Jeremy Clarkson branded ‘the Wolf of Chipping Norton’ after tractor accident causes havoc
Jeremy Clarkson gives insight into 'busy night' on the farm
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Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has admitted his recent mishap in his Lamborghini tractor has led to him being branded “the Wolf of Chipping Norton”. The star revealed he was compared to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jordan Belfort in The Wolf Of Wall Street after he knocked several bins over and “completely destroyed a five-bar gate” while harvesting into the early hours of the morning on his Diddly Squat Farm.
Jeremy said he was completely unaware of the damage his accident had inflicted until he spotted the chaos on his farm in the daylight.
The Grand Tour presenter said “everyone” was comparing him to Belfort, referencing the famous movie scene where DiCaprio’s protagonist crashes his white Lamborghini Countach while travelling back home, and doesn’t realise what he has done until police officers inform him about it the next day.
Jeremy detailed the incident in his latest column for The Sunday Times, beginning by disclosing that he’s “very bad” at some parts of the harvesting process.
The Clarkson’s Farm star admitted: “I’m very bad at it. Kaleb, my tractor driver, says he can’t watch when I’m doing it and that I’m a … w … ell, let’s say a lot of my seed falls on fallow ground and you’ll get the gist of his observation.”
However, Jeremy insisted he enjoys the process, adding: “Despite the difficulties and the concentration and the endless tellings-off, though, I love whizzing back and forth.
“I love the wildlife you see. I clocked some English partridges in one field and in another an albino fallow stag.
“And then after dark I could see the lights from all my neighbours’ machinery as they rushed to get their harvest in before the rain as well.
“It all feels very important, somehow, to be making food.”
After a very hard day’s work, Jeremy revealed he was confident in what he had achieved when his girlfriend Lisa Hogan asked him how it had all gone when he got into bed at two in the morning.
Jeremy recalled: “All of us, though, were forced to stop by rising moisture at two in the morning and when I climbed between the sheets, all dusty and manly, I got a murmured ‘How did it go?’ from the other side of the bed. ‘Very well,’ I said before entering the land of nod.”
Unfortunately for Jeremy, his happiness was premature.
He continued: “The next morning, however, it seemed that it hadn’t gone so well because somehow I’d knocked all three of the bins over, spilling rubbish everywhere and breaking them.
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“And I’d completely destroyed a five-bar gate. I don’t remember doing any of it.
“Literally I thought I’d got home without a scratch.
“Maybe that’s why everyone is now calling me the Wolf of Chipping Norton,” the star quipped.
Despite wreaking havoc on the farm, Jeremy saw some light at the end of the tunnel.
He penned: “But it’s not the end of the world because it was a very happy day and now I have something new to moan about.”
It comes after Jeremy detailed his struggles with his livestock on his Diddly Squat Farm in Chipping Norton, Cotswolds.
The star explained in his column for The Sun that he has gained more issues than benefits from looking after the animals.
He admitted: “They knock over walls, or open the hen-house door so Mr Fox can get in, or they defecate in their own water troughs.
“If you have sheep, and I have 78 of the damn things, you can do nothing with your life except look after them.”
He then pointed out the sheep haven’t helped him out financially either, revealing: “Now of course, you might think that it’s all worthwhile because I can sell their wool every year and flog their babies to the supermarket.
“Ha. We learned this week that the wool from one sheep now fetches just 20p.”
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