Chris Harris Quotes.
Doing ‘Top Gear’ is absolutely wicked!
I love a bit of rough and tumble.
You set yourself a nice problem when you’re faced with: ‘Is our show too exciting? How do we make it even more exciting?’
You think you can drive accurately in confined spaces until someone puts something like a shipping container in the way and you suddenly think: ‘I’m going to hit that.’
People think the future is all about being green and clean. It’s going to produce the fastest cars the world has ever seen. It is going to be incredible, it is going to be a speed fest.
If you mess around with your mates, you get into rough and tumble then you remember you’re in your mid-40s and you can’t land the way you used to, so it’s great fun.
I don’t know much about football but I know when Alex Ferguson retired this guy called Moys came in and he was doomed to fail. He could have been the best manager in the world, but karma tells you that after that prolonged success you’re always going to have problems.
I had a full 11/10, out of body of moment when I drove the Ferrari FXX K. That woke me up proper sideways.
I’m not really interested in people. I just like messing around in cars.
I think ‘Top Gear,’ it’s about people knocking about.
Top Gear’ reflects the behaviour of the motorist in the U.K.
I’m not great with heights.
People often look at the past through the rose-tinted glass, but if you go back to ‘Top Gear’ 2000/2002 the chemistry wasn’t there, it took time to grow.
Most cars are comfortable until you are about 6’3′ or 4.
You don’t reinvent something that had three amazing presenters without a few bumps along the way.
We call chemistry the ‘c’ word on ‘Top Gear,’ and you can’t fake that, can you?
The one thing I’m a firm believer in is that cars are the best thing to be around on television. They are exciting. They’re fun. They elicit emotions. They can take you on adventures. They can make you laugh, make you cry. They’re the best medium.
Top Gear’ is the thing that helped shape my life with cars, my perception of cars and my obsession with cars, and I’m raring to give it a go. I’m also quite gobby and happy to get into trouble, so I’m hoping I can underpin the programme with journalistic credibility but still cause some mischief.
If you’re not authentic you get found out. You wouldn’t watch Jamie Oliver if you found out he couldn’t boil the egg.
As parents we all have that underlying guilt about how much time we give to our careers.
Top Gear,’ for entirely understandable reasons, started to focus on its international status because it was selling so well in international territories.
Rory… well Rory likes winning. No one has ever won with less grace than Rory Reid.
To generate positive creative friction, you need people who’ll tell you ‘No.’
I think you can tell just how much fun we’re going to have making ‘Top Gear’ with Paddy and Freddie. They’re both brilliant, natural entertainers – and their mischief mixed with the most exciting cars on the planet is sure to take the show to the next level.
The ecstasy of driving a new Ferrari is now almost always eradicated by the pain of dealing with the organisation.
The big picture, for me, having grown up with ‘Top Gear,’ is that it was loved. We need to get that back. It needs to be an institution.
A lot of sports cars are just not designed for the larger gentleman.
People have short memories.
I’m from a more rigourous journalistic background. If I say a car is good or bad, the viewers can trust the fact that I have spent all my working life reviewing cars.
Top Gear’ is a huge brand. We were always going to come across negative comments.
If you tried to transplant an internal combustion engine and gearbox into another car, you have to bring with it all the systems and everything else to communicate with each other. But in an electric car, it’s much simpler.
I like drifting stuff that shouldn’t be drifted. When someone tells me ‘that’s not a car that should be drifted,’ I’ll go against that and say ‘yes, it is.’
We like to be involved vaguely in the creative process so we know what’s going on and we have some input, but actually, ‘Top Gear’ is at its best when the producers spring something on you and we respond naturally to it. The more you know, the less realistic your reactions.
Sometimes you just have to do stupid things because you want to do stupid things.
We don’t want to damage cars. People work hard and save money to buy these things.
My first car was a Mini, a little red Mini. I cherished it and I stripped the seats out of it and ‘boy-racered’ it.
I know a lot about cars.
I’m not really into houses, well other than I’d just like to have somewhere to live.
Top Gear’ is for the whole family, regardless of gender, sitting down together to enjoy some slightly silly escapism.
Unlike Fred and Paddy, I don’t get many offers of work other than ‘Top Gear,’ because I’m crap at everything else.
You have to see other cultures to understand the world.
Porsche is the last bastion of cars for petrolheads. So when they start making electric cars, you realise the world really is changing.
There’s no less serious thing than making TV, knocking about in cars.
Top Gear’ is all about the cars. We’ve got humour in it but the unique premise of the show is it all starts with the car.