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  1. 19th February 2006 - 7th February 2007

Merge / Car Accident Text Copied![edit]

I have recently noticed that the section "Vampire Dragster Crash" is identical to the page 2006 Richard Hammond Dragster crash. I have tried to delete that page but the tag was removed as the cirtierion is not suitable.

Can I please safely suggest on this talk page that this section be removed, or at least shortened, on this article? Thanks! --rjcuk 23:10, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

I agree with Robertcathles, the article in the page 2006 Richard Hammond Dragster crash is identical to what there is on Richard Hammond's article.

I have said on the talk page there that maybe it should be merged. Xx-sleepy-star-xx 14:52, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

I've gone ahead and merge and redirected 2006 Richard Hammond Dragster crash into this article. Dhar8062 21:44, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for sorting that problem out, everyone! A redirect is a much better idea than deletion. Best regards, --rjcuk 20:34, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Screwed-up timeline[edit]

This article tells some specifics of the crash, then has Hammond back on the air, then seems to go back in time to give many more details about the crash, then tells again about his return to Top Gear. Could someone integrate this info and put it in order? Jessicapierce 20:48, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

The last paragraph ("In September 2007 Richard made a return to high-speed driving...")in the November 2006 section either needs to be moved or cut out. Silent Assasin (talk) 01:11, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

He Won a Book Award[edit]

[1] someone could add info about that Bobo6balde66 22:33, 19 May 2007 (UTC)


I know he's gorgeous but does the main photo of him need to be so big? And do there really need to be two photos?

  • Is it any bigger than the less-gorgeous Clarkson and May photos? If not, then there's no reason to change it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:40, 13 December 2007 (UTC)


This article is diseased. No, honestly. It is so shot through with cruft and inainities that it makes my eyes bleed. He is a TV presenter and occasional occupant of intensive care wards, the fact that he appeared on a TV chat show is completely banal and irrelevant. "TV celebrity appears on talk show to plug autobiography" is right up there at at 10 on the "dog bites man" scale of non-news. Similarly, the fact that he used to smoke (like approximately 20% of the UK population, and nearer 40% of the world) is just not at all relevant to his career or public notability. There are plenty more items of tabloid chaff wafting around this article, but those two are the worst. The fact that they seem to be continually reinserted in an entirely inappropriate place just makes it even more inexplicable. Please, people, if you are a Richard Hammond fan, sort this article out soon. Pyrope 18:20, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Personal Life[edit]

It's got Hammond lives in Gloucester - which isn't true. He lives on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire border near a town called Ledbury. I'm new to all this Wikipedia stuff, but can someone change it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Danvilla2 (talkcontribs) 11:38, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Redmarley is physically within Gloucestershire and as more people have heard of Gloucester than Ledbury, it's easier not to complicate matters. Brad 02:58, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
He no longer lives in Redmarley Iccaldwell (talk) 16:55, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
I think he lives in Tirley now, but i can't be certain, and certainly can't find anything to quantify it. I also believe he's moving down to London early next year - again source ir purely gossip, but reliable --Nunners (talk) 19:36, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

HE IS AlSO HAS A HELICOPTER LICENSE —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:43, 4 July 2010 (UTC)

Should we be listing his actual current address in Herefordshire? (talk) 19:50, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

Actually there are a few mistakes, He lives is Weston Under Penyard in the Bollitree Castle at Ross-on-Wye, Hereford and Worcester, UK. It lists that he lives in a mock castle in Herefordshire. He lives in the County of Herefordshire at Ross-on-Wye. He did buy the Castle for two-million pounds. I would list that the family lives in Bollitree Castle in Ross-on-Wye in the County of Herefordshire. It makes more sense. LukeDuke1980 (talk) 08:08, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Kadett Oliver[edit]

I added a bit on Oliver, his Opel Kadett that he bought out in Africa. It might even be worth adding a small subsection on him. TheFishMan92 00:35, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Also, on June 13th, 2008, He took Oliver back to the United Kingdom where "Oliver" underwent a full restoration. The pictures can be seen here. LukeDuke1980 (talk) 08:06, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Sorry to be a geek, but 'OLI V3R' is not a valid UK registration number. Scottbrown 14 (talk) 15:40, 7 February 2012 (UTC)
That's true, but it's still the license plate. There are plenty of examples of invalid number plates being used in TV - Nina and the Neurons ("NINA") and Will & Kate's wedding ("JU5T WED") spring to mind. Chaheel Riens (talk) 16:47, 7 February 2012 (UTC)
Ah ok, I assumed the car was road legal, not just for TV purposes. Scottbrown 14 (talk) 12:10, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
Hey - to be an even bigger geek, it could be OLI 113R - with the two "1"'s slanted to make them look like a "V". Although I'm not sure that the "OLI" is valid, as I think UK reg plates avoid the letter "O" whenever possible to avoid confusion with the number "0". Chaheel Riens (talk)
It isn't though - it's definitely "OLI V3R", but this is a fun game nevertheless.


Cars info should be updated or at least mention that are cars that he has owned... For example he had not anymore the Dodge Charger.. its not clear that he still has the left-hand drive 911 as he said 2 years ago that he had ordered a new 911 Carrera S 997 , he bought too a Morgan but now he ordered another so surelly is selling the older Morgan (in an press article he stated that he selled the Charger to make room for the Morgan because he only wanted to have one "toy car" at a time) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:34, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

He has also just recently acquired a custom made Harley Davidson Glide which was ordered in October Aaurora (talk) 07:17, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Does he still own the 308GT4 from the 10K Italian Supercar Challenge? The same one featured on Petrolheads? Luigi6138 (talk) 23:06, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

He had a Lamborghini, which he sold sometime around 2011. Tha Challenger used in the USA muscle car epi was sold on ebay after filming. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:41, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

supposed driver of jet car[edit]

if you have read the book on the edge my story you would know that richard hammond was supposed to drive the jet car all along and the fact that james may was meant to drive it is untrue. —Preceding unsigned comment added by HungryGoth (talkcontribs) 17:45, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Split the Article[edit]

I think it might be appropriate to split the part of the article about the jet car crash into it's own article. It's a very large chuck and there is alot ofn information avalible for it that means it could be expanded further. Thoughts? Million_Moments (talk) 18:08, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

Emphasis on Car crash[edit]

This article has turned from a good article about a TV presenter to one focusing on the crash from the beginning to the near end. It sounds more like an essay when describing the car crash, with too many "however"'s and has too much detail about the crash. Please junk down the crash section and focus more on Richard Hammonds life. Thank You. -- (talk) 21:39, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

I do have to agree, the detailed timeline regarding his recovery is entirely unnecessary and detracts from the remainder of the article. The crash is a significant event in his life, but a day-by-day breakdown of his recovery process, newspaper reports and so forth is far too detailed for Wikipedia. It should be deleted, with any details of particular importance shuffled into the rest of the section detailing the crash. --Tailkinker (talk) 20:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
I've deleted the entire recovery section. Total fancruft. Even more should probably be deleted; this should not be the core of the article. Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 11:26, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Chief Scout[edit]

There's talk of Hammond being the new Chief Scout when Peter Duncan finishes his 5 year tenure next year, is this worth mentioning? Joe Davison 10:56, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

About The Table[edit]

I'm adding a table to Richard's cars and his filmography so it looks more presentable. Any concerns just message me. Thanks. Xxxsacheinxxx (talk) 11:53, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

Dodge Challenger[edit]

Someone added the Dodge Challenger he drove in Top Gear 12x02 to 'Cars that Hammond and his family currently own:'. This is not true, since the Challenger is up for sale. Link: —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:50, 10 November 2008 (UTC)


Since when has his nickname been 'Mark' ? Also when did his middle name become 'Hamster' or am I missing something ?

Bigfatspider (talk) 19:30, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

It was just vandalism. Thanks for pointing it out. Queenie Talk 17:04, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

Missing 13 years?[edit]

The article goes straight from "from 1987 to 1989 attended Harrogate College of Art and Technology.[3] He gained a BTEC National Diploma in Visual Communications but chose not to pursue a career in this direction." to "Hammond became a presenter on Top Gear in 2002,", so what career did he pursue in the meantime?

Chief Scout Acceptance[edit]

This article suggests that Hammond accepted the role as Chief Scout on Feb 27th.

While I am in no position to be certain that this is not the case, no announcement is on any news site archieved by Google News, The Scout Association or Richard Hammonds' websites.

Judging by the editors histor on the "Scouting for Girls" page, I think this can be disputed.

I have emailed the Scout Association to check...

—Preceding unsigned comment added by Kevupnorth (talkcontribs) 21:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

World Record?[edit]

its says in the introduction he crashed during a world record attempt. he wasn't trying to break the land speed record or any other world record. he was just filming a piece for top gear about going "very" fast. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:58, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Also, if you read the post for the car Vampire (car) it is mentioned that Hammond actually beat the land speed record but would have had to repeat it the other way and have an independent verifier for it to be an official attempt, he had no verifier and of course he had no way to repeat the journey even if he wanted to...although the fact should be mentioned here, I think (talk) 06:37, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Arctic expedition[edit]

Should probably mention his trip to the North Pole. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:04, 9 February 2010 (UTC)

Invisible Worlds[edit]

does anyboy know why he went to munich to shoot the sneezing part in episode 3? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:41, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

If I were to guess, it'd be to do with the climate being the best for the shot required...that or he fancied a holiday :-) (talk) 06:38, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Page Protection[edit]

I've requested temporary page protection for this page, considering the flurry of IP vandalism that's hitting it.[2] a_man_alone (talk) 20:44, 1 February 2011 (UTC)


On Sunday, January 30, 2011, during the BBC's Top Gear Show reviewing the Mastretta Mexican car, Hammond said vehicles reflected national characteristics, then "Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."

The ambassador of Mexico in Great Britain complained, and demanded an apology from the BBC.

"The presenters of the program resorted to outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults to stir bigoted feelings against the Mexican people, their culture, as well as their official representative in the United Kingdom," he wrote. "These offensive, xenophobic and humiliating remarks only serve to reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuate prejudice against Mexico and its people." [1] Rjimenezt66 (talk) 00:13, 2 February 2011 (UTC)RJIMENEZT66

Oppose edit: This goes on the Top Gear page if anything. Really, given the show's history, this particular event shouldn't be any more notable than Jeremy accusing truckers of killing prostitutes (or something along those lines--Topperfalkon (talk) 00:21, 2 February 2011 (UTC)
(edit conflict) X mark.svg Not done Unless this is going to be presented in a non-neutral way, I'm going to decline it, because thus far, it hasn't gone beyond a complaint. If there is an apology or substantial reaction from the BBC, or Hammond, that takes it beyond, and far beyond, the usual "rough and tumble humour" of Top Gear, it isn't that special. Although sensitivities should be respected, they should not be pandered to for pandering's sake. Top Gear sets out to be a "blokey" programme and has in its time offended many, not least caravan owners. That doesn't mean that anyone should immediately cry "racism" as a result. We live in a world that is tough, and becoming tougher by the day. Given the ever-present threat of terrorism, not to mention global warming, AIDS in Africa, and third-world poverty in general, I think we here have better things to be concerned with than this. As I say, if it develops further, I might change my mind, but as yet, it's a storm in a teacup. I will refrain here from relating jokes originating from Mexico about other nations, but reserve the right so to do as examples of "coming to equity with clean hands". Rodhullandemu 00:26, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

I disagree that this is a storm in a teacup, not only did the ambasador to Mexico in the UK complain, but it got a mention in the Mexican senate (, and it was front page news in El Universal ( —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:09, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

If you look at his official facebook page and his official website, he made a personal apology about the incident. in the news section. [Squishibits] —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:16, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

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Black and white photo.[edit]

The main photo is a black and white photo of him. Can we get a coloured one? The current one makes it look like he's deceased. (talk) 22:44, 20 April 2012 (UTC)

Miracles of Nature?[edit]

Three part tv series on BBC called Richard Hammond's Miracles of nature starts Monday 5th of November but isn't mentioned in the wiki article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:48, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Duplicate entry in list of issues from Vampire crash[edit]

The list of issues resulting from the Vampire dragster crash includes a duplicate entry for "loss of memory". I'm removing one of them. PaulMEdwards (talk) 22:31, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

American ties?[edit]

Just saw the episode of Top Gear in which Jeremy and "Captain Slow" gave him a Lexus by dropping it off at his home. Richard was flying an American flag on a pole in front of his house. Any explanation? The episode is called "The Worst Car in the History of the World". (talk) 21:01, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Strictly speaking, that's not an episode - but a one-off DVD special. But I know the one you mean. I don't think there's anything to be read into that - there is general mockery over Hammond's Americanisms throughout Top Gear - much in the same way James May is ribbed for being a slow and careful driver. I suppose a carefully phrased - and sourced - comment on his American pretensions could be mentioned, but it would need to be sourced prior. Chaheel Riens (talk) 12:41, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
It was a joke, like Michael Schumacher pretending to be the Stig. Nothing more. --Drmargi (talk) 12:46, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
I agree that it was a joke, but my point was that it is a recurring joke - unlike the Schumacher incident. There are multiple instances throughout the series that reference some kind of Americanism regarding Hammond. However before inserting it anywhere we'd need a reliable source to have made the connection first. I don't think such a source exists right now, because it's not that common a feature. Chaheel Riens (talk) 21:56, 17 December 2013 (UTC)