Top Gear reveals full ‘Magnificent Seven’ line-up for new series

Who will be joining Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Jordan behind the wheel?

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If you’re going to take on the legacy of Clarkson, Hammond and May, it’s sensible to have a few friends around to help.

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The BBC have revealed the team who will join Chris Evans on the relaunched Top Gear later this year. As well as former Friends star Matt LeBlanc – announced last week – the ‘Magnificent Seven’ will feature:

  • Eddie Jordan, former Formula 1 team owner and commentator, as first revealed by RadioTimes.com.
  • Sabine Schmitz, German racing driver and familiar face from the old-new-Top Gear who “grew up next to the Nurburgring.”
  • Chris Harris, an established and respected motoring journalist.
  • Rory Reid, a TV presenter and car reviewer.

Who’s the seventh? Why the Stig, of course.

Most of the names had already been rumoured in one way or another – with RadioTimes.com reporting on Schmitz and Harris’s involvement last week – but Rory Reid is a comparative unknown, having emerged through the open auditions Evans promised last year.

“When I submitted my 30-second audition tape, I knew the odds were very firmly against me, as the auditions were open to absolutely everybody,” Reid said. “To be the only person to make it through the open audition process makes me immensely proud. I’ve been a Top Gear fan for decades, but more than that, I live and breathe cars in a way that is perfectly compatible with the show.”

Evans explained why his new Top Gear team was perfect for the job in hand: 

“We really do have a bit of everything for everyone. A fellow lifelong petrolhead from the other side of the pond in Matt; a fearless speed-demon in the irrepressible and effervescent Sabine; the encyclopedic, funny and wonderfully colourful character that is EJ; Chris, one of the world’s top no-nonsense car reviewers; and Rory, who simply blew me away in his audition and fully deserves his place on the team.”

And the Stig welcomed his new playmates. Well, ‘welcomed’ is a strong word. He said this.

“-.-. …. . .– .. . –..– / .– . .—-. .-. . / …. — — . .-.-.-“

Decoded, that reads ‘Chewie, we’re home’.

At least the break gave the helmeted-wonder time to go to the cinema.

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Top Gear returns to BBC Two this May