Monday November 23, 2020

A gradual change of gear

In 2006, Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was living the dream, until he was almost killed in a high-speed crash. The long road to recovery changed the Hamster’s priorities – but he’s not about to give up fast cars just yet

21st November, 2009

It’s late afternoon in a Dublin newspaper office. An e-mail arrives, excitedly titled: ‘‘Top Gear Live is coming to town! Interview opportunities available.”

Oh! Click. Scroll down: ‘‘We’re offering you an exclusive interview! With the show’s producer! Rowland French!”

Oh. Click. Reply: ‘‘No thanks. What about Clarkson, or Hammond, or May (really, preferably May)?’’And then wait for the inevitable:...

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