Top Gear started life as an auto review show in 1977, but has since grown into something much bigger with celebrity races, comedic challenges, and sometimes controversial content.
After its original run in the 1970s, the show was revived in 2002 by Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman. After firing from the BBC, Clarkson teamed up with longtime co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond to create a similar show, The Grand Tour, on Amazon Prime, while Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc took over Top Gear.
Where can you watch Top Gear?
What is Top Gear about?
Created by Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman, the 2002 incarnation explores the automotive world with humor and eccentricity. The imaginative vehicle testing methods include shopping in a shopping center and testing a car’s off-road smoothness by seeing how easy it is to tattoo a passenger in the back seat.
Who presents Top Gear?
While those shaky inked tattoos are (unfortunately) permanent, the show’s cast isn’t. There were over 10 presenters on the show with the first season presented in 2002 by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe, with James May replacing Dawe for season two. They stayed together until 2015 when Clarkson was fired from the show. After this controversy, Hammond and May quit and joined Clarkson in creating Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour
Top Gear continued with a 23 series hosted by Chris Evans and Friends star Matt LeBlanc, but it was poorly received. After Evans stepped down were Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Eddie Jordan, and most recently Andrew Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness.
According to a Radio Times pollClarkson is the greatest Top Gear presenter of all time, with co-hosts May and Hammond second and third – it seems that despite the controversy surrounding their relationship with the BBC, fans remain loyal to the trio.
When will Top Gear be back?
Top gear returned for its 27th series in June 2019, and will return in 2020 for Series 28.
Where is Top Gear filmed?
The test track for Top Gear is at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, while other parts of the series have been filmed on roads around the world from the UK to Australia.
Who is The Stig?
The Stig, a mysterious driver who sets lap times, is supposed to be anonymous, but his identity has been revealed twice. The original Stig in black suit turned out to be Perry McCarthy in 2003, and after this leak he was replaced by Ben Collins in white. After a lawsuit over Collins’ autobiography revealing his identity as the Stig, he was replaced in 2010. The current identity of the Stig is unknown.