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1. Rowan Atkinson

Those who have followed Mr. Atkinson’s career know that he’s the polar opposite of the bumbling characters (Mr. Bean, Blackadder) that have brought him international fame. He’s not only a total car enthusiast, he’s a true boffin of the vehicular arts, and the proud owner of a McLaren F1 race car (which he famously crashed and walked away from last year). In the clip above, he demolishes the record time on the Top Gear test track in a way that’s very British – with steely reserve and elegance.

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