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Apocalypse Clarkson, Documentary, 1997 IMDB

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Star Wars Fanatic EN

2006-11-21 17:32

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Every year since 1996, Jeremy Clarkson has released his own brand of annual DVDs, all of which have had a very similar flair throughout. Each DVD will normally contain its own theme, and are often a good source of entertainment, even if not quite as sophisticated as Top Gear.

In this release, Jeremy attempts to find "the best handling car in the world, ever", in comparison to the previous editions quest to find the overall "best car in the world ever." The bulk of the release is therefore catered to this, as Jeremy, along with Tim Harvey and Richard Burns, pits 10 of what he considers the best handling cars around the track, before coming to a decision. This is one of my personal favourites out of all of his releases. As well as cheesy guitar music throughout, these releases also have an annual tradition of Clarkson destroying "some kind of awful car", which for me is always the highlight. In this instance, Jeremy destroys:

The FSO Polonez - two of these cars are put in an elaborate game of conkers, by smashing them into each other before the inevitable explosion.
The Chevrolet Corvette - chased through a desert by a helicopter gunship, which is eventually hunted down. One of his most technically spectacular feats to date.
The Lada Riva - torn in half in a quarry.

These destruction acts, plus the remaining ones in all of his DVDs, can be found in a recent mix I made - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TzNeEHhARY

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TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2007-09-22 19:31

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Plus he buries a Toyota RAV4 in manure, though it's not technically destroying it I wouldn't fancy driving it again....

G-MANN UK

2009-05-27 20:32

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Watched this last night (found the video in a charity shop), was fairly entertaining but after being well used to new Top Gear, this felt a bit old hat because, apart from the bit where he hunts an 80s Corvette with an armed chopper, it's no more adventurous than the average Top Gear is now (although minus the daft "challenges" with Hammond and May and Clarkson has more hair and is slightly less of an old windbag). And of course now the cars are all at least 12 years old, the Ferrari 550 and Lamborghini Diablo still look amazing but it really feels a bit dated when you watch the old E36 BMW M3 (which is now well within grasp of ten-a-penny boy-racer types), VW Golf VR6 and Peugeot 106 GTI (although it did very well in Clarkson's test).

I reckon the first Clarkson video, "Unleased on Cars", is still my favourite, probably because it's the one I watched over and over as a kid so it's got a place in my heart, but Apocalypse Clarkson is still an hour of fun and if you're a Clarkson fan and you spot this in a charity shop for about 50p to a quid (to think this once cost about £14!) and you still have a working VCR, you can't go wrong.

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