Restoring the car that Clarkson, Hammond and May all love | Ep.1


The car that Clarkson, Hammond and May all love is being fully restored! After introducing the DriveTribe Ford Mondeo ST200 to you guys last year, the end of 2020 has seen us start the full nut and bolt restoration of this rare performance saloon. In partnership with Halfords, Mike and the guys from MAD Ford Engineering will transform this ST into the finest example in the country over the next few months. In this first episode, the car gets stripped down to its bare bones...
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  • Lo ranger
    Lo ranger2 dager siden

    It says £900 on the thumbnail. Is that how much it costs for the whole restore?

  • Lynestro The Conqueror
    Lynestro The Conqueror6 dager siden

    Idk it looks fine to me.

  • Dave Rowarth
    Dave Rowarth10 dager siden

    3 cars... this one and the Outback... Am I missing something here... a subtle (but poor) joke perhaps? Please help.

  • Jack Ginster
    Jack Ginster11 dager siden

    What’s the third car they all like?

  • Tony Stark
    Tony Stark13 dager siden

    Halfords, ATS, Formula One Autocentres, kwikfit all do a winter and summer “free” safety check to get customers through the door, to find work and quote.. Speaking from experience and a former quick fit manager , support your local independent garages

  • Stephen db
    Stephen db14 dager siden

    Anyone who loves cars does not take it to Halfords for any check.

  • Chris Logan
    Chris Logan16 dager siden

    I can’t stop thinking Mike is moonlighting as Nick from New Girl

  • Kai Dahlhaus
    Kai Dahlhaus23 dager siden

    I really want to say hello to the workshop kitty

  • Johnathon Naumann
    Johnathon Naumann24 dager siden

    Was the American one the contour svo

  • gcm747
    gcm74724 dager siden

    Well that’s an easier way to remove an engine. Take the car out instead.

  • kirito hu1912
    kirito hu191224 dager siden

    I still miss my contour what a great car

  • TheJociman
    TheJociman25 dager siden

    Restoration prolly costs around 25k. I'm I high or low?

    NBMTX25 dager siden

    I don't know what I expected, but that's certainly (going to be) a restoration.

  • MinterVision
    MinterVision25 dager siden

    I had the US version of this, the Contour SVT Fun, throaty and surprisingly quick. Unfortunately plagued with European build issues and wasn’t that reliable. But for some reason I still miss it.

  • Shannon Smith
    Shannon Smith25 dager siden

    How could you guys all like the V6 Mondeo but not the i6 barra falcon, I'll never know...

  • GarThor Son of Odin
    GarThor Son of Odin25 dager siden

    ... but why? ... this is the ugliest car that ford ever produced. Its a UK Taurus... how did the top gear hosts ever find anything nice to say about this thing?

  • rizveee ahmeds
    rizveee ahmeds26 dager siden

    The even excellent excited basket ideally scorch because seal culturally remain except a woebegone quince. terrific, rich carbon

  • JxC
    JxC26 dager siden

    Man. Everything is so cheap in the UK.

  • Mrbigolnuts
    Mrbigolnuts26 dager siden

    You could have at least made it electric.

    METAL METAL DAN26 dager siden

    Yo what’s Mike doing with a Wawa coffee mug in the UK?

  • DrewLSsix
    DrewLSsix26 dager siden

    The touring cars didn't have a duratec engine though, they ran the Mazda K series engines.

  • Joshua Hall a.k.a. Controlla
    Joshua Hall a.k.a. Controlla26 dager siden

    Great video. ☺️

  • Jarmo
    Jarmo26 dager siden

    i do really need me some wiper blade checking

  • Life Of Vadim
    Life Of Vadim26 dager siden

    Why not Mondeo Mk3? It's better in every way.

  • Garry
    Garry26 dager siden

    Why did they switch the numberplates and pretend the donor car was the one being refurbed?

  • Frank Stein
    Frank Stein26 dager siden

    Dunno about the UK,but overhere Halfords is a shop where only complete knobs waist their time and money.......

  • Your Tapeworm
    Your Tapeworm26 dager siden

    The content I've been looking for on here! Wish the trio were around so they could yell at Jeremy for wacking things with a hammer

  • Micah Reinhart
    Micah Reinhart27 dager siden

    I love how people who don't rip their own cars apart talk about ripping cars apart

  • ardvark84
    ardvark8427 dager siden

    2:34 welding sounds like James is at it.

  • mattorama
    mattorama27 dager siden

    They sold this car in the US as the Contour SVT, and I've never met somebody who had one and wasn't trying to get rid of it.

  • Jokur 26

    Jokur 26

    25 dager siden

    Loved mine. Bit short on power but it just did most everything well. It was comfortable and familiar, like a favorite old pair of gloves

  • DBCSgaming
    DBCSgaming27 dager siden

    one of the best cars i ever owned

  • Brian Thomas
    Brian Thomas27 dager siden

    Don't you just hate TV wan**** (Guy Martin quote ) compared to someone who actually knows what he talks about ha ha

  • Arr DubU
    Arr DubU27 dager siden

    You lost me at "Covid-19 protocols"

  • brooke robertson
    brooke robertson27 dager siden

    I wouldn't trust Halfords to fix my trolley at the supermarket....

  • lazycalm41
    lazycalm4127 dager siden

    Not the best looking Mondeo, the 'nostril' variant. The model after and the current Mondeo are by far the prettiest.

  • Christy Cullen
    Christy Cullen27 dager siden

    This is the closet vibe I've had to old school wheeler dealers in a long time. More of this kind of content please. Big thumbs up

  • Damir Kvajo
    Damir Kvajo27 dager siden

    I drive a 1.8TD Estate with ST200 recaro seats. Bought it for 300€ and spent another 1700 to get it where I want it. I love it more than ST200 especially at the gas station :)

  • Reverend George
    Reverend George27 dager siden

    As Halfords are sponsoring this renovation they should have sent one or more of their 'mechanics' along to see how to do the jobs properly. Halford service makes Kwick-Fit seem almost competent.

  • [KPG]
    [KPG]27 dager siden

    Livestreaming the work on the car is probably the best idea for mechanic-customer transparency I've ever heard of.

  • Jammaster Flash
    Jammaster Flash27 dager siden


  • Roberto Helder Onetti
    Roberto Helder Onetti28 dager siden

    Where is the next video ???

  • Martel 732
    Martel 73228 dager siden

    Can someone please take James May to the retirement home

  • yegho Blacksmith
    yegho Blacksmith29 dager siden

    This is one of those garage i would like to work its a dream job for me but im not mechanic but i love cars and restoring its like asmr

  • HappyDude
    HappyDude29 dager siden

    It like this car Its handsome rare and a it has a cool engine, just empty the exhaust to hear that V6

  • Vlad Bleoanca
    Vlad BleoancaMåned siden

    for more views you should use the names and surnames in the title

  • David Emmett
    David EmmettMåned siden

    Anybody notice the snapped spanner hanging up at 2:32?

  • Thomas Knight
    Thomas KnightMåned siden

    I had a SVT contour which is basically muricas version of the car and out of the 60 cars I’ve had including mustangs Camaro’s and even a manual 2jz is300 my contour was my favorite

  • MrFlazz99
    MrFlazz99Måned siden

    Clearly a labour of love because there's no way that the real cost of that restoration could be justified by the final value. Whoever gets that car in the future will be getting a bargain.

  • M owler
    M owlerMåned siden

    So is the American version The Ford Taurus? because if it is that is a very boring car.

  • Richard France
    Richard FranceMåned siden

    Very plain car. Why invest so much money in it?

  • Adrian Hunt
    Adrian HuntMåned siden

    I love to see cars getting refurbished so I can’t wait for part 2. When is it coming out?

  • Peter Rounce
    Peter RounceMåned siden

    Maybe James May is restoring it with how long the next episode is taking

  • Stephane Hutchinson
    Stephane HutchinsonMåned siden

    Where is ep 2?/?

  • Finnian Fitzsimons
    Finnian FitzsimonsMåned siden

    garage tour plz

  • scottg G
    scottg GMåned siden

    When’s episode 2

  • Selwan Al-Amin
    Selwan Al-AminMåned siden

    Wheres episode 2?

  • cubonenineO
    cubonenineOMåned siden

    *this is cool*

  • Cameron Tubb
    Cameron TubbMåned siden

    whens the next epsidoe?

  • Jason Dagless
    Jason DaglessMåned siden

    I had one as a company car back in the day. Loved it. Never took it over 75mph! A fab cruiser. Used to get boy racers on my tail all the time but just used to wave them round.

  • Lee Johnston
    Lee JohnstonMåned siden

    Where are the rest of the videos for this car

  • Neil G
    Neil GMåned siden

    When is episode 2?

  • jeffrey arnold

    jeffrey arnold

    Måned siden

    watch for it later this week.

  • John O'Higgins
    John O'HigginsMåned siden

    Is there any fecking chance of putting up the second episode...melters

  • rodilbodil
    rodilbodilMåned siden

    Did May forget how to count? You mentioned one other car..... But there was three cars you agreed on, no?

  • Craig Seifert
    Craig SeifertMåned siden

    The cat is the MVP!

  • bandi53
    bandi53Måned siden

    The version of this car sold in North America (Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique... or mistake) was probably the worst Ford product ever sold here. That's saying something.

  • Shi-Hao 'Eccx' Chan
    Shi-Hao 'Eccx' ChanMåned siden

    Fun Fact; in Singapore, the Generals in the Army, are given the Ford Modeo to be used in their entire term of service as a General.

  • Ed banks
    Ed banksMåned siden

    Does anyone know when the next episode is out? Or is it being uploaded on a different channel? It’s been ages since Ep.1

  • jeffrey arnold

    jeffrey arnold

    Måned siden

    @shane look out next Wednesday

  • PeaveyPV20
    PeaveyPV20Måned siden

    James mays version of wheeler dealers

  • Sargatanas2k2
    Sargatanas2k2Måned siden

    Which one of the three doesn't like the Fiesta ST?

  • Legend RockPlot
    Legend RockPlotMåned siden

    part 2?

  • kamikazekaos
    kamikazekaosMåned siden

    My 55 reg mk3 tdci is strong engine/ car still going and fast as fk

  • Ossie Womack
    Ossie WomackMåned siden

    155k? It’s practically new! My ‘99 focus is on 226k and still going (just!). I wish I had the money to restore my old girl :’(

  • dan lindsay
    dan lindsayMåned siden

    I wouldn't trust halfords with any work on my car again. They couldn't even replace the wiper blades without them falling off when it started raining and scratching the windscreen!

  • Battleship Nagato
    Battleship NagatoMåned siden

    wait a minute is this the very Mondeo they took to the funeral in GT?

  • Salvis Butāns
    Salvis ButānsMåned siden

    ''SLAMMED'', man I thought thats OEM height :D

  • Rajeeb Barma
    Rajeeb BarmaMåned siden


  • Kamila Herbert
    Kamila HerbertMåned siden

    where can we find episode 2?

  • Dan Lawrence
    Dan LawrenceMåned siden

    Cant find next episode

  • geoffphuket
    geoffphuketMåned siden

    Oh, where's Ep2?

  • MassivelyMusic
    MassivelyMusicMåned siden

    Where is the follow up episode?

  • Ewa Zbyszynski
    Ewa ZbyszynskiMåned siden

    Take that to Halfords and get a free service and get after market rims

  • Free thinker
    Free thinkerMåned siden

    When is the next episode coming online ?

  • Nuut Bournes
    Nuut BournesMåned siden

    You dont waste money on that POS

  • WickedTRX
    WickedTRXMåned siden

    7:47 that’s what she said

  • Chriso
    ChrisoMåned siden

    The presenter talks as if he has never touched a car before. "Ooooo I'm scared!" Is this a car channel or a children's channel?

  • Joshua Law
    Joshua LawMåned siden

    Literally everything in that 'Halford Check' thing is just stuff you can easily do at home in 20 minutes time.

  • Stuart Taylor
    Stuart TaylorMåned siden

    When’s the next instalment??

  • Steven Rout
    Steven RoutMåned siden

    When is the next episode coming on line

  • Rui Jorge Meira
    Rui Jorge MeiraMåned siden


  • john roads
    john roadsMåned siden

    EPISODE 2 ?

  • BrapTechFun
    BrapTechFunMåned siden

    Freaking out over the rust on the exhaust muffler, then generalizing it over the car, is the most normie thing EVER

  • Oliver York
    Oliver YorkMåned siden

    When’s the next episode coming?

  • Ram Walker
    Ram WalkerMåned siden

    Did those cars come to the US

  • Oliver Smith
    Oliver SmithMåned siden

    probably spent the cars value just taking it apart

  • Tom Foolery
    Tom FooleryMåned siden

    Does anyone know how much this costs

  • No Name
    No NameMåned siden

    i tought its gonna be the Dacia Sandero

  • ASMRAlpha
    ASMRAlphaMåned siden

    I used to own one of these when they came out. It was slow, boring and did I mention slow? You would put your foot down and it would get ‘angry’. Loads of induction noise but it wouldn’t speed up lol. I sold it within about four months and bought an M3. That said, the M3 was sold within about 6 lol.

  • S.W.W
    S.W.WMåned siden

    lolol! Ford Mondeo ! I mean those who have been watching them talking about cars must be feeling like idiots! At least they should!

  • Bal Boughan
    Bal BoughanMåned siden

    Chav heaven

  • Mr Jean Deaux
    Mr Jean DeauxMåned siden

    Is that the music from _Outrun??_