Richard Hammond reveals his favourite Top Gear moment with Clarkson and May
It's so touching to see just how close the trio is on and off camera
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have been working together on television for 18 years now and they have seen and done it all. From driving on the world's deadliest road in Bolivia on Top Gear to falling in lakes in Scotland on The Grand Tour – there is nothing they haven't done, meaning the best moment is hard to define.
While speaking to the Express, Richard Hammond revealed his favourite moment with his two colleagues and it may not surprise you. The moment in question is in the form of a Top Gear episode that took place in 2007 and also happens to be the show's first 'special'.
Hammond said: "I’m going to give you an answer that actually all three of us have given at various times for various reasons.
“For me, it is Botswana when I drove all across the spine of Africa.
“It was everything it looked to be on screen, but it was also the first time we realised, ‘Wait a minute we can go off and have these incredible adventures.'"
“‘Thanks to, amongst others, Andy Wilman’s incredible skill in the edit, we can make that into a show that people will want to travel with us, come with us and share the adventure and the fun,’” Richard continued.
“And so it was important for all of our shared careers, and I think it's when we realised, ‘Hey, this is possible.’
“So it would be that trip that I look back on and think, ‘Wow, that was a game-changer for us and our show.”
The Bostwana special also happens to be the same time Hammond met one of his favourite cars he named Oliver – a yellow 1963 Opel Kadett. This is a car that will always stay with him and stands as a constant reminder of his favourite trip with two of his closest mates.