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The One Moment That Made Us Love Jeremy Clarkson

Top Gear was alive with funny remarks, endless inside jokes, and hard hitting one liners. But there was a soft side to the BBC car show that we only say a few times in its long history.

There were moments that would make you tear up while you sat back pondering the deep questions that the trio had brought up. Remember Clarkson‘s video on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage? The clip is well known to invoke the question of when the V12 will ultimately die. Seriously, watch the video below and tell us you didn’t feel even just a blip of sadness.

But if you think this was the most emotional moment on Top Gear, then you’re wrong. The video above takes a firm second place behind a clip from the Patagonia Special where Clarkson is driving a Porsche 928.

Hammond and May aren’t fans of the 928, but despite this, Clarkson has a deeply rooted respect for the car. As he tells his story in the clip below, you can physically watch the presenter facade he uses  slip away, and behind it we find a man who is in touch with his emotions, but more importantly, who loves his family.

Take a look.

This is why we love Clarkson. Behind is ape-like veneer which he uses for purely comedic purposes, there’s a family man.

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  1. I started loving Jeremy when in a special to the US he commented on the sad state of New Orleans post Katerina

  2. McLaren p1…last episode aired,the ending moves me, makes me proud (I’m not British so I’m assuming it’s just …proud of humanity)

  3. I understand this 100 percent. Recently my girlfriend passed away and I drove my 05 Dodge Magnum from Colorado to Arkansas to see her in hospice. The first thing I did when I got home was I had an emotional moment with my car thanking it for getting me there and back without a hitch to see her for what I felt would be the last time. She passed a few days later. I’ve always loved that car, and it’s never let me down, but what it did for me that weekend meant so much and I’ll forever be grateful and I’ll never forget.

  4. My favorite auto host of all time. When I first started the article, I thought why arent the mentioning the 928 episode? It made me tear up a little for my father as well listening as he described making it home to see his father.
    My dad died and I raced in my little rx-7 to be there before he passed. I didnt make it sadly.

    Not sure if a knock on cancer, or wankel engines?

  5. I started watching the 3 back in 2006 on YouTube before they where on TV in America. And my daughter loved it, It started another special time for us.

    I hope before you guys sign off for good, if you would be so kind as to audition for your continued legacy.

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