James May spotted in Hemel town centre... in the Batmobile

James May in the Batmobile during filming for BBC 2's Cars For The People. Photo: John Baldwin
James May in the Batmobile during filming for BBC 2's Cars For The People. Photo: John Baldwin
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Former Top Gear co-presenter James May paid a flying visit to Hemel Hempstead this morning – in the Batmobile.

The petrol head was negotiating the infamous Magic Roundabout in the distinctive vehicle from the 1960s series starring Adam West.

James May tucks into a packet of Walkers' chicken flavour crisps while filming in Hemel Hempstead. Photo: John Baldwin PNL-150922-172144001

James May tucks into a packet of Walkers' chicken flavour crisps while filming in Hemel Hempstead. Photo: John Baldwin PNL-150922-172144001

The stunt was part of filming for his BBC 2 show James May’s Cars Of The People.

Hemel Hempstead resident Katy Holliss, 29, was lucky enough to collar the TV star for a photo.

She said: “My partner Daniel and I were walking down Lawn Lawn and we stopped to have a chat with James about his new programme.

“He is a really down-to-earth guy and a nice person.

James May seemed happy to talk to locals while filming on Lawn Lane in Hemel Hempstead. Photo: John Baldwin

James May seemed happy to talk to locals while filming on Lawn Lane in Hemel Hempstead. Photo: John Baldwin

“They were filming him getting a parking ticket and getting chased by police.”

During a break from filming Mr May, who told Top Gear producers in April that he would not continue to present the show following Jeremy Clarkson’s dismissal, was seen to tuck into a packet of Walkers’ chicken-flavour crisps.

Film crews captured the footage of James May driving the distinctive car through Hemel Hempstead town centre. Photo: John Baldwin

Film crews captured the footage of James May driving the distinctive car through Hemel Hempstead town centre. Photo: John Baldwin

Katy Holliss with James May after she bumped into him while filming in Hemel Hempstead

Katy Holliss with James May after she bumped into him while filming in Hemel Hempstead