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Many people end up in a career by accident, James is one of them. Having started out as a sub-editor on a trade magazine, James made the move to a car magazine. This gave him a reputation for knowing about motoring, and the opportunity to work on the launch of other motoring journals in an editorial capacity.
James was offered a column in Car Magazine, and became a freelance writer. James has since written for Autocar, Country Life and Scotland on Sunday. He now has a regular column in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph motoring section, and the monthly magazine Top Gear.
Following the colossal success of Top Gear, James has presented Inside Killer Sharks, UKTV People Car of the Year and wrote and presented James May’s Top Toys and 20th Century. James is currently filming yet another series of Oz & James’ Big Wine Adventure for BBC Two.
James has also made guest appearances on Ready Steady Cook, BBC Breakfast, Petrolheads, 20th Century Roadshow and has been a guest host on Top of the Pops. As well as television, James has been a regular guest on BBC radio discussing motoring issues.
James’s style of writing can be more of a social commentary, rather than a plain critique of the latest vehicle to leave a car manufacturer’s stable. His musings on modern motoring are witty and engaging, keeping the readers interest to the last sentence.
Captain Slow as James has become known is an advocate of driving sensibly from behind a walnut dashboard. Popular with audiences of all ages James has become a role model for the younger driver, he has been instrumental in making indicating before lane changes and legal tyre tread depths popular once more.
Very highly rated as an after dinner raconteur, James style is a relaxed, flowing and humorous series of observations of modern life, past times and social habits. Very popular with senior business audiences both young and old.
James returned to our screens with his hit new show The Grand Tour. After the high-profile disintegration of the Top Gear crew, May, alongside his trusty companions Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, with Amazons monstrous funding, has produced 3 seasons of this eclectic car show with the latest released on January 18 2019 receiving rave reviews.
James was voted HEAT magazines ‘Weird Crush of the year 2007’ winner, young women readers have seemingly taken James to their hearts. In 2020 James May launched his Amazon TV series Oh, Cook – a cooking show from the point of view of someone who definitely can’t cook.
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