Well, look what I found in my local paper today - season 22 spoilers! Here’s the text since the photo quality isn’t brilliantly readable (sorry about that, I don’t currently have a scanner so smartphone-o-vision it had to be):
Whitby’s West Pier goes into Top Gear
Whitby’s West Pier went into top gear as £100,000 super car was taken down the iconic structure for a test drive.
The new electric powered BMW i8, which is to be launched as the 2015 model, was being driven around town as part of the new series of BBC2 show Top Gear.
Earlier in the day presenter Jeremy Clarkson had been in Whitby filming scenes for the show but managed to find a break in the schedule to enjoy some Whitby fish and chips before heading back to London.
Whitby was the destination for one of the challenges undertaken in each show between Clarkson and fellow frontmen Richard Hammond and James May. But the BMW isn’t the first pioneering electric car to be brought to Whitby as Mitch Tuby, from Tuby’s Amusements, and Nick Henderson demonstrated.
For any sharp eyed Beemer-brains reading this, yes, I know that isn’t the i8 that Jezza’s sitting behind with his chips, it in fact appears to be the new M3, but apparently the Gazette don’t know their automotive arse from their elbow. Incidentally, there was also a rumour going around on the Whitby Facebook page that Jeremy had had a crash on the pier during filming - haven’t turned up any more information on that, but hopefully it wasn’t serious!
Jeremy Clarkson says,
I saw this and hav ed no idea of what’s going on.
It looks like an old men gathering of sorts…Jeremy fits right in.
What are they doing?
That’s a shooting party. The oddly dressed chaps at the back are probably beaters, whose job is to disturb the game birds so they take flight. This is one of the traditional forms of hunting in the UK, and the birds are generally managed flocks that are bred for the purpose of hunting (probably partridge or grouse in this case, because pheasant season doesn’t start until October). It’s not trophy hunting - game birds are usually eaten, at least in the part of England where I grew up, and I’d often pick up whatever was in season at my local market.
Thank you. Oh, dear lord, Jeremy and shooting. …….
"He’s not making that up! It actually, it says… it says vagina on it!"
The sharing of the glasses. *sigh* One of the most adorable things I have ever seen on Top Gear. And if you think of all of the adorable moments in each series of Top Gear? Yeah, that’s really saying something.