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Full Name: Richard Mark Hammond
Nickname:  "Hamster"
Born: 19 December 1969

A BBC television show presenter, most notable for being one of the three presenters of the new version of Top Gear until the main presenters left in 2015.

He has also presented episodes about automotive-related occupations in his Crash Course television show, which consists of Richard learning an American job in a short amount of time.  This has included a New York City taxi driver, and as pit crewman for the Dragon Racing team he participated in an IZOD IndyCar Series race as a left front tire changer for Katherine Legge's car.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Richard Hammond page on 4 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Richard Mark Hammond is a British presenter, writer, and journalist, best known for co-hosting the BBC Two motoring programme Top Gear from 2002 until 2015 with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. He has also presented Brainiac: Science Abuse (2003–2006), Total Wipeout (2009–2012) and Planet Earth Live (2012).

In 2016, Hammond was scheduled to be presenting The Grand Tour television series to be produced by W. Chump & Sons. The show will be co-presented with his former Top Gear co-hosts, Clarkson and May, as an exclusive distributed via Amazon Video to Amazon Prime customers.

Early life

Hammond was born in Solihull, Warwickshire, and is the grandson of workers in the Birmingham car industry. In the mid-1980s Hammond moved with his family (mother Eileen, father Alan, and younger brothers Andrew, writer of the 'Crypt' Series, and Nicholas) to the North Yorkshire cathedral city of Ripon where his father ran a probate business in the market square. He attended Blossomfield Infant School in Shirley from the age of 3–7. Originally a pupil of Solihull School, a fee-paying boys' independent school, he moved to Ripon Grammar School, and from 1986 to 1988 attended Harrogate College of Art and Technology.

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20 September 2006Richard Hammond injured in jet-powered car crashWikinews
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