Former Top Gearhost James May had an accident last month while filming the final episode of The grand tour. The relevant episode of the TV program can now be seen on Amazon Prime. Now images of the failed stunt have surfaced on the internet.
The scenes were shot in Norway, at the decommissioned naval base of Olavsvern. At the time, James May was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8. He was reportedly traveling 121 km/h when he hit the wall during a braking maneuver.
Broken rib and brain scan
The presenter was then rushed to hospital, but has since been declared cured after being treated for a broken rib and undergoing a brain scan. According to The Sun, the incident took place during a challenge in which May, along with co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, drove cars through a tunnel to a rock face at a Norwegian naval base.
At the end of the tunnel, the gentlemen would Scandinavian flick Execute: A trick rally drivers use to quickly round a corner. The accident was reportedly caused by a tunnel lighting malfunction, which caused May to brake later than necessary. Filming was stopped, but resumed within a few days.
Richard Hammond also involved in accident
The incident was not the first car accident for a former Top Gear presenter. In 2006 Richard Hammond was involved in a serious accident in which he drove a so-called ‘Dragster’ in a closed area during a record attempt at a speed of approximately 488 km/h. After the right front tire gave out, the car skidded. Hammond had to be sawed from the wreckage and suffered damage to his eye. He was taken to hospital, where he was in a coma for two weeks.
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