Starting up the car that nearly killed Richard Hammond - 12,000hp jet car

  • Published on Jan 15, 2022
  • Richard Hammond's jet car crash shook the world back in 2006, and in 2022 the car has returned from its once-wrecked state to be back in working order. With permission from Richard, Mike Fernie investigates this infamous drag racer and tentatively goes for a start-up.
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  • Haydn Mccue
    Haydn Mccue 4 months ago +2312

    In fairness to Hammond, he's had a few accidents and he still goes full send in every car! We salute you sir

    • steven eades
      steven eades Month ago

      In all fairness to Hammond the tyres were clearly not up to the task and due to age or fatigue failed, totally out of his control and the owner of the vehicle at the time were completely responsible.

    • matty aubie
      matty aubie Month ago

      This one wasn’t his fault.. either manufacturer or the service man

    • Sydney Marriott
      Sydney Marriott 2 months ago


    • Max Byron
      Max Byron 3 months ago

      That's why Hammond inspires me. He has had many severe crashes and he got really injured, but he always gets back in the saddle to do what he loves. What a lad.

    • Roddy Jarrar
      Roddy Jarrar 3 months ago +2

      He even beat jeremy and james in the speed test on the circle track when they had the mp4-12c, aventador and noble m600. You know the lambs and mclaren could have surpassed the speed hammond went but he still beat them both.

  • Zinttrex
    Zinttrex 4 months ago +2678

    There could be a whole series. „Driving ALL the cars Hammond crashed in“. I would definitely watch it

  • Idris Bukar
    Idris Bukar 4 months ago +1562

    Never mind how the car was rebuilt, how Hammond recovered was a lot more remarkable.

    • An Internet Stranger
      An Internet Stranger 4 months ago +1

      It's not all about hammond. what happned to him is long gone.

    • Nicky Snaith
      Nicky Snaith 4 months ago +6

      Well cars don't truly die but humans can and hammond has almost done that many a time and still lives mans a legend all three of em are

    • Harley B
      Harley B 4 months ago +19

      Pause at 13:08.
      The whole floor is dry from the jet engine flames. 😂👍

    • Ja Son2
      Ja Son2 4 months ago +5

      Did the BBC have to pay out on their insurance ???

  • tom gibbons
    tom gibbons 4 months ago +1007

    I lived a mile from this airstrip and remember this happening like it was yesterday. I was absolutely devastated. So thankful little Hamster recovered.

    • Russell White
      Russell White 3 months ago

      @Diggnuts Your grammar seriously hurt me.

    • Graham Dean
      Graham Dean 4 months ago +2

      I passed my PM exam about 30 min before near York uni, I drove th 1079 back to Wilberfoss passing Elvington about the time of the crash. Hammond's book is well worth a read.

    • Jonas Weber
      Jonas Weber 4 months ago

      Whoaw you must have seen some weird sh*ts in all these years

    • Diggnuts
      Diggnuts 4 months ago +1

      @Bob Monkeypimp I have no idea what you are blathering about.

    • Bob Monkeypimp
      Bob Monkeypimp 4 months ago +1

      @Diggnuts I don't see anyone specifically telling *you* anything.

  • James 86
    James 86 4 months ago +415

    The look on that old fella's face when he hit the button... The pride and the sadness tempered by professionalism was intense.

    • Old Smokey
      Old Smokey 3 months ago +7

      @deej almost assuredly. While I can't speak for everyone of the few people I've been lucky enough to speak to who drove/drive dragsters even once they retire the only thing they want, is to get back behind the wheel of one. You gotta remember too often what ends a driver's career in Drag Racing is NOT loss of interest or them deciding they have enough money, it's the physical strain.
      I'm sure if he were any younger and in better shape physically (less wear on his body, he's clearly not an unhealthy person) he'd probably still be running that car.

    • deej
      deej 3 months ago +13

      He was definitely going through some emotions there, I wonder if he's seeing himself flying down the track 🤘

    • Geaux Big Garage
      Geaux Big Garage 4 months ago +11

      That just sounds like the British way...

  • ShadowJ
    ShadowJ 4 months ago +671

    It's hard to believe that was back in 2006. I thought it was a few years later. Boy how time flies. On that note, both startups were epic.

    • AiryGoats
      AiryGoats 3 months ago

      I was 7 months old.
      Jesus Christ, I feel old all of a sudden.

    • Jolamprex
      Jolamprex 3 months ago +1

      yeah, I would have absolutely guessed 2008.

    • Against corruption
      Against corruption 4 months ago

      I remember where i was when I found out

    • Matt from wii sports
      Matt from wii sports 4 months ago

      I was exactly 1 month old

    • Ryan Inglis
      Ryan Inglis 4 months ago +2

      @Ethan Van midden I was 4 I remember to this day my mum telling me and me and her sitting down together to write a card to send to Richard

  • Liam Turner
    Liam Turner 4 months ago +449

    the cinematography in this video was simply exquisite. felt like a full length documentary. absolutely loved watching every second of this

    • Pat McAssey
      Pat McAssey 4 months ago +1

      Transition at 0:57 was amazing

    • RedHeadForester
      RedHeadForester 4 months ago +1

      Totally agree. Fantastic camera work and editing.

    • Reece Fraser
      Reece Fraser 4 months ago +2

      honestly better than most of the mainstream docos ive seen

    • coolhand1983
      coolhand1983 4 months ago +1

      Couldn't agree more, really superb.

    • Nathan Parry
      Nathan Parry 4 months ago +2

      Agreed. The guys are getting better and better.

  • Jacen Grey
    Jacen Grey 4 months ago +579

    I remember the original episode airing and just being in shock when the machine went in and started to tumble and roll. To this day still, can't imagine what possessed Hammond to go ahead with it. It's machines like this and Bluebird, where the margin is so thin, of whether you walk away triumphantly, or you don't walk away at all. All too sobering.

    • Rogers Ranger
      Rogers Ranger 3 months ago

      @missionslos # Motorcycles

    • Robert Gerritsma
      Robert Gerritsma 4 months ago

      I think it's time to view the film and start looking at the way Hammond had to use the steering wheel in order to keep the car straight

    • Robert Gerritsma
      Robert Gerritsma 4 months ago

      @missionslos Look at the film seen at the time on top gear, the steeringwheel is not straight, Hammond is steering a lot towards the left


      @Aaron lol, driving any road car on the motorway way is a billion times safer than that thing by any metric!

    • missionslos
      missionslos 4 months ago

      @N. Shiina that would make sense i think, thanks

  • Mike Petersen
    Mike Petersen 4 months ago +187

    40 years after driving the beast on a regular basis, Andrew looks perfectly comfortable (even happy!) getting in it & lighting it up once more, even after discussing Hammond's accident. Total stones.

    • Bojkenoven
      Bojkenoven 4 months ago +10

      I get the impression that Andrew would be keen on driving it for a land speed record again. And if the car has other things in store for him, he appears to be okay with that too.

  • Rich Taylor
    Rich Taylor 4 months ago +150

    I was surprised that Richard got back in it. It still amazes me how he survived the crash. I thought originally, the wreckage was put in a museum

    • Big Daddi
      Big Daddi 4 months ago +17

      @The Red Cassette if you mean there's a few dragsters knocking about yes there is but only one vampire, it's sister car hellbender was destroyed in a crash years ago

    • The Red Cassette
      The Red Cassette 4 months ago +1

      There are a few of these cars knocking about


    His entrance back to top gear was one of the best moments of TV history, a permanent memory

    • Jamesapril14
      Jamesapril14 3 months ago

      Not for him

    • Danny B
      Danny B 4 months ago

      @invisiblekid99 I was young so can't remember too much about the episode he returned, but I have read a lot about how he really shouldn't have come back so soon, he still wasn't 100%

    • invisiblekid99
      invisiblekid99 4 months ago +4

      It was indeed. A triumphant return from near death
      However it was clear he was just barely ready for it. His eyes were just not focusing and was almost running on instinct.

  • Daniel Zrim
    Daniel Zrim 4 months ago +19

    You could see in Andrew's eyes as that engine roared, all those memories came flooding back. He was reliving his life in that moment.

  • Lewis Hudson
    Lewis Hudson 4 months ago +333

    "the front right wheel deflated"
    *shows cracked tyre*

    • Old Smokey
      Old Smokey 3 months ago +1

      @Steve Polhill @Steve Polhill those are not road racing tires, those are yes in fact a drag slick, a road racing tire would not be able to take the strain the car would place on it and these are likely (judging by the age on them) one of the cars' old sets that have been put on solely so it can be rolled around.

    • soulcornflake1
      soulcornflake1 4 months ago +2

      Correct that: the front right wheel EXPLODED. Complete understatement.

    • JDizzlePowah
      JDizzlePowah 4 months ago +4

      @Marc Coker Probably, given that it hasn't been driven since, may as well lay it up on some old stock

    • mcwfenna
      mcwfenna 4 months ago +1

      This reminded me of the movie "The Worlds Fastest Indian" when Anthony Hopkins used shoe polish to cover up cracks in the tire

    • Steve Polhill
      Steve Polhill 4 months ago +3

      @Ken Norcott They are Hoosiers but they Aren't Drag slicks. Just worn out, dry rotted road race tires.

  • Kieran McMahon
    Kieran McMahon 4 months ago +55

    This is perhaps the most remarkable video DT has ever done. It just shows what lunacy true passion can do, what people can create. The tension when Mike was getting to starting it, with the music, the videography, it was amazing.
    Spine Tingling when the car fires up.

  • Andrew White
    Andrew White 4 months ago +61

    The world is better with Richatd Hammond in it. I'm very glad we still have him on this plane of existence.

  • Richard Brayshaw
    Richard Brayshaw 4 months ago +68

    Please pass on my admiration to Mr Hammond for his having actually driven this f***ing thing multiple times at top speed. Respect, I think, is due.

  • Luke Malatinsky
    Luke Malatinsky 4 months ago +64

    0:29 13:41 The cinematics, the music Drivetribe editors put into these videos is truly astonishing... Perfectly complimenting to the amazing and scary story this car had. So sad to see Drivetribe go. Goosebumps!

  • Matthew Signorini
    Matthew Signorini Month ago +3

    You can see being able to talk about something he put his heart into to build not once but twice makes him so happy and cheery,he’s smiling the whole time he’s talking about it as if it’s 1980 again. It’s heartwarming to see all his hard work isn’t lost after all and he got to rebuild it to restore it to its former glory

  • Random Dave Vlogs
    Random Dave Vlogs 4 months ago +173

    Hammond was so brave getting back into this in the last video ✊

    • Zed
      Zed 4 months ago +9

      @Draugr i dunno, just getting back into a car that nearly killed you would be a pretty difficult situation

    • The other Tony Dutch
      The other Tony Dutch 4 months ago +11

      @futte2303 #shquad Potentially re-traumatizing. That's a thing.

    • futte2303 #shquad
      futte2303 #shquad 4 months ago +4

      It did not look like a joy ride, by the looks of Hammond’s face

    • Random Dave Vlogs
      Random Dave Vlogs 4 months ago +45

      @Draugr 😆 I think with Hammond anything is possible. But on a serious note, it’s not mentally easy to go back to something that caused you an immense pain in more ways than one.

    • jimbob2bob
      jimbob2bob 4 months ago +12

      I think the owner was brave allowing him.

  • Dash Whinery
    Dash Whinery 4 months ago +51

    Gotta say though I'm sure it's already been said, love Richards and Mays support of the channel, and Mike is a great presenter. Keep it up.

    • Joe Daniels
      Joe Daniels 4 months ago +7

      @Dash Whinery Jeremy is a busy man. He has all of those beer commercials to make and sheep to birth.

    • Dash Whinery
      Dash Whinery 4 months ago +1

      @Joe Daniels True, doesn't mean they *need* to feature on it. Look at Jeremy lol.

    • Joe Daniels
      Joe Daniels 4 months ago

      Don't they own it?

  • kristi wood
    kristi wood 4 months ago +42

    Mad props to Richard for even getting back in...that showed courage and bollocks!!

  • F1Jones
    F1Jones 4 months ago +154

    Just watching the start up sequence being described is terrifying.

  • Nick K
    Nick K 4 months ago +25

    Really interesting! Must have been tough for Richard.
    I really don't think a jet car starting needs dramatic music over it, it's a jet car! It sounds great on it's own!

    • Nick K
      Nick K 4 months ago +1

      @Sunday Girl true! Great video. Surprised he even went near the thing.

  • Adam Mumford
    Adam Mumford 4 months ago +35

    Granted Hammond was putting a lot of humour in the last video, repeating the phrase over and over but could he even put into words what he was feeling when got back into that cockpit. Just phenomenal

  • marwood1969
    marwood1969 4 months ago +6

    It's only watching this video that it really hit home how scary some of the things are that the TG boys would do. This car is flat out terrifying. I cannot imagine tearing up and down a runway in it. Respect to Hammond.

    • Dr. Spatula
      Dr. Spatula 2 months ago

      What's interesting is to think that current Top Fuel cars for 30mph faster in a 3.5 second quarter mile

  • Vicky Z
    Vicky Z 4 months ago +7

    This was the most exciting, thrilling and moving thing I've seen on TheXvid in a long time. Thanks a lot, Mike!

  • Alastair Critchley
    Alastair Critchley 4 months ago +40

    The driver is a seriously cool chap, class, charm and intelligence all the way.

  • László Molnár
    László Molnár 3 months ago +1

    I keep rewatching the startup sequence, what a masterful work of editing and sound design! Add in Andrews expressive face, the emotions of a professional who's intimately familiar and confident in his instrument yet 40 years on still visibly pumped and excited by the sheer force he handles. Utter brilliance.

  • Jake Smiley
    Jake Smiley 4 months ago +5

    Moments like seeing Andrew's subtle twinge of a smile aren't he gave the engine a little throttle, are what gave me hope.
    Banger of an episode guys! Keep it up!

  • Amoa
    Amoa 4 months ago +2

    This was an absolutely amazing video, that could have very easily been an hour length documentary about the crash and the restoration. The music, the cinematography, everything was brilliant from start to finish.

  • Rick Currie
    Rick Currie 4 months ago +8

    The camera work and editing in this video is magnificent. Well done.

  • Paul Rickman
    Paul Rickman 4 months ago +9

    Amazing car, and best of all, now it’s 40 years old it’s congestion charge exempt, so can drive in central London without paying 12 quid!

  • Unrepentant Soul
    Unrepentant Soul 4 months ago +6

    Jesus… I remember the incident like it was yesterday. My stomach turned when I saw the title, say what you want about him but Hammond has got some titanium love spuds. The Rimac crash may have been a ballet of destruction, but THE crash was a straight up Zumba dance battle with the grim reaper. He’s lucky to be alive and we’re even luckier to have him.

  • Maura Noonan
    Maura Noonan 4 months ago +2

    I've read his book twice, and its amazing that he survived. It's more amazing that he is thriving.

  • Michael Easter
    Michael Easter 4 months ago +29

    13:34 This marks a figurative (and literal?) passing of the torch from one generation of TV/auto presenter to another. Huge assignment for Mike.

    • Adder
      Adder 4 months ago +1

      @Michael Easter I think if he even _considered_ doing it, Mindy would finish what the Vampire tried to do back in '06

    • Michael Easter
      Michael Easter 4 months ago +7

      @Dreded1 Yes, but IMHO that was scripted. There's no way Hammond wants anything to do with the car. Imagine him telling his wife that he's going to start up the Vampire. I'm surprised they got him to sit in it.

    • Dreded1
      Dreded1 4 months ago +1

      The beginning of it made it seem like Hammond was going to do this piece but just getting into the car was enough to make him think better of it.

  • Nicky Boam
    Nicky Boam 4 months ago +13

    It's amazing how they managed to rebuild it. It's even better that little Hammond made a full recovery. But a great shame it's never going to get the chance to stretch it's legs & have a go at increasing the British land speed record. Am afraid if I got the opportunity I'd be wanting to have it do what it was built for.

  • Ichiban Moto
    Ichiban Moto 4 months ago +1

    awesome film Mike! and Andrew gets five out of five, what a story
    ps. where may I purchase a Lucy Brown tee?

  • Kyle
    Kyle 3 months ago +1

    You can see the emotion on Andrews face when they fire it up the first time, you can clearly tell he's got a huge emotional attachment to the car.

  • Paul Clark
    Paul Clark 4 months ago +13

    This film was epic, performance, production, directing and sound all top quality. Well done!

  • Crunchy
    Crunchy 4 months ago +20

    To get over those thoughts that we must have shows he is a truly great man

  • Dragi Mitrevski
    Dragi Mitrevski 4 months ago +1

    Mad props to Hammond for even looking at this car again. You have our deepest respect legend

  • viiont eooiy
    viiont eooiy 4 months ago

    Gotta say though I'm sure it's already been said, love Richards and Mays support of the channel, and Mike is a great presenter. Keep it up.

  • la
    la 4 months ago +24

    This 'little' show on the internet has become the best car show out there, honestly.

  • bcvbb hyui
    bcvbb hyui 4 months ago

    Gotta say though I'm sure it's already been said, love Richards and Mays support of the channel, and Mike is a great presenter. Keep it up.

  • Joyous
    Joyous 4 months ago +7

    Probably one of the best videos this channel has dropped.
    Such an aptly named majestic machinery, Vampire.
    Hammond, must had been very brave to have even sit in this car, let alone drag it back in the day.
    Meanwhile I think, the presenter here on this channel is slowly working his magic on me.
    Great job with delivering the emotions lad.
    Thank you.

  • Bastian De Vos
    Bastian De Vos 4 months ago +44

    The car that made Hammond like celery….

  • Mrmurder75
    Mrmurder75 4 months ago +7

    It's amazing he's still with us to be honest.

  • Guy Chapman
    Guy Chapman 4 months ago +7

    FYI: The Orpheus engine comes from the original Red Arrows aircraft, the Folland Gnat. Since 1979 they have been flying Hawk T1s with Rolls-Royce / Turbomeca Adour engines.

    • wrxguyusa
      wrxguyusa 4 months ago +2

      Thank you! The reference to Red Arrow is a bit irritating as it is a group, not an airplane.

  • Schon Photography
    Schon Photography 4 months ago +3

    Absolutely brilliant film, Mike. I was waiting for the GT/TG audience applause as it faded to black

  • jam beats
    jam beats 4 months ago +2

    We love Hammond so much and this is a great history in his name and the little guy is a risk taker but don't let him drive this thing again or anything potentially dangerous to him

  • myChannel07Ali
    myChannel07Ali 3 months ago +1

    I'm so glad Hammond is safe. He is a great person and i love him. He and May and Clarkson ♡

  • Peter Donnell
    Peter Donnell 4 months ago

    You sir, deserve a spot on the grand tour, you've earned your stripes.

  • asioe kiou
    asioe kiou 4 months ago

    You could see in Andrew's eyes as that engine roared, all those memories came flooding back. He was reliving his life in that moment.

  • Rafael Moreira
    Rafael Moreira 4 months ago +2

    This gave me goosebumps. Great video! Thank you for showing us this.

  • Sidharth Sathian
    Sidharth Sathian 4 months ago +2

    Thank you drivetribe for making this video. If I had to describe this in a word I would say EPIC but even that would be an understatement.

  • Christopher Burke
    Christopher Burke 4 months ago +17

    This video is excellent. The way that it was filmed reminds me of old school Top Gear. The music combined with the cinematography gave me the feels. What a great video.

  • Mac Doodles
    Mac Doodles 4 months ago +10

    0:55 Hold on can we just appreciate that transition for a second...

  • Reclusive Eagle
    Reclusive Eagle 4 months ago +46

    "This car was restored but we left some provenance"
    Yeah we can tell. Those tires look like they've been left in the sun since 2006

    • Andrew Hurdle
      Andrew Hurdle 4 months ago

      @David B not enough to make a documentary but we have got some other ideas showing how to start and tune the engine and burner

    • David B
      David B 4 months ago +1

      @Andrew Hurdle Andrew, any chance of getting Mike to work with you on a video of how the actual restoration was done? Was any recording done during the rebuild that could be incorporated?

    • Andrew Hurdle
      Andrew Hurdle 4 months ago +9

      New ones coming soon these are just for pushing about

    • Eliot Mansfield
      Eliot Mansfield 4 months ago +1

      yeh the looked fooked

  • Ethan Sutherland
    Ethan Sutherland 4 months ago +1

    I love how excited the pair of them were when they were away to start it, they were like little children with a fancy new toy

  • Knight
    Knight 4 months ago

    Can only imagine what Richard was feeling when he set eyes on this again, its great to see it back together and hopefully one day it will make another in at the record for old times sake

  • Stephan de V
    Stephan de V 21 day ago

    just love how these guys build it back up and seeing him in this monster starting it up .. great guys great adventureres . awesome

  • ecopenny
    ecopenny 4 months ago +3

    Great to see the car restored but agree with the final view of keeping the car for shows & slow speed demos, the jet cars have taken 1 life and almost another plus the Vampire is the speed record holder so doesn't have anything more to prove ✌️

  • Rosumin
    Rosumin 4 months ago

    I am amazed you decided to get back in this thing Richard.
    Must have been very hard.

  • Christopher Starshine
    Christopher Starshine 4 months ago +17

    Even if it were in full working order, starting it while its strapped down is about is far as I would take it. Even the top fuel dragsters are terrifying.

    • Christopher Starshine
      Christopher Starshine 2 months ago

      @Dr. Spatula from the states, have been to several drag strips or speed events with jet dragsters, jet trucks, jet bus, jet bikes, etc. - awesome to watch, still too much for me to want to get in one.

    • Dr. Spatula
      Dr. Spatula 2 months ago

      @Christopher Starshine Jet cars and trucks are surprisingly common in the states as attractions and land speed cars

    • Christopher Starshine
      Christopher Starshine 4 months ago +2

      @MEatRHIT2009 yeah TopFuel can be much faster - but those have been more fine tuned and perfected over the years, and actually have a track record since they are used much more often than the one-off Jet dragsters.

    • MEatRHIT2009
      MEatRHIT2009 4 months ago +2

      I'm pretty sure top fuel cars are faster than jet cars, at least the ones I've seen.

  • Connor Hammond
    Connor Hammond 3 months ago

    Great production. The lighting, shooting and editing were all top quality.

  • kristi wood
    kristi wood 4 months ago +5

    We are all so thankful still that Richard recovered..

  • Eamonn Ryan
    Eamonn Ryan 4 months ago +1

    One of the best videos yet on drive tribe. I think it'd be really cool to see drive tribe collaborate with other car channels on TheXvid and bring this level of cinematography over

  • Gamer3427
    Gamer3427 4 months ago +1

    It really says something that I'm not a car person really, but I do take a genuine interest in the vehicles like these because of their history, and this one in particular because of Hammond.

  • Seldoon Nemar
    Seldoon Nemar 3 months ago

    I love how at 13:09 you can see that the afterburner has dried the concrete.
    It always amazes me how fast these cars are with no power to the ground. If they pulled power off the turbine with the accesory drive, that's still probobly a few hundred horsepower they could run though a transmission and put it on the ground to zero out rolling resistance.

  • Ryan BAMF
    Ryan BAMF 4 months ago +1

    Very lucky guy! I would love to have an experience like that! Well played

  • noeledge
    noeledge 4 months ago +1

    That smile at 10:48 shows just how much he loves this car

  • Brewslee
    Brewslee 4 months ago +1

    I was tearing up when Andrew fired it up, you could see the joy he had.

  • SantaPodTV
    SantaPodTV 4 months ago +1

    It's great to have Vampire back! Credit to the team who rebuilt it! 👏

  • Gregory Raphael
    Gregory Raphael 4 months ago

    One of the best produced Drive Tribe videos, great job to everyone involved, nice way to start the year.

  • myChannel07Ali
    myChannel07Ali 3 months ago

    You can see how nervous Mike was when he started the engine. I would have had a heart attack if i was instead of him lol

  • Andy Thomas
    Andy Thomas 4 months ago +2

    I worked for Andrew in the early 2000's and known him for around 15 years, he is one of the 'coolest' people I know.

  • Curtis Webster
    Curtis Webster 4 months ago +3

    "The engine had quite a lot of field inside it" Such an elegant understatement.

    • Alucard
      Alucard 3 months ago

      Thankfully jet engines aren't that mechanical so having things inside doesn't really damage much

  • Séan Bowe Videos
    Séan Bowe Videos 4 months ago

    What a video! Very well put together and great information there. Love it. Can't wait to see a static display of this iconic car!

    • Phil Davies
      Phil Davies 4 months ago

      Vampire will be on show on the 29th May at the Bromyard Speed Festival. Bromyard is where the car is now kept and where the car was restored.

  • christdragon
    christdragon 4 months ago +5

    This has got to be the most dangerous car in the world. Because we never got Top Gear in the US, I found out about the crash long after it happened. I'd like to see what this could do on the Bonaville salt flats. Thanks.

    • Dr. Spatula
      Dr. Spatula 2 months ago

      Not even remotely close to being one of the most dangerous, let alone the most dangerous car. We also did get Top Gear on BBC here in the states

  • RatRaceProducing
    RatRaceProducing 4 months ago

    Absolutely mind blowing, this is effectively built but guys that just love it and it's incredible. Spine tingling stuff

  • TheValleyman1988
    TheValleyman1988 4 months ago +1

    Incredible machine. Needs to go full tilt again like Hammond!

  • Geof
    Geof 4 months ago +6

    Still hard to believe that this accident was 16 years ago!

  • Jaroneko
    Jaroneko 4 months ago

    This was exciting watch, but wow is this ever well shot and edited! Thank you, absolutely Top Notch work!

  • Commander Heavy
    Commander Heavy 4 months ago

    It’s great seeing the real Top gear chaps back at it again!

  • David Kalavsky
    David Kalavsky 4 months ago

    I remember that crash like it was yesterday, I was devastated to hear that the trio had a possibility to come to an end, but as we all know how that went:) thank the lord 🙏🏼

  • Neil J A McFarlane
    Neil J A McFarlane 4 months ago +4

    Great to see the old girl restored to running condition. The engine is out of the tiny Folland Gnat that the Red Arrows used before switching to the Hawk they still use today. Great to see a set of ex Honda Racing F1 overall's, ex Arrows and Prost F1 Driver Enrique Bernoldi by my guess

    • gweilo8888
      gweilo8888 4 months ago +1

      I'm glad *someone* noticed this, I thought we were all just going to ignore it. And yes, it's definitely Bernoldi's overalls, it's easily legible on the waistband. It's not Honda Racing F1, though. The overalls are from 2005 when the team was still called BAR-Honda and Bernoldi was test driver. So they're not race-worn, but they're worn by a guy who had previously started 28 Grands Prix, and who would've used them when helping develop an F1 car, making them at least somewhat valuable as memorabilia.
      And there has to be a story here, which I'd love to hear! Does Mike own these himself and if so was he a fan of BAR, Bernoldi or both? I can't imagine that Andrew would just happen to have an ex-F1 driver's ex-F1 overalls in just the right size for a random visitor. Nor does it make any sense for the production team to have supplied an at least moderately-expensive piece of F1 memorabilia when they could've supplied something just as effective for a fraction of the cost.
      Random trivia: Bernoldi in an Arrows was the guy whom David Coulthard's much faster McLaren once famously spent 35 laps stuck behind, causing a deeply-entitled Ron Dennis and Norbert Haug to blow a collective gasket at the temerity of his not simply surrendering his fairly-earned position instantly.

  • lewis makandidze
    lewis makandidze 4 months ago +1

    I love that the people running it are just old guys who love speed
    What an amazing machine

  • Jordan McG
    Jordan McG 4 months ago +3

    I love how they show the wheel that exploded and the tire's covered in cracks

  • Harsh
    Harsh 4 months ago

    Hands down the best video I have seen in 2022. Brought genuine tears to my eyes💗

  • MSI2k
    MSI2k 4 months ago +1

    When drive tribe content rivals Grand Tour production.. what a gorgeously edited video. Hats off to the editor.

  • CLC1000
    CLC1000 4 months ago +2

    Pleased that he recovered, but my gosh, it feels like yesterday since it happened.

  • D R N
    D R N 4 months ago

    Wow what a machine I've read the book about Richard s recovery it's even more amazing than the car

  • Democrab
    Democrab 4 months ago

    This is one of those machines that shows a clear divide between two kinds of people, those who will happily watch it flying along drag strips but would never get in the cockpit and those who see this and think "...I really really really really want one"
    I am in the latter category

  • Euronymous
    Euronymous 4 months ago

    this video gave me chills, imagine how hammond felt seeing it again

  • sehhi vooty
    sehhi vooty 4 months ago

    "The engine had quite a lot of field inside it" Such an elegant understatement.

  • Latex Rope
    Latex Rope 4 months ago +2

    It's a wonder that car is capable for racing without crashing.
    I wonder how substantial the tree it's anchored to is.

    BOAH NATION 4 months ago

    I remember when this happened this was crazy news. I remember how happy I was when I sawa a helicopter camera shot of Richard walking out of an ambulance, was just... Such a relief

  • daemn42
    daemn42 4 months ago +11

    Thanks for covering up the glorious sound of a jet engine on full afterburner with loud music..

  • Kevakazii
    Kevakazii 4 months ago +1

    I may very well be in the minority with my point of view but I feel cars like this were designed to go fast and should so again. I understand the history and tradegy involved but that's the risk. I never would want to drive it myself but at the same timeI wouldn't hold back anyone who wanted to unleash her and take on all the risk included.

  • Kent Beitel
    Kent Beitel 4 months ago +11

    This is a crazy vehicle! I wonder what it would go if it was brought to the states?

    • Alucard
      Alucard 3 months ago

      Why would they go to the states? Bonneville is barely used anymore for land speed records