The new Top Gear team needs insurance in this first trailer for season 24

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So… Top Gear. Once the biggest car show on the planet, the long-running BBC production took a huge hit when its trio of presenters, as popular as they are controversial (well, at least for one of them), decided to call it quits after the latest fracas they had caused. Faced with being fired for punching of a producer, Jeremy Clarkson gathered up his co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May, as well as their huge fanbase and went off to make The Grand Tour with Amazon. And honestly, it was… okay.

But we’re not here to talk about that show and how everything the unholy trinity of motoring journalism touches does in fact not turn to gold. We’re here to talk about the fallout of their actions, which saw the BBC sign radio DJ/motorsport fanatic Chris Evans (no, not Captain America Chris Evans) and popular US actor/petrol head Matt LeBlanc to front a newly retooled Top Gear, along with a lineup of support hosts in the form of Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan. Unfortunately, people hated them before they had even done anything, simply for the fact that they weren’t Clarkson, Hammond and May.

It also didn’t help that lead host Harris was a screechy annoyance who got under some people’s skin, or that some of the presenters, like Schmitz and Jordan, just didn’t have the innate comic timing or personality to carry the show as seemingly effortlessly as their predecessors did. The result was a tank in the ratings of Top Gear for its 23nd season, and Evans – who took the most criticism from fans and press alike – actually resigning after the season finale. There were some alarmists who called for this to be the end of the show, but luckily cooler heads prevailed at the BBC as it was announced last year September that the remaining five hosts would stay on, and that LeBlanc, Harris and Reid would now become the three lead hosts.

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I actually called for this format in an article I wrote last year, as I felt the three were the perfect mix of personalities to get Top Gear to where it was: LeBlanc is the wry and dry American, Harris is the unhinged wildman and Reid is the lovable nice guy in the middle. And that’s seemingly exactly what we’re getting in the upcoming 24th season of the show. Well that and also drifting a 1,036bhp Ferrari FXX K, partaking in a car chase with Aston Martin’s new DB11, having a bit of a coming together in a race across the Kazakhstan wilderness, and picking up naked hikers in an Avtoros Shaman. Sounds like a good time to me!

Check all of this out in a recently released extended trailer for the upcoming season.

There’s no release date set yet for when Top Gear season 24 will launch or how Schmitz and Jordan will fit into the new lineup, but BBC indicates that “more will be revealed soon”.

Last Updated: February 9, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Hargrim

    Enjoyed Le Blanc, hated Evans. Watched 3 episodes of S23 (well, 2 and a bit) before I gave up.

    Grand Tour was . . . ok, I guess. I think they were trying too hard

    Will give S24 a test drive when it arrives

    • Admiral Chief

      I quite like most of TGT

      • Matthew Holliday

        First few episodes were really fun, watching them throw subtle shade at the BBC was hilarious.
        But towards the end, it started getting a bit too scripted and lost some of its shine.

        • Admiral Chief

          I’m just past the Moroccan episode (was not even closely as funny as the others)

          • Matthew Holliday

            That episode showed so much promise at the start.
            Then they spent 30 minutes weighing cows and goats…

          • Admiral Chief

            IKR? What was up with that?

          • Matthew Holliday

            That was pretty much the story of most of that series, like I said, not perfect, but still good stuff.

    • Original Heretic

      Grand Tour only okay?! NYET! Loved watching it. Those three together are awesome. Yes, there are a couple of “set pieces”, but they’re portrayed very tongue in cheek.

    • I loved The Grand Tour.. granted some parts fell flat but it’s the first attempt and overall I thought it was brilliant.

      I loved Top Gear last season apart from Evans, he was so annoying. Now that he’s gone I’m psyched for this season

    • Matthew Holliday

      Had the same thoughts as you with grand tour, very try hard.

      There was alot that I liked, but there was also alot that I didnt.
      Wanted more of a car show and less of a “build a scale and weigh goats for 30 minutes” type series.
      Also was really interested in some of the celebrities they invited then didnt interview.

      The new top gear lineup is promising though, the 3 that are left are by far my favorites out of the 100 presenters they had.
      I thought Leblanc shined, or atleast he did standing next to Evans who was just the worst. he’s an actor, script him and he’ll be fine.
      Ive been following Harris since he was with Drive magazine, he’s a quality driver and really knows his stuff, even if his presenting is a bit average.
      Reid was just, okay, but he wasnt annoying and was quite practical. But he’s nice, which is cool.

    • Peter Pan

      Yeah. I agree. LeBlanc was the better of the hosts and seemed more natural to me. I don’t have much to say about the other two. Maybe now that most people have hopefully got over the change in hosts, the series might get its dues now, and people will hopefully start looking at it as its own monster rather than a series that has outgrown is value.

      Regarding GT, it was okay, but I’m hoping the first season was just teething problems and that the next season will up the ante. That whole Celebrity Brain Crash thing irritated the hell out of me. I would always fast forward that part.

      • Yeah Celebrity Brain Crash was just funny the first time. After that it was just unnecessary waffling.

  • Magoo

    Actually looks pretty good.

  • Original Heretic

    Huh? Harris resigned? I thought it was Evans who quit due to flack…

    • I don’t know what you’re talking about. I clearly wrote that Evans was the one that resigned, and not Harris. Only an idiot would make that kind of mistake.

      • Original Heretic

        Damn my idiot eyes. I see now that you DID write Evans.

    • Fox1 – Retro

      There can only be one Chris.

      • Original Heretic

        Huh? Did he suddenly go Highlander on us?

  • Captain JJ

    Oh, very interesting. I really do enjoy Top Gear these days.

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