Happy Birthday Richard Hammond! A Look Back At Hamster’s Best Moments

Yesterday, December 19th, marked Mr. Richard Hammond’s 48th birthday! To mark the occasion, we realized that we have done a number of pieces on Richard’s worst crashes/moments, but we have never taken a look at his best moments throughout Top Gear and The Grand Tour. So let’s do that right now!


I Am Now Structurally Integral To the Roof!

Ah, the convertible people carrier, one of the most classic segments that the boys have ever done. We won’t go through and revisit the entire segment, but one of the funniest moments came about when the boys were testing the top speed of Renault and the roof collapsed on Richard, who was forced to hold it up.

“I am now part of it; I am structurally integral to the roof!” he exclaimed as the car slowly disintegrate around him.

I Shall Call It Oliver!

Out of all the cars that were featured on Top Gear, was there ever one that audiences remembered as fondly as Oliver? Maybe the indestructible Toyota Hilux, but I would say the award for the most beloved car has to go to Oliver. We all felt Richard’s pain when Oliver died.

Hammond Is Hypnotized

Hypnosis: you either believe it or you don’t. For those who do believe in the power of hypnosis, the segment where Richard was hypnotized by Paul McKenna was pure comedy gold. Not only did Richard completely forget how to operate every part of a car, but he believed that a toy Porsche 911 was his real one. It was hilarious.

Richard Turns Into An American

This is a very recent one, and technically it was only a promo, but it has the distinct honor of being the culmination of nearly decades worth of jokes about Richard being a closet American. Jeremy and James ended up in ridiculous get-ups; Richard had no change whatsoever.

Richard Flirts With Death On a Dam

Yes, I’m 100% certain every safety box was checked off prior to the filming of this stunt, but regardless, it looked scary as hell. As someone who is afraid of heights, I cannot imagine staying as calm as Richard did during the winching. He looked scared towards the end, but I would have been full on screaming and panicking.

What are your favorite Richard Hammond moments? let us know in the comments!

Written by Tony Hsieh

Cars, the Buffalo Bills, video games, comics, sandwiches, jelly beans, and the shooting star press; these are the things that Tony loves (in addition to his family, of course). When he's not spending his time writing tech reviews for, Tony puts his lifetime love of muscle cars to use on his 2015 Mustang GT. Tony's top three favorite cars are the 1973 Mustang Mach 1, Ferrari 458, and Aston Martin DBS.

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