'I drink too much,' Oddie, 74, tells me at the Racing Extinction private viewing at the Natural History Museum. I saw my doctor for a routine check-up and he asked me how much I drink, so I told him usually a bottle of wine a day.
I like white wine and, occasionally, a little bit extra afterwards.''But in my book, it would be easier to have nothing than to cut down, which is what I did for a month just before Christmas, but I've slipped back. I must have a go at that again.''Everything we do revolves around our children,' David, 53, tells me.
He's got a couple of Porsches, a Rolls-Royce, an old Triumph, a garage full of motorcycles, a light aircraft and a girlfriend of ten years - music and dance journalist Sarah Frater - whom he hasn't got around to marrying. 'I don't like talking about this one because I don't know the answer,' he says. Anyway, I'm too old to have a big wedding, with a big meringue dress and a load of my mates vomiting in the car park.' Kids? James makes up one-third of television's most raucous presenting team alongside Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond 'I don't want to drag Sarah into that because she's nothing to do with it.
James May: 'I can't imagine why anybody would want to invite a magazine to photograph their home, wife and children. I can't imagine why anybody would want to invite a magazine into their lovely home to photograph their wife and children.
“It never occurred to me that I would become old,” says the former Top Gear star, who turns 54 in January. Because what really marks out May as a man of a certain age is the existential angst currently swirling round his frankly not badly preserved head.
“We’re grown-up business people, so we must have company cars,” explains May, embarking on a pint of bitter at the Thameside pub where we meet, a short walk from his London home (he has another in Wiltshire), and a couple of miles from the new company HQ.
His architect says the build 'should cause no major effect' to neighbouring homes In 2013, May said he planned to embark on the improvements in order to appease his dance critic partner Sarah Frater.
'The permanent and fragrant presence of Woman demands something a bit better,' he said.
After the traumas of 2015, when the Top Gear trio left the BBC under a cloud of Jeremy Clarkson’s making, they’ve spent 2016 creating The Grand Tour, in which three middle-aged Englishmen romp round the world, burning rubber and millions of pounds as they go, driving Porsches, Ferraris and Mc Larens.
It is, by all accounts, terrific TV – even though you need to have Amazon Prime to see it. We had more energy in the old days, because we were younger and less knackered.