With the release of The Grand Tour: A Scandi Flick last week, fans have had the opportunity to see all of James May’s awful crash on the show. Luckily, May was ok to carry on with the show but did suffer from a broken rib.
May collided with the wall at the end of the dark underground tunnel at upwards of 40mph, in his Mitsubishi Evo 8. In an interview with Grand Tour Nation and other press, co-host Jeremy Clarkson told us what he saw of the accident as he was only “10 feet” from where it happened. The former Top Gear host explained:
“It was a massive accident. You know when Hammond has an accident, he keeps going after the accident has begun.
“And this is what people need to remember with accidents: you can roll down a road upside down and on fire for as long as you like, and it’s very unlikely you’ll get hurt.
“What hurts you is coming to a sudden stop.”
“And that’s what happened to James. Richard, when he went upside down, didn’t come to a sudden stop.
“That’s why he’s still here today. I’m not entirely certain how fast James hit that rock face, but I’m going to say 40 miles an hour.
“And from 40 miles an hour to a dead stop is more dangerous than rolling down a hill.”
Clarkson was then asked if the accident made him wary about carrying on with the filming, to which he quick responded, jokingly:
“No! I know, when a cliff face is approaching. I have the wit to be able to think, ‘I know, I’m going to press the middle pedal now, and it will slow down.’
“Once you know that, once you’ve established that you’ve got the steering wheel in front of you, which can steer around things, and pedals, which enable you to slow down or speed up, you can’t really worry, because you’re in control of the situation.”