Controversial, yes, but viewers still love Clarkson – and the cars

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Jeremy Clarkson is no stranger to controversy – but the results from a survey conducted on behalf of Experience Mad show that the majority of respondents still claim to ‘love’ him. (However, there was less consensus about what constitutes a 'dream car'.)

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Our supercar driving days are a great way for people to experience what it must be like to be Jeremy Clarkson, even for one day.

Whether it’s batting away accusations of cultural insensitivity or upsetting the inhabitants of Kent, Jeremy Clarkson is no stranger to controversy. Despite this – or perhaps because of it – the tall Top Gear presenter’s star is riding high. Earlier this month it was announced that his company earnings rocketed in 2011 and now results from a survey conducted on behalf of Experience Mad show that over half (56%) of respondents still claim to ‘love’ him.

Of the 683 respondents, nearly half (47%) said they would say hello to Clarkson if they bumped into him in their local pub, with another 30% going one step further and saying they would buy him a pint.

The lure of fast cars, exotic road trips and an adoring audience is obviously strong, with nearly two thirds (63%) of respondents saying that they would like his job, regardless of how they felt about him. However, there was less agreement over what constitutes a ‘dream car’ with the Aston Martin DB9 (and Aston Martins generally) clocking up the most votes. Other popular choices included Ferraris, Bugatti Veyrons and Porsches.

To own one of these sleek machines is, of course, out of the reach of most people – but that doesn’t mean they can’t experience the thrill of driving one. Supercar driving days are among Experience Mad’s most popular activities, and with good reason. Ranging from just £59 to £895 and with an abundance of beautiful machines to choose from, they make the perfect day gift for enthusiasts, speed freaks or, as one purchaser noted, the ‘man that has everything’.

Steve Clark, Experience Mad’s Director, said: “Top Gear has been a huge success story for the BBC and at least some of that must be attributed to Jeremy Clarkson. Of course, the cars, the adventures and the other personalities play a part too. Our supercar driving days are a great way for people to experience what it must be like to be Jeremy Clarkson, even for one day.”

One, perhaps surprising, outcome is that, despite Clarkson's gaffes, less then 10% of respondents – 9.7% to be precise – expressed any negative feelings towards his persona. It seems that his jokes, fashion sense and love of beautiful machines strike a chord with many Brits.

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