JEREMY Clarkson has been spotted cycling around the Scottish Highlands – after his classic car broke down and his co-hosts abandoned him.
The Grand Tour team, including Richard Hammond and James May, were in Golspie, Sutherland yesterday (APR 10) filming for their third series.
Rumors had spread around the Highlands that the Amazon series was in town filming.
After heading down to see the action, local Gavin Smith, returned home – to find Clarkson cycling past his front door.
The broadcaster’s red Alfa Romeo GTV6 had been left behind, and put on a recovery truck just down the road from his home.
Gavin, 38, also snapped the trio cavorting around the track at the North of Scotland Kart Club – in the grounds of the historic Dunrobin Castle, the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland.
Speaking today, Gavin Smith said: “News had spread around the Highlands that the Grand Tour were filming in Golspie, so I went down to see them.
“We just caught the end of filming, Clarkson was looking sorry for himself with his bonnet up, while May and Hammond drove past him.
“Then as we got home, we saw Clarkson’s car on a recovery truck and Clarkson on a bicycle passing our front door.”
He added: “It was totally staged, but we can pretend he suffered in the rain.”
Gavin also snapped his son Aidan, 8, posing in front of Clarkson’s abandoned red Alfa Romeo. He added that the TV show’s presence was a treat for the town’s youngsters.
He said: “Aidan and his friend were crying with excitement at seeing Clarkson, they love the show.”
On social media, Carol Carpenter joked: “Mmmm that’s called one horse power I think.”
Tammy Lewis added: “That’s so cool. Love those guys.”
Lee Crainie commented: “Rumor has it they are doing the NC500.”
Artur Zalewski joked: “Cycling in Scotland without mudguards. Good luck Jeremy.”
Tracy J Wheldon added: “I hope he had miles to go, that the weather was really s* and it was dark before he got anywhere comfortable.”
Yesterday, Clarkson dismissed rumours that the Grand Tour wouldn’t be renewed for a fourth season.
The Grand Tour are thought to be taking on the North Coast 500 – a 516 mile route around the north of Scotland.
Yesterday Clarkson had posted a behind-the-scenes-clip and asked viewers which of three classic Italian Saloons would break down first.
Unfortunately for Clarkson it appears he had to take to two wheels to finish off the challenge, after his red Alfa Romeo GTV6 broke down.
Fellow presenters James May, in a grey Lancia Gamma Coupe, and Richard Hammond, in a purple Fiat X1/9, seem unphased by their colleagues plight – and drove off without him.
The bizarre picture shows the jeans and brown leather jacket clad presenter cycling along Station Road, Golspie.