James Daniel May is an English television presenter,
award-winning journalist and writer.
May is best known as co-presenter of the motoring programme Top
Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, and has presented
a variety of other television documentaries and entertainment programmes
around themes including science and technology, childhood toys,
cars, food and drink, and the plight of manliness in modern times.
In 2009 he presented a two part documentary programme marking the
40th anniversary of the moon landings, culminating in him taking
a flight to the edge of space aboard a U2 spy plane. In addition
he has released a variety of DVDs and books with similar themes,
and writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph's motoring section.
On Top Gear, his nickname is "Captain Slow", because of
his careful driving style, love of small, underpowered cars and
his habit of getting lost and distracted whilst driving. In a February
2007 episode of Top Gear he carried out a successful top speed test
drive of a Bugatti Veyron at the Ehra-Lessien Volkswagen test track,
reaching 407 kilometres per hour (253 mph). In July 2010 he repeated
the attempt in the updated Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, reaching
the vehicle's top speed of 417.6 km/h, confirming that it had retaken
the title as the fastest road car in production .....