Monday, December 15, 2008

Petrolheads go green...

Interesting TV (in the UK) last night if you are a green...

A cyclist beats an F1 driver to Sports Personality of The Year on BBC1 and then over on BBC2 James May on Top Gear calls the hydrogen powered Honda Clarity "the most important car to be developed in the last 100 years". Even Jezza Clarkson enjoyed the Tesla electric sports car until it started running out of juice - the practicality of recharging it was what made him dismiss it as 'doesn't work', not the frightening torque an electric engine will produce.

But looking back, Top Gear has been showing a green tinge for a while - the three petrolheads raced across Europe on a single tank of fuel a couple of weeks ago and the top two drivers in the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' are Jay Kay and Kevin McCloud - two avowed greenies...

Times they are a changin'

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2 Comments:

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Despairing said...

I've blogged before about my "dirty little secret", that I'm a fan of Top Gear. As a greenie, I justify it as being escapist entertainment for the ideal unpolluted world. Just because I know what a Bugatti Veyron does to the planet doesn't stop me admiring what it can do on a track or lusting after it.

That said, I've also noticed Clarkson's softening on the issue of climate change, to the point where he appears to accept it's happening. James May I've always felt was much more amenable to the "cause", so perhaps it's his influence?

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger Gareth Kane said...

Clarkson evolved from denier to 'we can't do anything about it, so let's drive fast cars' some time ago, but now he seems to be 'we're stuffed 'cos green stuff doesn't work'.

 

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