Reviews: BMW Z4 sDrive35i • Nissan 370Z
Features/challenges: Pre-1982 £3,000 classic cars for a TSD rally in Mallorca: (Austin-Healey Sprite • Citroën Ami • Lanchester LJ 200)
Guests: Brian Johnson • Madison Welch • Brian Wheeler
Original air date: July 26, 2009
The team wonder what classic car rallies are like, so the producers send them off to a classic car auction and task them with buying a pre-1982 car on a budget of £3,000, for a classic car rally in Majorca – Hammond goes in early and buys a 1953 Lanchester LJ 200 with no service history and possible connection to his family, Clarkson pays more than he should for a 1969 Austin-Healey Sprite, and May gets with a 1976 Citroën Ami. After getting the cars prepped, they arrive to find themselves late for the “Rally Clásico Isla Mallorca” (Majorca Classic Car Rally). With no chance of winning it, the trio decide to see whose car is best, and, with the help of a unique assistant driver chosen for them, are soon off trying to hit an average speed on closed roads and doing four laps around a rack track as consistently as possible, to see which classic car is a real winner. Meanwhile, Clarkson reviews some ferocious dinosaurs on the track, in the form of the new BMW Z4 and the replacement of the Nissan 350Z, the Nissan 370Z, while AC/DC front man, Brian Johnson, sets out to make a quick lap with the Lacetti.
Note: This episode featured animatronics borrowed from the Walking With Dinosaurs live theatrical show, during the ‘Z4 and 350Z Reviews’ film. It was also the first time that the presenters bought their cars from the BBC and kept them.