The African special scene where the whole crew were lining up to use the toilet seat attached to Clarkson's car still has me in stitches.Porter, not Perter, but yes, that’s the badger. Agreed great read, or in my case, listen (audiobook).
I still hold that the Clarkson Top Gears were the best tv that I’ve ever watched. Every single episode (and there must have been hundreds) was watchable. Another thing I liked was that they never tried to pretend there was no camera crew and production team present.
They happily included them in the shot or called on them to dig them out of the mud in Central Africa when all else failed (and they were encrusted with wet mud from head to toe).
According to Porter, the international crew numbered about thirty, plus local gofers etc. They never tried to hide this level of back up and I liked that level of honesty, incredibly rare on a modern tv programme.
It was a thousand to one chance that Clarkson, May and Hammond gelled as they did. Just think of the number of people the BBC must have interviewed to recreate the show, and they still got it wrong three times.