The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond, 50, has revealed he tends to hesitate when quizzed on whether he has had any recent accidents by car insurance companies. The car enthusiast admitted his “CV does not read well” after he was involved in two near-death crashes.
Back in 2006, while hosting Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May, Richard had a 288mph crash in a jet-powered car when one of its tyres failed, which caused him to roll several times.
The star suffered a “significant brain injury” as a result and the ninth series of the BBC show was postponed to allow him time to recover from the shock accident.
11 years later in 2017, Richard was airlifted to hospital after he lost control of a £2million Rimac Concept One supercar in the Swiss Alps while filming for Amazon Prime Video show The Grand Tour.
At the time, the television personality’s co-host Jeremy branded the incident “the biggest crash I’ve ever seen”.
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Addressing his car insurance issues following the crashes, Richard told The Sun: “I have fun when I want to insure something else because there will always be the question, ‘Have you had any accidents in the last two years Mr Hammond?’ Oh, um, maybe. Yeah.
“My CV does not read well.”
Richard also shared details about his car collection and said some of his older vehicles “leak oil and break down”.
He explained: Richard said: “I have quite a few cars but I don’t have any modern supercars at all.
In the clip, Richard attempted to recreate the epic 2004 TV show, Long Way Round, which documented Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman traveling from London to New York on motorcycles.
He began: “Look, I do get that not everybody is madly in love with bikes.
“Well, I am today going to make my own exciting and sometimes moving tribute to that great TV show with my own working from home Long Way Round.”
The dad-of-two took a successful lap to begin with, but faced issues when he tried to kickstart the engine for another ride.