Jeremy Clarkson fondly remembered his dad on The Grand Tour, recalling the moment he felt ‘proud’ of him for driving a car he loved.
Clarkson explained that he was just a kid at school when his old man came to pick him up in a Ford 1600E.
Standing in the exact street where the heartwarming moment happened, he said: ‘You join me in Doncaster outside my old school.
‘I remember very clearly coming out of that door one afternoon in 1969, skipping along here, coming round this gate post here, and I noticed that parked over there was a 1600E – an E – in amber gold, just like that one.
‘And in it was my dad, and that was impossible. The E was the absolute king of the hill.’
Getting a bit emotional about the memory, he went on: ‘It was beautiful and wondrous and exciting beyond words.
‘How I felt, my knees actually buckled. The hairs on the back of my neck are rising now in exactly the same way as they did in that autumn day 50 years ago.
‘I can also remember the enormity of the hug I gave my dad, because I was just so proud of him. I mean he had an E. An E stood for executive. That meant he was better than the Duke Of Edinburgh.’
This series of The Grand Tour has been an emotional one for Jez, who even found himself getting choked up saying goodbye to the tent used on the Amazon Prime show.
For the new episodes Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be jetting off on special road trips similar to the Mongolia special they embarked on.
Explaining why he got so teary, he told The Sun: ‘The truth of it is, I think, I never got the chance to say goodbye to Top Gear. One minute I was there and one minute I wasn’t. It was like, did the show and then never did another one.
‘Never said goodbye. Never got a gold watch. Never got a retirement speech. Nothing. So this was almost as though we were saying goodbye to Top Gear as well. That’s why it was so emotional for me.’
The Grand Tour is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
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