February 6, 2013
Your mind tells you it’s all wrong.
BBC Television’s global hit “Top Gear” is a show that spotlights some of the best, fastest, and most luxurious cars in the world. Host Jeremy Clarkson has also shown the world some of the strangest bits of the automotive world. Back in 2008, Clarkson took us on a ride in the smallest production car ever built, the Peel P50.
The 1963 mini car was actually certified by Guinness as the “World’s Smallest Production Car.” The P50 was only 51 inches long and 45 inches wide. It was powered by a tiny moped engine and managed to get 100 miles per gallon.
Clarkson squeezed all of his 6ft 5in frame into the P50 and actually drove it around London and inside the BBC offices. Seeing the car next to one of the city’s famous double-decker buses gives you an idea of just how small it is.
That was 2008. Fast-forward to 2013 and the Top Gear crew has brought us a newer, smaller car.
a lot of poo just shot out then.
Here is the 2008 video of the P50
January 31, 2012
Are you a gear head? Then surly you know this guy, and he is back. They do some outrageous things, and have one of the best motoring shows on the TV.
The star in a reasonably outrageous programme – AKA Top Gear – returned to BBC2 with more than 5 million viewers on Sunday night.
Jeremy Clarkson has endured no shortage of controversies since the last run of the BBC2 motoring show from striking public sector workers to a complaint from the Indian High Commission.
Top Gear, presented by Clarkson alongside Richard Hammond and James May, was watched by 5.1 million viewers, a 17.2% share of the audience between 8pm and 9pm, including 793,000 on BBC HD, remaining by some distance BBC2′s most popular show.
It was 150% up on the BBC2 slot average over the last three months and left Channel 4′s docusoap The Hotel on the starting blocks, with 1.3 million viewers, a 4.2% share, across Channel 4 and Channel 4+1 (see our new ratings reporting style below).
It was a particular boost for the generally underwhelming BBC HD channel – due to be replaced with BBC2 HD – which enjoyed an 800% uplift on its three-month slot average.