Which of the following locations did Jeremy Clarkson not visit while driving his custom-made P45 around London?", "answer": "A coffee shop", "options" :[ { "title": "A shopping mall" }, { "title": "A library" }, { "title": "A coffee shop" }, { "title": "The set of Dragon’s Den" } ] }, { "question" : "Which musical instrument is seen recurrently falling on a Morris Marina, causing the inevitable destruction of the car each time?", "answer": "Piano", "options" :[ { "title": "Cello" }, { "title": "Harp" }, { "title": "Organ" }, { "title": "Piano" } ] }, { "question" : "What is the name of the 'fan' who has, on multiple occasions, sent disgruntled letters to the hosts to read during the news portion of the show?", "answer": "Mr. Needham", "options" :[ { "title": "Mr. Wordsmith" }, { "title": "Mr. Needham" }, { "title": "Mr. Wilman" }, { "title": "Mr. Cameron" } ] }, { "question" : "What mode of transportation was the winner of the 1949: Race to the North challenge from London to Edinburgh?", "answer": "James May’s Jaguar XK120 car", "options" :[ { "title": "James May’s Jaguar XK120 car" }, { "title": "Richard Hammond’s Vincent Black Shadow motorbike" }, { "title": "Jeremy Clarkson’s 60163 Tornado locomotive" }, { "title": "No one successfully finished the race" } ] }, { "question" : "How many seasons of the revived Top Gear have aired since it debuted in 2002?", "answer": "22", "options" :[ { "title": "18" }, { "title": "20" }, { "title": "22" }, { "title": "24" } ] }, { "question" : "Which car was named Car of the Decade for the 2000s by the hosts?", "answer": "Bugatti Veyron", "options" :[ { "title": "Bugatti Veyron" }, { "title": "Rolls-Royce Phantom" }, { "title": "Lamborghini Aventador" }, { "title": "Aston Martin Vanquish" } ] }, { "question" : "How did Jeremy Clarkson’s caravan 'accidentally' catch on fire during the Campervan holiday challenge?", "answer": "Cooking chips", "options" :[ { "title": "Baking cookies" }, { "title": "Fixing a light bulb" }, { "title": "Lighting a scented candle" }, { "title": "Cooking chips" } ] }, { "question" : "Which mode of transportation do the hosts primarily use during the Vietnam Special?", "answer": "Motorbikes", "options" :[ { "title": "Buses" }, { "title": "Speedboats" }, { "title": "Motorbikes" }, { "title": "Trucks" } ] }, { "question" : "Before eventually naming it Hammerhead, what did the hosts originally name the electric car that they built from scratch?", "answer": "Geoff", "options" :[ { "title": "Geoff" }, { "title": "Rupert" }, { "title": "Clive" }, { "title": "Alastair" } ] }, { "question" : "Which body of water do the hosts attempt to cross on their second attempt at making amphibious cars?", "answer": "English Channel", "options" :[ { "title": "Dead Sea" }, { "title": "English Channel" }, { "title": "Strait of Gibraltar" }, { "title": "Euripus Strait" } ] }, { "question" : "After transforming normal cars into stretch limos, which awards show do the hosts transport three celebrities to?", "answer": "Brit Awards", "options" :[ { "title": "BAFTAs" }, { "title": "Brit Awards" }, { "title": "NME Awards" }, { "title": "Critics’ Circle Film Awards" } ] }, { "question" : "What cocktail was Jeremy Clarkson seen drinking while driving through an ice field in the Polar Special?", "answer": "Gin-and-tonic", "options" :[ { "title": "White Russian" }, { "title": "Whiskey sour" }, { "title": "Gin-and-tonic" }, { "title": "Scotch-and-soda" } ] }, { "question" : "Which three-wheeled car do Richard Hammond and James May attempt to turn into a space shuttle?", "answer": "Reliant Robin", "options" :[ { "title": "Reliant Robin" }, { "title": "Heinkel Kabine" }, { "title": "Davis Divan" }, { "title": "Allard Clipper" } ] }, { "question" : "When testing the capabilities of the Ford Fiesta, who assisted Jeremy Clarkson by allowing him to drive the car during a beach assault?", "answer": "Royal Marines", "options" :[ { "title": "British Army" }, { "title": "Royal Marines" }, { "title": "Royal Navy" }, { "title": "Royal Air Force" } ] }, { "question" : "How did Richard Hammond and James May get separated during the car-versus-public-transit-system race through Japan?", "answer": "Their train split up", "options" :[ { "title": "They got lost in the crowd at Yokohama Station" }, { "title": "May couldn’t make it to the train in time" }, { "title": "Their train split up" }, { "title": "Hammond got off at the wrong train stop" } ] }, { "question" : "Racing from Wembley Stadium to Italy, which home soccer team did the hosts’ compete to win a free Champions League ticket for?", "answer": "AC Milan", "options" :[ { "title": "Juventus" }, { "title": "AC Milan" }, { "title": "Fiorentina" }, { "title": "Inter Milan" } ] }, { "question" : "What is the fastest qualifying vehicle to go around the Top Gear Test Track?", "answer": "Pagani Huayra", "options" :[ { "title": "Ascari A10" }, { "title": "Pagani Huayra" }, { "title": "Gumpert Apollo S" }, { "title": "Maserati MC12" } ] }, { "question" : "Which host has been adamant about his refusal to run on television?", "answer": "James May", "options" :[ { "title": "Jeremy Clarkson" }, { "title": "James May" }, { "title": "Richard Hammond" }, { "title": "None of the above" } ] }, { "question" : "Which British politician jokingly told the hosts to 'stay away from India,' but they refused and went on to film the India Special in an attempt to 'improve economic relations' between the two countries?", "answer": "David Cameron", "options" :[ { "title": "Gordon Brown" }, { "title": "Nick Clegg" }, { "title": "Boris Johnson" }, { "title": "David Cameron" } ] }, { "question" : "Starting at Heathrow Airport and ending in Oslo, at a distance of 1,320 miles, this was the longest race in the history of Top Gear. What were the primary modes of transportation?", "answer": "Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren vs. Cruise Ferry", "options" :[ { "title": "Ferrari Daytona vs. Powerboat" }, { "title": "Bugatti Veyron vs. Cessna 182" }, { "title": "Ferrari 612 Scaglietti vs. Passenger Jet" }, { "title": "Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren vs. Cruise Ferry" } ] }, { "question" : "In the Bolivia Special, what does Jeremy Clarkson claim to have a phobia of?", "answer": "Manual labor", "options" :[ { "title": "Ted Nugent" }, { "title": "Manual labor" }, { "title": "Mudflats" }, { "title": "Caterpillars" } ] }, { "question" : "On the Top Gear Test Track, weather conditions sometimes affected the Stig’s power laps and the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car laps. Which of the following is not an accepted time deduction term due to weather?", "answer": "Cold", "options" :[ { "title": "Wet" }, { "title": "Very Wet" }, { "title": "Hot" }, { "title": "Cold" } ] } ], "comments": { "bad": "In the wise words of Captain Slow: 'Oh cock.' Time to plow through some reruns and elevate yourself from a humble Volkswagen Beetle to a magnificent McLaren F1.", "good": "Like a Lamborghini Gallardo going around the 'Top Gear' Test Track, you're smooth, aware, and really damn good at what you do. 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