Rowan Atkinson is apparently lucky to be alive after he smashed up his McLaren F1 .
He crashed the £650,000 car, which is capable of 230 mph top speed, when he lost control, spun it several times and smashed into a tree and then a lamppost.
The car then burst into flames.
Mr Atkinson got himself out of the car and was looked after by another motorist. Firefighters put out the blaze and “Blackadder” was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury... and a nightmare insurance problem.
He is a car fanatic and owns a collection of vintage cars. He is also a speed fan, and won a “Top Gear” competition to be the fastest “celebrity” in a programme which was being rescreened at about the time of the accident. He bought this car to celebrate the success (ie vast income) of his Mr Bean film. But maybe the power of the car is too much for even his driving abilities. In 1999 he wrecked the front of it by driving it into the back of a Rover Metro!
People in show business always have difficulty getting car insurance. For some reason they are considered high risks. I’d imagine Mr Atkinson’s insurance premium is going to be sky high after this.
I wonder if that means a new series of Blackadder is on the cards?