Tuesday 25 October 2016

New Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc cherishes honeymoon motorcycle ride

Published 19/02/2016 | 00:11

Matt LeBlanc with Chris Evans and The Stig
Matt LeBlanc with Chris Evans and The Stig

New Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc has said the best drive of his life was on a motorcycle during his honeymoon.

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The former Friends actor was married to Melissa McKnight between 2003 and 2006. He then dated his Joey co-star Andrea Anders, before the two split last year.

Asked by BBC Top Gear Magazine for his favourite ever drive, he said: "Going through the Alps on a motorcycle with my wife on the back on our honeymoon.

"We only crashed once, so all in all it was a great ride."

LeBlanc and British model McKnight first met in 1997. They have one child, Marina, who was born in 2004, and reportedly remain on good terms.

The American actor and car enthusiast is part of the seven-strong Top Gear line-up, which also includes presenter Chris Evans, Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring journalist Chris Harris and car reviewer Rory Reid.

Recalling how he learned to drive, Evans said: "I was fortunate to be taught by a rather beautiful mum of one of my friends.

"It was all very Mrs Robinson - in my head, not hers! I passed first time, not long after my 17th birthday."

Mrs Robinson is a song by Simon & Garfunkel. It was famously included in 1967 film The Graduate, which tells the story of a 21-year-old who is seduced by an older woman.

The presenters also revealed the fastest speeds they have ever gone in a car.

Evans clocked in at more than 200 mph in a McLaren 675LT for a power test while filming Top Gear, while Schmitz reported going at 350 kph (218 mph) on the autobahn - or motorway - in Germany.

Harris said he had achieved 227mph in a Veyron near Karlsruhe - but was found out by the car manufacturer.

He recalled: "When I took the car back to Bugatti next morning they'd been tracking me real-time - 'So you went quite fast last night?' 'Errr ...'"

Jordan said his biggest mistake in a car took place when he was just a teenager.

" When I was 14, I nicked the car keys out of my dad's pocket and took our Anglia 1200 out for a spin to Powerscourt, near Bray," he said.

"I hit the kerb, went into the bank and put the car on its side."

:: BBC Top Gear Magazine goes on sale from February 25.

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