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Written by Matt   
Monday, 16 December 2002

With much thanks to our friend André Fromme, we can now provide a full transcription of Nick's amusing appearance on BBC TV's weekly motoring programme "Top Gear" on December 8th 2002:

Jeremy Clarkson introduces the Audi RS6 and drives it through the countryside. [bit of Clarkson actually cut]

Jeremy Clarkson [in car]: A lot of the rock aristocracy drive these Audis. Kenneth Jones, Mitch Mitchell... they make their fortunes and then they want something quiet and restrained in the autumn of their years. But it's like when they make one of those unplugged albums - they can never quite resist having forty-two lasers and an inflatable pig.

Yes, I want the Audi, I want it restrained - but oooohh, look at those wheel-arches, yes - the big grill on the front that's what I want, with FAT tyres.

Clarkson [voice over]: And this is rock star country. All the rock aristocracy ends up down here when the 14th album goes double-platinum. This for instance is Gordon Sting's back garden or Wiltshire as you call it. Except this bit - which his accountant nicked and he hasn't noticed yet. Everyone down here is in a rock band. And that makes pulling over and asking for directions a rare treat.

[Stops by a guy in a black jacket and a large blue umbrella who's walking through the drizzle]

Clarkson: Excuse me... Excuse me, could you tell me the way to Steve Winwood's house, please?

Nick Mason: Steve Winwood's - yes. Up here, till you get to Van Morrison's, left, up to Sting's trout lake, round that and at the T-junction at Peter Gabriel's you make a left.

Clarkson: OK - thanks very much. Uhm - what band are you in?

Mason: Uh - Pink Floyd.

Clarkson: Oh - you're the drummer, aren't you? 'Course you are.

Mason [makes a gesture with his face saying "Guess that's what I am, yes."]

Clarkson: Have you got an Audi?

Mason: [Face partly hidden behind the car, but you can still see he's grinning.] Uhm - a few.

Clarkson: Got one of these?

Mason: [Still grinning] Coming at Christmas.

Clarkson: Thanks very much.

Mason: Bye.

[Clarkson drives off, Mason walks on through the drizzle.] Back in the studio, first thing Clarkson is asked by one of his co-presenters: "Was that actually the drummer from Pink Floyd?" - "Yes, that was Nick Mason."

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