• Jul 21, 2009
Top Gear talks Bugatti speeding ticket – click above to watch video after the jump

ESPN sports columnist Bill Simmons proposed a 72-hour reportage moratorium for the web – that way, news could be vetted before was broadcast to the entire universe. Had that been in effect, the story of Orange County resident Philip Robert Odegard might not have ended up on Top Gear and then upsetting Scottish authorities.

Odegard posted an image of a speeding ticket on his Flickr page. The ticket claimed he was busted doing 210 mph in a Bugatti Veyron in a "65 mph max" zone. Odegard's epic tale made it into the latest episode of Top Gear, where the hosts excitedly talked about the speeding ticket in their news section. Scottish Councillor Mike Raeburn then lambasted Top Gear for refusing "to see the effect this continual reinforcement of the 'speed is good' message has on viewers, particularly younger ones." The head of the Scottish Campaign Against Irresponsible Drivers also had harsh words for Top Gear.

The issue here, however, isn't speeding – it's speciousness. Odegard wasn't busted in a Veyron doing 210. According to some digging done by the O.C. Register, Odegard wasn't busted by the California Highway Patrol at that speeds in any car, let alone a Bugatti. He was clipped in a 2004 Infiniti doing 100. Which is a tale that probably wouldn't have ended up on Top Gear. Somewhere, at the bottom of this, though, it's still all Jeremy Clarkson's fault. You can watch the footage in question after the jump (talk of the ticket comes at around 4:15).

[Sources: Scotsman; O.C. Register; YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW, It's a TV SHOW! Not CNN LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still funny, Top Gear rules
      • 5 Years Ago
      72 hours is like a month on the web.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dude looks like one of the biggest bags of douche I've ever seen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fake- Just like the rest of the show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      uhhh they should go after car makers for allowing their cars to go that fast on public roads. derrrrrrr
      • 5 Years Ago
      72 hours would be useless as I saw this thing several days before the Top Gear episode aired. It's a fantastic bit of graphic editing, but regardless, I watch Top Gear to be entertained and don't find it deeply worrying that Clarkson whipped this out. He isn't getting paid to do investigative journalism.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 72 hour time limit mentioned in this article has nothing to do with the article Bill Simmons wrote. In the article, http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/090710, Simmons proposes a "proof of life concept" for any hypothetical situation in sports news. I.e. Farve going to the Vikings; the original idea comes up and you have 72 hours to discuss it/what might happen/all of that, then until Farve actually shows up at training camp you cannot discuss it.
      Xedous
      • 5 Years Ago
      How is a cop ever going to catch a guy doing 210+ anyhow? By the time the cop reacted and got up to 100+ the guy would have already been 2 miles down the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Xedous
        It's called a police radio.
        Xedous
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Xedous
        You people and you logical responses.... So annoying! ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Xedous
        "the guy would have already been 2 miles down the road."

        ... in the breakdown lane, out of gas.

        The car drinks a tank of gas in 12 minutes at full speed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know what I'm genuinely worried about today's youth, after seeing this, they may be compelled to get in there Jeep Cherokee's and Hatchbacks, and go 210 mph. Shame on you Top Gear.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is a joke right? I really hope you are not that stupid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *their, and yes I was being sarcastic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Top Gear sucks, and the people who like this show are just as gullible and dumb as the hosts are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How sad is your life that you have to make up stories about speeding in a Veyron?
      I am pretty sure if that had really happened they would have beat him mercilessly before hauling him off to jail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, you guys will cut Clarkson any break. Talking up excessive speed on public roads suddenly becomes not an issue when it happens you are also lying at the same time?

      That's rich.

      You want to risk your life at those speeds, do it on a closed course.
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