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James May Biography

James Daniel May is best known as one of the presenters of BBC2’s hugely successful Top Gear from 2003 to 2015. Last year James presented James May’s 20th Century also for BBC2.

Aside from being a proper grown-up car journalist, James is also an accomplished pianist and a qualified pilot.

James has a very bipolar taste in cars. He loves either very large enormously luxurious land-yachts, or cheap and tiny superminis. This is evidenced by his own driveway, which contains both a Rolls-Royce and a Fiat Panda. In fairness, he does also own a Porsche Boxster. But thanks to the specially-requested fitment of brown roof, brown seats and brown steering wheel, driving it is a bit like sitting in a giant Hushpuppy loafer. This is strangely fitting.

He went to Oakwood Comprehensive School and graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Music.

He is a sought after motoring journalist writing for Top Gear Magazine and The Daily Telegraph and has contributed over the years to Car Magazine, The Scotsman, Country Life and various technology and travel titles. In 2000 he won the Guild of Motoring Writers Journalist of the Year award.

James has a wealth of corporate experience working with many blue chip companies, his relaxed style coupled with his sense of humour, sharp dry wit and exuberant personality make him an ideal choice. Past clients have included the Royal Bank of Scotland, JP Morgan, Sun Chemicals, The Carphone Warehouse, Rabobank International & Rolls Royce PLC to mention just a few.

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