So the American version of Top Gear has been around for almost two full seasons now, and we still can’t get into it. Although the hosts of the show appear to have much more love for American cars that their British counterparts do, they seem to lack the chemistry that makes the UK version so popular.
Until that time comes, we’ll probably continue to be partial to the original version. But what many don’t realize is that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May also moonlight as hosts for other shows, and sometimes even present their own documentaries.
In this instance, it was James May who filmed a documentary about visiting California to take a ride in a Lockheed U2 spy plane. The film being titled, James May: At the Edge of Space, captures Captain Slow enduring the entire training process, discussing some history about the space program and the plane itself, then concludes with a scene of James looking down on the Earth from the U2. It originally aired in June of 2009 on BBC-4.
But what does any of this have to do with LSXTV you ask? Simple; the U2 has such a long wingspan that it requires extra sets of eyes to help the pilot land it, in which case, a 2005 Pontiac GTO along with an LS1-powered Camaro Z28, are called upon to comply.
Unfortunately, there are only a few, quick glances of the Camaro in the documentary, but we attached a clip of the film showing James riding shotgun inside the GTO while sharing a few of its statistics. If you’re interested in watching the show in its entirety (which we recommend), here’s the link.