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#226
Re:Great Clarkson Quotes 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
t's Monday on TopGear.com, so that means another glimpse at The Italian Job - Jeremy's new DVD. And having reviewed Ariel's mental new V8 Atom last week on the site, we thought it only right to show you what JC made of it when he thrashed it around Imola...

Remember, you can place pre-orders for the first-ever Jeremy Clarkson double-disc DVD here. As well as the Atom, you'll find many of the cars that couldn't or didn't make the last series of Top Gear being hooned around Italy: the Mercedes SLS AMG, Porsche GT3, Lambo Superleggera LP570-4 and Ferrari 599 GTO. And following his Italian workout, Jezza heads back to Britain to race a highly tuned Escort California...

The Italian Job is out on 15 November. The full trailer is here if you haven't seen it, and come back next Monday for more clips. In fact, help us out: what would you rather see next? The Merc SLS or the Ferrari 599 GTO? Let us know...

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Jeremy Clarkson, television presenter, 'grumpy old man' and hate figure of the green movement, considers it bad taste to discuss (his own) money.

That makes it possibly the only subject the outspoken Top Gear front man and newspaper columnist declines to pronounce on.

Clarkson, 50, told the BBC last year: 'I read in the papers how much I'm earning and fall about laughing because I'm sure it's not that much, otherwise I'd have an enormous boat.

'I'm literally not the slightest bit interested in money. I just don't pay any attention to money, it's rather vulgar.'

Maybe he simply can't keep track of the sizeable sums he has accumulated over the last decade or so thanks largely to landing the role as the lynchpin presenter of the massively successful BBC Two motoring show that is shown in 100 countries around the world, watched by 350m viewers and is said to be worth £30m to the BBC if it were ever sold off.

Just for starters Clarkson is paid an estimated £1m a year in BBC salary for the job, which he first began in 1988, with a short break between 2000 and 2002.

His cashflow is fuelled further by income from scores of books, DVDs and columns for newspapers and magazines.

Back in 2007 his work portfolio earned him £1.7m, according to The Independent newspaper.

He has also appeared in shows such as Have I Got News for You, Who Do You Think You Are?, Grumpy Old Men and Room 101 (when he famously dispatched caravans down the rubbish chute) and has presented several military and engineering-related programmes.

Clarkson is also a prolific book writer with his series The World According to Clarkson selling 4.9m copies between 2000-2009.



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Top Gear: Stig's helmet fetches £3,400 at auction

It was sold by Sophia Vaizey, who was given the helmet as a leaving present after working on the show as a production co-ordinator for 18 months.

One of the programme's presenters, Richard Hammond, signed it, along with production crew members and The Stig himself, who has now left the motoring show but wore it from around 2002 to 2005.

The helmet went under the hammer at Gorringes Auctioneers in Lewes, East Sussex, with a guide price of £1,200 but ended up going for almost three times as much to a private collector.

Mrs Vaizey, 30, from Hove, previously said she hoped the helmet would fetch a good price following the recent highly publicised High Court battle involving the BBC over the disclosure of The Stig's identity.

She said: "The Stig wore that one on the show for quite a while. He then got a new one for safety reasons, so it got stored away in the Top Gear office.

"I was quite surprised when they gave it to me but also I felt honoured."

The BBC recently took legal action to block publication by HarperCollins of an autobiography which would unmask racing driver Ben Collins as the show's mystery driver.

But after more than a day of legal argument in private, Mr Justice Morgan said he would not grant the BBC a temporary injunction to do this as he said his identity was already widely known.

It had been a badly kept secret for some time, having already been published in the media last year.

Collins has since joined rival show Fifth Gear on Channel 5 where he will appear without his trademark helmet.
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The Top Gear presenters are set to go on a pilgrimage this Christmas.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will follow in the footsteps of the three wise men.

This year's Top Gear Christmas special will see the trio travel to Bethlehem by way of Iraq, Jordan and Israel - crossing war zones along the way.

The 'three kings' will make the trip in the obligatory dingy motors. The Hamster drives a Fiat Barchetta, Captain Slow in a BMW Z3 and Jezza in a Mazda MX-G complete with hookah pipe.

A show insider told The Sun: "Jezza and the boys have been fearless on the trip, but it really was quite dangerous. They had security experts with them at all times.

"They'll have to do space travel to top this next Christmas."

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American news show 60 minutes has covered Top Gear UK


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#234
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The BBC has been forced to apologise for a joke made by Jeremy Clarkson during an edition of Top Gear in which he said a Ferrari “looked like a simpleton” and should have been called “speciale needs”.

Clarkson’s gaffe is the latest in a series of off-colour jokes that have landed him in trouble. He once referred to Gordon Brown as a “one-eyed Scottish idiot”, and said that TV executives are fixated with putting “black Muslim lesbians” on TV to balance out all the white, heterosexual males. He also asked Richard Hammond if he was “mental” when he returned to Top Gear after a serious car crash.

The latest howler came in an edition of the BBC Two programme that was broadcast on August 1 this year, when Clarkson was giving his opinion of a new Ferrari car. He compared its looks to those of an older model, the F430 Especial, owned by his co-presenter James May.

“Striking - yes, but pretty - no. This one for example is just vulgar, and even James’ Ferrari [the 430 Especial] was a bit wrong - that smiling front end - it looked like a simpleton - should have been called the 430 Speciale Needs,” said Clarkson.

His comments provoked protests from disability rights campaigners. Suzi Browne, of the National Autistic Society, said: “To use terms such as special needs in a derogatory or flippant manner only perpetuates the prejudice and bullying which people with disabilities have to cope with.”

The media regulator, Ofcom, received two complaints.

In its response to those complaints, the BBC said it regretted that the comments made by Jeremy Clarkson in the programme caused offence to some viewers. The BBC said that Top Gear is a light hearted and humorous programme characterised by a certain amount of good natured bantering, and that Clarkson’s intention in describing the car as “speciale needs” and the front end of it as looking like a “simpleton” was as a light hearted reference to the look of the car (the front of which has the appearance of a broad smile).

However the BBC removed the reference from the repeat version of the programme, and from the version on the iPlayer. It recognised that the comments “had the potential to cause offence” and offered its apologies for any offence caused. It said that “there was no intent to make light of those with special educational needs or to make fun at their expense”.

Ofcom published its decision on the complaints yesterday, saying that “we took account of the fact that Top Gear is well known for its irreverent style, and sometimes outspoken humour and studio banter between the presenters, and that many viewers are familiar with this format.”

The regulator continued: “However, Ofcom recognises that discriminatory language of this nature has the potential to be very offensive to some viewers, as it could be seen to single out certain sections of society in a derogatory way because of their disability. In Ofcom’s opinion, while obviously intended as a joke and not aimed directly at an individual with learning difficulties, the comment could easily be understood as ridiculing people in society with a particular physical disability or learning difficulty.”

However because of the immediate action taken by the BBC not to repeat the programme, and because of its apology, Ofcom said that no further action was necessary.

Clarkson, 50, is reputedly paid £2million a year by the BBC.

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I like Jeremy Clarkson. And not just because he once recorded a sketch about counterfeit dogs for a radio show I'd written. No, I like him because beneath all the bluster and provocation, he seems to be more bluster and provocation. In the weird Top Gear family – where James May is the posh mum and Richard Hammond the cheeky kid – Clarkson is the dad who says silly things and of whom nobody takes any notice.

This, surely, is the point about the latest controversy – in which Clarkson said a Ferrari "looked like a simpleton" and should have been called "special needs", for which the BBC apologised. On Top Gear, Clarkson is expected to make "outrageous" remarks, and we are expected to ignore them.

In his fight against what he sees as the PC BBC, Clarkson will carry on making jokes about black lesbians and disabled people, in the hope of angering someone who cares. But nobody does any more, except – rightly – those who seek to speak for the disadvantaged, and – wrongly – the dead hand of compliance, a BBC process apparently instituted not out of compassion for society's less fortunate, but out of fear of the corporation's critics.

By using phrases like "special needs" to describe a car, Clarkson not only upsets some presumably quite nice people, but also kills a thousand trees, as someone at TV Centre sits down and prints out a blizzard of forms for the long-suffering Top Gear production team to fill out. He's not speaking up for freedom of speech – all he's defying is some paperwork; a rebel without a clause.

Offence is oddly unbalanced in modern life. Rather than being something that political correctness and pressure groups have managed to outlaw, it's actually everywhere. Rap groups insult women every day. Comedians insult everyone. Art likes to repel to sell. And people vote for all this with their wallets. Life goes on, rude and crude, as Hogarthian and Rabelaisian as before.

Despite the worst fears of some commentators, millions of people in Britain are still saying exactly what they please, without fear of persecution or even prosecution. Is it, then, just on the BBC where people cannot say what they like until they've cleared it with someone in an office first?

Well, yes, as I said earlier, the dead humourless grip of Ofcom and compliance might make it seem – not least to Jeremy Clarkson – that if you have an opinion, you have to have it cleared by a thousand commissars. Yet a quick look at Clarkson's record suggests something quite different. He may have the odd remark – gasp! – removed from repeats on the iPlayer, but it's hardly having your collected works thrown into a bonfire.

Over the years, Clarkson's various one-liners, as typed up by BBC staff into scripts, then filmed, edited and transmitted, have caused all manner of alleged offence. But the point is surely that first, they were all typed up, filmed, edited and transmitted. True, Clarkson is a man whose inability to cleave to a liberal agenda makes the Duke of Edinburgh look like – well, the Duke of Edinburgh. But he isn't some rabid, racist goon: he's a seasoned broadcaster who repeatedly signs up for shows where he is allowed a lot of leeway and only censored after the naughty event

It's almost as if – surely not! – the BBC realises that a large part of the appeal of Top Gear lies in Clarkson's apparently untrammelled political incorrectness, which is as much part of his schtick as Gordon Ramsay's swearing, Graham Norton's outrageousness, or Alan Titchmarsh's jumpers. Censoring him at source would not only make no sense in the context of Top Gear (more a daft, long-running sitcom than a car show) but also cause viewers, and therefore revenue, to collapse. In the world of television, money talks – almost as loudly, and as freely, as its biggest motormouth.


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Programmes from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, will be available on over 100 of BA’s aircraft from the beginning of December.

The partnership was finalised by Zina Neophytou, travel distribution director at EMEA and BBC Worldwide Channels. No financial details have been released.

According to a BBC spokesman there are no plans to carry advertising on the channel "at this stage".

Popular brands from the BBC’s Entertainment, Lifestyle and Knowledge channels will be available, including its newest drama ‘Luther’.

CBeebies will appear as a separate channel, showing ‘In The Night Garden’, ‘ZingZillas’ and ‘Charlie and Lola’, among others. It will be hosted by the children’s presenters Sid Sloane and Andy Day.

Ian McDonough, senior vice-president and general manager EMEA at BBC Worldwide Channels, said: "As a company, we are committed to serving our international audiences with the best British content across a range of media platforms.

"This deal enables viewers to access some of their favourite BBC shows on BA aircraft as well as providing us with a valuable opportunity to extend the reach of our channel brands.

"The deal forms part of our wider channel strategy to provide content wherever, whenever and however they choose – even when they’re thousands of feet in the air."

BBC World News will continue as the daily news service on BA flights.

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Still images from next week's episode of the BBC One programme showed a group of drivers milling around a farmyard, sporting a variety of brightly coloured overalls.

BBC bosses have always jealously concealed the identity of the show's cult stunt driver, and replaced the previous two men to hold the role – "Black Stig" Perry McCarthy and "White Stig" Ben Collins – after they owned up to fans.

But rather than hiring another professional driver such as Collins, a Formula Three competitor, the latest pictures suggest Top Gear executives have decided to breed their latest recruit in an attempt to guarantee more secrecy.

Fans are eagerly waiting to discover what colour the new Stig will be after seeing leaked images of the group of drivers, which included red, blue, green, yellow and bright pink Stigs.

Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May visit the farm on next week's show to choose which will become the third Stig in the programme's history.

A source told The Sun: "Fans probably don't know there is actually a secret farm where we breed lots of different Stigs. We've found just the one."

Their chosen driver will be presented to fans at the Top Gear Live show at Earl's Court, London next week before assuming their role in the new series next year.

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Some say that today a Top Gear book hits the shelves that is BIG. And that it’s been the subject of a long court battle over the legality and morality of printing a full-colour reproduction of James May’s most hideous shirt. All we know is, they’re right.

Yes readers, today sees the release of the third Big Book of Top Gear.

If you have any of our last two efforts squeezed between crusty old editions of Autotrader in the downstairs loo, you’ll know exactly what to expect: lots of silly lists, liberties with image-manipulation software and surreal comic strips from the gathered minds behind your favourite show.

Thoughtfully reproduced in a rectangular format for ease of wrapping, its thickness has also been milled to the exact demands of the average coffee table wobble.

As one reviewer put it, ‘this average-sized book labours under a frankly misleading title. For this, and everything you’re about to read, I apologise’ (James May, The Big Book of Top Gear 2011). But ignore him. It’s brilliant. Particularly the petrol station cooking bit. And the Transtopformergearers.

So that’s the Big Book of Top Gear 2011, on sale now right here. It’s the only Top Gear book you’ll ever need (until next year’s one).

A final warning: Jeremy did the cover. Some of the explosions and jet fighters featured may not match actual contents.

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James May has admitted Top Gear is no longer a show about cars and is on the verge of becoming a sitcom.

The 47-year-old co-presenter confirmed what many viewers have suspected - that he now plays a "character" in the hit BBC Two TV programme.

He told the Radio Times that the aspect of the long-running show which inevitably featured the trio of presenters - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James - getting in a pickle, did irritate him.

James admitted: "It's really almost a sitcom now, so we are characters ... When I started, Top Gear was a car show about cars, and I was interested in the technology but also the sociology and the artistry of them ... the shapes and the colours. That was something I've always been into. But it's a different programme now, it's turned into something else."

James, who is nicknamed Captain Slow on Top Gear because of his driving style and his tendency to get lost, added: "Ultimately we do know what we're talking about and we do let that be known occasionally. Very subtly, every now and then, you think, 'Oh, actually, they do love their subject and they do know a bit about it'.

"And when we c**k about and everything goes wrong and we laugh about it, sometimes it winds me up. I think 'Oh, for God's sake, can't we do something properly that will work, not that has to catch fire or fall over'. But I think I'm probably alone on that."

James said he understood why he could not be himself on the flagship show, telling the magazine: "If I played the real me ... that wouldn't make a very good Top Gear."



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TELEVISION host James May has hit out at a "useless" new generation of men - describing them as "morons" who do not know how to iron a shirt or put up a shelf.

He believes even the laddish, testosterone-fuelled show Top Gear he co-hosts does not portray men in a favourable light - and has instead turned its male presenters into "characters in a sitcom."

May, 47, predicted if men do not return to more masculine roles, women will no longer have a use for them except as sperm donors.

May, who lives with his girlfriend of 10 years, told Radio Times: "I think women are getting a bit bored with blokes being useless.

"I keep reading women are better at school and now better at parking, better at navigating. We are sort of laughing at it going, 'Ho ho ho, I'm just a bloke', but really in my lifetime men only will be required to keep sperm at operating temperature and they will have no other function."

The TV presenter - whose Top Gear nickname is Captain Slow due to his driving style and tendency to get lost - has decided to lead the way for men to fight back and regain lost skills.

His new series Man Lab is aimed at helping modern men relearn vital skills once cherished by their forefathers.

He said: "The decline of practical skills, some of them very day-to-day, among a generation of British men is very worrying - they can't put up a shelf, wire a plug, countersink a screw, iron a shirt.

"They believe it is endearing and cute to be useless whereas I think it's boring and everyone's getting sick of it."

He went on to attack Top Gear, the show which made him famous, saying it was no longer about cars and more about the trio of presenters - May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond - getting themselves into a pickle.

He said: "It's really almost a sitcom now, so we are characters.

"When I started, Top Gear was a car show about cars, and I was interested in the technology but also the sociology and the artistry of them ... the shapes and the colours.

"That was something I've always been into. But it's a different program now, it's turned into something else.

"Ultimately we do know what we're talking about and we do let that be known occasionally.

"Very subtly, every now and then, you think, 'Oh, actually, they do love their subject and they do know a bit about it.'

"And when everything goes wrong and we laugh about it, sometimes it winds me up.

"I think 'Oh, for God's sake, can't we do something properly that will work, not that has to catch fire or fall over?' But I think I'm probably alone on that.

"That whole culture of being moronic that kind of grew out of TV sitcoms and popular media has produced this culture of laddish 'bloke-ishness'."

He blamed the move away from old-fashioned masculinity partly on lads magazines such as Zoo, Nuts and Loaded, and said it was a shame that traditional male hobbies were now seen as unfashionable.

He said: "There's this idea that men aren't allowed to be interested in these things as it is a bit sad or a bit weird.

"But enthusiasms are good. Hobbies are healthy. They don't harm anybody.

"It's the people who don't have them that end up going mad and shooting people."
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Top gear co-presenter James May has said that the hit television series about cars is turning into a sitcom.

The 47-year-old presents the motoring show along with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.

May admitted that he now plays a "character" in the famous BBC2 TV programme.

He told the Radio Times: "It's really almost a sitcom now, so we are characters ... When I started, Top Gear was a car show about cars, and I was interested in the technology but also the sociology and the artistry of them ... the shapes and the colours.

"That was something I've always been into. But it's a different programme now, it's turned into something else."

May, who is nicknamed Captain Slow on Top Gear because of his driving style and his tendency to get lost, added: "Ultimately we do know what we're talking about and we do let that be known occasionally.

"Very subtly, every now and then, you think, 'Oh, actually, they do love their subject and they do know a bit about it'.

"And when we cock about and everything goes wrong and we laugh about it, sometimes it winds me up.

"I think 'Oh, for God's sake, can't we do something properly that will work, not that has to catch fire or fall over'. But I think I'm probably alone on that."

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A new speed camera that can detect up to five motoring offences is being tested in Finland.

The 'Asset' device catches speeding motorists, checks out-of-date tax discs, uses number plate recognition to check insurance, and measures car distances to detect tailgating.

It also picks out drivers who are not wearing seatbelts, although there is no word on whether it can detect motorists listening to Bros: The Hits, or indeed 2 Unlimited; crimes both punishable by a spell in the Tower.

The super-cam is being bankrolled by the European Commission, and developed by a number of European universities and research institutes.

An AA spokesman said: "Tailgating is more dangerous in most cases than speeding, so I think motorists would welcome it. But it needs to be done as a safety measure, not as a money-making machine."

Campaign group Speed Cameras Dot Org said: "The main actions that cause the most accidents, namely not paying attention to the road, misjudging distances and other drivers' intentions, cannot be detected by a device of any sort. More police patrols and better driver education are the only ways to reduce accidents."

In other news, Oxfordshire County Council is actually turning its speed camera network back on, after a brief, idyllic period from 1 August when it had none at all. Ill-informed speculation would have it that the local authority is broke.

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No, they’re not the essentials to help you get through a British winter, but some of the UK’s top exports of the past five years. It's not a list our grandfathers would have recognised (well, maybe the whisky) and that's no bad thing. Post-war Britain has had to tread a long and often hard path away from heavy industries and manufacturing consumer goods, but it has done so with more success than we often give ourselves credit for. Dancing with the Stars – the international name for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing TV format - is one sparkly example of that.

In recent years our creative industries – which encompass everything from ceramics to videogames - have grown remarkably in terms of their export performance. In the TV sector, for example, the recent UKTI/PACT annual survey revealed exports to be at a record high last year - £1.34bn - with both finished programmes and TV format sales building strongly.

To take formats specifically. Last Tuesday the 200th edition of the US version of Dancing with the Stars aired on one of America's biggest networks, ABC. Produced by BBC Worldwide Studios, it is part of the eleventh season of the show there, and celebrities who have taken part include David Hasselhoff, Donny Osmond and Pamela Anderson. On Wednesday, the first series of a US version of Top Gear, commissioned by the History channel in the States, was launched at one of the country’s biggest automotive events in Las Vegas.

Earlier this year the American version of All3Media’s hit “Undercover Boss” pulled in 38 million viewers on CBC after the Super Bowl - the biggest audience for a post-game series since the Nielsen ratings system was introduced in 1987. And ITV Global Entertainment’s top format “Come Dine With Me”, which took its first outing abroad in America on cable channel TLC in 2006, has just been sold to another two customers, bringing its total to 30 around the world. All three companies are UK-owned distributor/producers contributing to the UK creative industries’ success on the world stage.

The point is that UK programme-makers have always been skilled at dreaming up and developing a rich stream of ideas for new shows, supported by innovative commissioning from British broadcasters over half a century. The sheer breadth of their output is not matched by any other country and is testament to the British public’s appetite for fresh new forms of TV entertainment. That’s why Time Warner snapped up a controlling interest in the UK superindie Shed this summer. As its Chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes, put it: “Our entire focus is on the creation of premium content, and we constantly look to tap into the UK’s long tradition of compelling story telling. Britain is a wellspring of talent”.

Not surprisingly, focusing on the country’s existing export strengths is part of the Government’s plan to help Britain reduce its deficit, as outlined by the Prime Minister in a recent speech to the CBI. He is leading Britain's largest ever delegation to China for that purpose next week. As TV is one of those export strengths, what can we do to move up a level?

In my view, we need to think local and we need to own our relationships with consumers directly rather than mainly relying on others.

It’s been estimated that 80 per cent of TV watched around the world is locally made (Eurodata TV Worldwide). So if we want a share of that market we need to find ways of making our exports feel less like imports to foreign audiences. Adapting great TV formats for local tastes is one way of doing that.

Another way is to develop our own “locally flavoured” direct routes to the consumer, whether linear TV channels like BBC America or via IPTV - that is, TV delivered via the internet to whatever device you want, whenever you want it.

At BBC Worldwide we believe there is an under-exploited market for UK shows which the web might open up. Hence our work on a global iPlayer which we hope to bring to market next year. Not only will that mean international fans of, for example, Doctor Who can get their fix legitimately (rather than downloading programmes illegally), but it has the potential of opening up a new revenue stream for the entire UK production industry, alongside sales to traditional broadcasters. I say “alongside” because current research suggests strongly that watching programmes on the web is not a substitute for watching them on TV, but an extra entertainment option. For the BBC this development will also add to the funds BBC Worldwide can funnel back to supplement the (frozen) licence fee.

There is much to do to get to that point. The web may be borderless but talent rights agreements aren’t. One size will not fit all so we have to look at different markets on a case by case basis. But I am optimistic that, so long as we stays on our toes, the UK TV industry can sashay out into the world via this new platform as effectively as it has via traditional routes.

The quality and variety of the TV we produce is largely down to the fact that we focus first and foremost on our home market. But, as Mark Thompson said in his Mactaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival this summer, many of the UK’s great programme brands are still unknown in the rest of the world. If we can harness our creativity “not on the basis of one format here, one comedy script there, but as an industry” and deliver it directly to viewers, we have a real chance of making a sizeable step (ball) change in export growth.

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The Stig farm - more pictures emerge

As regular readers of TopGear.com will know, last weekend saw the opening of Top Gear Live at London's Earls Court. And for weeks people have been badgering us with a single question: will Stig be appearing?

Well, if you've seen this video, you'll know the answer: yes. A couple of weeks ago, we popped down to our top secret (GM-free) Top Gear facility in an obscure part of rural Britain and held a colourful inspection.

One big question does remain: will 'touring Stig' make it to the new series of Top Gear when it returns at the end of the year? Who knows. As James has so diligently been telling everyone, "anything can happen in Stig world". You'll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, here are some more pics of our freshly farmed produce. And count yourself lucky you're not party to the smell of several dozen free-range Stigs...

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The boys from Top Gear bring their most ambitious live show yet to the West Midlands tonight, promising an explosive mix of stunts and pyrotechics, alongside the usual quality banter and clowning around writes Peter Carroll.

Oh, and there will be some cars too. And this is probably the key as to why Top Gear has dominated our television screens for much of the decade: the vehicles take second place to the various challenges, travel pieces, A-list celebrity guests and interaction between the show’s presenters.

Highlights include “the first ever transparent car”, Porsches which have been modded beyond all recogniition and a grand finale shoot-out featuring a police helicopter. All indoors, of course.

The Stig – or at least “a” Stig – will be there but show organisers say we apparently not conclude from this that he will return for the next TV series.

The appearance of the silent Scandinavian “is particular to this tour and does not have any bearing on what may or may not happen in the next television series of Top Gear”.

By the time the Prototype arena spectacular ends in March 2011, the the presenters, crew and production team will have had their passports stamped a total of 1,340 times between them and got through nearly 1,000 tyres, 220 clutches, 640 brake pads, and 2,000 litres of coolant.

The stunts are sure to be spectacular but it will be interaction between the acerbic Clarkson, boffinish May and cheeky Hammond that makes it click.

It wasn’t always like this of course. Top Gear began locally on BBC Midlands in 1977 as a fairly stuffy consumer show, with presenters including Angela Rippon, William Woollard and a young Noel Edmonds.

The arrival of Jeremy Clarkson in 1988, with his outspoken views and acerbic put-downs, transformed it overnight.

He dominated Top Gear until quitting in 1999, saying he had taken the format as far as it would go.

Ratings plummeted and it was only when the current, big-budget version of the show was re-launched, featuring Clarkson alongside James May and West Midlander Richard Hammond, that the viewers returned in their droves.

Top Gear these days has grown to become an international phenomenon. I’m sure ours can’t be the only household where it has replaced Top Of The Pops as the one programme the family sit down to watch together.

And the signs are that the live version is about to repeat the trick. Not many people could commandeer a 747 jumbo jet to launch their live show but Top Gear has that sort of clout these days.

Jezza, the Hamster, and Captain Slow played to 360,000 visitors during their 2009/10 live shows – but this time around up to a million people will turn out to watch the new Prototype Tour.

The show is similar in format to the TV series only about 20 times louder. It fast-paced and only lasts around an hour and a quarter so there will be no time to be bored.

And with tickets starting at £45 it’s presumably a nice earner too. At least petrolheads also get access to the MPH Prestige and Performance Motor Show next door. It features a host of some of the most exotic supercars in the world, with the likes of Bugatti, Pagani and Koenigsegg all represented.

For Clarkson, he is relishing the chance to push the boundaries of car theatre with his arena live shows.

“Car stunt shows used to involve standing in rain soaked concrete car parks watching men in branded hats driving round in circles,” he says.

“But Top Gear Live continues to prove that proper theatre with cars is possible and yet again, we’ve pushed the boundaries of car theatre for this ‘Prototype Tour’.

“And for once, it isn’t complete rubbish.” Top Gear Live runs at the NEC Birmingham from tonight until Sunday as part of the MPH Prestige and Performance Motor Show. All six shows on Saturday and Sunday are sold out but there are still tickets for shows taking place tonight and tomorrow.

Top Gear Live runs at the NEC Birmingham from tonight until Sunday as part of the MPH Prestige and Performance Motor Show. All six shows on Saturday and Sunday are sold out but there are still tickets for shows taking place tonight and tomorrow.


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1,900bhp Lambo crashes
A man has walked away unharmed after a highly modified Lamborghini Gallardo crashed at over 100mph in Texas.

Richard Holt was piloting an astonishing 1,900bhp twin-turbo Gallardo prepared by Underground Racing when he hit the brakes, deployed the parachute and attempted to stop.

However, crosswinds unsettled the supercar, and it clipped a wall off the edge of the runway, launching the two-door exotic into a violent barrel roll.

Holt, who had just hit a staggering 235mph before the crash, walked away virtually unharmed. He was flown to the nearest hospital with no major injuries, but light bruising.

A member of the racing team said: "it is nothing short of a miracle, considering the magnitude of the accident."

Watch the video below, find an engineer responsible for modern crash-safety testing and kiss his helmet. Do it.

Thanks to Gary Javo


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21-year-old gets Ferrari 599 GTO


21-year-old gets Ferrari 599 GTO

Dhiaa Al-Essa is a twenty-one-year-old Saudi student. He likes hats. As you can see from the picture above, he also likes Ferraris. That black and red one on the right is a Ferrari 599 GTO, delivered via the lucrative and all-too prevalent medium of Middle Eastern Taste Vacuum.

Al-Essa is an engineering student with a penchant for inaccessible high-end machinery. Inaccessible to the likes of the great unwashed, that is. His incredible supercar collection now spans 33 cars worth over £3 million, including his most recent acquisitions, the black und red GTO, and a yellow F430 Scuderia 16M (number 499 of 499, no less).


"I have had to wait six months for the GTO to arrive", Al-Essa pines. A painful passage of time, considering he only has 30-odd supercars to console himself with.

Still, it's his 22nd birthday soon. And when that revered milestone arrives, he will take delivery of a Ferrari SHOUTY NAME (the one which has sold out immediately), and a Koenigsegg Agera.

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Call for faster police cars

The West Australian Opposition says a Top Gear-loving magistrate's criticisms of the state's police cars highlights the need for high speed pursuit vehicles.

Magistrate Michael Wheeler yesterday acquitted Perth mechanic Leone Antonino Magistro of reckless driving at high speed after he was accused of travelling more than 160 kilometres an hour in a Lamborghini.

He found there was no way officers travelling in a Ford Falcon with no speed radar could accurately determine how fast the Lamborghini was going.

Opposition police spokeswoman Margaret Quirk says it highlights the impacts of funding cuts to police vehicle and shows the possibility hoons are capable of escaping justice.

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