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It’s a balancing act of finesse and delicacy, and this year’s Boxing Day spectacular is no exception. It starts like this: a cargo plane, arriving at a mysterious desert airport. Clarkson looks at the producer’s instruction letter. “Oh God,” he says, then reads aloud: “You have landed in Iraq…” “We had this fantastic, tilting view of the world receding through the back of the aeroplane, which was especially alarming for Hammond, because he was right next to the door,” says May, who knew only that they would be heading somewhere in the Middle East when he boarded the plane. “Slightly stunned - considering how ninny-ish they’ve become about what we’re allowed to do.
Our heroes contemplating where they might have landed. I thought, ‘Crikey, have they gone too far with this one?
He is widely known for his years as a co-presenter of the motoring programme Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.
The new home, which is in a conservation zone, is set to be 6% larger than May's living property, with an extra floor on the two side wings.
They built a high-security home to maintain their privacy.
James’ interest in transport doesn’t stop at cars - so much so in fact that in 2006 he pulled out all the stops and earned himself a pilot’s license after training at White Waltham Airfield in Berkshire. May’s journalism career began with the printed word, but in 1992 his stint at Autocar came to a rather abrupt end.
Owning his very own plane is one thing, but how flash is it to have a personalised plate on your set of wings? Sick to the back teeth of putting together the Road Test Year Book our Jimmy decided to get creative and spell out a secret message, along the lines of ‘this is a pain in the arse’.
“We were in Kurdistan, which is relatively safe, but we weren’t that far from Mosul, which is one of the most dangerous bits of Iraq,” he says.