Vincent Black Shadow featured on ‘Top Gear’

Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are off to the races in two back-to-back U.S. premiere seasons of BBC AMERICA’s International Emmy-winning car show, Top Gear. Top Gear season 13 premiered on Monday, January 25, 8:00 p.m and featured a beautiful 1949 Vincent Black Shadow. The fastest production motorcycle all the way to the early 1970’s. Season 14 will air directly after Season 13, premiering Monday, March 15, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Top Gear Season 13: Episode One (1) features a 1949 Vincent Black Shadow. The new season hits the road running with an extraordinary race as Jeremy, Richard and James set out to discover what Top Gear might have been like 60 years ago. To this end, James grabs himself a gorgeous old Jaguar XK120 sports car, while Richard chooses to torture himself on the brutal but rather fantastically named Vincent Black Shadow motorbike. Meanwhile, in an almost unprecedented move, Jeremy decides to take the train. But not just any old train – he is on the footplate of the Tornado, a brand-new Peppercorn A1 Pacific Class steam locomotive built to the original blueprints used to create some of Britain’s finest locomotives back in the heyday of the railways. Jeremy has to feed the boiler with a constant supply of coal, without which the whole train will grind to a halt. The challenge behind this race is simple – the first one to get from London to Edinburgh is the winner – but what happens along the way adds up to one of Top Gear’s most incredible and epic races to date. Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher has a surprise revelation and is interviewed by Jeremy before doing a lap to power test the Ferrari FXX. Episode One premieres Monday, January 25, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Top Gear Season 13: Episode Two
Jeremy, Richard and James attempt to find the perfect car for 17-year-olds, negotiating insurance companies, accident repairs and a very muddy music festival parking lot in the process. (Richard buys a Hyundai S Coupé, James buys a Volkswagen Golf and Jeremy buys a Volvo Estate.) Plus, Richard goes to Abu Dhabi to test the new Lamborghini Murcielago SV and stages the world’s first-ever race between the 1000 horsepower Bugatti Veyron and the mighty McLaren F1. Back in the studio, the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is English actor, writer, comedian, author, presenter and director Stephen Fry. Episode Two premieres Monday, February 1, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Top Gear Season 13: Episode Three (3) features a Motocross stunt with a famous racer. Jeremy tests the mildly insane Mercedes SL Black on the track. Jeremy, Richard and James confront the credit crunch head-on as they attempt to find three sensibly priced small cars that will not make you miserable. James travels to America to spend a day with stunt-driving legend Ken Block and English stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre is the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car."

Episode Three premieres Monday, February 8, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Top Gear Season 13: Episode Four (4). Jeremy gets chased by the British Army in some of their latest and most deadly toys. Meanwhile, Richard and James compare the new Porsche Panamera against a small envelope, a postage stamp and the logistical might of the Royal Mail in a race from one end of the British Isles to the other. Plus, Olympic Gold Medal-winning sprinter Usain Bolt is the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car." Episode Four premieres Monday, February 15, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Top Gear Season 13: Episode Five (5). Jeremy, Richard and James seek petrol head heaven in three low cost rear-wheel-drive coupés and somehow find themselves entered in a terrifying French ice race. Jeremy reviews the Jaguar XFR, and award-winning actress Sienna Miller is the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car." Episode Five premieres Monday, February 22, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Top Gear Season 13: Episode Six (6). Jeremy, Richard and James immerse themselves in the world of classic cars to find out if they really are, as the geeks claim, more fun than modern machinery. Setting out in pre-1982 cars they picked up at an auction, the trio are in Majorca to take part in one very big challenge – a seemingly unfathomable classic car rally. Also, Jeremy drives with dinosaurs in the new BMW Z4, and interviews rock god Brian Johnson (lead singer of AC/DC) in the studio. Episode Six premieres Monday, March 1, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Top Gear Season 13: Episode Seven (7). Jeremy and James unleash the fateful Top Gear mantra ("How hard can it be?") on car commercials as they’re set the task of creating a memorable one for Volkswagen. Despite vowing to work together to deliver a classic piece of advertising, the boys quickly fall out on set, as James tries to fill every second of airtime with immensely complicated information about fuel economy, while Jeremy just wants everything to explode. Jay Leno is the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car." Out on the track, Richard looks for an alternative to boring Germanic sports saloons and discovers the HSV Maloo R8, while Clarkson reviews the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Episode Seven premieres Monday, March 8, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Season 14 premieres Monday, March 15, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Further details will be issued nearer to the premiere date.


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