Today’s date is April 11th, which means it’s Jeremy Clarkson’s birthday! Hence, we decided to deem it the perfect moment to play a little game of “Did you know…?”. The following article lists five things you may not know about the famous car show host. Have fun!

Did you know… Clarkson voiced a character on Pixar’s Cars?

Even if you’re not a fan of animated movies made by Pixar or DreamWorks, you probably know the flick “Cars” from 2006. Its main character, Lightening McQueen, is on his way to an important NASCAR-race in California when he gets separated from his crew and stranded in Radiator Springs, a small town off Route 66. However, you may not have noticed that Jeremy Clarkson himself did in fact voice the minor character Harv, Lightening McQueen’s agent.

Actually, you may not even noticed Clarkson’s voice because in the US-version of the movie, Harv is spoken by Jeremy Piven. Only the european version had Clarkson as an actor, and even some lines he said got changed a little.

Did you know… Clarkson began his career at the BBC by the early age of 12?

When Jeremy Clarkson got sacked by the BBC in 2015, it seemed like an era had ended. Actually, it kind of did. In fact, Clarkson got a role as the character Atkinson in the BBC’s radio adaption of the Jennings novels – he was 12 years old – but already showed off his distinctive hairstyle (he’s the guy on the upper left).

Did you know… Jeremy Clarkson once bought a Ford GT and  returned it, finding that it was rubbish, only to buy it back later?

Jeremy Clarkson has owned many cars – and he has also owned a Ford GT for a little while. However, the story behind this car is quite hilarious. After Clarkson had finally got the GT after a year-long waiting time, he realized that it was in fact “the most unreliable car ever made.” Therefore he returned it to Ford, but bought it back after a short while. Finally, he sold it in 2006 to get a Gallardo Spyder instead.

Did you know… Jeremy Clarkson had in fact presented his own comedy-talk-show on BBC?

While most people know Jeremy Clarkson for his presentation of the BBC’s Top Gear, along with Richard Hammond and James May, he also did other stuff on TV. Actually, from November 1998 to December 2000, he had his own comedy-talk-show called “Clarkson.” The show consisted of interviews with famous celebrities. It got cancelled in 2000 after three seasons due to low ratings.

Did you know… Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman have known each other since school?

What Jeremy Clarkson is in front of the camera, that’s what Andy Wilman is behind it. Together both of them made (old) Top Gear what it is today and continue their great companionship on The Grand Tour. But did you actually know that Clarkson and Wilman have been friends since school? When Jeremy attended the Repton boarding school in Derbyshire, he met Wilman and they quickly became friends.

Both were very much fascinated by cars and racing, which is probably why they bonded fast. Actually, it is said that the Stig originates from these days. The term “stig” was reportedly used as a label for first-year-attendees of Repton.

The Repton School in Derbyshire is where Jeremy Clarkson first met Andy Wilman.

Do you have any interesting facts about Clarkson you want to share? Do so in the comments below and have a drink on one of our most famous car-show-hosts. Happy Birthday, Jeremy Clarkson! Hopefully to at least another 40 great years.

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