In 2008, James was joined by fellow Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson to switch on the Blackpool Illuminations.
James was voted TV star with the Worst Hair in a Brylcreem 2007 poll.
Heat magazine voted James its Top Weird Crush of 2007, following on from his Top Gear colleague in 2006.
He once set fire to a sink in a laboratory.
Chemistry is his least favorite science subject.
James May once appeared on the show Petrolheads alongside Richard Hammond
He has had 14 speeding tickets.
Before his first segment on Top Gear he was called a blithering idiot by Jeremey Clarkson in his introduction
During his frist series on Top Gear he claimed that he was the only real man on the programme because Jeremy doesn't drink brown beer and Richard sticks his head in a bucket of hair product each morning.
He was fired in 1992 from Autocar magazine after putting together a "hidden message" in one issue.
The best thing he ever did on a motorcycle was riding from London to Verona to go to the opera on a Triumph Speed Triple then going home again.
His 'Desert Island Disc' would be something a bit highbrow like Beethoven's piano stuff, something big.
He used to play the flute and the saxophone but claims he hasn't played them in years.
James plays the piano.
Likes riding motorbikes and owns a few.
If he had one gallon of fuel left he would set fire to the Department for Transport.
He respects the fact that Richard Hammond actually managed to grind a bit of the cylinder head off his GS1150.
If he could have any other job he would be and airline pilot or surgeon.
He is the co-inventor of the game Fantasy Car Garage. He helped invent it with Richard Hammond.
His first car was a yellow MkI Cavalier.
He doesn't like The Archers, Gastropubs, Marque branded merchandise, mud in the countryside, buttons on car radios that are too small.
He likes American Hard Gums, Scalextric, train sets, eBay, nice girls in rubbish cars, posh cars or simple cars (no in-betweens), cooking, beer.
He has written a book called May on Motors which is a collection of columns from Telegraph Motoring, Scotland on Sunday, Car and Top Gear magazines.
His father had one of the first Rover SD1s.
He has a brother named David, a younger and an older sister.
He is unmarried and lives in Hammersmith, West London with his cat Fusker.
He holds a full light aircraft private pilot's licence.
He owns several cars, including a Bentley T2, a Range Rover, a Porsche 911, a Porsche Boxster S and several bikes.
He writes a weekly column in The Daily Telegraph's Motoring section.
He is famous for finishing last in nearly all of the Top Gear challenges between the presenters.
He refers to himself as "the other bloke off Top Gear."
He studied music in Lancaster.
His nickname is Captain Slow as he usually finishes last in Top Gear challenges.
James May: (About his cat) All in all he's not very loyal, he's a ruffian, he's not very bright or well-bred and he's not a very useful cat. However, he has the soul of a lion and I love him
James May: (About his cat) I thought he's be quite sophisticated but it turns out that he is a bit of a pikey. He picks fights with everthing, including the iron, vacuum cleaner, cars and bikes. He's a little sh*t.
James May: I am officially Captain Slow on the programme. I can drive quite quickly round the track, I've done it a bit, and I think fast track driving is a little like playing the bagpipes, you know, a gentleman can - but doesn't
James May: (What he prefers driving) Well, for actually getting around, cars. I like bikes, but I never depend on them, they're just toys. I just ride them occasionally and think 'wayhey I'm a big hard dude' and then I put them away again.
James May: I think I'm better at writing. I'm a bit of an amateur TV presenter, I think that's why they like me.
James May: (When asked about an upcoming season of Top Gear) Well, I'm not allowed to tell you too much, but I can promise you these. Jeremy Clarkson will not get any taller. Richard Hammond will not get any shorter. I will not get my hair cut. A few very powerful supercars. A few very old and worn-out supercars. A driving adventure or two, the Stig on top form, and maybe one of our famous races across Europe. I think it's going to be a good one.
James May: So I had this idea that if I re-edited the beginnings of all the little tests, I could make these red letters spell out a message through the magazine — which I thought was brilliant. I can't remember exactly what it said but it was to the effect that "You might think this is a really great thing but if you were sitting here making it up you'd realise it's a real pain in the arse." It took me about two months to do it and on the day that it came out I'd actually forgotten that I'd done it because there's a bit of a gap between it being "put to bed" and coming out on the shelves. When I arrived at work that morning everybody was looking at their shoes and I was summoned to the managing director of the company's office. The thing had come out and nobody at work had spotted what I'd done because I'd made the words work around the pages so you never saw a whole word. But all the readers had seen it and they'd written in thinking they'd won a prize or a car or something.
James May: I did once set fire to the laboratory sink, which, being a phenomenon that contravenes the regular chemical relationships between water and combustion, struck me as something worthy of further scientific enquiry rather than two hours locked in the stockroom.