Clarkson Meets Yamauchi Wearing Offensive T-Shirt

Car CultureGran Turismo 5 29 July 13, 2009 by

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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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