The best segment from the last season of Top Gear gets longer - and better.
Ken Block hooning around London with Matt LeBlanc was easily the best bit of the last season of Top Gear, but it was a bit brief.
Fortunately, the BBC has righted that wrong and released this 10-minute director’s cut.
For reasons unknown, Block and his 850 horsepower, all-wheel drive 1965 Mustang known as “Hoonicorn” are dropped off by an army Chinook helicopter, in a container, at a haulage yard on the outskirts of London where he picks up LeBlanc.
The production got into hot water after Block donuted his way around the Cenotaph - the U.K.’s national war memorial.
After doing donuts around trailers, cranes, and trains, they head into the city for a spot a sightseeing. While drifting at 100 miles per hour (161 kilometres per hour).
The tour takes in some of the most iconic landmarks in London, including Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. In between, there are some very cool places you don’t normally get to see, like the tunnels under the Lloyd’s Insurance building. And the tunnels under Waterloo Station. And a tunnel that graffiti artists are actually allowed to paint.
If you actually know London, the route makes no sense whatsoever, randomly switching between the north and south sides of the River Thames, and some of the locations are in the wrong order as you travel from east to west.
The production got into hot water after Block donuted his way around the Cenotaph - the U.K.’s national war memorial. It never became entirely clear how that was allowed to happen, and the sequence was cut out.
LeBlanc's presence doesn't really add anything to the film, but it's a fun ride regardless. Indeed it could easily have been one of Block's own Gymkhana videos. If he had as much leverage with London City Hall as the BBC.