Beer, TV and Jeremy Clarkson's First VHS Tape
After a few days of writing in every spare moment I have, I've decided to take a few hours out yesterday evening to watch Jeremy Clarkson's first film on VHS (yes, I still watch VHS tapes), 'Jeremy Clarkson Unleashed on Cars' and I thought I'd throw this small article together.
Unleashed on Cars holds a special place in my memories . When I was roughly 5 years old, I would watch this video non-stop, on repeat for hours on end. So much so that my mum actually hates watching it, to this day! Eventually my dad handed the video tape down to me as a sort of present when I was 6 or so and I would still watch it over the following years from time to time.
At one point, I think I watched it that often over the years that I could remember every line in the film! Sad I know, but it really inspired my love for cars and retro cars from the 90's.
Tonight I dragged it out of the video drawer, opened a beer and played it for the first time in a few years and oh my god I forgot how much nostalgia plays a big part in how much you like things. I'm staggered at how much I love the cheesy 90's off the shelf music (of which I can't find anywhere on the internet... annoyingly) and how clear the image is, even though it's fuzzy.
As a film in it's own right, I think it's one of Clarkson's best efforts, alongside 'Heaven and Hell' and a few others. It features a massive selection of cars throughout the 20th century from the Morris Ital (Marina), Volvo 340, Peugot 205, Ford Escort Cosworth, Yugo 45, Cheiftan Tank, Nissan Sunny, Jaguar E-Type,Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Alfa Romeo GTV6 and most importantly, the Ferrari F355!
Throughout the film Jezza is seen trying to find the (and I quote) "best car in the world... ever". At the beginning of the film he looks at some of the worst cars in the world and, well, destroys them. The Yugo 45 which is a "hateful, hateful car" that doesn't seem to reach 60, gets blown up by a Cheiftan Tank. A red Nissan Sunny which alter ego is a librarian that has a child called Janet gets flung by a trebuchet. The Sunny ends up going from 0-90 mph in 2 seconds! This honestly is one of my favourite moments in the film. Just seeing that boring lump of 80's metal flying through the sky. Ah bliss. The Sunny was never a bad car but as Jeremy says, but it was average. Which is probably worse and why he named it, the worst car in the world... ever. Whether Jeremy still holds on to this today, I don't know but it was a dreadful car.
Later on in the film he looks at things from monster trucks to motor sport. Giant car eating machines to fantastic motor sport crashes from the 80's and 90's. Jeremy also looks at some of the more mundane but nicer of cars such as the mk4 Ford Fiesta Ghia.
The film really is full of all sorts. To finish off this article, I thought I would add some clips from the video that I've filmed as I wasn't able to find any on the internet. I must add, that non of the footage from the videos below, belongs to me but according to the copyright notice on the back of the box, it belongs to VCI Limited and On The Box Productions (if they're both still around).
First off is a clip of the Peugeot 205, Golf GTi and Lamborghini Countach!
Next is probably my most favourite part, the Nissan Sunny trebuchet!
Now, I'm not going to include any more clips as you can find them elsewhere on the internet and to be fair, you would be better off buying it on DVD instead of watching a video of a VHS!
I hope you enjoyed this brief article into my childhood nostalgia. There's just one last thing I want to add. As mentioned earlier, I've been looking for the music from this film for years and I can't find it anywhere. According to the credits the original music is by Brian Hodgson and Peter Lincoln and I also believe some of it has been used in earlier episodes of Scrapheap Challenge. If you know where I could get hold of the music used then please comment below! If not, I think I am going to get the keyboard and guitar out again...
Either way, I was able to find the awesome theme used by Jeremy on a few films, on YouTube, shown here:
Did you enjoy this article? What do you think to Jeremy's old films?