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04/17/2012 06:21 am ET | Updated Apr 17, 2012

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Sees 'Top Gear' Host Demolish Cars With A Tank (VIDEO)

Richard Hammond is a lover of fine automobiles, as fans of the original "Top Gear" know well. But he'll get to explore bigger and wilder machines on his new six-part series, "Richard Hammond's Crash Course" (Mon., 10 p.m. ET on BBC America).

In the series premiere, Hammond got behind the wheel, as it were, of an M1A2 Abrams military tank, where he got to experience its power first-hand. Considering he's such a car buff, it was a little odd that the show chose to have him crush pristine classic cars with his new toy, but there was no denying it made for compelling television.

It also made for some heartbreaking images for car enthusiasts, as he flattened and demolished classic cars including a Mustang and a Chevelle. Hammond had a hard time with it as well, but certainly seemed to enjoy the chance to "experience something different," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hammond takes on a tree harvest and demolitions machines in upcoming episodes of "Richard Hammond's Crash Course," Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on BBC America.

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