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Top Gear's Hammond wrecks his super car in U.K. accident

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 9th 2009 11:00AM
Richard Hammond crashed his Morgan Aeromax in a traffic accident.Richard Hammond, the diminutive co-host of BBC's Top Gear bottomed out this weekend when he banged up his retro super car in a traffic accident somewhere along the wrong-side roads of the U.K.

Hammond was driving his Morgan AeroMax -- a concept super car built to look like a 40's roadster. Except it packs a BMW V8 and tops out at 170 mph. That's a picture of one over there. It sells for north of $120,000 in the U.S.

Hammond -- who co-hosts the hit car show with Jeremy Clarkson and James May -- had a run in with a Nissan on a roundabout and suffered damage in the thousands of pennyfarthings range -- or whatever backward play money they use over there.

It's not the first time Hammond suffered through a crash. He was badly injured three years ago during a drag racing stunt on Top Gear.

This whole event must be particularly painful for Hammond. It's one thing to wreck your super car -- but to do it up against a lame Nissan on a roundabout is pathetic. You're supposed to roll these things while flirting with death on the jewel-encrusted Autobahn.

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I love how people on this thread wonder if he walked away from the accident unharmed when the linked story says in the first paragraph:

"Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond crashed his treasured £110,000 supercar yesterday - but this time walked away unscathed."

Too much work following a link I guess, better leave a comment about the author of the post. Great work Brits...

August 15 2009 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know it will be mentioned... by acquiring them of course I mean your companies, specifically some of your key marquees:

Jaguar - Ford (now Tata)
Aston Martin - Ford (now Tata)
Land Rover - Ford (etc.)
Vauxhall - GM (now Magna)
GMM Louton - GM
Bentley - Not us but the Germans - VW
Lotus - hmm GM owned them for a while too... Japanese engines... good choice.
Mini - Geez BMW...

There is Morgan, a fine car... with a BMW engine... you aren't really known for your engines or making complete cars really come to think of it...

August 10 2009 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Typical Brits. They enjoy taking pot shots at Americans on the Daily Telegraph talking about our "shite cars" forgetting that it took an American company to acquire them and teach them how to produce quality.

Pop on over to our sites for a read and can't take a joke. Then they go on about our economy but fail to note that we are bailing out their banks.

There is love here in the States for Hamster but not much for the rest of you lot.

August 10 2009 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

pennyfarthings?? Atleast we are a free country. Well done Hammond ridding the world of the plight of nissan cars!

August 10 2009 at 4:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Re: the comments saying that people who dislike the tone of the topic should get a sense of humour.

If these type of comments were been made on a scripted TV show (just like they are on Top Gear), then that might very well be true.
But in the context they are written here, they aren't important or vital to the story.

This is been presented as an account of a real event, and therefore such (frankly rather easy) jokes are not required.

What's also required in an account of a real event are real facts, however less interesting they may be than a different take on events that someone else has come up with.
He was not just dangerously shooting round a roundabout when it happened, he was in fact driving along behind another car that stopped very suddenly, and him quickly putting on his brakes in turn caused the one car that was behind him to hit him (this in itself is pretty comon). So all the article would appear to be is a story trimmed of it's facts in favour of exagerations, to make it more interesting than it would be otherwise and to play on previous events to make the guy in question seem reckless.

I'm not saying that as a result I think you couldn't care less about his welfare or that you're laughing at the chance of him been hurt-I don't think that at all.

Just that the post doesn't reflect what really happened. (Also, people will be glad to know that he was indeed not hurt, because-just as we over here all know-the accident was not a serious one). :)

August 09 2009 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sam's comment

If you want a factual accounting of events, then maybe a news site like the BBC or CNN etc would be a better choice. This is an entertainment blog and expecting news level standards - low thought they may be these days - is unrealistic. As you said he wasn't hurt, so a few harmless jabs is nothing to be upset at. Taking offense at the money comment is just being overly sensitive. I hear the same thing about our money (Canadian) all the time and know better than to take offense.

August 09 2009 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Grow a sense of humour, people. Eeef.

August 09 2009 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How the hell did all 3 of you miss the jokes?
He's teasing, the way the top gear presenters do.
None of it was hurtful.

I hope hamster isn't hurt...and that it was caught on film.

August 09 2009 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to shadowracer's comment

I'm with you,.. all these complainers just don't get it. These quirky jabs at the brits are harmless and in the same vein as what Jeremy Clarkson and the rest of Top Gear says about the US in their shows.

Damn,.. some people are sensitive.

August 09 2009 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No it wasn't hurtful - just puerile and unprofessional, and the tone betrays a stunning lack of wit.

September 09 2009 at 2:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"...whatever backward play money they use over there..."

This is a new low, even for TVSquad. John Lewinski, go back to your cave.

August 09 2009 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tony's comment

especially considering their "backward play money" is worth twice what our ugly wrinkly old green backs are,.and have been for several years.

Methinks there is a serious case of jealousy coursing through your veins, John.

But that's understandable, considering America is in the tank and even with global recession, Brits are still managing to be successful. Mr. Hammond has the kind of success to allow him to drive such a car, not to mention the job in which getting to drive these masterpieces is part of the job description

August 10 2009 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm going to ignore the snotty crap tone of this post. Less said about it the better.

I sincerely hope Hammond wasn't injured. He's certainly had more than his share.

August 09 2009 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Was he injured?
Or were you too busy Brit bashing to find out or care?
What a juvenile, xenophobic, mis-informed P.O.S. post.
Considering Top Gear has upwards of 150 million viewers, I would thing you would show a little respect, especially since this post will be seen by, what, 50 people?
Respectfully sir, you suck.

August 09 2009 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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