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Rowan Atkinson’s wet road McLaren F1 crash

Mr Bean  fractures shoulder, wounds pride and crunches classic McLaren after losing it on wet road

Rowan Atkinson's McLaren F1 after the crash on the A605 in Cambridgeshire.

Monday 8 August 2011

Rowan Atkinson was discharged from hospital last Friday with a fractured shoulder blade following a major mishap in his maroon McLaren F1 on Thursday night .  Escorted by four security guards, he departed via a side exit to avoid a media scrum.

According to police, The Mr Bean and Blackadder star spun on off a wet stretch of the  A605  at Haddon, Cambridgeshire on Thursday evening around 7.30pm.   It seems he hit a tree then spun into a lampost before landing in a ditch at the side of the road.

Whether the accident was a result of driver error has yet to be confirmed.  In the Daily Mail, a neighbour commented:

“The way he drives, I’ve nearly collided with him a few times.  

When he’s in that car he’s an absolute idiot”.

Following the incident Mr Atkinson was subjected to a breath test by the police and officers visited him later to discuss the accident. A police spokeswoman advised: “It is routine to speak with drivers after any crash. That’s the case here too, as is a breathalyser test.

“Officers have completed their investigation and no further action will be taken.”

A small fire at the rear of the car was quickly extinguished by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. Apparently the vehicle was in flames as it left the road.  

A spokeswoman said: "Crews brought the fire under control by 8.13pm. They made the vehicle safe and used one hose reel to put out the fire.  

"There was one casualty but he was not trapped."  

No-one else was involved in the accident.

Whilst the back of the F1 would appear to be a write off, McLaren advised that because of its carbon-fibre chassis, it is “more repairable than other cars”.  The McLaren F1 was the first production road car to use a full carbon fibre monocoque.

The F1 was launched at a price of £540,000 in 1994. Over the course of the next four years, 64 F1, 5 F1 LM and 3 F1 GT road cars were produced, together with 28 F1 GTR race cars.  An additional six prototypes were produced.

The comedic actor purchased the Mclaren in 1997 for £635,000.  It last suffered damage to its bonnet in a low-speed shunt with a Rover Metro in 1999.  It is now worth around £2-2.4m.

Atkinson recently topped the leader board on BBC’s Top Gear  as their Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, completing the circuit in 1m 42.2 in a Kia Cee’d.  Known for his love of fast cars, he also races models from his collection, which includes a 1964 Ford Falcon.

Atkinson’s agent, Peter Bennet-Jones said: ““He suffered a painful shoulder injury. I think he was in pain and had some painkillers and stayed in hospital because obviously he didn’t have a car to get home. It is nothing more serious than that.

“He will be very rattled by the whole thing and I think he’ll want to keep as low a profile as possible.”

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