Hello again, and welcome to the last of these wittering-on-about-what’s-in-the-show blogs for this run because, as you can probably guess, Sunday’s TopGear is the final show in this 15th series.
At the risk of sounding immodest, last week’s show was a bit of a humdinger and there’s no point pretending it was going to be easy to follow. But follow it we must and – with the modesty-o-meter now pinging off the minus end of the scale – I think we’ve done a rather good job.
First off, we’ve got Jeremy’s track test of the saucy new Ferrari 458 which begins with a small ticker tape parade and draws to a close with some shouting, having taken in several other Ferraris along the way including a 430 owned by a chap whose name you might recognise.
After that Jeremy, Richard and James are together for an interesting challenge in which they attempt to prove to the world that old British sports cars are great and never deserved to be killed off by the hot hatchback.
They do this by spending £5000 a piece on a lovely old roadster of some sort and then undertaking a road trip across Britain, taking in some of its finest sites along the way.
There are some fantastically silly moments in this and some properly funny lines from the presenters – Hammond’s claiming that he’s ‘warm’ being my personal favourite – but this is also an item shot through with some fascinating facts and a gut tugging amount of poignancy.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got another Hollywood star in the Reasonably Priced Car as Jurassic Park legend Jeff Goldblum takes his turn in the Kia Capostrophedee.
And that, my friends, will be that until TopGear returns at a point in the future that I’m not allowed to tell you about yet. Thanks for all your comments, good and bad, during the last few weeks.
Come back to topgear.com on Sunday after the show to see a video exclusive in which the presenters reflect on the series past before Jeremy and James get sidetracked discussing their surprising obsession with another BBC television programme.
EDIT: And remember, because of the athletics tonight’s show is on at 9.30pm on BBC2. That’s 9.30pm. As you were.