For those waiting with baited breath for the new BBC Top Gear TV series, we have good news!
Below is the all new trailer, featuring fast cars, amazing driving, and the fantastic new presenters. Something tells us this series is going to surprise a few people (in a good way!). The ‘magnificent 7’ as they are being branded are; Chris Evans, Matt leBlanc, Eddie Jordan, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring journalist Chris Harris, Rory Reid who launched and presented for CNET’s Car Tech channel… oh and of course, Stig!
You can get the Top Gear Awards issue now, and also if you want to know more about the new presenters, you’ll want this copy with interviews with them all. If you are thinking about a new car this year, there’s even a Top Gear car guide available, as always with Mags Direct, postage is free in the UK.
New Top Gear Present Biographies
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. 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 longtime 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.
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.