George Barrell swears he loved meeting Jeremy Clarkson, despite the bad language

George Barrell


What makes a dream date? Ask eight-year-old car fanatic George Barrell.

George is a type two albino, meaning he has a genetic condition that is characterised by a lack of melanin pigmentation in the eyes, skin and hair. He is also partially sighted, with his vision expected to deteriorate.

He recently spent the day with the BBC Top Gear team, including Jeremy Clarkson and James May, at their studio at an airfield in Guildford. The outing was made possible by Dream Factory, an organisation that gives children diagnosed with critical or chronic illnesses the chance to realise long-held ambitions. George is believed to be the first Jewish recipient of such a treat by the charity.

George, who is a pupil at Clore Tikva in Redbridge, Essex, tells People: “I love cars. I love the mechanics of things working.

“It was great to meet Jeremy Clarkson and James May gave me a big hug. Jeremy told me not to use any of the swear words that I may have heard that day.”

George says he would like to be a racing driver like Lewis Hamilton when he grows up. What’s his favourite car, then? The McLaren F1. Favourite car he might one day buy? A Ferrari Daytona, of course.

George lives in Chadwell, Essex, with his brother, Jackson, 5, and parents, Judy and Jason. They are members of Bet Tikvah synagogue.

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