It’s fair to say that it’s been a busy few weeks on Planet TopGear, and unless you’ve taken to living in a cave, I’m sure it won’t have escaped your attention that there’s been big news this month with Chris Evans joining the team on 16 June as the new host of TopGear. I caught up with him on his Radio 2 breakfast show, as he performed his role as the nation’s favourite alarm clock.
What became immediately clear was that, unlike most blokes, multitasking isn’t a problem for Chris. I watched as he simultaneously tuned, loaded and processed every element of the broadcast while somehow fnding time – with the second-by-second countdown ticking away in the background to review the papers and edit the many communications that fre into the show from every social media channel, with any downtime punctuated by another question from yours truly.
What’s also abundantly clear is that Chris’s petrolhead genes run deep. His current and eclectic car collection speaks volumes, but his back catalogue of previously owned icons, including a McLaren F1 and Ferrari GTO, would leave most people’s petrolhead appetite sated in perpetuity.
So with the new gaffer on board, the production team being hired and the ideas fowing, we’re looking for presenters. If you’ve spent years shouting “I could do better than that” at the TV on any given Sunday, now’s your chance. Send your 30-second clip to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll take a look. Terms and conditions apply, so have a read, get flming and good luck; the deadline for entries is 20 July.
If this month wasn’t busy enough already, we’ve also fnally managed to stop The Stig fiddling with the code and relaunched TopGear.com so you can now get your daily fx of TopGear on any device. Have a look and let us know what you think.
Somehow among all this, we managed to fnd time to create another stunning issue of your favourite magazine, packed full of the latest and greatest from our world. Ollie Marriage heads to Wales in the latest ultimate iteration of the performance Porsche 911, the GT3 RS. Sam Philip gets to grips with the 488 GTB as Ferrari goes Turbo, and Tom Ford wakes the neighbours and anyone within a fve-mile radius of the New Forest in the Lamborghini Aventador SV. Elsewhere, we send our cultural attaché Stephen Dobie from Sunderland to Tokyo and let him loose in the gorgeous Honda S660, and the Volvo XC90 takes on its rivals.
So, another breathless month in TopGear history, and as the show develops and the industry continues to create products that spike our collective interest, the team here will remain totally focused on delivering all the latest developments to you exclusively on a monthly basis.
Stay tuned – the future might be a little frenetic, but it also promises to be fascinating.
Enjoy the issue.