Why Clarkson, Hammond And May Have The Greatest Bromance
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. Perhaps the greatest trio to hit our TV screens, ever.
The three car, engine, and, in the words of Jeremy, powerrrrrr enthusiasts have been entertaining us for the last 15 years.
And this small group of friends do have an incredible bromance.
The ring leader, the circus master - Jeremy Clarkson - turns 57 today, although May is convinced that his colleague is much older than that...
Please join me in telling @JeremyClarkson to sod off on his 157th birthday.#SodOffClarkson
- James May (@MrJamesMay) April 11, 2017
The threesome weren't together for the first series when Top Gear was revamped in 2002, a man called Jason Dawe tried to usurp the brotherhood. But, that only lasted one series and May soon got his foot back in the door for the second.
But Clarkson was appearing on television a long time before the other two. He also had a rather different voice to what we know today. He then went on to 'cast' Hammond and May for the revamp.
Since then, the laughs they have provided will stick with numerous generations (and the Dave generation) for years to come. Although they've moved onto pastures new with The Grand Tour, we still love a classic episode from what was once the BBC's biggest export.
The trio, like any true friendship, would do anything to see one of the others made fun of at their own expense. They've created several classic moments for us to enjoy down the years on that front.
In 2006, they practically let each other drown in the amphibious cars challenge - Richard's 'Dampervan' sank early doors and it was only at the last minute that Clarkson let him climb aboard his 'Toy-Boata' (a converted Toyota Hilux). Clarkson flipped the modified car on a turn towards docking and left them both drenched.
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A year later, they were in America, driving across four states. It resulted in one of the most life-threatening situations they've ever been in...
Having been asked to decorate their cars in anything and everything the 'deep south' would hate, they were chased out of town. Pure proof they wanted each other killed.
In 2009, May threatened to kill Clarkson with a machete if he rammed him whilst on one of the world's most dangerous roads. Clarkson duly obliged and pushed his 4x4 when May had braked.
And that's just Clarkson attacking his team mates. Not forgetting the time he described lorry drivers as murderers and offended the entire population of Argentina in the Patagonia special.
But if anyone can get away with it, it's Jeremy.
Credit: Penguin Books
There was almost a sense of national grief when Clarkson was sacked from the BBC in 2015.
Hammond and May walked with him and the guys now have a new home on Amazon Prime, with the format being equally as popular.
And for those that don't subscribe to the service, their Twitter accounts still provide endless humour for us all to enjoy.
Happy birthday Jeremy, you really are one of the finest presenters... in the world.
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