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Jeremy Clarkson completes final lap of Top Gear test track

Jeremy Clarkson completes final lap of Top Gear test track
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Earlier this year Mr S reported how Jeremy Clarkson got on stage at a glitzy charity auction and told the audience that the BBC were ‘f—ing b—–ds’. Happily, during the expletive-filled rant over his Top Gear suspension he also managed to raise £100,000 for the Roundhouse arts charity by offering attendees the chance to join him for his last lap around the Top Gear test track:

‘I’ll drive somebody around in whatever I can get hold of, I’m sacked so it’s probably a Nissan Maestro. But anyway it will be my last ever lap of the Top Gear test drive. There was an 18 year waiting list to be in the audience of Top Gear, but the BBC has f—ed themselves.’

Today was that day, and the bidder did at least manage to do better than a Nissan Maestro:

https://twitter.com/JeremyClarkson/status/620560973334728704

However, Clarkson still struggled to raise a smile:

https://twitter.com/MFranchitti/status/620577031433125888

His grumpy demeanour may well be down to reports that his plans for a new car show to rival the BBC's Top Gear have hit an obstacle. It's thought that Clarkson - along with his former co-stars James May and Richard Hammond - may be banned from making a rival show for two years under the terms of their BBC contracts. However, before the new Top Gear host Chris Evans breathes a sigh of relief, it's worth noting that Clarkson may be able to escape this restriction by making the show in America. After all, where there's a will, there's a way.

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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