A star of the hit British automotive TV show, Top Gear, escaped unharmed after another of the shows trademark stunts went wrong. James May was flying in a caravan being held aloft by a giant blimp-shaped balloon that formed a sort of airship. High winds pushed the airship off course and into some trees.
The stunt originally called for May to land the airship on the cricket pitch in the village of Eltisley, Cambs. Instead, high winds forced the airship about a half-mile off course, sideways into trees in a farmer’s field near the A428 highway.
It’s believed that May was racing Richard Hammond who was driving a Lamborghini. The race was supposed to end in the middle of a cricket match taking place on the pitch but May ended up getting a bit side-tracked.
May is the luckiest of the Top Gear presenters when it comes to stunts gone wrong. Richard Hammond crashed in a jet-powered dragster when it’s right-front tire exploded causing the car to spin out and roll at 288 MPH.
Last year, Jeremy Clarkson hurt his legs, hand, neck, and back when he crashed a transport (lorry) through a brick wall. Unlike Hammond’s crash, this one was on purpose. (Skip to 7:08, though more crashes start at 5:10.)