We’d heard rumours that things would be different when Top Gear returns, but it seems the only way you can replace the might of Clarkson, Hammond & May is by doubling the number of presenters. Joining Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, will be F1 legend Eddie Jordan, Nurburgring Goddess Sabine Schmitz, scathing motoring journalist Chris Harris, and a newcomer called Rory Reid who was recruited from the open auditions.
The new team will cover the entire automotive spectrum and bring with them their own unique and very individual love of cars, and they plan to cater for every type of every type of Top Gear viewer, from the family who enjoy the entertainment values of the show, to aspirational car lovers and fanatical petrolheads… You know, that sounds like Top Gear may actually go back to being a show about cars, rather than 3 middle age men mucking about… Which oddly for a car show is possibly a risky move…
Chris Evans said of his new Top Gear gang: “We really do have a bit of everything for everyone. A fellow lifelong petrolhead from the other side of the pond in Matt; a fearless speed-demon in the irrepressible and effervescent Sabine; the encyclopedic, funny and wonderfully colourful character that is EJ; Chris, one of the world’s top no-nonsense car reviewers; and Rory, who simply blew me away in his audition and fully deserves his place on the team.”
The Stig, clearly not wanting to be left out of today’s announcement, sent the following reply via electronic communication: “-.-. …. . .– .. . –..– / .– . .—-. .-. . / …. — — . .-.-.-”
Top Gear (or at least a show called Top Gear) returns to BBC Two in May.