Jeremy Clarkson, the Grand Tour presenter, has expressed disappointment after discovering that vandals have scrawled their names on a unique £14,000 car that he intended to raffle off for charity after its appearance on the latest episode of the car show. Announced last month, the car is to be auctioned in support of The Mix, a charity that offers support to individuals under the age of 25 through various digital platforms. This incident has roused a mix of emotions in Clarkson, who illustrated his sheer sadness in his column.
Renowned TV presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, was disheartened to discover that his generous plans for a charity car raffle have been marred by who he refers to as “idiots” who have thoughtlessly scrawled their names on the £14,000 Mitsuoka Le-Seyde he used in the most recent Grand Tour episode alongside Richard Hammond and James May.
Clarkson had chosen to part with the car in a charitable act aimed at raising funds for The Mix, a non-profit organisation that works to provide confidential and free assistance to young people.
Recently, Clarkson took to his column to vent his frustrations about the individuals who have disrespected the vehicle intended for charity.
In his own words, he wrote:
“I decided recently to raffle the Mitsuoka Le-Seyde I used on a recent Grand Tour episode to raise funds for a mental health charity called The Mix. So I parked it at the Diddly Squat farm shop and let our customers know they could buy tickets for £5.
“Many have been very generous and bought lots, but three idiots decided that what they’d do instead is scrawl their names on the front wing.
“I’d like to say it made me angry, but it didn’t really. What it did do is make me sad.”
The news of this charitable endeavour was first announced as part of promotions for The Grand Tour’s Eurocrash last month. During a chat with The Sun, he quipped:
“This car has never raced or rallied.
“But it has been shot at by Hungarian Archers.”
His partner, Lisa Hogan, voiced her support for the charity, sharing:
“I really wanted this car, but Jeremy wouldn’t let me have it on the farm. Knowing The Mix will be supported is a very good alternative. Good luck all!”
The car in question is no ordinary vehicle – it’s been given a vibrant makeover as part of the latest Grand Tour. Alongside co-stars Richard Hammond and James May, Clarkson transformed the car with a (kinda) exquisite crystal chandeliers and horrifically eye-catching cow-print upholstery. Interestingly, it’s the first time any vehicle featured on their TV show has been offered up for sale directly afterwards.
Andrew Harrison, a representative from The Mix, expressed his deep gratitude to Clarkson, saying:
“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jeremy Clarkson for his incredible generosity in donating his one-of-a-kind Mitsoka Le-Seyde to The Mix’s Grand Draw. His support will make a significant impact on our ability to provide vital services to young people when they need it most. We are truly grateful for Jeremy’s commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of young people.”