We all know the story of Jeremy Clarkson punching a producer over an argument about inadequate food, and the domino effect that lead to the famous trio heading to Amazon Prime. But today starts a new chapter for Top Gear with the announcement that there will now be six, yes six, presenters for the BBC show.
The new format is a huge step away from what the show became known for, but this deliberate shake-up is clearly to distance the new show from the old. There are some great choices in hosts and some, let’s say, interesting ones. Here is the rundown.
The famed radio and TV presenter takes the helm and is arguably a great choice. Whilst he isn’t everyones cup of tea, Chris is a nice bloke and actually offered me a cup of tea when I first met him. Better than being polite, he knows his cars and has an extensive and very valuable collection of machines. Being a true petrol head they get plenty of use and are not museum pieces.
Previously the fastest “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” the Friends actor is another enthusiast. Having his name in the credits will no doubt retain the audience that watched Top Gear for entertainment.
Whilst he has become known for drifting supercars on YouTube, Chris has done his time as a proper motoring journalist which gives him great credentials to actually judge a car. He is happy to be controversial and is another good choice.
BBC’s Formula One pundit and ex-F1 team owner, Eddie is another controversial character and arguably a unusual choice for the show. The BBC has recently announce that they will drop the Formula One coverage on the grounds of costs, freeing up Mr Jordan to join the Top Gear Team.
This is one fast lady as she is actually a professional driver. She found popularity with fans after appearing on Top Gear a few times in the past. Sabine is entertaining but also knows what she is talking about.
Rory may be the least known of the new bunch, but he does work as a motoring journalist. He was selected from the public auditions and has previous presenting experience from Sky 1’s Gadget Geeks show.
The Stig has been retained as the tame racing driver of Top Gear, but he is the only link to the shows past we know of.
Will the new Top Gear be any good? I am willing to give it a chance to prove itself before I judge. Some say that it might have too many presenters, and that the three amigos on Amazon Prime will be watching closely… All we know is that new Top Gear kicks off in May.