Star reveals turning points in life as he helps homeless
TV presenter and former Top Gear star Richard Hammond says he is “ridiculously lucky” to have his career and health.
The presenter was airlifted to hospital after flipping in a dragster in 2006 and escaped from a crashed car in Germany just last year moments before the vehicle burst into flames.
Hammond, from Solihull, said those moments could have been “turning points” and he is fortunate to be alive and have the job he does after being “slung” out of sixth form.
The Grand Tour presenter reflected on the watershed moments in his life of adventure while considering the plight of those living on the streets of the UK.
Serving soup at the Centrepoint homeless hostel in London, Hammond looked back on the ups and downs of his career. “I have been extremely lucky. It just takes one little thing.
“You don’t realise until afterwards that it was actually going to turn out to be something huge.
“That could have been a turning point. That could have gone the other way.”
He added: “I was slung out of sixth form and had a free year of doing pretty much nothing. I walked my dog a lot.
“I am ridiculously lucky with my career, being able to tour the world with The Grand Tour and talk about people’s cars.
“I think everyone has those turning points.”