Saturday 25 February 2017

Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans film first challenge of new Top Gear - in Reliant Robins

Kerri-Ann Roper

Programme Name: Top Gear 2016 - TX: n/a - Episode: Top Gear 2016 New (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc's first challenge is a battle between the UK and the USA.
They were told by David Baddiel on BBC Radio 2 that they had to travel to
Programme Name: Top Gear 2016 - TX: n/a - Episode: Top Gear 2016 New (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc's first challenge is a battle between the UK and the USA. They were told by David Baddiel on BBC Radio 2 that they had to travel to "the Las Vegas of Britain" - namely, Blackpool - in Reliant Robins. Matt LeBlanc - (C) BBC World Wide - Photographer: Mark Yeoman
Programme Name: Top Gear 2016 - TX: n/a - Episode: Top Gear 2016 New (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc's first challenge is a battle between the UK and the USA. They were told by David Baddiel on BBC Radio 2 that they had to travel to "the Las Vegas of Britain" - namely, Blackpool - in Reliant Robins. Matt LeBlanc - (C) BBC World Wide - Photographer: Mark Yeoman
Programme Name: Top Gear 2016 - TX: n/a - Episode: Top Gear 2016 New (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc's first challenge is a battle between the UK and the USA. They were told by David Baddiel on BBC Radio 2 that they had to travel to "the Las Vegas of Britain" - namely, Blackpool - in Reliant Robins. Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans - (C) BBC World Wide - Photographer: Mark Yeoman
Programme Name: Top Gear 2016 - TX: n/a - Episode: Top Gear 2016 New (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc's first challenge is a battle between the UK and the USA. They were told by David Baddiel on BBC Radio 2 that they had to travel to "the Las Vegas of Britain" - namely, Blackpool - in Reliant Robins. Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans - (C) BBC World Wide - Photographer: Mark Yeoman

Top Gear presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc have kicked off filming the first episode of the new show with a trip to Blackpool.

The duo were photographed in Reliant Robins, one emblazoned with an American flag and the other a UK flag, as they embarked on their adventure from BBC's Broadcasting House in London.

Evans announced former Friends actor LeBlanc would be joining the presenting panel earlier this month.

Also joining the line-up is Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring ­journalist Chris Harris and car reviewer Rory Reid.

Programme Name: Top Gear 2016 - TX: n/a - Episode: Top Gear 2016 New (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc's first challenge is a battle between the UK and the USA.
They were told by David Baddiel on BBC Radio 2 that they had to travel to
Programme Name: Top Gear 2016 - TX: n/a - Episode: Top Gear 2016 New (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc's first challenge is a battle between the UK and the USA. They were told by David Baddiel on BBC Radio 2 that they had to travel to "the Las Vegas of Britain" - namely, Blackpool - in Reliant Robins. Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans - (C) BBC World Wide - Photographer: Mark Yeoman

LeBlanc tweeted ahead of filming, calling the Top Gear crew a "great group of lunatics" and adding: "We start filming in the morning. I'm pumped."

The duo are set to race some 230-plus miles to ­Blackpool in their Robins.

Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc's first challenge is a battle between the UK and the USA. Photo: Mark Yeoman
Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc's first challenge is a battle between the UK and the USA. Photo: Mark Yeoman

Former Top Gear host James May posted a photo and message on Twitter for the new team. Posting a photo of a small shop named Top Gear Motors, he wrote: "Good luck to the new Top Gear trying to fit so many presenters in their studio."

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