Thanksgiving weekend is a time of peace, happiness, and food. but come in top team United Kingdom, once again with a solution that nobody asked for. In Series 29, Episode 5, the BBC series took an ordinary ice cream van and transformed it into an extraordinary all-terrain vehicle, cementing Paddy McGuinness’s status as the most innovative car designer since Homer Simpson.
However, the producers did not stop there. Not content to simply revamp another underrated vehicle, they forced McGuinness and Chris Harris to face off against an army of food trucks in all-out war. With Freddie Flintoff at the wheel of the army of food trucks, top team he used these rolling lunch boxes to create mayhem, competition, and a ton of really good puns.
Top Gear’s Paddy McGuinness transformed Mr. Nippy
top team it has always involved doing a number of strange things to cars. so many top team Road trips have involved extravagant and sometimes unnecessary modifications. During his years on the show, Jeremy Clarkson was particularly notorious for his goofballs, such as not understanding why a car with a stone floor was a bad idea. It’s those moments of creativity that have set the series apart from any other automotive show. However, Paddy McGuinness has crowned himself the new king of top team Wit and Mr. Nippy is his best work.
McGuinness took a serviceable pickup truck and turned it into a zero-emissions monster truck complete with its own street sweeper. While ride quality left a lot to be desired and it wasn’t quite as fast as the Batmobile, Mr. Nippy was surprisingly agile and capable of handling more than the average suburban street. However, he didn’t reach his full potential until he fell into a combat situation that made Obligations seem like child’s play.
How Top Gear turned food trucks into paintball heroes
In the second part of the McGuinness Ice Cream Showcase, the top team the producers lined up several food trucks that he and Harris would have to take out video game-style. Could Mr. Nippy conquer the aptly named Hamburger Hill, or would rivals like Fried of Britain, Organic Street Preachers and Mr. Bean crush the plucky competition? What followed was more drama than fighting over the last turkey leg. Mr. Nippy got by on sheer guts and his absolute last life, but not before he was nearly literally run over by an actual tank renamed Have Your Hake and Eat It. Flintoff turned Fried of Britain into a pile of wood floating and Harris took a paintball gun to the groin.
Yet for all its lunacy, Mr. Nippy’s metamorphosis from childish treat to adult weapon of destruction further exemplifies how top team has come to fruition with McGuinness, Harris and Flintoff taking the reins. While the trio enjoy racing each other, they always cheer for each other and for the continued success of the car. Whether on an international road trip or on a combat field, the joy they share is as obvious as the happiness children feel when the ice cream van rolls down their street. Fortunately, those won’t have paintball guns or monster truck tires…yet, anyway.
Top Gear airs Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. on BBC America and streams on AMC+ and HBO Max.