While the original article on UK’s Daily Mail has been edited to remove the worst of the article’s paragraphs, there’s still plenty of anti-cyclist verbage in James Martin’s “review” of the Tesla roadster.

Olympic medal winning cyclist Brad Wiggins caught on to the article and began his Twitter rant, pulling cycling and mainstream press into the story.  During his review, Martin spends three paragraphs just telling how much he hates cyclists.

Then, before being retracted by Mail, he stated:

“Knowing they wouldn’t hear me coming, I stepped on the gas, waited until the split second before I overtook them, then gave them an almighty blast on the horn at the exact same time I passed them at speed.

“The look of sheer terror as they tottered into the hedge was the best thing I’ve ever seen in my rear-view mirror. I think this could be the car for me.”

Of course, in the event he ever hits a cyclist (or pedestrian for that matter), the article and his comments will undoubtedly provide all the evidence of ‘intent’ needed, and apparently he’s already broken UK law by using his horn aggressively.  Per usual in this day and age, there’s already an ‘I Hate James Martin’ Facebook group.

For its part, Tesla Motors has refused to publish the review on their site, and they appear to be a pretty cycling-friendly company.  Carlton Reid reports that their communications director is an avid cyclist, member of the San Francisco Cycling Coalition and occasional critical mass participant.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Well, Martin’s apology came pretty fast: http://www.jamesmartinchef.co.uk/pcc.asp?xpath=&xpathid=&lang=eng

    Regarding the The Tesla Roadster Article…
    May I take this opportunity to apologize for any offence I have caused through the article in last weekend’s Mail on Sunday. It was never my intention to offend the many cyclists who share our roads across the country. What was intended to be a humorous piece was clearly misjudged. Further more I do not condone any form of reckless driving.

    Once again, I am sincerely sorry for any upset caused in relation to this article.

    James Martin

  2. It wasn’t his intention to honk as he passed the cyclists? Is it humorous to try and harm people? Sorry, James, I don’t accept your apology! Keep your head down and cook some food, and maybe we’ll all forget about you tomorrow.

  3. Hmm… I thought Kanye West had the DB of the Month award cinched. Clearly we have a new front runner. I don’t know who to blame more, him for writing it, or his Editor for allowing it be printed in the first place.

  4. From the BBC:

    Campaign group the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) said it had been inundated with complaints from angry members. Campaigns and policy manager Roger Geffen said: “James Martin’s comments and actions are both offensive and dangerous to cyclists. We urge the group of cyclists who James Martin attempted to run off the road to get in touch with CTC’s accident helpline – our legal team would be only too happy to take the matter further.”

  5. The equivalent in the cooking world would be a cyclist walking through a kitchen and bumping the chef into the deep fryer… funny stuff for sure (I’m sure).

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