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Jeremy Clarkson Is Officially the New King of Cool, Biggest Automotive Icon

Jeremy Clarkson’s preference for stone-wash denim was often the butt of online jokes but he is now officially the King of Cool, having dethroned Steve McQueen.
James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson voted biggest automotive icons of our times 1 photo
A new online survey commissioned by Hyundai and conducted through OnePoll sought out to determine the biggest automotive icons of our time, the best car movies, the best movie cars and, last but not least, what petrolheads are doing in isolation, besides re-watching car movies.

The answer to that last question: they’re browsing through vehicles on classified websites. Or, as we call it today, online window shopping.

As for the official King of Cool, that’s no longer Steve McQueen but Jeremy Clarkson. The people have spoken: of the more than 2,000 Britons surveys, they have voted Clarkson the biggest automotive icon of our times, having taken part in some of the most impressive automotive TV moments in the last two and a half decades. His unapologetic, tough-guy persona contributed to his high level of popularity.

McQueen came in second, followed by Clarkson’s good friend and fellow presenter Richard Hammond, actor Vin Diesel of the Fast and Furious fame, and James Bond star Sir Sean Connery CBE in the fifth position. The top 10 is rounded by James May, the late Paul Walker, two more Bond actors Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore, and actor Jason Statham.

“Steve McQueen is nicknamed The King of Cool and he's responsible for some of Hollywood's most iconic moments, whether it's the bike scene in The Great Escape or the famous chase in Bullitt,” Hyundai says of the results of the online survey.

“But he plays second fiddle to Jeremy Clarkson, whose legendary adventures from behind the wheel of a car have crowned him as our favorite automotive screen icon,”
the carmaker adds. “The best cars and films are always the subject of fierce and fun debate and thanks to the internet and streaming services there is no shortage of shows and websites to keep us occupied.”

The original The Italian Job movie was voted the best car movie of all time, followed by Bullitt and the entire Fast and Furious franchise. Top Gear, Knight Rider and The Dukes of Hazzard were named the best car productions for the small screen. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was named the best movie car of all times.


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