Cars

Richard Hammond crashes classic BMW motorbike in hilarious YouTube skit

Published: 11/Apr/2020 13:30

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular car enthusiast Richard Hammond accidentally “crashed” a classic BMW motorbike while filming a parody of hit TV show, ‘Long Way Round,’ for his YouTube channel.

Long Way Round was a popular TV series released in 2004, documenting the journey of actors, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, who traveled around the world on motorbikes.

Inspired by the classic show, Richard Hammond decided to film his own “lockdown” edition and toured around his courtyard on a classic BMW bike, setting up different points of interest along the way.

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Richard Hammond took viewers on a tour of his yard in a parody of the “Long Way Round” TV series.

During his tribute, The Grand Tour host opted for the 1929 BMW R52 as his vehicle of choice and explained that it was the “genesis of the continent crushing BMW’s that Charley and Ewan rode around the world on.”

Hammond brought viewers around his yard and jokingly revealed some of his “fortuitous discoveries,” highlighting some of the vehicles in his collection such as the 1969 Porsche 911T and a British Sunbeam bike from the late 1920s.

Things did not go according to plan towards the end of his circuit and he took off unexpectedly on the bike, crashing into a nearby door and adding a surprising twist to the Long Way Round parody.

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“It was in gear so when I took it off the stand it just ran off,” he admitted, laughing back at his mistake.

Fortunately, the bike was going at a low speed when he collided with the door and appeared to come out of the incident without suffering any injuries.

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Hammond revealed that the classic BMW bike had been slightly damaged during the collision.

Although the same could not be said for the bike, as he later realized that it received some minor damage and was slightly bent from the impact, “Oh no, I’ve bent it.”

Hammond chose to look at the bright side, however, joking that the crash had added some more excitement to his tour, “well that’s a proper adventure now that it has a crash in it.”

Despite the brief collision, he was able to finish his trip without much of an issue and even revealed he was considering doing another parody for his channel but ideally one without crashing a vehicle.

Esports

Cadillac backs TSM in car company’s very first esports partnership

Published: 11/Jan/2021 18:55

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular esports and entertainment organization Team SoloMid — more commonly known as TSM — has announced a partnership with luxury auto brand Cadillac in the car company’s first-ever esports venture.

On January 11, TSM announced its exclusive partnership with Cadillac, marking the very first time the esteemed automotive company has entered such a business venture with competitive gaming groups.

The initiative kicked has off with a special TSM jersey featuring the Cadillac logo — a swanky fit that the organization flexed in a tweet revealing their latest money move.

That’s not all; according to TSM’s press release, their newfound partnership will also include some very special features for their fans, such as “access to exclusive streaming events, custom video and social media content, and experiential events and activations at the brand new, state-of-the-art TSM Performance Center.”

It looks like there’s a lot to be excited for, and even Cadillac is jazzed to be part of the proceedings, according to GM’s Manager of Emerging Media and Partnerships, Bryan Steele.

“Cadillac is excited to enter the esports space as part of the TSM family,” Steele said of the development. “Whether on the road, or on the Rift, our organizations place an incredibly high value on innovation and craftsmanship. Given our shared values, and the pedigree of Cadillac and TSM, it was a natural fit to team up with one of the most decorated esports teams in the world.”

While TSM might be Cadillac’s first esports partnership, this isn’t the first time a luxury car brand has gotten involved with an esports group; in November 2020, Chinese car brand Haval partnered with Epic Esports Events for their EPIC League Dota 2 initiative.

Just a month prior to Haval’s own initiative, Mazda entered a deal with Hellraisers. Other auto brands similarly involved with esports include Honda with Riot Games’ LCS and Team Liquid, McLaren with DragonX, Audi with Astralis Group, and Kia with the LEC.

It seems that more and more car companies are looking to get in on the action that competitive gaming brings. Who knows — it would be really cool to see a special TSM-wrapped Cadillac someday.