James May

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James May, or James May Not, he's that sort of guy....
Sti... James preparing to get one over on Germany

James May (4 September 1860 - 6 February 2011) is an eccentric toy collector as well as "the other guy" on motoring show Top Gear. His driving style can be defined as comedically slow, earning him the nickname Captain Slow. Next to Richard Hamster and Jeremy Clarkson, he has been an essential part in the presentation and maintenance of the motoring show Top Gear.

Sometimes nicknamed The Other Guy, James is renowned for his ability to make snails feel good about themselves by driving supercars at a snail's approximate moving speed. That was a sarcastic comparison - a hundred more of those and I could replace James May as the other guy on Top Gear. But I won't.


Born into a family of eccentric toy collectors and slow drivers, James grew up in an upper-lower-middle class housing estate in the south-western region of north-east Britain. Being unhappy with his family life, James adapted an esoteric way of thinking, bought his own car and fucked off on a quest to find true happiness. Unfortunately for him, the closest thing he could find to true happiness was a presenting job at motoring show Top Gear, which is where he currently works and lives.

Notable achievements in Top Gear[edit]

As a presenter on Top Gear, James has achieved many things. He was the first man to drive a supercar with a serious look on his face, as well as the first Top Gear presenter to go through a whole episode without making fun of one of the other two. He was also the Black Stig.

Other Shows[edit]

James, unhappy with his progress as the other guy in Top Gear, branched out his presenting abilities in a number of other shows, such as James May's 20th Century, a show which remains blissfully unaware that the 20th century ended some time ago; and the one where he collects toys, being blissfully unaware that most people who are watching the show also grew up with the same toys. These minor flaws have earned the shows hefty sections of time on the Dave channel, rather than their intended place on BBC1. Oh, and there was also one where he dissected a shark, apparently.

Current status[edit]

James currently resides in a 3 bedroom apartment which begs the question; why doesn't he move into a house? Apart from his large stash of engineering porn which has become stuck in his spare room, nothing is stopping him. James mentioned during a BBC interview that he prefers to live in small places, although in the same interview Jeremy Clarkson said it was because James is the other guy. In the same interview, Richard Hammond was questioned, but he couldn't reach the microphone.

James owns a Ford Fiesta, an ashtray, a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Bellanger-Denhaut 22 twin-engined bomber/reconnaissance flying-boat, a brown horse called Walter, and a Spitfire, all of which he uses to travel to the Top Gear office every morning.

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