Hamster turns 48 today! Er, sorry, we mean 36! He turns 36 today!

Richard Hammond is an English automotive writer, journalist, and television presenter best known for his work alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May in Top Gear between 2002 and 2015, and as of 2016, The Grand Tour. Richard got his start in radio, working for a variety of BBC stations including Radio York, Radio Newcastle, Radio Cleveland, Radio Leeds, and Radio Lancashire. In 2002, Richard moved on to TV, and became part of the indivisible Top Gear trio with Clarkson and May. During his stint with the BBC, Richard worked on a variety of other shows, including Brainiac: Science Abuse, Crufts, Last Man Standing, and Total Wipeout, among others. In 2015, Hammond left Top Gear to work on The Grand Tour.

As you might imagine from his resume, Richard has enjoyed a rather impressive (not to mention eclectic) car collection over the years. Just a smattering of standouts include a 1927 Sunbeam, a 1931 Lagonda, a Bentley S1, a 1963 Opel Kadett, a 1976 Toyota Corolla liftback, a 1969 Jaguar E-Type, a 1982 Porsche 911 SC, a 1994 BMW 850Ci, a 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder, a 2009 Morgan Aeromax, a 2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante, a 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a Volkswagen Type 2 Campervan, a Land Rover Defender-110, a pair of Land Rover Range Rovers, and a Willys Jeep, not to mention dozens and dozens of motorcycles. Richard also has a thing for American muscle, and owns a classic 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, finished in Bullitt Green, as well as a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8. He also owns and regularly flies an R44 helicopter.

Happy Birthday, Richard!


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