• May 26, 2006

Britain's leading automotive television export, Top Gear, is reportedly in a spot of hot water stemming from its on-track antics. Apparently, the Jeremy Clarkson-helmed show uses Dunsfold Park (an ex-WWII airfield) in the UK for its Stig sessions, and doing so isn't copasetic with the locals.

In fact, the show's apparently been racing around the facility without permission from the local planning commission, and Dunsford's people are upset about the noise levels that the show generates. As such, the show is in danger of being banned from filming on the grounds, and the site's owners, the Rutland Group, is in danger of sanctions for other planning violations. 

More details of the controversy at the link.

[Source: Telegraph UK]

(Top Tip, Marion!)



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      • 8 Years Ago
      WTF!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Your comments: Oh c'mon, it could be worse, someone could be using it as ... oh I don't know... an airfield. If I bought a house next to an airfield I'd expect a bit of noise from time to time, and if it were only cars I'd be thanking my lucky stars. Hopefully the BBC can swing some weight around and have the local planning commission shut these yokels up.

      And yes, I realize it's an Ex-WWII airfield, but someone could lease it as an airfield, and in fact, if you watch Top Gear you often see jet liners in the background during the test laps (one of the current season's episodes has a massive white one in the background with something.com written on it), so someone is clearly using it. Though that may have been Top Gear themselves, if we see a jet liner being used later this season then... uh.. heh, I'll just shut up now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      He should just come to Spain and continue his show under beautiful sunshine :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Holy crap, somebody is having fun! Quickly! Cry about it and stop them!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they can work this out and keep the track - I love watch Top Gear and their humorous, yet informative video test/adventures. Though it would be awsome if they came to Southern California - they could team up with CarTV.com and build a track out in the desert. Nobody out there to complain, just need a good fence to keep the wild rabits off the track. "And here comes the Stig around the last corner, will he beat his best time - EEEWWWWWWWWWW - Well folks it looks like there wont be an easter this year.".

      Jim
      • 8 Years Ago
      semi trucks now have crash bars on the trailers set at the proper height to prevent a car from going under the trailer.

      "Lifted vehicles and large trucks are legal, it is the consumer's fault for not buying a vehicle that is not designed to absorb impacts with those types of vehicles if it is a concern for you."

      So you're blaming someone who buys an Accord for not buying a larger vehicle? That makes so much sense. So now just because one person has a big truck we ALL have to buy big trucks? That's great logic.

      It's a big problem when the truck is too high when a car rear ends it, because the airbag sensors are in the bumper, and if the car impacts the truck's rear at about the middle of the car's hood, the airbags are worthless. People have won lawsuits over this. So what if they rear ended them, the thing is the driver of the truck modified their vehicle in such a way as to make the factory safety systems useless. It's not just about the safety of YOU in YOUR car, it's about the safety of those around you, EVEN if they cause the accident.

      Honda designed the bumpers of the Ridgeline to be compatible with smaller cars. They are one of the main companies working on crash compatability between cars and trucks.

      The problem lies in the people who buy trucks and SUVs because they "feel safer" in a larger vehicle. What about the people that they maim and kill OUTSIDE their vehicle because their vehicle is so large?

      Like the video posted of the SUV rolling ten times, had that person been in a car, their odds of rolling would have been significantly less. You can't deny that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Long live the nanny state!!!
      If they stop Top Gear, I'll be heading over to Britain to knock some heads.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Insane. Now I really want to see Clarkson insult the people of Dunsfold on the next episode. That is after all, what he is best at.
      • 8 Years Ago
      man i hate those whiney gits
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm with Josiah. Jezza Clarkson is a sport-jacketed hater, and this is overdue justice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "11. People who don't "get" cars will always bitch about people who do. Like the automotive laws in the US. Let's put a restriction on how loud an exhaust can be, but then let's NOT give the officers the equipment and proper training to actually TELL if the exhaust is too loud. At the same time, let's let people who like trucks put big brush gaurds on the front of their vehicles, negating their bumper and causing vastly more damage to any vehicle that they rear end. Same with trailer hitches. If you're not pulling a trailer, TAKE IT OUT. Lifted trucks are bad too, cars that hit them go under, totally negating the millions of dollars that the manufacturer put in to crash testing and 5-mph compliance. It goes both ways, but in the end it's people who don't know cars (lawmakers) trying to make laws about cars."

      the majority of cars don't actually meet those five mph requirements anyways. Hitches are not designed to be taken out. I have to take my rear bumper off to remove my hitch. 99% of the time when you rear end somebody it is your fault anyways and manufacturs sometimes design their hitches to be incorporated with the bumper. How is hiting a lifted vehicle any different than hitting a tractor trailer or other large truck that sits high off the ground? Lifted vehicles and large trucks are legal, it is the consumer's fault for not buying a vehicle that is not designed to absorb impacts with those types of vehicles if it is a concern for you.

      How can you claim to "get" cars, but then turn around and blast trucks?

      • 8 Years Ago
      I bet the people complaining are over the age of 60.

      There is a Ford test track right down the street from me. Once in a great while I will hear someone locking their brakes up or someone doing a burnout...but its not loud. And they run cars on that thing 24/7. Hell, theres more noise from the freeway near me.

      After living near that test track for my whole life, I can bet you the noise from that airfield is minimal. The town just wants to point fingers and collect money...
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