• Sep 25th 2006 at 9:08AM
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Here at Autoblog we've been inundated with comments and news updates from well-wishers praying for Richard Hammond's full and speedy recovery following his shocking 300-mph crash this past Wednesday. And so we're pleased to report that the Hamster's condition is improving dramatically.

According to Hammond's Top Gear co-star Jeremy Clarkson, little more than a day after the crash, Richard spontaneously sat up in his hospital bed, asked what happened, joked around a bit, then got out of bed and walked to the washroom.

Of course these may seem like fairly ordinary functions, but not when you consider that Hammond was subjected to as much as 100g's of force as his jet-powered car rolled and left him unconscious and buried head-first in the dirt, initially classified in critical condition.

The crash was apparently caused by a burst tire. Follow the link to Clarkson's article in The Sun for a riveting account of the day of the crash, the events that lead to it, Hammond's miraculous progress on the road to full recovery, and the battle that lay ahead to keep Top Gear on the air.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      #5 go and jump. I hope it'll hurt.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Wow, pwned by the Grammer [sic] Police, the Welcome To Last Week Police [sic] AND the Physics Police! Ouch!"

      Add the spelling police to the list; the word is "grammar".

      "I'm just glad he's doing better though. Let's hope TopGear comes back with a vengeance after this ;)"

      I second that sentiment!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Waxing poetic only works if you're conversant with basic language skills. Try "the battle that lays ahead," or "lies ahead," not "lay ahead." Geez.

      Personally I'd like to hear more about this Top Gear situation. Of the various AutoBlog articles that have been posted on the subject of Hammond's crash, all I've seen are a few vague sentences about the show being affected.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Go to http://news.bbc.co.uk and grab the RSS news feed to stay more on top of things.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "...Hammond was subjected to as much as 100g's of force..."

      A "G" is a measure of acceleration, not force. He was decelerated at 100G. The force he felt would be his mass times that acceleration.

      I know it's a nit-pick, but please use correct terminology. I know that the term "g-force" is often used, but it is still incorrect.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks to the instantaneous speed of the internet, Autoblog is only about three days behind on this. Bravo!