TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson's latest Top Gear Challenge has sparked fresh criticism after he and his co-presenters set out to discover which of them had the fastest wife.
Much of the criticism came after Clarkson decided to swap spouses, and was seen clambering into an ex-wife, whom he declared an "absolute classic". He then attempted to cross the finishing line ahead of Richard 'hamster' Hammond who did the whole thing in the same sporty blond.
Clarkson defended his decision to swap wives claiming that he had ridden his current wife all the way down from Gloucester and she had overheated on the M42 outside Redditch.
"I was hanging on for dear life, praying to God I didn't have a blowout," explained Clarkson. "I didn't want her leaking all the way back, so I thought, hey why not get out the old crate and give her a spin.
"There was nothing in the rules saying I couldn't swap missus', despite James May's usual protests. But then you should have seen the clapped out old thing he showed up in. It's a wonder he finished at all."
In the end Clarkson lost out to Hammond by a fraction of a second.
Clarkson however remained bullish, saying: "He was in a newer model, and of course going far too fast. I thought more than once that he was going to come flying off and go head first into the bushes. He also took one bend with far too much understeer and I thought, ouch that's gotta hurt.
"So it was luck as much as anything. I probably lost about 2 or 3 seconds due to foreplay, which as any of my wives will tell you is longer than I normally take in the wet."
Malcolm Rennie, BBC Head of Defending Clarkson, said: "Top Gear is the most popular show on BBC2, it is shown in 86 territories and generates annual merchandising sales in excess of £4.8 million. So Jeremy could cook and eat a pensioner live on air and we wouldn't give a donkey's fuck. But thanks for asking."