James May

James May


1/16/1963, Bristol, England

Birth Name

James Daniel May


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James Daniel May was born on January 16, 1963 in Bristol, England. He went to Oakwood Comprehensive School and graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Music. Throughout his career he has written for various car magazines and currently writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph…more


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    • 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.