Clarkson a diversion from serious motoring matters
The Top Gear stoush may have been the focus in our media for a few days, but unfortunately tourist fatalities once again became major news in New Zealand.
Three American visitors died after their car collided with a truck in Waikato this week. The visitors had been in New Zealand a few days when the fatal accident occurred.
It’s about time we stopped talking and started taking action to stop such tragedies.
As I’ve said before, one organisation shouldn’t be to blame — we need tourism, police, the Government involved in making our roads safer for everyone.
In the meantime, our attention is on Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear UK, and at the time we went to press it was still a stalemate.
I’m not a fan of Clarkson and I think in the past few years the show should have been classified as fiction rather than a reality-based programme.
But my son Henry adores the programme and laughs away at the antics of Clarkson and co. Hmm, maybe the show should be catergorised as a comedy?
I want my motoring programmes to be informative rather than full of slapstick humour.
So if you’re reading this, BBC, I suggest you revamp the show and have Australian motorsport legend and articulate Top Gear UK guest Mark Webber as the host.
And talking of revamps, you’ll see that Driven magazine has been redesigned. This ties in with the launch of our website, driven.co.nz
Like the print publication, the website will be bringing you exclusive first-drives, reviews from international launches (such as our cover story on the all-new Volvo XC90) and local as well as global news. driven.co.nz will also include videos plus news straight from national and international events so that you can stay in touch 24/7.