He was known by the BBC motoring magazine Top Gear and the eponymous television series, in which he is involved on the side of Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond since 2003. May also writes a widely read weekly column for the London Daily Telegraph. His nickname " Captain Slow", he has been treated during the Top Gear series because of his called " Christian motoring " driving style. Even so it was granted him as part of Top Gear to move the Bugatti Veyron at the VW test track in Ehra -Lessien up to speed of 407 km / h. James May has a brother and two sisters, is unmarried and lives with his girlfriend Sarah, a journalist, and his cat in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
In a Top Gear special James May reached along with Jeremy Clarkson the point 78 ° 36 'N, 104 ° 12' W78.595 - 104.198333333330, which is regarded as the Arctic magnetic pole since 1996. This May and Clarkson are the first ones - have reached the place with a motor vehicle - within a certain tolerance range.
James May is known for its car collection, which includes especially the elderly and British luxury cars like Rolls Royce and Bentley. May is also a lover of old Porsche 911 models and super sports car manufacturer Ferrari.
Bentley T2, Rolls- Royce Phantom, Triumph 2000, Rover P6, Alfa Romeo 164, 1971 Rolls- Royce Corniche, Jaguar XJS, Range Rover, Fiat Panda, Datsun 120Y, 2009 Porsche Carrera 2S facelift, Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 458 Italia, 1984 Porsche 911, 2005 Porsche Boxster S, Mini Cooper, Citroën Ami, Mazda MX -5, Lamborghini Aventador
Radio and television career
National TV Awards
- 2009 ( with Oz Clarke)