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I'm afraid most journalists start off knowing nothing about their subject. They start as "journalists" writing for anything and everything and then tend to specialize as they get older and more experienced. They know a lot about a subject area but that's only because they have been writing about it for years - they never started out as automotive engineers or fashion designers or MPs or whatever. They aren't paid very well and that's why you don't get "experts" becoming journalists (they couldn't afford the drop in salary). Folks like Clarkson amass many years of writing about a subject which makes them better qualified than other journalists to write about their chosen subject. The problem is that experts generally don't make good journalists and presenters, because they aren't trained to write and present.

There are of course a few exceptions, but I'm afraid I reallly enjoy Clarkson's journalism and I also respect his views. He does go "off on one" at times just to be controversial but the prose in kanerz's post above summarizes exactly why I love Alfas so much. And beautifully put as well.

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Nigel
 

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Doe`s anybody really care what JC thinks? I drive an Alfa because I love it. I couldn`t really care what anyone else thinks. I know that journo`s reports influence the car buying public to a large degree and I firmly believe that some people, perhaps a large majority,will buy a marque because the media in all its guises says it`s a good car. They may have given no consideration to that marque previously. In the early 80`s when I first started driving Alfas the media did rubbish them on a regular basis-justifyably some may say. This did two things.Firstly it made secondhand Alfas fantastic value for money. Anyone who tried to px an Alfa during that period will know what I mean.Secondly it nearly killed Alfa in the Uk.
I think what should be remembered is that Alfas were big sellers in the Uk during the 70`s, thanks to the sud. Now IMHO they are a niche marque and are bought by people who owned Alfas during the glory days and people who appreciate the marques history. Alfas future is safe.Bloody hell even that other great Italian, Lancia, is making its way back to the Uk. Sod Clarkson.Let him have the peoples car.
 

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Clarkson has said:

"You cannot be a true petrolhead until you’ve owned an Alfa Romeo – it’s like having really great sex which leaves you with an embarrassing itch".

Last time I checked I think there were 3 Alfas in the cool and one in sub-zero so he's alrigh by me.
 

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Well quoted:thumbs: If Alfas didnt leave an embarrassing itch from time to time they would be a compelling motoring proposition. Clarkson is good because hes interesting, irreverent and is a bit of an Alfisti imo.
 

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Discussion Starter #25
I think Clarkson is quality:cool: I'd have him as PM:eek:
 
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