Jeremy Clarkson Recalls James May’s Horror Crash On The Grand Tour: A Scandi Flick
The Grand Tour: A Scandi Flick has made its debut today on Prime Video. There has been a lot of media coverage surrounding the highly anticipated special where Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond travel around Norway in their choice of rally car.
It was previously leaked that May suffered from a broken rib after being in an awful accident. May was quick to put his fans at ease, assuring them that he was ok. In an interview with Grand Tour Nation and other media, Clarkson was asked about May’s crash in more detail, which he described as a “massive accident”
“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.”
The former Top Gear host continued:
“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. I was standing right next to him when he crashed. I mean, 10 feet away. And I couldn’t believe how fast he was going.”
Clarkson was asked if May’s accident made him nervous to continue filming the rest of the episode, to which Clarkson responded:
“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.”
May had the collision during a high-speed challenge where they had to travel as fast as they could through a tunnel but the twist was that the lights were on sensors, so would only turn on when they sensed the car.
Luckily, May was able to carry on with the episode and we see the trio on an iced over lake where May ends up breaking the ice and his Mitsubishi Evo starts to become submerged. Clarkson explained:
“No, God, no, it wasn’t his fault. No way in hell. I would love to blame James May, but I can’t on this occasion. It wasn’t his fault. We were all driving along a frozen lake, and he went under, and it could have been any of us, or none of us. It’s impossible to tell. Perhaps we should have stopped and checked with the authorities that the ice was thick enough to support us over the entire area of the lake, but we didn’t have time for that. So, we just bombed across it, and he found a thin bit. It was quite funny watching it.”