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James May caught speeding within minutes of buying new motorbike

James May caught speeding minutes after buying new motorbike

James May caught speeding within minutes of buying new motorbike

Ex-Top Gear host James May has revealed that he was caught speeding on his new motorbike, just moments after picking it up from a London dealership.

May, who was given the nickname ‘Captain Slow’ by fellow presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, collected the Honda CBR600RR from a main dealer in West London last month.

The 599cc bike was clearly too much for the presenter to handle – as he was snapped by a speed camera exceeding the 30mph limit just down the road from the dealership.

Unashamed by the blunder, May tweeted a map of the location where he was caught – and mocked a customer testimonial for a speed awareness cause that described it as ‘excellent’.

The Honda CBR600RR will hit 62mph in less than 3.0 seconds and can hit more than 155mph.

It’s not clear how fast May was going when he was caught by the camera, but speed awareness courses are only usually offered if you’re caught driving over 10% plus 2mph of the limit, but below 10% plus 9mph. That means, in a 30mph limit, May must have been travelling below 42mph.

It’s believed he blamed the error on the road previously having a 40mph speed limit – but he reportedly was braking by the time the speed camera caught him.

May will be starring in his new series, The Grand Tour, alongside Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson from autumn.

It’s not known whether his Captain Slow nickname will remain – there are rumours that it remains trademarked to the BBC.

Begging, blackmailing and flirting: how US fans are trying to get Grand Tour tickets

Begging, blackmailing and flirting: how U.S. Grand Tour fans are trying to get tickets

Begging, blackmailing and flirting: how US fans are trying to get Grand Tour tickets

As part of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s new show, The Grand Tour, the ex-Top Gear trio will be touring the world and presenting in front of live studio audiences.

On Friday, The Grand Tour announced it would be filming in Southern California – and all fans had to do was apply via this link and answer a few simple questions to be in the crowd.

Over the weekend, Amazon was bombarded with applications to see the show, with applications received from all 50 US states.

But many fans are taking to Twitter to try to convince the hosts to give them tickets… with some taking extreme measures.

Some are trying to bribe Clarkson with wine, and US presidency nominations…

While others are even resorting to flirting:

And some went a step too far:

But a lot of Canadians are feeling left out:

Amazon Video EU’s VP, Jay Marine, said: “The anticipation is definitely high for The Grand Tour. We knew Jeremy, Richard and James had a large following in America, but the response has far exceeded our expectations. We could film a show every day for the next 6 months and would still not have enough tickets to satisfy the demand.

“Chosen US customers will be contacted over the coming weeks with ticketing details, and all Prime members can look forward to seeing The Grand Tour this Autumn when it launches exclusively on Prime Video.”

The £160 million show will be available to watch exclusively on Amazon Prime, with fans having to pay £79 a year to watch it.

Jeremy Clarkson: "I had the worst hangover ever..."

Jeremy Clarkson: “I had the worst hangover ever…”

Jeremy Clarkson: "I had the worst hangover ever..."

A teaser clip for The Grand Tour has been released showing Jeremy Clarkson talking candidly about the time he was a rally co-driver with ‘the worst hangover ever’.

The Grand Tour: what we know so far

In the clip, which shows Clarkson, Hammond and May chatting in a quarry, the ex-Top Gear host describes praying for something to go wrong with the rally car to get him out of the race.

As the flag was lifted, there was an almighty bang and Clarkson diagnosed the problem as a failed driveshaft – something he has ‘no idea’ if true.

The clip is the third in a series of short teasers for the new Amazon Prime show, set to be launched in the UK this autumn.

Other clips show Jeremy Clarkson discussing Richard Hammond’s underwear, and laughing at a seemingly-broken hired Range Rover.

Clarkson is no stranger to controversy, including an incident in 2008 when he was shown drinking a G&T while driving a truck during a polar special.

Jeremy Clarkson: "I had the worst hangover ever..."

Jeremy Clarkson: "I had the worst hangover ever…"

Jeremy Clarkson: "I had the worst hangover ever..."

A teaser clip for The Grand Tour has been released showing Jeremy Clarkson talking candidly about the time he was a rally co-driver with ‘the worst hangover ever’.

The Grand Tour: what we know so far

In the clip, which shows Clarkson, Hammond and May chatting in a quarry, the ex-Top Gear host describes praying for something to go wrong with the rally car to get him out of the race.

As the flag was lifted, there was an almighty bang and Clarkson diagnosed the problem as a failed driveshaft – something he has ‘no idea’ if true.

The clip is the third in a series of short teasers for the new Amazon Prime show, set to be launched in the UK this autumn.

Other clips show Jeremy Clarkson discussing Richard Hammond’s underwear, and laughing at a seemingly-broken hired Range Rover.

Clarkson is no stranger to controversy, including an incident in 2008 when he was shown drinking a G&T while driving a truck during a polar special.

50 Cent: 'I could save Top Gear... but it would cost them'

50 Cent: ‘I could save Top Gear… but it would cost them’

50 Cent: 'I could save Top Gear... but it would cost them'

US rapper 50 Cent has revealed he wants to replace Chris Evans on the new Top Gear – but has said it would come at a price.

Speaking to the Daily Star, the car enthusiast said: “I would love to work on Top Gear, I could save that show for sure, but it would cost them.

“There ain’t a car I haven’t owned over the years, my car collection is as good as anybody’s out there.”

The 41-year-old, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, owns a number of Lamborghini Murcielagos, a Ferrari FF and a Bentley Mulsanne.

It seems that the In Da Club singer is missing the old Clarkson, Hammond and May trio, adding: “Top Gear was one of the world’s iconic shows and it’s a shame it came to this.

“The show since the old team left has been unrecognisable and if it don’t get back to where is should be soon then it may never recover.”

Chris Evans quit Top Gear when ratings slumped to a record low of 1.9 million at the end of his first series.

BBC bosses are not expected to replace the lead presenter, with the rest of the crew, including Matt LeBlanc and Sabine Schmitz, carrying on as before.

50 Cent: 'I could save Top Gear... but it would cost them'

50 Cent: 'I could save Top Gear… but it would cost them'

50 Cent: 'I could save Top Gear... but it would cost them'

US rapper 50 Cent has revealed he wants to replace Chris Evans on the new Top Gear – but has said it would come at a price.

Speaking to the Daily Star, the car enthusiast said: “I would love to work on Top Gear, I could save that show for sure, but it would cost them.

“There ain’t a car I haven’t owned over the years, my car collection is as good as anybody’s out there.”

The 41-year-old, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, owns a number of Lamborghini Murcielagos, a Ferrari FF and a Bentley Mulsanne.

It seems that the In Da Club singer is missing the old Clarkson, Hammond and May trio, adding: “Top Gear was one of the world’s iconic shows and it’s a shame it came to this.

“The show since the old team left has been unrecognisable and if it don’t get back to where is should be soon then it may never recover.”

Chris Evans quit Top Gear when ratings slumped to a record low of 1.9 million at the end of his first series.

BBC bosses are not expected to replace the lead presenter, with the rest of the crew, including Matt LeBlanc and Sabine Schmitz, carrying on as before.

Top Gear Stunt Team 2016

Top Gear Stunt Team returns for summer 2016 tour

Top Gear Stunt Team 2016Top Gear may have finished for now on TV but fans of the show will still be able to get their TG fix this summer with the return of the Top Gear Stunt Team.

Performing as part of Top Gear Live for the past decade, the bespoke show itself may be on hold but the stunt drivers will still be carrying the Top Gear brand to events across the UK over the summer.

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The first stop-off will be at former Top Gear presenter Chris Evans’ CarFest North on 29 July, before heading north for Glasgow’s Ignition Festival of Motoring, then back south for the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend before finishing at Carfest South in late August.

Stunt driver and Goodwood regular Paul Swift will be again leading the stunt drivers and is promising both routines and specialist cars that fans have never seen before.

And there’s predicted to be a fair few fans watching on: 120,000 of them across 11 show days in two summery months.

Adam Waddell of BBC Worldwide said: “We’re delighted to be launching the Top Gear Stunt Team as a new Top Gear-branded live entertainment proposition and we look forward to the team thrilling visitors at the four events which make up the Summer Series”.

Top Gear Stunt Team 2016 dates

  • 29-31 July: CarFest North, Bolesworth, Cheshire
  • 5-7 August: Ignition Festival of Motoring, Glasgow SECC
  • 20-21 August: Beaulieu Supercar Weekend
  • 26-28 August: CarFest South, Laverstocke Park
Top Gear's Chris Harris lands new presenting gig on BBC America

Top Gear's Chris Harris lands new presenting gig on BBC America

Top Gear's Chris Harris lands new presenting gig on BBC America

One of the few people to have done well out of the Evans-led Top Gear, Chris Harris, has bagged a position presenting his own international car show on BBC America.

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It comes days after Chris Evans quit from the BBC2 TV show after ratings nosedived in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson’s sacking.

The new show will be a spin-off from Harris’s Youtube series, Chris Harris on Cars. The motoring journalist has developed a huge base of car enthusiast fans, with some videos attracting millions of views.

The new show will air on BBC America in the US and on the BBC Brit channel in Australia, south America, South Africa, Poland and Scandinavia.

In the seven-part series, Harris will explore the ‘technical complexities’ of the world’s fastest cars including the Aston Martin GT12, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Honda NSX.

Despite landing the new job, it’s thought that Harris will continue presenting Top Gear – which is set to continue without Evans when the new series airs in 2017.

The new Chris Harris show will appear on American TVs as soon as Monday 11th July – although there are no plans to show it in the UK.

Top Gear's Chris Harris lands new presenting gig on BBC America

Top Gear’s Chris Harris lands new presenting gig on BBC America

Top Gear's Chris Harris lands new presenting gig on BBC America

One of the few people to have done well out of the Evans-led Top Gear, Chris Harris, has bagged a position presenting his own international car show on BBC America.

Top Gear: the five best Chris Harris video reviews
This is how Top Gear’s Chris Harris was BANNED from driving Ferraris

It comes days after Chris Evans quit from the BBC2 TV show after ratings nosedived in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson’s sacking.

The new show will be a spin-off from Harris’s Youtube series, Chris Harris on Cars. The motoring journalist has developed a huge base of car enthusiast fans, with some videos attracting millions of views.

The new show will air on BBC America in the US and on the BBC Brit channel in Australia, south America, South Africa, Poland and Scandinavia.

In the seven-part series, Harris will explore the ‘technical complexities’ of the world’s fastest cars including the Aston Martin GT12, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Honda NSX.

Despite landing the new job, it’s thought that Harris will continue presenting Top Gear – which is set to continue without Evans when the new series airs in 2017.

The new Chris Harris show will appear on American TVs as soon as Monday 11th July – although there are no plans to show it in the UK.

Jeremy Clarkson in bizarre expletive-filled Twitter rant

Jeremy Clarkson in bizarre expletive-filled Twitter rant

Jeremy Clarkson in bizarre expletive-filled Twitter rant

Ex-Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson isn’t one to shy away from saying what he thinks – which explains why he described a story on the Mail Online yesterday as ‘utter horses**t’.

The story suggested Clarkson encouraged crowds to gather in Italy, where filming was taking place for the trio’s new series The Grand Tour, in a bid to give Chris Evans ‘two fingers’ as he quit Top Gear.

In the Twitter rant, Clarkson described the journalist who wrote it as ‘a disgrace’ and suggested he’d made up quotes.

Fellow presenters James May and Richard Hammond joined in the Twitter squabble, having a dig at Clarkson over the colour of the Aston Martin DB11 he was driving in the pictures.

Clarkson responded to the jibes with a series of tweets arguing that the Aston Martin is orange.

The ex-Top Gear trio are currently filming The Grand Tour which will be shown through Amazon’s Prime online streaming service later in the year.