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Richard Hammond reveals whether he has watched footage of his 2006 crash

Top Gear’s Richard Hammond leaves Leeds General Infirmary after being seriously injured while driving a jet-powered car (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Top Gear’s Richard Hammond leaves Leeds General Infirmary after being seriously injured while driving a jet-powered car (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Richard Hammond has said he is now able to watch the footage of the 2006 high-speed crash that left him with serious injuries.

The presenter, 52, crashed a jet-powered dragster called Vampire at nearly 320mph while filming for Top Gear at the former RAF Elvington airbase near York.

Although the incident left him with serious head injuries, he managed to make a full recovery and returned to the show in early 2007.

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Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in their final Top Gear show together (Ellis O’Brien/BBC/PA)

Hammond recently got back in the reconstructed car as part of a video for the DriveTribe YouTube channel, which he co-founded with Jeremy Clarkson and James May.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, he addressed whether he was now able to watch footage of his crash or if he still found it difficult.

He said: “I think I did for a while but not so much now. Not really. I have now – but not a lot, no. It was quite bumpy.”

Hammond described getting back in the car as “genuinely weird”.

He added: “It came about (because) I had the guys from DriveTribe over at my place and we were trying to plan a look ahead to the year.

“And one of them said, ‘You do know that car has now been restored and rebuilt just down the road from where you live?’ And it seemed too good an opportunity, so we rang them.

“It was all a bit of fun until the moment came – and you can see it on the little video on the platform – and I got in and I did go a bit quiet. It was, ‘Oh, hang on’.

“It’s weird. I remember the last time I got into this, but I don’t remember the last time I got out of it. So technically I must still be in it. It was a strange feeling.”

Hammond admitted he had not told his wife, newspaper columnist Mindy, before getting back in the car and “just snuck off and filmed it”.

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