The Return of the Hamster

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by bigmamabadger, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Tonight, ladies, Richard Hammond returns to Top Gear. Are we ready? (swoon, swoon...)
    Not sure I'm looking forward to seeing the crash footage though. I may have my paws over my eyes at that point.
  2. brassed_off

    brassed_off Member

    Ready to swoon? Too right!!!!!
  3. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    It's Top Gear :D
    I love Hamster even if he does look disturbingly like my PE teacher who is a woman.
  4. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Oh dear. I cried. How sad is that?
  5. Flutey

    Flutey Active Member

    Very sad, BMB, very sad. Don't worry. I'm sure there's an excellent badger therapist out there.
    Good luck
  6. Ruthless

    Ruthless Member

    Did you see the perspiration on his temple after watching that crash again?

    Poor love, even Clarkson seemed a little choked
  7. jingleram

    jingleram Active Member

    I know, when he was talking, I thought he was going to top it with a joke, but he didn't, he was sincere about it. Apart from the booster seat joke to lighten the mood.
  8. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - you think Richard Hammond looks like a woman? Or has your PE teacher been taking male hormone pills? :eek:
  9. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    It was the reference he made to there being one hell of a crash before he set off the first time that amused me...many a true word spoken in jest eh? :rolleyes:

    It's a bloomin good job they took the safety aspect so seriously beforehand, wrist straps etc....

    Good to see him back on the telly tho, the three of them make up the best presenting team on the box.
    How long till they mention the crash again tho?
  10. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    I liked the suggestion that it could be in line for the record for the fastest ever crash . . . only they would have to repeat it going in the opposite direction :clap:
  11. Texus

    Texus Member

    After an ages waiting missed the damn thing! Saw the crash on one of his interviews - wow....
  12. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Top Gear is repeated on Wednesdays, BBC2 at 7pm.
  13. flower girl

    flower girl Member

    its really taken a toll on him though, he's really aged, (still gorgeous though) i couldnt believe it when i saw the footage of the crash, so glad he's ok
  14. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Yeah, he looked about 17 last night! :mad: :tongue:

    Know what you mean though! :biggrin:
  15. cookie2

    cookie2 Member

    Thank you! :woo

    Was going to ask if anyone knew this, as I missed it last night due to a band practice :rolleyes: and forgot to record it.

    Actually, I'm out on Wednesday too. Better go and set it now while I think on........
  16. Ruthless

    Ruthless Member

    Did anyone else see this comment on the crash?
  17. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    "Mr Hammond had a puncture and carried on with the tyre deflated"
    But I thought the telemmetry showed that between the tyre blow-out and the crash was 0.4 seconds. He can hardly be blamed for "carrying" for 0.4 seconds...
    And I thought it didn't have a brake as such, only a parachute and a parking brake.
    This is not a popular man in the badger sett... I shall go and dig up his lawn I think.
  18. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Hmm personally if I was travelling at 250mph without a tyre on one of my front wheels I think I'd stand on pretty much everything I could find in order to slow down. Anyway the parachute would have been as much use as a chocolate teapot as it simply wouldn't deploy in the time it took the car to veer off the runway. In fact I'd be very impressed if the Hamster had time to react at all - maybe he hit the brakes, but by then I'd say the situation was pretty much unrecoverable. It sounds to me like a desperate man trying to wash his hands...

    I guess the only way of avoiding the resulting accident was if Hamster noticed the tyre start to de-laminate and got to the parachute before it actually blew out. The reaction to the parachute would (I figure) pull the front of the car upwards, taking the load off the tyre. Maybe, just maybe it would've stayed inflated. Anyway this is all pretty unlikely as I guess he couldn't see much out of the cockpit anyway, and as he said he was "a bit busy at the time"...

    It was good to see him back on telly again and looking well. It was a hugely entertaining show on Sunday - loved the roadworks film too. The reactions of "the other two" to the accident film and the frank way Hamster was talking shows just how close they are as a team.
  19. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Sounds more like a man edging his bets and trying to make sure the insurance pays out too by laying the blame at someone else's door.

    Fact is if you don't want an untrained man to crash your very expensive rocket propelled car, you don't allow him to get in it in the first place.
  20. stephen2001

    stephen2001 Member

    Looking at the replay, the right front tyre had started to delaminate slightly before it totally failed. I don't think any driver, experienced or not would have noticed that happening because the road surface was so bumpy. From the footage of the other runs, you could see how much Hammond's head was moving and all he would have been able to see was a blur.
    It would be fascinating to see a telemetry trace of the accident to see what actually went on inside the car before and during the crash as I think a lot of what is being said here hearsay.

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