James May revealed his ‘nightmare’ double car accident while filming the latest big tour film.
The presenter stunned costars Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond who watched in horror as he rammed a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 rally car into a mountain tunnel wall at a speed of 75 miles per hour.
And after narrowly surviving that incident with only rib injuries, May then experienced one of her worst nightmares as her vehicle crashed through the ice and into a frozen lake.
May, Hammond and Clarkson traveled to Sweden and Norway for their first post-covid movie, and the man once dubbed ‘Captain Slow’ made sure the trio was back in full force for the show’s premiere on Prime Video on September 16.
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May admitted her first crash, inside a dimly lit mountain tunnel, must have looked “terrifying”.
“We must have been a little too excited and not realized what a stupid idea that was. It was alarming, but I didn’t think I was going to hit the wall on the other end.
“To be honest, I was trying to win and started braking just half a second too late. I knew I wasn’t going to stop, and I just had to try to work things out so I didn’t hurt anyone and torture myself too much. I could have done it a bit more aside, but it’s not something I practiced to be honest.
His partners were genuinely shocked by the accident, but May admitted it was news to him: “Apparently so. Other people have said it. I didn’t notice it at the time and they certainly never inquired about my health.
“They certainly took the p***, which is what I expected of them.”
After patching up her seemingly invincible vehicle, May then led the trio on a charge across a frozen lake and admitted going into the frozen water was scarier than the crashing of the tunnel: “You have time to panic at about it – the idea of crossing the ice is the stuff of nightmares.
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“I find it quite scary. I wouldn’t say I’d rather crash into a wall, it hurts more, but I think the prospect of going through the ice is worse.
Although he wouldn’t have chosen these particular incidents to show the resilience of his favorite rally car, the legendary Evo, May admits he certainly proved his worth through the mix of craziness and death-defying stunts.
“It provided us with some good tense moments, and the star of the show is definitely the Evo.
“In the world of rallying, cars crash all the time, overturn and hit trees. They should literally hammer them back into shape, which I did with the Evo.
“We are forced to conclude that I did a more thorough test than the other two, who just drove pontificating.”
The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandinavian Film launches on Prime Video, September 16
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