I’m not sure I should be linking to this, but I assume that as it’s listed under the ‘Freedom of Information’ section then it’s fine to point to the Health & Safety Executive’s investigation into Richard Hammond’s crash (link goes to the downloadable PDF).
It’s really interesting the way that it’s put together, especially from the point of view that what we’re looking at, in essence, is the anatomy of what lead up to (and the events after) the now-infamous crash that Richard Hammond suffered in September of 2006, when filming a sequence driving the ‘Vampire’ drag car.
It’s clear from the report that Hammond is actually quite a skilled driver. It seems like the whole thing was actually quite well organised, but that the tyres should possibly have been replaced after 2 years (the tyres on the Vampire appeared to be 5 years old according to the report).
Ben Collins is listed as a high-speed driver and consultant. There are also rumours that he’s The Stig. Of course, we’re all really glad that Richard Hammond managed to walk away from this huge crash and it’s certainly a testament to the safety measures used that his injuries weren’t far worse.