Page by: J Parker
Top Gear began in 1977 as a true car
show, giving information on vehicles,
most citizens in the UK could hope to
Later, it was all about three idiots
traveling around the world in super cars,
or hyper cars, as many are now known,
anything from £60,000 to £3
The BBC was spending vast amounts of money,
producing a car show, that was as useful as a
condom to a pensioner.
As a comedy show though, it was quite
brilliant, one of the best on TV. Also, as a
chat show, it attracted all the top celebrities
from around the world.
Jonathan Wos, top chat host in the UK, and
Jay Leno from the US, have to ply their
celebrities with large bags of cash, or gold.
Top Gear however, gives them an hour bombing
round an old airfield in a clapped out family
This must be considered one of the most
successful marketing ploys of all time. The
only other company to achieve similar success,
for as little outlay, was PG Tips, as the stars
of their adverts, were happy to work for a few
Jeremy Clarkson, in his mid 50s, had been
the main presenter of the show since 1988. He
specializes in ripping the piss out of people
from the midlands, and from the north,
developing an excellent interpretation of their
Clarkson however, is at his best when
ridiculing our cousins from across the pond,
the Americans. He has stated for years, these
people are so incompetent, they are incapable
of building a motor vehicle, that can go round
In a Top Gear special in 2007, the three
omegos from Top Gear, were sent to America to
buy an American vehicle for under $1,000, then
drive it from Miami to New Orleans.
Mid way on their epic journey, Clarkson was
seen tearing down a highway, with a pickup full
of angry Americans in hot pursuit, brandishing
guns and clubs.
When the camera crew finally caught up with
Clarkson, they were relieved to find he had
avoided becoming the main attraction at a
After changing his boxers, and emptying his
guccies, Clarkson seemed to become a great
admirer of all things American.