The wait is over, today the BBC gleefully announced the complete presenter line up for the revamped Top Gear, as you are already aware Chris Evans has taken over and is joined by the recently announced Matt LeBlanc and of course the tame racing driver The Stig!
In addition to this the BBC announced an additional four presenters some of which were a surprise. Sorry but we knew Chris Harris was involved when he was photographed and outed on twitter by his now colleague Chris Evans.
The new presenters are Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, F1 pundit Eddie Jordan and Motoring Journo Rory Reid.
Eddie Jordan used to own a Formula One team with unknown drivers such as Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill (whoever they are). To quote Eddie on confirming his role on the show “I have such enormous respect for all my fellow presenters and I politely ask that they go easy on these old bones.”
Sabine Schmitz needs no introduction to regular Top Gear viewers as she once set a scorching lap time around the Nürburgring… in a Transit van while trying to beat a time of 10 minutes.
Next up is YouTube star Chris Harris said who most recently was seen on the Drive channel before creating his own outlet called ‘Chris Harris on Cars’: He stated “Top Gear is the thing that helped shape my life with cars, my perception of cars and my obsession with cars, and I’m raring to give it a go.
“I’m also quite gobby and happy to get into trouble. And if it all goes wrong, well, I can say I was once on Top Gear, and just head back to being that annoying small bloke off YouTube,” he added.
Now does anyone remember Chris Evans announcing the public auditions on the BBC One Show? Well if you thought it was all cobblers that the BBC would ever pick a random unknown, you were wrong so here is Rory Reid. To quote the newcomer “When I submitted my 30-second audition tape, I knew the odds were very firmly against me.
“To be the only person to make it through the open audition process makes me immensely proud. I’ve been a Top Gear fan for decades, but more than that, I live and breathe cars in a way that is perfectly compatible with the show,” he added.
I am now quite looking forward to the return of Top Gear and the impending rivalry with the new Amazon funded Clarkson, Hammond & May production. Let the battle commence!
Here are a few short profiles about the new TG presenters:
Eddie Jordan is an Irish former racing driver, team owner and entrepreneur. A host of drivers owe their breaks to Eddie as a champion of young talent, including Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine. Having suffered a number of major accidents while competing in racing, Eddie retired to set up his Jordan team in 1980. The team went on to be champions in Formula 3 with Johnny Herbert in 1987, Formula 3000 in 1989 with Jean Alesi – and in 1990 Eddie established Jordan Grand Prix and entered Formula 1. He sold Jordan Grand Prix in January 2005 and has since developed a portfolio of business interests as well as presenting the BBC’s coverage of Formula 1. He has been inducted into the Irish Motorsport Hall of Fame and in 2012 he was awarded an honorary OBE by Her Majesty The Queen in recognition of his services to charity and motor racing.
Sabine Schmitz is a German racing driver who is already well known to fans of Top Gear. She grew up in her parents’ hotel just 300m from the legendary Nurburgring track and has spent her life surrounded by cars and racing. She became the first woman to win the prestigious Nurburgring 24 hours in 1996, and repeated the feat a year later. Sabine became known as the ‘World’s fastest taxi driver’ by driving passengers around the track in a BMW M5 and has since presented several motoring shows for German TV. She has appeared on Top Gear several times over the years, becoming a firm favourite with viewers for mainly racing a Ford Transit van around the infamous Nurburgring. She still races successfully today and runs her own race team.
Chris Harris is probably best known for his popular YouTube channel, Chris Harris on Cars, which he launched in 2014, established with the help long time friend Neil Carey. It has already amassed over a quarter of a million subscribers and the content has been viewed over 20 million times.
Chris began his career in motoring journalism at UK-based Autocar magazine, becoming their official road-test editor. This gave him the opportunity to do some “racing and skidding” before starting a website for fast cars the week Lehman Brothers went under in 2008, which obviously ended badly. He then looked to solve his new found indebtedness at Evo magazine, and then became a member of the Pistonheads.com crew, as well as a regular feature on YouTube’s DRIVE channel. Most recently he has been making films for Chris Harris on Cars, the best of which was the mighty Holy Trinity film showcasing the might of the McLaren P1, The Porsche 918 & TheFerrari LaFerrari.
Rory Reid is an award-winning journalist of 18 years specialising in cars. Rory has written and presented for the likes of CNET UK, where he launched the company’s popular Car Tech channel, receiving a prestigious Association of Online Publishers (AOP) award for ‘Best Use of Video’ in the process. Rory has featured in a number of car-focused television shows and had a starring role in the Gadget Geeks series on Sky 1, where he reviewed cars and consumer tech. He was also a presenter on the hugely successful Fast, Furious & Funny YouTube channel. He is editor-in-chief of Recombu, specialising in producing car reviews.
Very little is known about the mysterious Stig. He is unable to read or write (meaning he will never write a book as he has never read one), also he can only communicate through a steering wheel by which he turns it many ways while driving a car flat out as fast as it can go.
The only other thing that is know is that the Stig has two hearts and when he breaks wind a car somewhere weeps gently.