Top Gear star tops worst passenger poll

DAVE MOORE
Last updated 13:38 21/02/2012
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Jeremy Clarkson has topped a poll that has named him the least popular person to share a car with.

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.
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PICK ME: Jeremy Clarkson is hugely popular on British television and very funning, especially in his Top Gear role, but it appears a lot of people wouldn't like him as a driving partner.

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In Britain where tall poppies sit on pedestals even more precarious than those in New Zealand, it was not surprising this week when Jeremy Clarkson topped a poll of the celebrities that Brits would least like to share a driving adventure with, according to research by Continental Tyres.

The controversial television presenter and columnist was rated as the worst person to share a 4x4 drive across the Sahara Desert. Hot on Clarkson's heels was Katie Price and Prime Minister David Cameron a close third.

Three-quarters of drivers would rather ditch a celebrity, with nearly half opting for a family member to join them, while the rest put friends in front of the famous.

The Continental poll of 2000 motorists identified a good sense of humour as the top trait for a co-driver, ahead of good motoring knowledge and survival skills.

The research was conducted as part of the launch of this year's Conti 4x4 Trophy, where people compete for a place on an epic off- road challenge, driving a Hummer across the Sahara Desert.

Tim Bailey, spokesman for Continental Tyres, said: "Driving thousands of miles through the Atlas Mountains and the fiery sands of the Sahara Desert makes your choice of co-driver incredibly important. It's a long, tough and often dangerous journey.

"Jeremy Clarkson might have motoring credentials but either his calamitous road trips on Top Gear, his lack of practical skills or his outspoken views mean most people would leave him behind."

When men were asked which female celebrity they would choose to do the journey with, Kelly Brook was No 1. And women chose Robert Pattinson to rev their engine.

Top 10 worst celebs to go on driving adventure with:

1. Jeremy Clarkson

2. Katie Price

3. David Cameron

4. Kate Moss

5. Carol Vorderman

6. Christine Bleakley

7. Nick Clegg

8. Madonna

9. Simon Cowell

10. Lewis Hamilton

We're amazed that swearing chef Gordon Ramsey, wasn't top of the list.

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