Which Top Gear Host Do You Drive Like?

By: Mark Lichtenstein

Which Top Gear Host Do You Drive Like?
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About This Quiz

James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and Tiff Needell were all hosts of the wildly popular British television show "Top Gear." And, each of them had their own driving style. Do you fancy yourself a driver on your own version of "Top Gear?" Which host do you think you drive like? Answer these 30 questions, and we'll tell you which host your driving skills most resemble.

We were sad to see "Top Gear" end, but we are still having fun rewatching each episode. And, we couldn't help but notice that each of the "Top Gear" hosts has his own way of navigating the roads in a "Top Gear" car. From the lumbering movement of James May to the gas happy Jeremy Clarkson, to the reckless mindset of Richard Hammond, to the experienced stylings of Tiff Needell, there's a "Top Gear" host who drives like each one of us regular folk. We've got to admit it, we do quite like the adventures of Richard Hammond. Who can resist rooting for him as he works toward totaling yet another vehicle on his way to prove that his own mortality? Yet, alone, the mortality of the vehicles he drives, is but a fleeting concept...

Let's find out which Top Gear host you drive like.

What's the first thing you do when you set out to drive?
Do a walk around check
Fill 'er up!
Buckle up
Check tire pressure

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Manual or automatic?
Manual. The heavier the clutch, the better.
Automatic. I don't need driving to feel like a job.
Paddle shifters, which is sort of both.
Either will do.

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Power or lightness?
POWER!
Lightness, surely
It's not either, it's power-to-weight-ratio.
Either will do.

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Who makes the best German cars?
Audi
Mercedes Benz
BMW
Weisman

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What is your favorite American car?
Cadillac CST-V
Chevrolet Corvette
Dodge Challenger Demon
Cadillac ATS

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How many points do you have on your license?
0
3
2
1

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What do you daily drive?
A 911
A Golf GTI
A Mustang GT
A 330i

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Which Swiss road do you like the best?
Col de la Bonnette
Hahntennjoch
Hochstrasse
Stelvio Pass

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What do you like best about the BMW M3?
It's very light on its feet.
It has precision added to its power.
Its locking rear differential allows some pretty stupid power slides.
It's a profoundly interesting machine to drive. There's nothing like it.

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Which SUV suits your driving style?
A Jaguar F-Pace
A Volvo XC-90
A Mercedes Benz G-Wagon
A Range Rover

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Can you do a handbrake turn?
No.
Yes! Accurately? No.
Yes! I tend to spin out though.
Naturally.

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How handy are you at repairing things?
I know how to do everything, and my workshop is immaculate.
Give me a hammer and some duct tape and I'll ruin anything.
I have some dumb ideas, but I execute them brilliantly.
I've been working on cars my whole life.

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How do you come out of a turn?
Gently
Mash the gas pedal.
Aggressively, but within the limits of control.
On the street? Carefully.

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What do you think of bicyclists?
You have to be careful not to hurt them. They have as much of a right to the road as anyone.
They should be rounded up and transported.
They're annoying at times, but you have to respect their safety.
They make sense in cities, and nowhere else.

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How would you drive a car too powerful for its own good?
Only use what it can handle, and don't push too hard.
Go slowly around a corner, then blast down the straights.
Meter the power up when you have the room.
Get a better car.

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How do you parallel park?
Look over your shoulder.
Use the camera.
Use the mirrors.
Open the door and look out.

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Would you daily drive a Ferrari?
I'd probably try, get sick of it, and buy a 911.
No, it's too painful.
Of course I would!
Only if it's the rumored Ferrari SUV.

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What is your favorite style of car?
Estate
Hot hatch
Sedan
Formula One

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What car would you drive to someone's funeral?
A silver Mercedes Benz S-class
A black Bugatti
A black 911
The Jag F-Type Hearse, of which there is only one

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Which American highway do you like best?
The Lincoln Highway
The Airline Road
The Pacific Coast Highway
Route 66

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Which traffic sign do you like the look of?
Men at work, the British ones that look like a man struggling with an umbrella.
The American exit signs that come into view after you've missed your exit.
The yield sign, it's very unique.
The twisty road sign, which is a pictogram meaning "fun."

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How do you modify your driving in the rain?
Slow down a lot.
Ease up on the pedal, unless I'm in an AWD car.
I don't.
Use the sliding like Ayrton Senna.

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How do you attack a track?
I do a few practice tries, then focus on smoothness.
I give it one practice run and then throw all the power at the track.
I don't bother with a practice run; instead, I look at a map.
I study the map, then do a few practice runs before going into full attack mode.

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How fast do you drive in a 75 mph speed limit zone?
70 mph, unless passing
90-achem-75 mpg, unless passing
Oh, let's be honest. I go 80.
Depending on the weather, I usually go around 65-80, but sometimes much slower.

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What word would you use to describe driving in New York City, one of the cities with the worst traffic problems?
Interesting
Infuriating
Slow
Silly

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What do you think of motorcycles?
They are fun, but I wouldn't want to have to ride one all the time.
They're stupid.
They're amazing and I would ride mine all year long if I could.
They're fine, but cars are better.

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What is the best current car for sale in Australia?
Kia Picanto Si
Ford Ranger XLT
BMW M240i
Hyundai Genesis

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What car would you turn into a boat?
Triumph Herald
Toyota Hilux
VW Camper Van
Lotus Elise

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How do you modify your driving in the snow?
I get a little more aggressive on roads free of snow, but more deliberate elsewhere.
I stick on snow tires and change nothing!
I to to use the sliding around as part of the way I drive.
I drive very carefully indeed.

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Which Canadian road is the best for driving?
Viking Trail
Pacific Rim Highway
Fundy Coastal Drive
Icefields Parkway

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