As you know, Top Gear was hilarious. There was never a dull moment. The jokes flowed from the trio’s mouths like lager from the tap at my local pub, and there was nearly always some sort of imminent explosion.
Every once in a while, though, there’s a moment that makes you sit back in your seat and shake your head in disbelief. Like at the end of Clarkson’s film on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage where he discusses the end of the V12. If you weren’t moved by that film, then you’re a stronger man than me.
The most emotional film on Top Gear so far, though, has been the Patagonia Special. Not the whole thing, just a specific segment. The segment where Clarkson discusses why he chose the Porsche 928, even though both Hammond and May think it’s rather dull. He explains how there is a very good reason as to why he doesn’t feel the same way.
Clarkson and his Porsche 928 during the Patagonia Special.
I won’t go into his reasoning as I find writing about it a little disrespectful (you can find the clip on YouTube if you really want to see it), but this moment completely changed the way I thought about our favourite ape with a hammer. As he talked to the camera, his presenter/entertainer veneer shrunk away to reveal the real reason why he loved this car, and for a short moment there was a feeling of complete empathy between him and I.
It’s incredible how cars do this, isn’t it?
A while ago now, I wrote a column about how cars have the habit of nestling themselves into your life. The Porsche 928 has done this with Jeremy, and now it’s done the same with me.