Challenges: US Special: (Chevrolet Camaro RS • Dodge Ram • Cadillac Brougham)
Original air date: February 11, 2007
The trio try to see if it is better to purchase a car rather than renting one out. With $1000 to find a used car, each search around Miami for a good deal – Clarkson picks up a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS with a suspicious history to it, Hammond goes all American and takes a Dodge Ram pick-up truck, and May gets a rather bouncy and slow, 1989 Cadillac Brougham. With their cars, the presenters then begin a journey along the US South Coast, heading for New Orleans, where along the way they stop at a raceway to find out how fast each car is and see how good the brakes are without going into an alligator-infested river, seek out roadkill for an evening meal, and decorate their cars with slogans which might lead to them getting shot at in Alabama, which soon proves to be rather a bad idea. Upon reaching their destination, the trio’s final task is to see how well they can give their cars away, to those who need it.
Note: In the closing credits, as a reference to the American redneck stereotype, the four main presenters were renamed as “Cletus Clarkson”, “Earl Hammond Jr.”, “Ellie May May”, and “Roscoe P. Stig”, while each crew member’s first name is replaced with the words “Billy Bob”.