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I was just watching the episode in series 15 where they go caravanning, and Clarkson's tall Citroen is "accidentally" pushed off the cliff and destroyed. Clarkson clearly hated it from the beginning, which got me thinking about other show creations they've destroyed because it didn't work very well. Here's a few that I could think of:

Citroen Tower Block (series 15)
Jeremy's offroad mobility scooter thing (series 18)
Geoff (series 14)
Hammond's Land Cruiser in the South America special (series 14)
James and Richard's S8 car train (series 17)

Can anyone think of other examples? Just to be clear, I'm talking about cases where they deliberately destroy or damage their own creation because it ends up working poorly.
 

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I don't know TBH:

Reliant Robin space shuttle (S10),
NOx-powered Jag (3),
tomato greenhouse (13),
100 GBP cars (4),
ice cream Ford Transit (3?),
Lincoln stretch limo (5?),
2dr coupes that aren't Porsches (6),
"car darts" (4),
vehicles from various 'touring car races' or 'sport matches',
James's Mercedes and Jeremy's Lancia from Botswana Special (10),
lorries (12),
17-year-old cars (13),
Twingo tested and sunk by Jeremy (14?),
cars from the Uganda special (19),
Fiat Multipla AKA Rover 'James' (19)
and countless caravans.

Should we count the indestructible Hilux or "crash-tested" Renault Megane? Or cars featured in the India special or other vehicles that might have been damaged but were preserved?

Everything was wrecked on purpose but not all for not working properly.
 
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To be honest, I think all cars looked drivable (for a short distance), not only the Volvo.

The Volvo and Audi were both featured in at least one later programme but their fate is unknown to me.
 

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Cars they bought for cheap car challenges isn't really what I meant, I was talking about actual Top Gear creations like the convertible Renault Espace. It would actually be interesting to put together one master list of all the TG creations--there are a lot. They've been doing several per series since 2006.
 

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It was an old episode but, they had a few stored in the back. If you watch the episode when they had tractors for farming, they ran into a couple of them.
 

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Have they announced a start date for the next season yet? Usually the summer series starts at the end of July and they've announced a start date by early July I thought?
 

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Have they announced a start date for the next season yet? Usually the summer series starts at the end of July and they've announced a start date by early July I thought?
Not going to be a summer season. They're now saying January.
 

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Actually, the Rover James is an interesting one. I wonder if they would have blown it up if it had worked better (waterproofing, chairs that aren't so easy to get into and out of you know).
 

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Not going to be a summer season. They're now saying January.
Well that's a bummer, and the first I've heard that. Is that a recent thing, because last season when they were testing the P1 and 918 they were making it sound like they'd have a summer series with a 3 off between those and LaFerrari? Is anyone even going to care if they do that test in Janurary when those cars are going to be old news already?
 

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http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Pilo...hard-Hammond/story-21656027-detail/story.html

Pilot who helped save life of Top Gear star Richard Hammond retires

Cpt Cobb said: "The Richard Hammond incident was certainly the one that generated the most interest, although it was actually one of the easiest jobs I've done. Landing on that airfield ended up being one of the biggest events for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, leading to enough money being raised to put a deposit down for our second helicopter, G-CEMS."
 

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I watched the satellite broadcast of Monty Python's last show on Sunday. One of the sketches was "Blackmail," where famous people are given time to call in before embarrassing information is revealed about them. A gag involved a large puzzle being shown of "three famous hosts of an automotive show." As the clock ticked, pieces were filled in, gradually revealing the faces of you-know-who. Then the phone rang and Palin said "Hello Jeremy!" After negotiating a deal (the voice on the other line wasn't heard), Palin rang off with "Thanks Jezza" and concluded "Wonderful man. But deeply flawed."

Beyond being funny in itself, I wonder if this was comic retribution for Clarkson's column about not wanting to watch the Python reunion. I hope he was amused.
 
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Actually, the Rover James is an interesting one. I wonder if they would have blown it up if it had worked better (waterproofing, chairs that aren't so easy to get into and out of you know).
Obviously didn't blow it up that much because that's in the Beaulieu collection along with most of their 'specialist' vehicles
 

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A see that Alex Hall conveniently forgets to mention that she was the one who left Jeremy for one of his best friends and business partner (thankfully not Wilman!) ends their marriage and leaves him devastated. She appears to be determined to make money out of their relationship come hell or high water.
 
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