• May 29, 2008
Here's a news flash: Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame sometimes drives really fast. But it isn't a speeding ticket that has landed Mr. Clarkson in hot water, it's a recent admission during an interview at the Hay Festival in Powys, Wales that he drove the insanely fast Bugatti Veyron 186 mph on public roads. The overly honest answer to the question "what's the fastest you've ever driven" has public safety activists asking for Clarkson's curly locks on a platter. Mary Williams of Brake called the TV star "offensive and irresponsible," and said that the BBC should fire him.

While we're big fans of Clarkson, driving 186 on public roads is incredibly dangerous both to himself and for others on the road. And doesn't Clarkson have an airport runway for going as fast as he wants whenever he wants? Having said that, he obviously didn't get caught doing anything wrong, and hasn't had a speeding ticket in 20 years, so calls for his job are more or less annoying and wishful thinking.

[Source: Mailonsunday]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Since when is a boast equated with a confession?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Clarkson for ruler of the world.

      Down with the UK electronic police state, down with hybrids, down with slow speed limits and down with any cheap US-imitation of Top Gear!
        • 6 Years Ago
        sure, clarkson can be the king of your own world and you can be his asswipe.

        Count me out in your world please
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree about the speed limits, especially here in Texas where there are wide open highways with no one on them.

        Dunno what you have against hybrids? There are some amazingly fast hybrids in the works that still get amazing gas mileage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not that big of a deal when the Bugatti gets to 186mph in 14sec and then slows in probably another 7sec. max.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What if he would have said 110, would this person still have been calling for his job? 186 just seems really fast because most cars we have can't go that fast but we are starting to see more and more that can, and they can safely. He probably wasn't even using all 1001 hp to get to that speed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doing 186mph in a Veyron is much safer than doing 80mph in a Kelisa so what's the big deal?

      It's just poor people with inferiority complex envying the rich rightfully.

      Rich people can pay more compensation, pay more taxes, should pay more for traffic fines, road tax, brings more income to the country, increase the GDP of that particular country. They deserve to enjoy more.

      So shut up you poor good-for-nothing-peasants.

      I'm one of the peasants as for now, but I longed to be rich and to exploit the world where I rightfully should be able to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well the bbc wont fire him considering he is the main man on one of their biggest shows
        • 6 Years Ago
        I said "broad displeasure". Ratings don't really show displeasure, they only show pleasure by a different group. Witness Howard Stern or Rush Limbaugh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wouldn't higher ratings be the best possible indication of success providing entertainment?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Note:
        The BBC is not in the business of selling ads. Ratings don't mean crap to them.

        They are in the business of providing TV entertainment to the British people. If the British people show themselves to be broadly displeased by a presenter, they would be wise to get rid of him. I doubt however the level of ire will rise to that standard in this case.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know about the UK, but in the US at least it's a stupid idea to publically admit to a crime until after the statuate of limitations has expired. Really stupid since people *have* gone to jail for saying admitting stupid crap in interviews and the like.

      But since he didn't say where this occured he still has some plausible deniability lol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      doesn't the government have anything better to do?

      The british try to track down car-show hosts speeding.

      the US congress wastes taxpayer dollars similarly, by worrying about baseball players using steroids.

      What next, are the europeans going to try and prosecute the sky for being blue?

      there is hardly any hard proof, or due process, or harm done to anyone but themselves, in the baseball case.

      But doesn't the government have infrastructure and military or other actually legitimate things to worry about?, or at least things they can prove?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "What next, are the europeans going to try and prosecute the sky for being blue?"

        The worst part is that the Europeans would win because the sky would fail to show up in the court room. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      220kph in a rented Opel from Hamburg to Flenders, over an hour at that speed.

      190kph in my own BMW outside of Grenoble.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Moreover it's already enough to kill people at speeds of 80mph, what's the dif? Yeah it kills faster, more dramatic and nicer to watch. I'd rather be rammed by a car going 250mph than one at 20mph. One would send me to death instantly, one would left me limping for the rest of my life.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes! At least you'd be hit by a really nice, exotic fast car instead of a Prius! :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I actually have a fear of being killed by a hybrid. I would drag my dying body under a better car, as I couldn't go out like that
      • 6 Years Ago
      There are many freeways throughout europe where one can easily and safely exceed 150. What's the big deal?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seriously?

      Its like people want a police state.

      "So this is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause" - Natalie Portman in Star Wars

      I don't get why people care that someone goes 186mph and doesn't injure a soul, while every day millions of people are being used as slave labor to provide the raw materials for the very computers they type their rants on.

      Get a freaking clue people, complain about real injustice or shut the F**K up!
        • 6 Years Ago
        millions going deep into the earth to mine...plastic?
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