James May got his nickname ‘Captain Slow’ because of his very careful driving style and a general poor sense of direction. In the show he’s not quite a Captain of the slow kind because he has driven some truly fast cars like the Bugatti Veyron, the Pagani Zonda F, and also the Ferrari LaFerrari. Earlier on Twitter, James May has just further proved that he’s not Captain Slow
Speeding conviction update. Bit shameful, really. It’s a fair cop, I’ll come quietly. pic.twitter.com/7ZmHzIHKMj
— James May (@MrJamesMay) September 5, 2016
If you look closely at the picture, he had just recently picked up a motorbike, presumably from the Chiswick Honda location, and was pulled over for speeding not even a mile of road later. He was riding a CBR600RR in the photo below, looking very non-Slow. We don’t know about you, but we find this speeding ticket to be a bit hard to believe. We’re just curious what the cop was thinking as he was writing this ticket. Perhaps James May tried to explain his lawbreaking in the most dry and laborious fashion, requiring a “To Be Continued…” splash screen midway.
On a somewhat related note, we are wondering whether he can still be called “Captain Slow” on The Grand Tour show, which premiers on Amazon Prime starting in Fall 2016. Producer Andy Wilman has expressed some of the concerns regarding the legal hurdles they have to jump through due to the possibility of encroaching on Top Gear intellectual property. Names like “The Stig” can no longer be referenced as that is a Top Gear character, so presumably “Captain Slow” is also off limits. We’re certain the clumsy bunch will come up with new nicknames, we just wonder what they’ll be…
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