It's true. Top Gear has been hitting airwaves in Iran since 2009, and since then, the program has garnered an impressive following. Mozaffar Shafeie, an actor who translates Jeremy Clarkson's musings into Farsi for the show, routinely finds himself signing autographs for fans. While the BBC can't operate freely in the country, BBC Persian TV hosts Top Gear. When the station dropped the show to air an interview with then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, BBC reports viewers accustomed to their regular dose of Clarkson, Hammond and May protested bitterly.

When the regular Top Gear season comes to a close, BBC Persian TV fills the time slot with Top Gear USA. Needless to say, that maneuver goes over about as well as broadcasting Clinton's comments.

Iranians are only allowed to buy 13 gallons of gasoline every month, but that hasn't quelled the country's love of cars. Even so, many manufacturers have left the country in protest against Iran's nuclear program.


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      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is just a reminder that people are more similar around the world than we think. Not surprised to hear that Iranians love TG like I do. Hate governments, not people.
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GR
        Thank you, borders are man-made and in the end of the day we all eat, sleep, and almost do the same thing.
      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      How to you say "In the World" in Farsi?
      Z. Kesh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Iranians are very sympathetic to me.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Auto enthusiasts around the world have similar taste.
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Hypocrites in places like Iran and North Korea love ripping the west yet enjoy our entertainment and products.
      X.Y.X
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Iranians are only allowed to buy 13 gallons of gasoline every month" correct your self plz . we are allowed to have 13 gallons for 0.5$/gallon after that you have to pay 1$/gallon for as much as you want . that cheap gasoline is meant for poor ppl but everyone can use as much as they want if they pay 1$/gallon !
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @X.Y.X
        $1 per gallon is outrageously cheap. It's over $5/gallon here in Canada and over $12/gallon in parts of Europe.
          X.Y.X
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k_m94
          until 2 years ago it was 0.1$/gallon with no limits ! :)))))
        Pdexter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @X.Y.X
        Damn, that's cheap. Though then I guess any gasoline prices seem cheap when you are living in Finland.
      lee_jones26
      • 1 Year Ago
      Clarkson's keeping quiet about going to Thatcher's funeral. A man from the north, where she destroyed in the eighties? You can tell a lot about a person from the company that they keep...
        AngeloD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lee_jones26
        @lee_jones Right, because industry in the UK was going along so well under Callaghan. That Tory witch...expecting people to actually work and other evil schemes...
        Car Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lee_jones26
        Destroyed? Unemployment in the UK was over 11% when she started. 5% when she left office.
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Next show they test the Rambler Shain, Tondar 90, Khodro Samand and the locally produced 1987 Cadillac Seville.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      13 gallons of gas a month? My Pilot would have a heart attack..
      jamborello
      • 1 Year Ago
      Standard Autoblog method of \'Journalism\': 1 - Find interesting story or news item posted on another site - in this case the BBC. 2 - Wait a few days - or in this case a week. 3 - Regurgitate said story, and if possible misquote it so that the details are incorrect. 4 - Repeat daily. Just a thought Autoblog, but how about researching your own stories occasionally, and if you\'re going to post things like F1 results, try doing it less than three days after everyone already knows them.
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