Clarkson admits driving at 186mph on public roads

May 29, 2008 | By | In News

Top Gear presenter says he drove at more than twice the speed limit in Bugatti Veyron.

The BBC is facing calls to sack Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson after he admitted driving at 186mph on a public road. Daily Mail columnist Rosie Boycott interviewed 49-year-old Clarkson at the Hay literary festival, held in Powys, Wales. When asked what was the fastest he had ever driven, he replied ‘on public roads….186mph’.

He touched that speed in the Limehouse Link tunnel between central London and Docklands. Clarkson was at the wheel of the world’s fastest road-legal car, the Bugatti Veyron, which is capable of 250mph.

The TV presenter added that he hadn’t been pulled over for speeding for 20 years, and never while working for Top Gear. ‘I don’t drive very fast,’ he said.

But anti-speeding campaign group Brake has urged the BBC to sack him for the comments. Chief executive Mary Williams described Clarkson as ‘offensive and irresponsible’ and an ‘appalling role model’.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, however, took a more cautious view. ‘We don’t take what he says too seriously and hopefully others don’t either,’ said a spokesman, while adding that driving at such a speed is ‘dangerous and irresponsible’.

While Clarkson hasn’t been pulled for speeding, he featured in court action last year. Alfa Romeo sent him a speeding notice, saying that a car they’d loaned to him had been caught by a speed camera. The Alfa Romeo Brera was recorded as travelling at 82mph in a 50mph zone in west London last October.

But after intervention from top lawyer Nick Freeman, the case was dropped before it even began. Freeman, who has made a reputation and the nickname ‘Mr Loophole’ acting for celebrity clients, said the case was ‘fatally flawed’.

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