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    Clarkson Buys SLK55

    He also took his Ford GT back.

    Clarkson says he purchased the SLK 55 to have a faster
    car than his co presenter, James May, who just bought a
    Boxster S. Naturally he manages to toss in his usual
    dose of German bashing. Amazing that the two cars he
    does own come from the countries he slams the most.

    Here's the link to his purchase for spite:

    http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,12529-1805419,00.html

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    hahahaha, clarkson is the biggest hippocrate i've ever seen...

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    biggest [censored] ive seen...

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    Yep, he's a hypocrite all right...

    Here's another article about him:

    http://motoring.independent.co.uk/features/article312218.ece

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    You're taking him waaay too seriously

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    quote from the article:

    * ON GREENPEACE

    "Greenpeace has taken a long hard look at the world. It has noted the alarming emergence of Islamic extremism, and the corruption in Africa. It's logged the oppression in Burma and the slaughter in the Middle East. And it has decided that something must be done ... about your patio heater."



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    Who said I take Jeremy Clarkson seriously???

    He tests cars and writes just to entertain people in his schoolboyish manner. I don't think of him as a serious reviewer who knows what he is talking about at all. JC is like a 'normal' guy who you'd talk with in a pub over a pint and who would try to make you laugh.

    If you can accept him as that, he's funny.

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    For those of you interested to learn more about JC, here's a link to wikipedia with a page containing everything you could possibly want to know about him...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Clarkson

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    A big overweight guy like Clarkson should not drive a SLK

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    Quote:
    easy_rider911 said:
    For those of you interested to learn more about JC, here's a link to wikipedia with a page containing everything you could possibly want to know about him...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Clarkson



    Thanks for the site. He certainly is a controversial character.

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    Hey he will look funny, he so tall and the car is so small..

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    Tiff Needell is the man!

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    bazza said:
    Tiff Needell is the man!



    Clarkson is good for a laugh, but Tiff actually has some talent behind the wheel.

    Clarkson has the faster car only in a straight line. The Boxster S has put in faster lap times than the SLK55 on several occasions. Maybe he's just not good enough to extract the full performance potential out of the Boxster.

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    Quote:
    DamienL said:
    Quote:
    bazza said:
    Tiff Needell is the man!



    Clarkson is good for a laugh, but Tiff actually has some talent behind the wheel.

    Clarkson has the faster car only in a straight line. The Boxster S has put in faster lap times than the SLK55 on several occasions. Maybe he's just not good enough to extract the full performance potential out of the Boxster.



    Im sure hes good enough to slide a Boxster around corners until the tires are down to their cords. He's not exactly
    lacking in the sports car experience department.

    But hes a lazy looking guy. A automatic and gobs of torque fit his needs fine to get from home to the Beeb everyday and the benz has a much better ashtray than a Boxster.

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    Clarkson doesn't like convertibles, he will rarely put the top down. That's why he chose an SLK.

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    If he doesn't like cabrios he should have bought a Cayman..

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    Isnt the SLK55 much slower than the 987S on a track???
    And who would ever buy a Merc to be fast - except in straightline?

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    Earth to Boxster S Rennteamers....

    He has his Ford GT back, so I dont really think he is worried about Boxster vrs SLK handling on a race track.

    The Merc is just a car that can narrow gaps instantly on his commutes.

    I think he will freak out when he discovers how stupidly small the SLK's gas tank is.

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    So all of the Top Gear presenters drive roadsters now? A Boxster, an SLK and a Morgan, if I remember correctly.

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    Hammond has a 964 and May has just ordered a Boxster to go with his 964.

    Clarkson does it just to be contrary, which is half of the fun of his style. Just because he buys am SLK AMG it doesn't suddenly mean that it's the best car ever.

    He knows full well that a GT3RS is the better and faster car than the 360CS, but it makes better TV for most Mondeo driving viewers for him to say that the he would have the Ferrari because it's got more passion (or something like it). Luca Badoa in a 360CS couldn't shake off Clarkson in a GT3RS - then Clarkson overtook him!

    Now maybe if the 911 had been fitted with the PSE...

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    Quote:
    JimFlat6 said:
    .........and the benz has a much better ashtray than a Boxster.



    And that is of course on of the main factors to consider when buying a sportscar.

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    Quote:
    JimFlat6 said:
    Im sure hes good enough to slide a Boxster around corners until the tires are down to their cords. He's not exactly
    lacking in the sports car experience department.



    Jim, do you happen to know what Clarkson did before Top Gear?
    I know he's not a horrible driver, but Needell just seems to be the much better driver. That said, Clarkson is by far the more amusing of the two.

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    Clarkson has been a automotive writer since the 80's. His own money comes from Paddington Bear branded goods.

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    DamienL said:
    I know he's not a horrible driver, but Needell just seems to be the much better driver.



    Needell is/was a professional racing driver, Clarkson is a journalist. Even Clarkson admits sometimes he isnt that great at driving.. and people will always comment that he isnt too. But compared to the average driver.. or even the average rennteamer he is probably pretty good.

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    Quote:
    BC997J said:
    biggest [censored] ive seen...


    He's just a BIG

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    he should

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    he should pray this doesn't happen to his!
    See attachment, happened to a guy at work yesterday, car had 30 miles on it, steering rack broke, fluid sprayed on engine - fire and write-off was the result.

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    Quote:
    Martin Tyler said:
    Quote:
    DamienL said:
    I know he's not a horrible driver, but Needell just seems to be the much better driver.



    Needell is/was a professional racing driver, Clarkson is a journalist. Even Clarkson admits sometimes he isnt that great at driving.. and people will always comment that he isnt too. But compared to the average driver.. or even the average rennteamer he is probably pretty good.



    Then comparing Jeremy to Tiff is like comparing a descent amateur to a competent professional. I wasn't aware of Jeremy's background before becoming a journalist (thanks Jim ). It isn't the most difficult thing to become a good driver, but it takes true talent to become a great driver.
    Maybe the fact that he is not a great driver is advantageous though. Most people are, as you said, usually not great drivers either so perhaps some of them feel that if a person with moderate skills can appreciate a car, then they can also.
    Being able to have fun with a car and extracting its full potential is NOT the same thing, although the two can go together.

    NM, what a terrible thing to happen. I hope no one was injured.

     
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