In a script that couldn’t be bettered by his hapless and accident-prone TV alter ego, famed petrolhead (and the actor behind the bumbling Mr Bean character), Rowan Atkinson has smashed the existing record for the largest car insurance pay-out in British history according to various news sources. Not to mention possibly setting a new record for the most long and drawn-out process, given that the original accident took place well over 4 years ago now.
The rubber-faced comic who first shot to fame with the rest of the Cambridge footlights who were at the vanguard of the new wave of alternative comedy in the 1980s was involved in a crash that saw his expensive McLaren F1 supercar part company with the tarmac and collide with a tree in the aftermath of coming into contact with a slippery road patch in Peterborough in August 2011.
It was widely reported that the impact of the crash was so severe that the McLaren’s engine came to a rest some 20 yards distant from the road-legal production car itself. The 58-year old star of television and film escaped from the wreckage of the F1 with only a shoulder injury, however his 240mph supercar didn’t come out of the collision quite as lightly in contrast; especially having spent a year with McLaren technicians at the Formula 1 team’s headquarters in Woking.
It’s not estimated that Atkinson’s motor insurance provider have stumped up somewhere close to £910,000 with regards to the total repairs bill during the intervening time, with the rare model’s increased market value in the past 12 months adding to the final invoice.
Apparently another McLaren F1 model sold for £3.5 million during the last 12 months. So now, officially, Atkinson’s F1 has broken the original record set by a fixed Pagani Zonda supercar back in 2010, and by some margin, on account of that particular pay-out for getting the car back on the road rumoured to be in the region of £300,000. Of course, it’s not the first time that Atkinson has found himself in a spot of vehicular bother, nor with that specific £640,000 supercar, as in 1999 the comedian collided with a Rover Metro.