Captain Slow caught going fast

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Former Top Gear presenter James May was caught speeding in London – right after purchasing a Honda CBR600RR.

Known as Captain Slow to his co-presenters, the TV personality and passionate biker was anything but as he was clocked by a camera on the North Circular last month.


After tweeting about the incident on August 11 “Bought new motorcycle. Busted for speeding in the first 16 miles.” He later went on to reveal a map that showed that he had in fact broken the speed limit less that a mile after riding out of the Chiswick Honda dealership.

May has said that he will be taking a speed awareness course rather than have points on his licence and has not commented about how fast he was actually going.

Talking to the Daily mail, May commented, “It’s a fair cop. I try to respect speed limits and rules in urban areas.

“Out on the motorways and in the country it’s a bit different, but I try to abide by the rules in the city.

“I was caught this time. That stretch of road used to be 40 [miles per hour], but they recently brought it down to 30.”

Joking about the incident, May posted an image of the ‘customer feedback’ for the speed awareness course on his twitter feed.

May will star alongside his long time co-presenters, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in their new show The Grand Tour, which is to be shown later this autumn on Amazon Prime.


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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer