Jeremy Clarkson stranded on date with girlfriend after supercar parking fail
Jeremy Clarkson has confessed he was forced to call for help after finding himself unable to park a new supercar he was test driving.
The 61-year-old former Top Gear presenter revealed in his review of the new Maserati MC20 that his date night out to the local pub with girlfriend Lisa Hogan became a disaster, after they were left stranded in the carpark while he attempted to understand the hi-tech controls.
Clarkson wrote in his Sunday Times column: “We were still in the pub car park because neither of us could find anything that even remotely resembled a door handle."
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Hogan, who appears in hit Prime Video show Clarkson's Farm running the Diddly Squat Farm Shop, observed: "We’d have been screwed if we’d crashed into a lake."
The Grand Tour presenter revealed they eventually managed to get out of the car after he used the torch on his phone to find the correct button. But he quickly had to re-enter the vehicle as it began to roll down a hill because it had not been put in 'park' mode.
Clarkson said he was unable to find the 'park' button and the car then began to make a mysterious noise after he applied the handbrake.
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The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host revealed: “After an hour of swearing and wondering out loud whether it would have been easier to stay at home and make a soufflé out of ant hearts, I called a colleague, who said that to engage ‘park’ and turn out the lights. I had to stop the engine twice.
“So I pushed the button to turn the motor off, then pushed it again. Which caused it to start.
“I then called the colleague again, who said that when I pushed the button the second time my foot had to be off the brake pedal. And he was right, which meant that we just caught last orders.”
Clarkson and Hogan are returning in a second series of Clarkson's Farm along with 23-year-old farm manager Kaleb Cooper.
Clarkson has claimed he almost lost his leg in a farming accident for the show, which began filming last year.
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He told The Jonathan Ross Show: “I got this thing called a telehandler, it’s like a JCB thing. I thought, ‘I’ll just use its front to push the post in.’ I actually got Kaleb to go in and it got halfway into the ground and the fence was leaning on it and it flicked back.
“How it didn’t take my leg off... I didn’t walk properly for a week. This was a quarter of a tonne of fence post.”