Celebrities share the stories behind their favourite snaps. This week it's The Grand Tour's Richard Hammond, 50

1969: My mother, Eileen, is holding me here. I've got my mouth open shouting because that's how I was from day one – I was broadcasting from the moment I was born. Apparently when I was a bit older I worked out how to stand in my pram by straining against the straps, and my mum used to find me standing up, waving my arms about, lecturing a crowd of onlooking shoppers

1981: Don't be fooled by my angelic face as I peek out from around the garden shed soon after starting at Solihull Secondary School. I used to save up my bus fare to buy a single cigarette from a local shop – you could do that then – but amazingly I never got busted for smoking by my parents. I was an army cadet and I'm in my uniform here

2007: Here I am in a Vampire Dragster just before it flipped over at 300mph, leaving me with a serious brain injury. The recovery was a very, very slow process, taking many years. It's difficult to say if the accident has changed my personality, as I've matured and mellowed since then, but now if a producer offered me the chance to do something as risky as that in the name of light entertainment, I wouldn't. I'd be respectful towards my wife and two daughters because they've already had to go through it once

2008: At this point I was still in recovery after the crash. I was slowly going out and getting back into the world, so this is me escaping with my wife Mindy and our two daughters Willow and Izzy. The accident was incredibly hard for my whole family. Daddy was suddenly broken, so it had an impact on them, but they were all incredibly supportive. It was something that happened to all of us, so we got through it. But that's history now and in no way at all am I my daughters' hero. I'm just their embarrassing father. It's the law

2012: I look calm in this photo but I'm actually screaming inside. I did a series in America called Richard Hammond's Crash Course, in which I had to do a different job every week. I was a cab driver, worked as a ranch hand, and then for this episode I was a stuntman, so they set fire to me! I was covered in stuff that protects you, but I was still scared out of my wits. Although even worse was having to do stand-up comedy at a club in New York. That was beyond terrifying. I didn't get many laughs

2015: Ever since I was a kid I've wanted to be a wildlife photographer – I even had a darkroom at home – so it was amazing when I got the chance to fulfil that ambition in the Amazon for my show Jungle Quest. The hairiest moment was when I climbed a tree to try to photograph a sloth that had fallen asleep high up in the branches. The rainforest was flooded at this point, and as soon as I got up, my guide Eduardo [pictured] thought it would be funny to take the boat away. There I was, up a tree with a sloth and various snakes and spiders. He came back for me, thank God

2016: This is me, Jeremy Clarkson and James May filming in Jordan at a special forces training camp for The Grand Tour series. Not long after this photo was taken Jeremy had to do a fast descent by rope from a helicopter. I've never seen anything more hilarious in my life. He was absolutely petrified! He succeeded but not very stylishly and not without a lot of squealing. And better still, he was the only one who had to do it. But over the years we've all been as idiotic as each other. We're easily led and will do anything to show off

2016: Izzy, who is now 19, learned to drive on our land and here I'm pulling her leg by shouting, 'Aarrgh, I'm scared!' which is a bit rich given my own driving history. With my reputation and record behind the wheel I was never going to be the one to teach her – we got a professional to do that. She's now driving around safely and shows no signs of following in my footsteps – neither of my daughters does. Both of them have said they want to get proper jobs and not waste their time, which I'm totally cool with

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