The Grand Tour car crash stunt ‘crass and insensitive’ 0

the-grand-tour-car-crash-stunt-crass-and-insensitiveA stunt pulled by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond for their forthcoming Amazon motoring show ‘The Grand Tour’ has been labelled as “crass, insensitive and desperate” by various road safety charities.

Across London, Berlin and Los Angeles, fake collisions were staged to promote the new series, launching November 19th.

King’s Cross in central London saw a white Toyota Prius – a hybrid car regularly the brunt of Clarkson ripostes – that appeared to have been shunted into a post box, crumpling its bonnet.

Other written off motors appeared on Berlin’s Hackescher Markt, and also on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in LA, where a blue Prius with the number plate CLARK5ON had been made to look like it had fallen from the sky.

Gary Rae, the campaign director of the road safety charity Brake, said:  “This is a crass, insensitive and desperate stunt. Though I’m not surprised, as this team has a track record of glorifying speed, and ignoring the devastating consequences of dangerous driving. Programmes like Top Gear and its new rival, Grand Tour, need to recognise that car worship is dated and misplaced.”

Edmund King, the president of the AA, said: “The picture clearly illustrates that crashing cars can be incredibly dangerous. However, looking on the brighter side we note that the 2016 Toyota Prius scores the top-rated five stars in EuroNCAP crash tests. We wonder whether The Grand Tour will rate five stars with the viewers.”

Clarkson was fired from the BBC hit motoring show Top Gear after the presenter punched and verbally abused a producer. May and Hammond opted to leave with him.

Clarkson once went on record to say that the Prius was a “God-awful” car bought by “morons who think they’re saving the planet”.

“This is one of my least favourite cars in the world because as far as I can see it appeals on no levels at all,” he said in one Top Gear episode. “It certainly isn’t pretty. Honestly I’d rather look at a baboon. In fact, some to think of it, I’d rather look at the back of a baboon … and in a desperate bid to keep the weight down, they seem to have made it out of tracing paper.”

Toyota didn’t seem to mind, a spokesman said they were “very much looking forward to the series”.

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