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The UK's TopGear, a brilliant show that until recently was carried on the Discovery Channel in the US (network reps say TG is coming back, but we stopped believing network PR people about the time NBC's "Boomtown" vanished amid a similar schpiel), has nominated the Bugatti Veyron as its Car of the Year. As host Jeremy Clarkson wrote in his Times review of the Unlikeliest Volkswagen Ever, "It makes even the Enzo and the Porsche Carrera GT feel slow and pointless. It is a triumph for lunacy over common sense, a triumph for man over nature." Actually it's a triumph of ego over common sense, which former VW chairman Ferdinand Pi ch — whose unstable rantings gave rise to the Veyron — also experienced in reverse with the ill-fated Phaeton. [Update: False alarm. We got some bad info — it was merely nominated.]

Jeremy Clarkson: Bugatti Veyron [Times Online (UK)]

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