Clarkson Meets Yamauchi Wearing Offensive T-Shirt

July 13th, 2009 by Jordan Greer


Now it’s time for something that’s strange, funny, and disturbing all at the same time!  In his weekly column for the Times Online, infamous Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has told a bizarre and hilarious tale on himself.  It all started when Clarkson’s wife purchased an offensive t-shirt for him, with a nasty word in big, bold letters on the front.  Of course, he couldn’t help but wear it to work for Top Gear rehearsals, providing lots of laughs until Kazunori Yamauchi and his team dropped in for a visit…

“Naturally, there was much bowing, and a lot of accepting and presenting business cards with two hands. Obviously, I didn’t give him my business card because I don’t actually have a business. Or a card. But I found one in my pocket — from David Linley, the furniture maker, strangely — and gave him that. It didn’t matter. He couldn’t speak English. None of them could. Which is why they weren’t offended by my shirt.

But then, equally inevitably, out came the cameras. Many hand signals suggested they wanted me to pose with their head honcho and, of course, I obliged. It would have been rude to say no. But not, as it turns out, half as rude as appearing in the firm’s promotional material in a T-shirt bearing the worst word in the world. Which is what’s happened.”

We would absolutely love to get our hands on this picture, but for now we’ll have to settle on the one shot of Clarkson’s new shirt above.  However, this wouldn’t be GTPlanet if we didn’t try to squeeze out some GT5 news from the editorial, and Clarkson incidentally gives GT fans just enough rope to hang themselves:

“…they were in England to map out and chart the Top Gear test track for inclusion in the next, even more realistic version.”

gran-turismo-5-screenshot-6This got people stirring in our forums, but there’s a good chance he is not completely accurate here.  Yamauchi has been in the UK for the past week or so, attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside the Citroen GT, and it only makes sense he would want to stop by their famed studios while he has the chance.  We have also already seen what many believe is the Top Gear test track in the Gran Turismo 5 E3 trailer, considering how closely the buildings in the background matched up with satellite imagery and footage from the show.

We’ll be the first to let you know if any more pictures or video clips pop up from this little meeting…

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  1. Jul. 25, 9:17pm

    great I like GT1. sooo much …..

  2. Jul. 22, 5:46pm

    How to defeat pixelation: squint and thou shalt read.

  3. Jul. 16, 1:56am

    what was written on t-shirt?

  4. Jul. 15, 7:34am

    Clarkson is a lousy, drunken, conceited Brit. I hate him so much, Jay Leno should make Clarkson a disgrace to the automotive industry. Come on, we all know what that means and it’s not funny. Saying “my balls” would be funnier than that, I mean it that way. I’m sure my former classmates in school got the joke.

  5. Jul. 15, 12:15am

    C U N T

  6. Jul. 14, 6:02pm

    This incident took place during a rehearsal, and will not be featured in any episode on TV.

  7. Jul. 14, 5:44pm

    Is this interview for this weeks episode of Top gear?

  8. Jul. 14, 4:38pm

    Clarkson isn’t a legend. He’s a foul-mouthed, arrogant, drunken pr1ck.

  9. Jul. 14, 11:08am

    when this on tv????

  10. Jul. 14, 6:40am

    Why didnt they have KY as a guest on the show? Surely while he is there to scan the track he might as well appear on the proper show and do a lap in the resonably priced car. For the interview he would have loads of interesting car related things to say and could have his translator there.

    Clarkson really is such a slob sometimes! The queen could have visited and he still probably wouldnt have changed his shirt!

  11. Jul. 14, 4:06am

    The Legendary Jeremy Clarkson!!!! :)

  12. Jul. 14, 2:56am

    And he drinks Red Bull! :D

    Clarkson = F***ing legend :D

  13. Jul. 13, 9:54pm

    LOL It does! haha

  14. Jul. 13, 8:25pm

    LMAO!!! it says “C\_/NT” LOL!!!

  15. Jul. 13, 7:18pm

    haha, Clarkson you’re the greatest!

  16. Jul. 13, 4:55pm

    Laughing my f_king a** out loud!! I would pay to have that picture :P

  17. Jul. 13, 4:16pm

    that almost made sense

  18. Jul. 13, 3:41pm

    I think JC is an attention w…e.

    Everytime the same stupid races between trains and cars. Always making insulting jokes about a lot of people. Sad really.

  19. Jul. 13, 12:49pm

    jeremy clarkson is a legend!! i wonder what the test track will be like in the game! we see the real version on a sunday and its literally free to roam…but i wonder if there will be any barriers to stop a car crashing into the studios LOL! it would be interesting to know more details on the test track! top gear=legend

  20. Jul. 13, 10:30am

    I think the T-shirt accurately describes it’s contents.

  21. Jul. 13, 10:25am

    Hmmm…gets to drive rare, exotic sportscars…
    Gets to meet famous people and go all over the world filming
    his exploits driving said cars…

    Plus, he gets to wear a shirt with one of the coolest
    “4-letter words” on it. I’d say Mr. Clarkson has got it made.

    *Someone by this man a drink, on me*
    *Would love to have been a fly on the wall to witness Mr. Yamauchi and Co.
    taking picture with Clarkson in that shirt. Would have been ROFL*

  22. Jul. 13, 10:00am

    News for news sake…desperation setting in I see.

  23. Jul. 13, 8:57am

    It probably stands for something. Can yoU Not Talk?

  24. Jul. 13, 8:36am

    Well, Jeremy Clarkson and his British acid humour, nothing more than that ^_^

  25. Jul. 13, 8:35am

    They should asked Yamauchi to race around the track in “reasonably priced car”

  26. Jul. 13, 7:51am

    Clarkson is a legend, maybe the tee-shirt was a bit over the top with the word, but I can really see the funny side of this. I hope Kaz gets GT5 out soon

  27. Jul. 13, 5:29am

    Not so sure the actual offensive word should be written on the front page of GTP.
    Aside from that, it is nice to know Kaz is over here right now.

  28. Jul. 13, 5:26am

    not for nothing, but maybe kaz should be saving all the appearances for when the game is actually finished and on shelves.

  29. Jul. 13, 4:36am

    Another breadcrumb, but a good one. Keep up the good work on the blog!

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