The reboot of Top Gear will see seven presenters join the team, with Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, Rory Reid, and Chris Harris confirmed alongside Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans.

AND THEN THERE WERE SEVEN. The Top Gear TV reboot will see seven presenters “cover the entire automotive spectrum” with the announcement overnight that “Motorsport guru and Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, world record-breaking German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, renowned motoring journalist and YouTube petrolhead Chris Harris, and car reviewer and TV presenter Rory Reid are today all confirmed to join Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc for the eagerly awaited return of Top Gear”.

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.”

Eddie Jordan said: “I’m giddy with excitement to be joining Chris and the team. I have such enormous respect for all my fellow presenters and I politely ask that they go easy on these old bones. Cars are in my DNA and although I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish most things I ever aspired to in motorsport, presenting Top Gear is quite simply the icing on the cake.”

Chris Harris said: “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, so I’m hoping I can underpin the programme with journalistic credibility but still cause some mischief. 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.”

Sabine Schmitz added:  “I grew up next to the Nurburgring, and have been racing for most of my life, so the chance to combine both driving and filming was too good an opportunity to pass up. I’ve appeared on Top Gear a few times in the past, so I know we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Rory Reid commented: “When I submitted my 30-second audition tape, I knew the odds were very firmly against me, as the auditions were open to absolutely everybody. 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. I’m looking forward to bringing my brand of knowledge, energy and humour to what promises to be a very exciting new series.”

But forget that lot because it’s the Stig that everyone’s most interested in hearing from and he/it sent a reply “via electronic communication” saying “-.-. …. . .– .. . –..– / .– . .—-. .-. . / …. — — . .-.-.-“ We put it through the Practical Motoring de-gobbledegook-er and the message reads: “Chewie, we’re home”.

For all of those Top Gear fans who fell in love with the show because of the other three, don’t compare this one to that one. And, besides, Jeremey, James and Richard will have their own car show… Sure, this Top Gear reboot will be different, but then so was the Jeremy Clarkson-led reboot of Top Gear all those years ago. I honestly believe this new series will be a cracker.


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