Jeremy Clarkson Meets Polyphony – And Makes Them Look Like Fools

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Whilst browsing around on the internet I happened to come across a rather strange article that a lot of people seemed to have completely missed.

As a huge fan of Jeremy Clarkson, I often read some of his columns that he writes, be it for Top Gear or The Times.

Whilst reading through one of his columns I was surprised to find that the end of the article was about the fact that he had met Yamaouchi and the boys from Polyphony Digital and without realising it, did something very bad that caused a lot of Japan to frown in his general direction.

The article (here) tells the story of a day when Clarkson was wearing a shirt with a very, very bad word on it.

This happened to be the day that Polyphony had stopped by the Top Gear studio to get data for their version of the track that will feature in Gran Turismo 5.

In his article, Clarkson writes that:

“It turned out they were there from the company that makes the incredible Gran Turismo computer racing game, and they were in England to map out and chart the Top Gear test track for inclusion in the next, even more realistic version.

Of course, it was very important that I met the boss.”

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The story continues to explain that after a short while the cameras came out and multiple photos were taken. The bad word on his shirt (four letter word, starts with a “C”) was obviously not recognised by the Japanese people, so they happily snapped away.

This is the part where Clarkson got himself into a bit of trouble. You see, the photographs were then put onto promotional material for Polyphony Digital and also spread across the media. That is, until someone who understood English finally saw them and made the people aware of what his shirt said.

Clarkson, being who he is, then apologised for what happened and ended his article with a very sincere:

I am so very, very solly.

Last Updated: August 7, 2009

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • easy

    and how does that make them look like fools? clarkson wouldn’t know a japanese insult if it slapped him in the face…

    it is a funny story though

  • *lol*


  • darthdad

    lol, Brilliant!
    Can’t wait for GT5. I really want to take a M3 and a RS4 around the Topgear track, and see which one is faster.

  • easy

    if you have a pc,get rfactor… its already got the tg track.

    btw… rs4 will kick the m3 any day :biggrin:

  • darthdad

    lol, I like the way you think!

  • Bboy

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see a billboard in the game with a pic of clarkson and an equally insulting japanese word as it’s slogan ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Just for anyone who was wondering, the word wasn’t “cock” , it was that other really bad word that rhymes with hunt.

  • enigma243

    Close but not quite… Audi hasn’t reached BMW level yet. :tongue:

  • easy

    facts shmacks… the rs4 is the cooler car :happy:

  • Audi can be very proud, because the BMW M3 Briefing for the V8 M3 was basically “Ok folks, we have to make a car better than that one”.

    The RS4 was miles ahead and made BMW worry. If Audi made their next RS4 now you will know that it will punt the M3 to high heaven.

    I love em both, but I would still have the RS4.

  • Stunt? :whistle:

  • ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Wie

    Who would want a M3 or RS4 if u can get a GT-R for the same Bucks?

  • Wie


  • Ha ha, pure Clarkson in other words! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fox1
  • Fox1

    Wasn’t the RX8 just as fast as the M3 around the test track? :whistle:

  • easy

    it begins with a “C” guys… cant you see it…

    just say cant 10x quickly for those still confused ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • easy

    thats the r8 v10, not the rs4… bleh

    i want this –

    pure awesomeness

  • Fox1

    Oops. My mistake :blush:

  • enigma243

    Me… I’d much rather have a proper car than a glorified PlayStation, thanks.

  • enigma243

    Yep, if you call 1:25.3 & 1:31.8 ‘the same time’ :cheerful:

  • Q121

    Brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

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