Top Gear driver back behind the wheel
Just ask American car enthusiast Jay Leno who wrote a column entitled "Motormouth: In Praise of Danger" for the UK's Times defending Hammond's and friend Steve Irwin's dangerous passions. "I am sure Richard would be the first to admit life is a risk. But he was doing what he loved most." Leno goes on to describe how lame American car shows are. When compared to Top Gear, he's right.
Top Gear, which appears on BBC2, aired briefly in the United States on The Discovery Channel where it attracted a small, but enthusiastic US fanbase, which now exchanges clips over services like YouTube and through shared online downloads.