Jeremy Clarkson has finally opened the new car park at his Diddly Squat farm to cope with the crowds flocking to visit his wildly popular shop.
The TV presenter turned farmer personally oversaw the construction of the new facility as was spotted at the site wearing a hard hat and fluorescent high vis jacket to inspect the works before it opened today.
The creation of the new parking area in an adjacent field was finally approved by West Oxfordshire district council in June in a rare planning victory for the star
They previously refused him permission to extend the car park and open a restaurant because it the farm is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
But the consequence of that ruling was dozens of cars parked up along the verge of surrounding country roads, gouging out earth and causing a hazard for and delays for residents of the nearby village of Chadlington
However, any hopes that the newly-created additional 70 parking spaces would relieve pressure on choked country lanes around his Diddly Squat Farm Shop look doomed.
With the summer holidays in full swing and fine weather, the new car park quickly proved totally insufficient to cope with the legions of fans arriving – even though there was no chance of a glimpse of Clarkson as he is away on a luxury holiday with partner Lisa Hogan.
Staff were soon forced to open another field where a further 100 cars could park on grass just a five-minute walk away.
The huge wait didn’t dampen the mood of fans of the TV show, Clarkson’s Farm, which is currently shooting its third series.