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
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