Whilst filming an episode of the new series of popular BBC motoring show Top Gear, two of the show's presenters decided to gatecrash a wedding.

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond had been racing each other the length of the country, from London to Edinburgh, a distance of almost 400 miles.

May drove a 1940s Jaguar, Clarkson rode a steam train, while Hammond rode a 1957 Vincent motorbike.

Whilst at an Edinburgh hotel, May and a sooty Clarkson bumped into a couple who had just got married, and posed for photos (Clarkson still covered in soot and wearing his overalls) with the newlyweds.

From choo-choo to bridal train: A soot-covered Jeremy Clarkson gatecrashes wedding

By Daily Mail Reporter (external - login to view)
16th May 2009
Daily Mail

Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel

A soot-covered train driver in overalls is the last person a bride dressed in white would want gatecrashing her wedding.

But when the 'driver' in question is Jeremy Clarkson, it appeared one pair of newlyweds were happy to celebrate their marital bliss with the filthy presenter.

Clarkson, who had just been driving a steam engine for the latest series of Top Gear, was arriving back at Edinburgh's plush Balmoral Hotel for a bath, when he bumped into bride and groom Angela and Mark McCole.

Wedding crashers: A filthy Jeremy Clarkson and James May posed for photographs with newlyweds Mark and Angela McCole outside their wedding reception in Edinburgh

The presenter, 49, and his much cleaner co-host James May, 46, congratulated the happy couple and posed for photographs with them on the steps of the five-star hotel.

Despite his own grubby appearance in soot-covered overalls, cheeky Clarkson told the groom to 'lose the beard'.

The thrilled newlyweds described meeting Clarkson and May as 'the icing on the cake' of their special day.

Angela, 29, said: 'The last person I expected to see on my wedding day was Jeremy Clarkson.

Distracted: Grubby Clarkson fiddled with his mobile phone in-between photos

'We spotted him and James May as we were making our grand entrance and it caused quite a stir.'

Clarkson, May and co-presenter Richard Hammond - who didn't make it in time to greet the newlyweds - had been racing from London to Edinburgh for the new series of Top Gear.

May drove a 1940s Jaguar, Clarkson rode a steam train, while Hammond was left with a 1957 Vincent motorbike.

Angela added: 'Jeremy Clarkson had been on a steam train, which was why he was in a boiler suit and had a black face.

'James May had travelled up in a classic car and Richard Hammond had broken down somewhere.

'They were having a few beers in the Balmoral and joined us for a few photos.'

As the couple posed for photos with Clarkson and May, they were joined by a horde of fans, with some even filming footage of the bizarre meeting and uploading it on to YouTube.

The new series of Top Gear starts on BBC2 on June 21.