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'The more I complain about this the more I realise I am actually Alan Partridge'

Here’s what really grinds Anton Savage’s gears about Irish motorists.


MERGING IS WHAT civilisation is built on.

Today FM presenter Anton Savage can get quite worked up when you ask him about driving.

He has frequently served as that station’s resident petrolhead, but has taken his racing life down a gear due to his radio commitments.

“I used to be big into fast cars and fast motorbikes. I used to ride superbikes, I used to race cars,” he told

I still occasionally race cars, but the problem is that if you’re doing a weekend race, you spend the Friday before the race testing, where you set up your car – you effectively tune it for the circuit –  and if you don’t get to do that that, you’re highly unlikely to be competitive.

“You know, you might get a podium finish but you’re not going to win a race if that’s the case.”

When he’s not on the race track Savage prefers to stay away from sports cars and sticks to his own car, which he described as a ‘hunk of crap’ similar to a couch on wheels.

However, there’s some habits of Irish motorists that really – really – get on his nerves.

“This is a rich vein of anger… the more I think about this out loud the more I realise I am actually Alan Partridge.”

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