March 11, 2012 20:00 ET

Van Drivers Chose Their 'Vantasy' Celebrity Apprentice

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 11, 2012) - British van drivers have voted Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, as their perfect celebrity apprentice.

Swinton Vans, a leading broker of commercial van insurance surveyed 1,000 customers who chose the opinionated presenter to take the passenger seat in their van

Following closely behind, in second, is the hilarious comedian Jimmy Carr who is also known to be controversial but for his jokes. His quick-witted humour seems to delight the nation's van drivers

Football star, Rio Ferdinand, came in third place followed by Sky Sports babe, Georgie Thompson. The blonde bombshell was voted for her knowledge of sports and her killer body. Just making the cut was Radio Five Live presenter, Richard Bacon, who came in fifth place only 1% behind Thompson.

  1. Jeremy Clarkson 29%
  1. Jimmy Carr 26%
  1. Rio Ferdinand 18%
  1. Georgie Thompson 14%
  1. Richard Bacon 13%

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Van Insurance, said of the results that he wasn't surprised to see Clarkson at the top. "Despite his controversial opinions, Clarkson is funny and he could give you some insight into the best cars and vans that would be sure to pass the time. Jimmy Carr would keep you howling with laughter all day long whilst Georgie Thompson would be great to chat about sports with and, of course, she's a beautiful girl which is a plus."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden, Lucy Gordon or Alyssa Harrison at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk.

About Swinton:

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group

  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009

  • With 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

  • With a dedicated team on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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