Thank the comedy gods for watching over Rowan Atkinson, who, as we noted in today’s news roundup, wrapped his McLaren F1 supercar around a tree in England yesterday (August 4), walking away with a mere shoulder injury before the car itself burst into flames.
Just weeks ago, the Blackadder legend and racing enthusiast was the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on Top Gear in an episode to be aired on BBC America this fall. “I’m a pretty slow learner of tracks and cars,” he says in a behind-the-scenes interview you can watch below (spoiler alert). “So I don’t pretend to be able to get into anything and drive them well.” Slightly chilling, considering that Atkinson has crashed his F1 before.
Atkinson drove a $20,000 Kia Cee’d on Top Gear. The estimated worth of his “ultra-rare” McLaren F1, according to The Mirror? $3.2 million.
Thanks to the Top Gear Transmission Blog for the clip.