Monday 26 September 2016

'Already missing the magic' - Chris Evans can't stop raving about filming Top Gear in Kerry

Published 18/04/2016 | 11:16

PIC: Chris Evans Twitter
PIC: Chris Evans Twitter
Chris Evans driving the 1976 Rolls Royce Corniche. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Chris Evans during filming of the ‘Top Gear’ episode in Kerry. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Graham Clifford (centre) joins Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans
Matt LeBlanc filming Top Gear in Kerry. PIC: BBC Pictures
Matt LeBlanc filming Top Gear in Kerry. PIC: BBC Pictures
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Matt LeBlanc with a new Rolls-Royce Dawn, during filming for the new series of Top Gear which will return in May.

Kerry certainly seems to have made an impression on Chris Evans.

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The new Top Gear presenter can't stop raving about his weekend filming for the new series of hit BBC motoring show.

He has taken to Twitter to extol the virtues of Slae Head and posted several pics of his coastal Wild Atlantic Way drive in a 1976 Rolls Royce Corniche.

The stunning images were accompanied by captions including "Another gem from Ireland Top Gear shoot. Already missing the magic" and "Best road I've ever driven on.  Had no idea it existed. A great great day."

Over the course of the weekend, Evans and his co-presenter Matt LeBlanc were accosted by a hen party, met with local GAA players, learned how to pour Guinness and among the myriad selfies found themselves posing with Kathryn Thomas.

However, it was the sheer beauty of the Kingdom which seems to have made the biggest impression on Evans, even though it's not his first visit.

He credits driving through Kerry and listening to the late Gerry Ryan with prompting his return to BBC Radio One.

"We had to come film in Ireland," he said. "We had the Rolls Royce Dawn and one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world, so that's why we came."

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