Motoring News — 09 March 2012
Clarkson Voted Worst Partner

Jeremy Clarkson has topped a poll of the celebrities Brits would least like to share a driving adventure with, according to new research by Continental Tyres.

The controversial TV presenter and columnist was rated as the worst person to share a 4×4 drive across the Sahara Desert. Hot on Clarkson’s heels was Katie Price and Prime Minister David Cameron a close third.

Three quarters of drivers would rather ditch a celebrity, with nearly half opting for a family member to join them, whilst the rest put friends in front of the famous.

The poll of 2,000 motorists by Continental Tyres identified a good sense of humour as the top trait for a co-driver, ahead of good motoring knowledge and survival skills.

The research was conducted as part of the launch of this year’s Conti 4×4 Trophy, where people compete for a place on an epic off road challenge, driving a Hummer across the Sahara Desert.

Tim Bailey, spokesperson for Continental Tyres, said: “Driving thousands of miles through the Atlas Mountains and the fiery sands of the Sahara Desert makes your choice of co-driver incredibly important. It’s a long, tough and often dangerous journey.

“Jeremy Clarkson might have motoring credentials but either his calamitous road trips on Top Gear his lack of practical skills or his outspoken views mean most people would leave him behind.”

When men were asked which female celebrity they would choose to do the journey with, Kelly Brook was number one. And women chose Robert Pattinson to rev their engine.

For a chance for you and the co-driver of your choice to take part in the ultimate off-road experience in Morocco visit www.conti4x4trophy.co.uk

Top ten worst celebs to go on driving adventure with:

1. Jeremy Clarkson

2. Katie Price

3. David Cameron

4. Kate Moss

5. Carol Vorderman

6. Christine Bleakley

7. Nick Clegg

8. Madonna

9. Simon Cowell

10. Lewis Hamilton

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