Johnny English star Rowan Atkinson was most probably not laughing back in August 2011, when he crashed his beloved McLaren F1 into a tree, suffering a fractured shoulder blade in the process. In true Mr Bean style the supercar hit a slippery patch of road near Peterborough, sending the 6.1 litre engine 20 yards from the final resting place of the remainder of the wreckage.
We assume however that he was all smiles, when after a year under repair, and a £910,000 repair bill for his insurers Aviva, he was re-united with his prized possession. Atkinsons insurers decided eventually that it would be cheaper to repair the supercar, given that McLaren have manufactured only 64, since production began in 1992, helping to boost their re-sale value significantly, with one selling last year for £3.5 million.
After getting back behind the wheel 16 months after the crash, Atkinson said it was “like putting on a familiar sweater”.