Chang­ing gears

The new sea­son of the BBC’s most ex­ported TV show, Top Gear, launched in Lon­don last week with a new set of pre­sen­ters. Pho­tog­ra­pher Lucky Nx­u­malo was in­vited along and took the big city for a spin

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Be­tween the lo­cals, the cas­tles and the ru­ins, I felt like the only black man in Sur­rey, a Bri­tish county 20 min­utes from the crazy traf­fic of Lon­don. I had come to the cap­i­tal alone, brav­ing the huge Heathrow air­port and Euro­pean sum­mer for the first time in my 46 years and, in the three days I had been there, I had only seen a few dozen Bri­tish dark­ies. My mis­sion: Meet the guys from Top Gear, favourite TV show.

When I had heard the news that they were not go­ing to re­new Jeremy Clark­son’s con­tract be­cause of an al­ter­ca­tion he had with pro­ducer Oisin Ty­mon, I was dev­as­tated. It seemed that the show was go­ing down the drain, but news broke that it would con­tinue with a new host and now it’s in its 23rd sea­son.

And I was for­tu­nate enough to meet the team. It was a dream come true for me to witness the press con­fer­ence where they gath­ered to­gether, a mix of celebri­ties, mo­tor­ing gu­rus and some of the old favourites from pre­vi­ous sea­sons. There are some fresh new faces and, fi­nally, some di­ver­sity: a woman and a black man. Hal­lelu­jah!

The an­chors are ac­tor Matt LeBlanc of Friends fame; ra­dio and TV star, and busi­ness­man Chris Evans; and The Stig. Guest pre­sen­ters in­clude jour­nal­ist and fa­mous YouTu­ber Rory Reid, for­mer pro­fes­sional racer (but sur­pris­ingly reck­less driver) Sabine Sch­mitz, YouTu­ber Chris my

PIONEER Rory Reid is the first black host on Top Gear and spoke at the con­fer­ence about how dif­fi­cult it was to get into the mo­tor­ing me­dia as a black man THE MZEKEZEKE OF LON­DON The Stig should keep his hel­met on; he’s aw­fully bor­ing with­out it

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