In a surprise announcement, motoring guru and host of BBC’s Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, has told The Whitechapel Whelk that, Honey Boo Boo, the 6-year-old star of smash hit, US TV show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, came to his assistance after the vintage Mini Cooper he was test-driving broke down two miles from his Hampshire home.
Clarkson told our motoring correspondent: “The car was behaving perfectly, until, all of a sudden, the engine began misfiring before eventually cutting out.
“I had a look under the bonnet, but as everybody knows, I’m hopeless mechanically and can barely work out how to empty the ashtrays, so I was a bit flummoxed to say the least.
“As I stood there staring forlornly into the engine bay I heard a small voice pipe up from behind me “Hey mister, y’all havin’ a problem there?”
“To my surprise, I saw it was none other than Honey Boo Boo out of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
“I explained what the problem was, and without further ado, she opened a little pink toolbag she was carrying, took out a sequinned flat-blade screwdriver along with a diamante studded feeler gauge and began to tinker under the bonnet.
“After no more than 10 minutes she said: “Ok mister, that outta do it. Y’all can turn over the engine now”
“To my delight, the engine fired up immediately and began idling beautifully at around 850-900 rpm.
“Honey Boo Boo then explained that she’d adjusted the dwell angle of the contact breaker points and increased the electrode gap from 12/1000th of an inch to a far more suitable 16/1000th to eliminate a pre-ignition problem.
“Naturally, I offered to recompense the diminutive redneck youngster for her kindness, but she flatly refused to take a penny from me, saying: “Mama June done tole me not to tek no money from strangers.
“She done tole me that there’s some mighty strange sonsobitches out there and that if ah see me one, ah have to git while the gittin’s good and tell the deputy”
A spokesperson for the BBC said last night “We’re absolutely delighted that Honey Boo Boo came to Jeremy’s aid, although to be honest, it’s no more than we’d have expected from the inbred little madam.”
Clarkson’s revelation mirrors an incident in 1963 when TV cooking guru, Fanny Craddock had a slipping differential repaired at the roadside by Jed Clampett out of The Beverly Hillbillies.