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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 topgear@bbc.co.uk, 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.

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