A PARA who lost his legs in the Afghan badlands was given a huge boost yesterday with a VIP visit to Top Gear.
Lc Bomb Ben Parkinson, 23, watches DVDs of the car show from his hospital bed every night.
Presenter Jeremy Clarkson, patron of The Sun?s Help For Heroes appeal, heard about their mega-fan ? and fixed a day with the team for him.
Ben saw his hero, test driver The Stig, pull some jaw-dropping stunts in a ?350,000 Ascari A10 supercar and ?160,000 Aston Martin DBS at BBC2?s Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.
TELLY favourite Richard Hammond is throwing a ?20,000 ?thank you? party to the medics who saved him after his 288mph jet car crash.
Coach-loads of 100 doctors, nurses and air ambulance staff are taking the 200-mile trip to London for the bash.
Last night a source close to the Top Gear host ? nicknamed Hamster by co-star Jeremy Clarkson ? said: ?This is very much NOT a showbiz do.
?It is a party to thank the medics who saved Richard?s life. ?It is very much something he wanted to do and has organised. He has hired the venue and there will plenty of champagne, food and drink. More than 100 people are expected.?
The Hamster?s Ball is being held at the posh Hospital Club in Covent Garden tonight, 14 months after the horror smash at Elvington airfield, near York. His dragster barrel-rolled when a tyre burst, leaving him critically ill with brain injuries.