Clarkson: WRX "Tailor-made for the Hard of Thinking"

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by Frank Williams

TTAC is often accused of being overly-harsh on cars and the causes of cars. But we've never violated the number one rule in the info biz: don't insult the customer. In Jeremy Clarkson's latest diatribe in The Sunday Times, the British car critic catapults himself across that editorial line with his usual acerbic style and boot-in-the-ass subtlety. To wit: "There are many ways to tell if someone is a bit thick. You can sit them in a room and ask them to push various bits of plastic into a wooden box… [or you can] ask them this simple question: 'Are you wearing a Subaru rally jacket?' Because if they are, you will need to speak more slowly." And so begins his opening salvo against Subie fans. Jezza pisses on Subaru drivers ("for the majority of them, there are only eight letters in the alphabet. WRX STIR and B."), rally enthusiasts ("a sport for the terminally gormless") and their four-wheeled object of veneration ("a £25,000 car that comes with fewer toys than an Ethiopian birthday boy."). In case Subaru lovers really are stupid (which is a ridiculous slur), Clarkson's conclusion spells out his message in no uncertain terms. "I think therefore you may have to be a bit dim to buy one."

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  • Andy D Andy D on Jan 22, 2008

    He is trying to pique you. So you will tune in next week to see what he will do to piss you off then. I dunno, maybe it is his funny accent, but I like him. And the show is better than any domestic car related shows.

  • Quasimondo Quasimondo on Jan 22, 2008
    Surviving getting hit by freight truck at anything above ten miles an hour? Okay, for you virtual_insanity, is there any logical reason we should get anything beyond a Toyota Corolla?
  • Virtual Insanity Virtual Insanity on Jan 23, 2008

    quasimondo: None what so ever. But then again, I'm not a creature of logic. I'm a creature of needs and wants and desires. And often times, my wants and desires (a fast, fun to drive DIY cog swapper with tons of aftermarket potential) out wiegh my needs (a sensible fuel sipper).

  • Virtual Insanity Virtual Insanity on Jan 23, 2008

    'Course, I'm also surprised no one has ripped on him for this bit: for the majority of them, there are only eight letters in the alphabet. WRX STIR and B There are only seven letters there. R gets repeated, so you only count it once.