Since 2016, Jeremy Clarkson has been hosting the car show The Grand Tour along with Richard Hammond and James May. But, before parting ways with the BBC and moving on to Amazon Prime Video, the co-hosts had plenty of memorable moments on the long-running show Top Gear.

One of these moments happened back in 1997, during the filming of a Top Gear episode in Detroit, Michigan. What started as the scouting of an abandoned train station as a film set ended in Clarkson being held up at gunpoint by a local gang, as Clarkson recalled in early 2019.

Jeremy Clarkson Reveals Time He Got Held at Gunpoint

“Somebody held a gun against my head in Detroit,” Clarkson recalled, according to The Drive. “It’s a long, complicated story but we were trying to do some filming and some people thought we were trespassing on their turf. It was pretty nasty. And this time, 100 yards from where that happened, I was having dumplings in a goose broth.”

“I’m sure if you actually lived there you wouldn’t call it interesting, you’d call it dangerous,” the former Top Gear star continued. “But the chrome shoots of rejuvenation are growing again so you can actually eat quite well there, you can stay in a nice hotel, you can go short distances from A to B without being shot.”

Looking back on the terrifying moment, an unidentified member of the Top Gear film crew added, “Jeremy was filming in a ruined railway station but was warned by cops not to go inside as there were warring gang factions operating.”

“But he ignored the advice and was surrounded by gangs.”

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Despite the intense gang run-in, Clarkson has gone back to Detroit to shoot footage multiple times over the course of his TV show career. Hopefully, Clarkson doesn’t find himself face-to-face with any dangerous gangs, whether from Detroit or elsewhere, anytime soon.


Jeremy Clarkson Net Worth

For more than 30 years, Jeremy Clarkson has had an extremely successful career as both a writer and television personality. Besides his Top Gear and The Grand Tour gigs, Clarkson also has weekly columns in The Sun and The Sunday Times. He is also the host of the ITV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Despite his many controversies over the years (the most recent being his social media rant with climate change activist Greta Thunberg), Clarkson is still regarded as one of the most influential automotive TV presenters today.

As a result of his successes, Clarkson has an estimated net worth of around $61 million. And, since he’s a car guy and all, Clarkson has put a good deal of his money towards his impressive luxury and sports car collection. Clarkson, at one time or another, has owned such cars as a Aston Martin V8 Vantage, a Ferrari F355, a Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, and a Volkswagen Scirocco 1. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface.

When Is The Grand Tour Season 4 Release Date?

Season four of The Grand Tour is comprised of a number of specials, the first being The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen, which was released on Amazon Prime Video on December 13, 2019. Throughout the course of the season, viewers will join Clarkson, May, and Hammond on their trips to Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. We can’t wait to see what adventures the trio has in store!


This post was originally published on January 11, 2019.

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