There is an interview between Eric Bana and Jeremy Clarkson that was included in the documentary, ‘Love the Beast’, where they, for want of a word that’s more descriptive, chat.
And this is amazing, because it’s been a long time since I’ve seen Jeremy just chat about his passion for cars and racing. Yes, he did the livestream for DriveTribe and The Grand Tour earlier this year, but even then I’m sure he was under some sort of pressure to be funny and to use his signature mind-blowing metaphors and similes that we all know and love.
In this interview he indulges in a good, petrol fueled conversation.
First of all, let me give you some background of the scenario. Love the Beast was a documentary about Eric Bana and his Ford XB Falcon that he used for road rallies in Tasmania, Australia. He talks to Jeremy about not only his love of racing, but love of cars too, and of course, his Falcon.
If you want to delve into the mind of Clarkson and discover just what causes him to fall in love with a car, even if it is a Camaro with no air con and a V8 engine that’s slowly giving up the ghost, you need to watch this.
Jeremy explains how a car that has God-like performance figures and handling prowess just doesn’t win him over, but instead how a car that has issues and problems becomes more human – and because of that, enables a real relationship to be built with it.
This is reflective of the relationship Bana developed with his Falcon. So when he reveals to Clarkson that it’s almost un-repairable after it came in contact with an immovable object, Clarkson tells him to bite the bullet and rebuild it. Then to stick it on a plinth and retire it from the road. Leaf springs and all.
It’s certainly an interview to watch if you have a spare twenty-odd minutes of an evening. Jeremy even admits that the 911 is the ‘driving pinnacle’. Even if he still doesn’t want to own one. Seriously, do yourself a favour.