A Tomcat, a very powerful Land Rover based 4x4, driven by Hammond, against a jet powered kayak 'driven' by Shaun Baker along an icy stretch of water in Iceland.

Richard Mark Hammond (born 1969) is an English television presenter best known for co-presenting Top Gear along with James May and Jeremy Clarkson. He also writes a weekly column, which can be read in the Motoring Section of The Daily Mirror each Friday. 

Hammond was seriously injured in a car crash on 20 September 2006, while filming for Top Gear at the former RAF Elvington airfield near York. He was piloting a jet-powered Vampire car, which is theoretically capable of travelling at 370mph.


Top Gear is an Emmy Award winning BBC television series about cars. The programme is estimated to have over 350 million viewers worldwide, 5 million of whom watch the programme each week in the UK.

Top Gear is currently hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. It also features The Stig, an anonymous test driver. It is provocative, humorous and light-hearted in tone. The eighth series of Top Gear completed its run on 30 July 2006 with each episode available to view via the BBC website after its first broadcast. The ninth series was due to start airing on 8 October 2006, however this was delayed due to Richard Hammond's accident in September 2006. 

A half hour version of the show is also aired on BBC World.

Top Gear magazine is a publication produced by BBC Magazines which shares some contributors, editors and features with the TV show.