James May Intends to Retire “Within the Next Five Years”

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Love him for his effervescent humor or hate him because he’s slow, James May is a top bloke I would certainly want to have a beer with. Unfortunately, his schedule is a bit hectic now that The Grand Tour is steadily becoming an even grander media sensation than what Top Gear used to be. Mind you, it looks like I’ll have my beer with the Cocker Spaniel-haired fellow in about five years’ time.
Speaking to Radio Times, the presenter let it slip that he’s getting a bit old to go on doing what he likes most. Not joking and no kidding. Now 53 years of age, kicking on 54, James told the cited publication that, ”Richard Hammond is a reasonably fit bloke who looks after himself, me and Jeremy aren’t.”

After highlighting that Clarkson is a bit “decrepit” due to his insert-whatever-reason-you-can-imagine-here, the man who was once known as Captain Slow put it straightforward, as follows: “Within the next five years I don't want to be fart-arsing around." Mind the colorful language, but that's that I guess.

James and Clarkson have been around for quite a while. They did pretty much everything there could be done in terms of professional accomplishments. Off the top of my head, James did drive a Toyota Hilux up a raging volcano and a Bugatti Veyron to its top speed. An airship caravan and an undercover test drive of the awful CityRover are other high points of James’ professional life.

What’s next? "I don't feel trapped [by Amazon Prime/The Grand Tour] because I'm just about in control of it. I'm not beholden to anyone, I'm not waiting for a pension or a carriage clock,” James further told the Radio Times. “But you have to know when to step back, and to be honest I thought it would have happened by now. Eventually, I want some other people to do it."

In that event, I will be keeping them beers cold for James May.
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Editor's note: Five years starting from this moment in time = December 2021. Does that mean The Grand Tour will last for six seasons? If that's the case, then 72 episodes will have to do until James' intended deadline.

About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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