• Aug 12th 2010 at 2:29PM
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The Reliant Robin received some time in the spotlight recently when Top Gear superstar Jeremy Clarkson took the three-wheeled auto on a precarious 14-mile journey through the laws of physics. Clarkson managed to roll the tipsy tricycle a bunch of times during the hilarious bit, reminding us again that the instability of three-wheeled vehicles probably isn't worth the improved fuel economy – at least for those trikes with the single wheel leading the way. The stunt may have captured the attention of some bird-brained pranksters over in the UK, as Barry Cloughton can attest.

The BBC reports that Cloughton's Reliant Robin was overturned twice in one weekend in what the retired plumber calls a "copy-cat attack." The motorized trike was first tipped one Friday night as it sat outside Cloughton's house. After the Robin was returned to its proper upright stance, the vehicle was overturned a second time the following night, this time damaging the side mirror and spilling gasoline all over the driveway and into the man's garden. Sargent Steve Reid of St. Austell Police stresses that this situation could have become deadly if the petrol were to somehow ignite, adding that pranksters have been tipping vehicles since long before Clarkson first went topsy turvy in June.

On a somewhat odd side note, Cloughton calls his Robin a "good car," adding that he only turned over a Robin one time after hitting a slippery patch. That's it, just the one time? Call us crazy, but even flipping one time is probably one time too many. Click past the break to watch Clarkson's travails with the Robin.

[Source: BBC]

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      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Was about to say the same thing as Ine937s
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        Reliant was a Brittish car company:

        • 5 Years Ago
        French. Obviously Tamworth went on holiday.

        With basic errors like that, you really have to wonder how these people manage to do simple things like tie shoelaces, walk, breath, that sort of thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What the hell is a "Sargent"!? I wonder if that's anything like a Sergeant?

        Nah, probably not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate all these losers pulling stuff like this after seeing how popular people in videos get. The fact is that these 'pranksters' are vandals, and they need to be caught and thrown in jail for a while - not allowed out until they've paid for all the damages (with interest).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, but it was a Reliant Robin - they were probably doing the guy a favour so he doesn't get killed on the open road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      saying the top gear video influenced ppl to mess with robins is like saying goth music inspires ppl to do bad things...not really going anywhere with that but it makes sense to me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Top Gear gets blamed for everything by everyone.

      Stop being jealous you haters ... and leave the best show of all time alone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Top Gear gets blamed for everything because they speak out against the British government and all the loons that support and run it. They get hit hard in the media over there. The UKs government is pretty screwed up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please No~ It make me miss Top Gear now...
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        I don't understand why BBC America doesn't expand Top Gear's time slot so that we can see a full show. They do it with certain specials like the Vietnam trip. Why not do it for every show?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Somehow BBC America got added to my Dish channel listing (and I didn't upgrade to get it...) so I have been enjoying some past episodes.

        I don't know how Americans can really match the wit of the commentary. Britain certainly does have a cultural sense of humor that I am not sure anyone can quite match.

        But then again, I love Red Dwarf, Monty Python, Doctor Who, Mr. Bean, Blackadder, The IT Crowd, and what other bits of british humor I can receive here in the states. Even people who have moved over here, like Craig Ferguson.

        Rather than making US TopGear, I don't know why they don't just make UK TopGear an internationally broadcasted show...
        • 5 Years Ago
        They don't think you want to see extended interviews with C-list British celebs. They may have a point too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's nothing, back in my dads college days he's admitted to completely removing the fiberglass body shell of a friends robin and floating it in a late.

      Car tipping? Amature
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hands down the best episode of TG I have ever seen, and I have seen all of them. I laughed my ass off for the whole thing!
      • 5 Years Ago
      My pit bull tried to kill me once. But otherwise he is a nice dog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BoxerFanatic: So I guess it's okay to also tip over Harleys?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, come on.

        That is a complete leap.

        I am no fan of Harleys. But they are basically functional. They operate in a reasonably expected way, by design, like any 2 wheel motorcycle.

        I can have a negative opinion of people who rake the forks to an unstable angle, or create deafening levels of noise for no constructive reason whatsoever.

        The Reliant Robin is a FAULTY DESIGN. IT IS A BAD PREMISE. It speaks to people's awareness and intelligence to willfully USE a bad product, just as much as it speaks to a vandal's nefarious shame to deface or damage someone else's property.

        Questioning someone's intent to subject themselves to danger, in terms of driving a car that is designed to FAIL...

        IS NOT EQUIVALENT. I REPEAT NOT EQUIVALENT to endorsing lawlessness or damaging other people's property, regardless of how stupidly conceived the property may be.

        Give me a friggin' break.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I didn't defend people's vandalism. Never have. No one is to blame but the vandal(s). That goes without saying, or so I thought.

        I called the intelligence of owning and driving a poorly engineered vehicle into question, because the vehicles TIP THEMSELVES OVER, if you drive them, and happen to want to steer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Boxerfanatic: you called a bunch of people stupid for owning a particular vehicle. A Harley isn't exactly the pinnacle of engineering either. Ergo, it's okay to tip over Harleys.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More like be sued.
        Most harley riders I run into these days are just as likely to be doctors, lawyers, or finance guys.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One of the most hilarious Top Gear segments I've ever seen... really.

      But to blame the show for something that stupid people did is not the right way to go. Blame stupid people for stupid actions... not what those stupid people may have been watching.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The UK political atmosphere takes "politically correct" to a whole new level.

        I'm surprised the cop didn't say "it could have ignited, catching his house on fire, all the neighbors, and spread throughout the entire UK, at which point it would have jumped the channel, caught all of europe on fire, joined with the russian wildfires, and then basically set the entire world on fire and blew up the entire planet! These pranksters are so dangerous!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which is ironic considering how un-PC Clarkson sometimes is.

        All that need be said about a guy driving a Reliant Robin, is that they are stupid enough to drive a Reliant Robin. One cannot blame that act on someone else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeremy gets blamed for so many things.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I blame Mr. Bean.
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