We realize that Americans have a bit of a reputation for blaming things on others and letting lawyers sort it out. But when it comes to the UK government, we're starting to think that any negative car-related finding will be blamed on Top Gear. A new governmental report called "Full Speed Ahead: Maintaining UK Excellence in Motorsport and Aerospace" was drafted to show that two of Britain's most lucrative industries are being sidelined by those in charge. Within that report, apparently, is the assertion that Top Gear has left the public with a bad taste concerning the environmental record of motorcars.
As reported by the Telegraph, "the committee blamed the ''Top Gear effect'' for associating high-performance cars and planes with irresponsible drivers." That means that not only is Top Gear at fault, but it now has a sickness named after it. Somewhere in the report (we're guessing, since we haven't read it), the dubious correlation is made between irresponsible drivers and a hatred of Earth.
We're sure that Top Gear is the most watched auto show around the world. It's a little more difficult to be sure that Clarkson, Hammond and May are keeping the non-petrolhead public (do non-petrolheads even watch Top Gear?) in the dark about the eco-mindedness of motorsports. Maybe auto racing just needs better PR...