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Motor Critic of the Week: Richard Hammond

Posted in Motor Critic of the Week,Wheels-Near-U-UK by Wheels Near U Team on the September 14th, 2007

Richard Hammond Motoring Quotes

Richard Hammond – Presenter of Top Gear on BBC – nicknamed “Hamster” by his co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May is this weeks Motor Critic of the Week.

Born in Birmingham Richard has been in tv and radio for years, as well as Top Gear he also co-hosts the live annual motor show (MPH) held at Earls Court and the Birmingham NEC with Jeremy Clarkson and Tiff Needell (Fifth Gear) and presents the show ‘Brainaic: Science Abuse’.

You may also read his weekly column covering motor related topics, which can be found in the motoring section of the Daily Mirror (Fridays.)

He sustained a serious brain injury in September 2006, in a high speed crash at 288 mph but has since made a full recovery, coming back on air for a top gear episode just 4 months later!

Ever the committed Journalist, comic quoter and general good bloke – Richard Hammond – Motor Critic of the Week – here’s some of his classic quotes:


the Hyundai Accent, which is wretched, whatever engine it has, but we were particularly depressed with three-cylinder diesel version. It really is less fun than drowning!” – Hyundai Accent

The last time I saw plastic like this it contained Tic-Tacs.” – American Car Dashboard

Understeer works like this: [moving a model of a Ford Focus] you drive down the road, turn the wheel, but the car goes straight on, crashes into a tree and you die. Oversteer works like this: [moving a model of a BMW series 3] you drive down the same bit of road, turn the wheel, but the back of the car comes round like this [showing how the car does a 180], and you go off the road, crash into a tree and you die. Now, oversteer is best, because you don’t see the tree that kills you.” – Understeer and Oversteer

My life is now in the hands of A-level physics.” – Sitting in a car in Germany, waiting to be struck by lightening

Don’t forget, she was only half a second a mile behind you, and she was in this van.” – Mocking Jeremy Clarkson’s lap of the Nürburgring.

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