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Fifth Gear Remembers the Best Team Test Moments and It's Very Funny

Back in May, Tiff Needell took to Twitter to announce that Fifth Gear was effectively over. While we firmly believe it's not for good, the fact that their Youtube channel just uploaded a "Best Team Test Moments" video gives us cause to have a quick giggle.
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Fifth Gear Remembers the Best Team Test Moments and It's Very FunnyFifth Gear Remembers the Best Team Test Moments and It's Very FunnyFifth Gear Remembers the Best Team Test Moments and It's Very FunnyFifth Gear Remembers the Best Team Test Moments and It's Very Funny
All the footage is from the modern era and filmed in HD or better. Still, the Team Test format is relatively new as well, so it's not like they could have snuck in any footage from the 2000s.

In the beginning, we get to see just how rubbish VBH is at going off-road, as she nearly floods a Range Rover and struggles to get an Evoque up the hill. It's not like most average drivers would do a better job, but she's a racing driver for goodness sake. Victoria's co-hosts can't get enough of it.

That Ford Focus drag race wasn't that exciting, but the Volvo segment was. All modern car companies developed automated parking systems since the V40 launched. However, people don't trust them and for good reason. With Johny behind the wheel, the V40 crashed into the car behind it. Even today, parking sensors are slow, so you can't entirely rely on them in every situation.

However, the best part of this clip is when they have a 4-way shootout to see who can fly the furthest in a then-new Volkswagen Beetle. The press office can't have been too happy about that footage.

And now, to address the issue of Fifth Gear closing. The fact of the matter is the TV show format is old, and it needed a refresh anyway. Fifth Gear launched in 2002 when Channel 5 saw there was a gap left by Top Gear (canceled in 2001) and grabbed presenters Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, and Quentin Wilson from the BBC.

But Top Gear was re-invented that same year. Because one was nutty and entertaining while the other was more serious and informative, they worked in parallel. Of course, the era of the Internet and Youtube came eventually, and now entertaining or informative videos are relatively common.

What bugs us is the fact that Tiff, Vicki, and Plato are household names. So couldn't they just start their own thing, without the shackles of IT4, Discovery or Channel Five?

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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