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Rowan Atkinson Crashes Pride Of Car Collection: McLaren F1 (Picture) 5
Posted by overdrivetv in accident, atkinson, CarBlog News, crash, F1, mclaren, Mr. Bean, rowan, Top Gear on 08 5th, 2011

rowan atkinson mclaren f1 crash mr bean Rowan Atkinson Crashes Pride Of Car Collection: McLaren F1 (Picture)

Rowan Atkinson, comedian and car collector extraordinaire was released from hospital today with no serious injuries after losing control of his maroon McLaren F1 and crashing into a telephone pole, setting the car alight in the process.

Atkinson apparently walked away from the wreck and sat on the side of the road with another motorist, waiting for emergency services. He has hurt his shoulder but no long term injuries are expected.

The McLaren F1 is the pride of his enormous and secretive car collection, costing over 650 000 Great British Pounds more than a decade ago. He apparently bought it to celebrate the success of the international Mr Bean film.

The car is a bit of a TV star as well, having appeared on the BBC’s Top Gear numerous times over the years. Atkinson himself was recently a guest on Top Gear and defended the car to host Jeremy Clarkson, who has never liked the McLaren. Atkinson said you have to live with the car, he has done over 37 000 miles in the car, more than any other owner presumably.

Atkinson is no stranger to car accidents, he has crashed this car before (although it was minor) and has also crashed a rare 1954 Mercedes Gullwing, a car worth close to a million pounds depending on condition.

Atkinson is also a keen racing driver, and races his 1964 Ford Falcon. He is known to own a new Audi R8, and even a Honda Civic Hybrid for more mundane duties.

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Image: © Copyright McLaren Automotive Limited.

Rowan Atkinson is best known for playing the role of Mr. Bean on television and in the movies. If you’re a fan of Top Gear, you know that Atkinson has a serious love of cars as well, and owns a McLaren F1 purchased as a reward to himself after his first film success. He’s owned the car since 1997, racking up some 37,000 miles behind the wheel. Shortcomings and all, Atkinson recently defended the F1 to TopGear host Jeremy Clarkson, saying, “You’ve got to live with it. I have lived with it for 14 years. I’ve done a lot of miles in it.”

That may be the case, but the McLaren F1 is still a difficult car to drive on a dark, wet road. Unlike today’s supercars, the F1 lacks modern safety features such as electronic stability control and antilock brakes. Atkinson spun his F1 on a rain-soaked road Thursday night, hitting a lamp post and tree and ending up with an overnight hospital stay. The actor was released this morning, sore but without serious injury.

As for the McLaren, chances are good it can and will be repaired by the factory in Woking. In the mean time, Atkinson still has a stable of cars to choose from, including an Audi A8, a vintage Aston Martin V8 Zagato and even a Honda Civic Hybrid. We wish him a speedy recovery, and suggest he get an order in for a McLaren MP4-12C. It’s (arguably) as fast as the F1, but it’s much more forgiving on wet country roads.

Source: The Guardian