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Top gear Jet Wash

How do cars standup against the Jet engine backwash from a 747?

3 min 23 Sec


Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond, (born December 19, 1969), is an award winning British television presenter best known for co-presenting Top Gear along with James May and Jeremy Clarkson from 2002 onwards. Earlier in his career he worked at Radio York and Radio Cumbria, before going on to present a number of daytime lifestyle shows and motoring programmes on Men & Motors. Along with his work on Top Gear he also currently presents Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky One, Should I Worry About...? on BBC One and Time Commanders on BBC Two. He also presented Crufts 2005. Most recently he was seen presenting The Gunpowder Plot: Exploding the Legend, where he rebuilt the House of Lords and blew it up as Guy Fawkes would have, had he succeeded. His weekly column can be read in the motoring section of The Daily Mirror each Friday. Richard will also be presenting the British Parking Awards on 10 March 2006 at the Dorchester in London, he will present awards in a variety of categories including 'Parking team of the year' and 'Best new car park'.

As of Tuesday the 3rd of January 2006 Richard is the eponymous star of Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show with his co-star Mel Giedroyc of Late Lunch fame. The programme, which discusses a wide range of random and amusing subjects, is shown every weekday on ITV1. He is also a team captain on the new BBC2 quiz show, Petrolheads, which begins airing in February 2006.

Originally from the West Midlands, in the mid 1980s Hammond moved with his family (mother Eileen, father Alan, and brothers Andrew and Nicholas) to the Yorkshire market town of Ripon where his father ran a probate business in the market square. A pupil of Ripon Grammar School, from 1987 to 1989 he attended Harrogate College of Art and Technology and was friends with author and academic Jonathan Baldwin. He then went onto gain a degree in photography and television production.

He lives near Cheltenham with his wife Amanda and their two young daughters, Isabella and Willow. He also has three horses, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit and handful of chickens and sheep along with a collection of vehicles that include two Land Rovers, a Suzuki GSXR1000, a Dodge Charger, a Porsche 911, a Morgan V6 Roadster and several kit cars, and he also used to sing and play bass in a band when he was younger.

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