Top Gear’s Magnificent Seven

Five men, one woman and a Stig. It’s new-new Top Gear.

The long-awaited line up for this year’s series of Top Gear, and there are few surprises. Chris Evans leads the pack, with Matt LeBlanc alongside – the Friends actor was announced last week, much to everybody’s surprise. Also revealed earlier was Eddie Jordan, the motormouth from the BBC’s Formula One coverage.

The worst kept secret was Sabine Schmitz, a world record holding German race driver who has appeared on the show previously, while many knew that Chris Harris would be joining them. Chris has tried various routes in to TV, most notable with his On Cars YouTube series that sees him spending most of his time sideways.

Finally, there’s Rory Reid. Plucked from the public auditions, he’s charismatic, warm, knowledgeable and can tell a story better than anyone we know. If you’re in any doubt, check out his Rolls-Royce review below.

After a shaky start, the new programme is looking pretty strong.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.