Sir Chris Hoy walks away unhurt from car smash

Olympic champion crashes Jag just yards from Manchester Velodrome

by Simon_MacMichael   August 7, 2010  

Chris Hoy head shot

Sir Chris Hoy has walked away apparently unscathed after crashing his £80,000 Jaguar just yards from Manchester Velodrome, where he has been preparing for next month’s European Track Championships.

According to The Sun, the four times Olympic champion’s car collided with a Vauxhall Vectra when he was turning right onto a main road, resulting in its front bumper being ripped off and other damage to the front of the vehicle.

The newspaper added that besides Hoy, his passengers and the driver of the Vectra were all unhurt in the collision, which took place on Thursday evening.

A witness to the accident told The Sun: “The Jag came flying out the junction - the driver just didn't appear to see the other car on the main road,” adding “afterwards Chris Hoy was talking on his mobile and appeared really shaken up. There were two passengers with him."

Another bystander stated: "He was turning right. He must have looked left, seen it was clear and thought it was clear on the right.

"The car coming down the road basically clattered into him at right angles.

"Chris Hoy's car was left in the middle of the road and there was debris strewn all over.

The witness continued: "It happened about 20 yards from the velodrome. Chris's car was an absolute mess. He didn't seem to be injured, but he didn't look happy standing there in his GB cycling shirt."

A police spokesman confirmed that with the two drivers having exchanged insurance details, they would be taking no further action.


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Stick to two wheels eh Chris

posted by wossington [11 posts]
7th August 2010 - 10:44


That's the problem with velodromes, always turning left. No need to turn right. Wink

Seriously though, glad there were no serious injuries and the police are leaving it to the insurance companies.

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posted by jova54 [663 posts]
7th August 2010 - 11:46


Hmmmm Imagine if the vehicle CHoy apparently turned in front of had been a bicycle. Press field day? Thinking

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posted by TiNuts [98 posts]
7th August 2010 - 14:51