It was a "typical"1 winter's day in England: cold and misty-drizzling. What adds to the comedy of this particular challenge is that James turned up in a bright orange T-shirt, a ball cap and shorts, implying that Mercedes didn't have proper winter clothing in their catalog. James was shivering before it was all said and done.
Sadly, there isn't a good clip on Youtube of this particular challenge. I was, however, able to find a full-length video of the episode in question on Metacafe. Click at your own risk.
See, I've never been one to get into Halloween as a holiday, which is odd given my (dwindling?) aspiration for filmmaking. Coincidently, my manager's favorite holiday is–you guessed it!–Halloween. I haven't won friends or influenced people by not getting into the holiday spirit. But this year, I had a plan.
I thought I'd get a shirt and maybe some shorts or pants from VW–appropriately enough given that I leased a Jetta last year–and would dress up as a VW owner in the spirit of Top Gear.2
My plan was to go around the 1 October to the VW dealership, pick something up and hang on to it until Halloween. But as the days passed, I kept finding reasons–however legitimate–to
I literally bought my costume at the 11th hour: the Wednesday evening before Halloween. This has its own anecdote: when I pulled up to the dealership at 1830 that evening, the sales guy who leased me my car was walking out of the build, presumably on his way home. I thought he would walk on by, but he circled back around. I asked him, "How would you like to sell me something?" to which he replied "Sure!" I'm not convinced he was that enthused; I'm sure selling a shirt and a hat didn't quite satisfy his sales quota.
Beggars can't be choosers, so I didn't get some shirt that just had a logo3. Instead, I had to settle for a picture of a car that I don't own.
1. As if I would know what a typical winter's day in England is really like.↩
2. I asked a co-worker who is familiar with the show which of the presenters he though I could best pull off. To my delight, he said May.↩
3. I later remedied this by purchasing two blue shirts off the website that just have the VW logo. One is "royal blue" the other is "sapphire". I prefer the royal blue as it is a darker, fuller blue (but no where close to navy). ↩