I was contacted a number of days ago by a reporter from the BBC, seeking an interview. I’ve fended them off until now. Having talked over the do’s and don’ts with Stephen Wilde of Wilde & Company and hopefully reset the proposed interview agenda through negotiation we decided it’s ok to go ahead.
It came out though that I have ‘previous’ as a BBC interviewee. Whether this will affect the Beeb’s decision on whether or not to let me loose on camera remains to be seen. At least I have a nice full set of upper teeth this time – I was waiting to get the upper fronts that were smashed in the crash fixed at that time.
It’s a long story.
Back in 2006, while I was still flat on my broken back in a kevlar overcoat on my sofa, Richard ‘The Hamster’ Hammond had a go at breaking the ‘flying mile’ land speed record, in a jet powered car.
Unfortunately, having broken the record on the return run at several hundred miles an hour, he broke the car rather spectacularly as well. A suspected front tyre blowout pushed the front end out of shape, and instead of hitting the panic parachute button, the brave little Hammond tried to steer the car straight. After a short flight and a lot of sky-ground-sky-ground-thump-ouch! the wreckage came to a standstill at the south end of the runway at York’s ‘Santa Pod’ Dragway, and the attending team and safety crew dialled the emergency services.