Arguably the biggest television programme on screen at the moment, Top Gear, has one again taken pop at caravanners this week. The group of motorists they love to hate once again came under the wrathful cynicism of the middle aged motor heads, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Captain Slow (otherwise known as James May). |
This week they were given the very noble task of trying to decide which car is best, or in their own words, ‘least worst’, for towing a caravan when you’re on you jollies this summer. After starting off with in a reasonably sensible fashion (James May produced a rather complicated chart), things soon descended into the usual madness. Soon enough the caravans and caravanners were taking a bit of a bashing, a race in the New Forrest ensued and soon enough Jeremy Clarkson had destroyed a perfectly good caravan after driving it through ditches, pot holes and into trees. The toilet ended up in someone’s garden and there were plenty of belly laughs to be had by viewers and presenters alike.
There were however, some rather rash and generally false accusations made about caravanners themselves which went a little against the grain. They were accused of getting up to strange antics in car parks, being a bit of a bore and generally being the worst thing to happen to British roads since the Romans invented them. I do disagree with all of the above statements made by Mr Clarkson and his gang of now late-middle-aged-men, and I would very much like to remind him of tractors, a far more irritating feature of British roads than the humble caravanner.
It’s hard to argue with them though and those within the caravanning community generally do take Top Gears rip poking in good spirits. Considering the latest episode racked up 4.6 million views and the show is now in its 20th series and is broadcast across the world, we must look at Top Gear as one of the leading exports in British entertainment along with Dr Who and Downton Abbey. And while they’re more likely to be discussing multimillion pound supercars rather than sensible family saloons, it’s pretty damn entertainment.
Don’t expect them to give up on the caravanning spiel either, it will be a cold day in hell before Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May sit down and discuss which leisure battery is best for a weekend in the Lakes, or the best way to reverse into a pitch. But then again, that wouldn’t make very good television would it?
It’s best to leave the boys to do what they do best, drive very fast in expensive cars, scream ‘power!’ At the top of their voices, explore foreign countries in unsuitable vehicles and generally offend everyone from Mexicans, priests, pop-stars and politicians on a weekly basis. It’s what they do best after all.
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