By Jonathan Rees
THREE TV superstars were seen filming today at one of the Lake District’s top tourist attractions causing a tidal wave of public attention.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, stars of Amazon’s ‘The Grand Tour’, were seen in the shore at Coniston Water.
Navigating an impressive looking boat with caterpillar tracks and a converted aquatic Bond Bug car dozens of onlookers watched them film segments for their latest TV show.
A buzz has surrounded Coniston this week as speed enthusiasts take to the water for Records Week.
Clarkson was keen to take part in the thrill of setting records with the Records Week organisers tweeting that he had set a new water-speed record
Driving the specially modified Bond Bug Clarkson managed to reach 47.81mph – a record in the experimental amphibious unlimited class.
One bystander said: “During records week there have been a number of innovative cars there.
There were amphibious vehicles – one was a quad bike that turned into a jet ski.
“There was a Bond Bug a classic car from about 40 years ago. But it’s been converted into a power boat. What happened was that Jeremy Clarkson set a new national record in that.”
Members of the public first saw the presenters enjoying their trademark banter after Clarkson drove a boat onto the shore.
They are currently shooting for the latest series of ‘The Grand Tour’ and their exploits on Coniston are expected to be included in the latest season.
The petrol-head trio were not the only famous faces to be seen by the water yesterday.
Edd China, well-known TV personality from a range of car-themed shows – including Top Gear, Scrapheap Challenge and Wheeler Dealers – was also taking part in Records Week.
He was seen wearing a garish waterproof jacket, describing himself on twitter as looking like a “tropical lighthouse.”