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Jeremy Clarkson Teases Girlfriend After Test Drive Setback; Disappointed With Land Rover Defender

Lisa Hogan gives her boyfriend Jeremy Clarkson something to laugh about when she called him to inform him of a little situation she was involved in. A situation which she described as “was bogged down in some — not very — deep ruts” while test driving a car on his farm.

Of course, The Grand Tour host will never pass on such a moment as he began “cheekily mocking” his girlfriend. Later on, the host admitted he also had a few issues with the Defender when he drove it himself.

In a review of the vehicle, Clarkson shared:

“I heard gunfire on the other side of the farm, so, fearful that someone was shooting my deers, I set off up the brown back passage and into the woods, where the ’90s smallness meant I could zip about easily between the trees.”

The former Top Gear host continued:

“It was also extremely comfortable, and although my test car had the 2-liter petrol engine and not a torquey diesel, it was sprightly and gutsy too.

“Soon I forgot why I’d gone out, and was to be found trying to get it stuck in bogs and on muddy banks so I could be manly and use my tractor to pull it out.”

Unfortunately for Clarkson, the Defender “failed” him while he was rocketing around his farm, so when Lisa explained to him that she’d fallen into a similar scenario, he was “happy” that it wasn’t just him finding issues with the car.


He continued:

“I was quite sad when I failed, but then happy the next day when someone borrowed it and called moments later to say that she was bogged down in some — not very — deep ruts.”

Clarkson added:

“I won’t say who it was. Only that her name begins with an ‘L’.

“And ends with an ‘isa Hogan’,” the host humorously revealed.

Jeremy Clarkson also admitted, however, that he was put off buying a Defender thanks to its high price.


In his column, he blatantly wrote:

“After three days I was fairly confident that I would be buying a Defender soon, but then I checked the price and, er, I’m sorry. What?

The car I’d had — the short-wheelbase model with the tiny engine — was more than £62,000 with the options factored in.”

“Even if you take away all the extras that had been fitted, it’s still at least 50 grand and, excuse me, but if I want a vehicle to cart around bales of straw and sheep — and I do, by the way — why would I spend £50,000-plus on a Defender, when for much, much less I could do what all farmers do and get a pick-up?” the host derived from the test drive.

Clarkson, with 2.9 million followers on Instagram, captioned in his photo “Diddly Squat farm shop FINALLY open for real.”


The father-of-three began dating Lisa back in 2017 three years after he had divorced his second wife, Frances Cain. The pair went public with their romance at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in the same year.

Hogan was married to Baron Steven Bentinck and has three children together. Clarkson has three daughters, Emily, Katya, and Finlo, from his second marriage.

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