Saturday 16 December 2017

Matt LeBlanc rolls out the Rolls Royce Dawn as Top Gear films on Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry

Matt LeBlanc with a new Rolls-Royce Dawn, during filming for the new series of Top Gear
Matt LeBlanc with a new Rolls-Royce Dawn, during filming for the new series of Top Gear
Matt LeBlanc filming Top Gear in Kerry. PIC: BBC Pictures
Matt LeBlanc filming Top Gear in Kerry. PIC: BBC Pictures
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Top Gear presenters Chris Evans (left) and Matt LeBlanc
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Matt LeBlanc has taken the wheel of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn and put it through its paces around Ireland's Ring of Kerry.

Viewers of BBC Two's new series of Top Gear will see the former Friends star driving around Co Kerry's scenic route in the luxurious convertible (or drophead).

The name Dawn was previously given to just 28 drophead models between 1950 and 1954.

Fine Gael politician Brendan Griffin praised the show's Irish adventures earlier this week, saying he was "delighted".

Matt LeBlanc filming Top Gear in Kerry. PIC: BBC Pictures
Matt LeBlanc filming Top Gear in Kerry. PIC: BBC Pictures

He revealed he had contacted the popular motoring show two years ago to invite them to film in Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.

"I believed that the landscape, the roads and the people would be a perfect fit for the programme," he said.

Matt LeBlanc filming Top Gear in Kerry. PIC: BBC Pictures
Matt LeBlanc filming Top Gear in Kerry. PIC: BBC Pictures

He added that a visit would expose the area to a "whole new audience and will present a massive opportunity for tourism".

Louise O'Donoghue and Matt LeBlanc PIC: Kerry's Full Breakfast, Facebook
Louise O'Donoghue and Matt LeBlanc PIC: Kerry's Full Breakfast, Facebook

One lucky fan has already snapped a selfie with Matt LeBlanc in Killarney ahead of Top Gear filming this weekend.

Louise O'Donoghue sent her selfie and a pic of his autograph to Kerry's Full Breakfast on Radio Kerry.

Matt LeBlanc's autograph. PIC: Kerry's Full Breakfast, Facebook
Matt LeBlanc's autograph. PIC: Kerry's Full Breakfast, Facebook

She bumped into new Top Gear presenter Matt in The Killarney Oaks Hotel on Thursday night.

Speaking to Ray D'Arcy on his RTE Radio One show, Louise said she was an "obsessed" Friends fan.

"I was going in [to The Killarney Oaks] for a pint after work and he was there," she said.

"He was sitting behind me and I started freaking out.  I went up to the bodyguard.  Nobody was going up to him, so I went up and asked if it was okay if I got an autograph and a picture, if he didn't mind.

"He was having dinner but after I got an autograph, hug and pictures.  I was so happy.  I was like a little girl!"

LeBlanc, fellow host Chris Evans, and the Top Gear crew are in the Kingdom this weekend to film two segments for the upcoming new series.

Speaking on his BBC radio show on Wednesday, Evans revealed they would be hitting Dingle and Killorglin.

"Matt and I are going to Ireland on Friday to make a couple of Top Gear films that will be combined.  We're thinking of going to the Dingle area," he said.

Evans spoke to his newsreader, who is of Irish stock, about where to visit and asked her about Dingle. 

She said, "It's beautiful, wonderful food, lovely pubs".

"We won't have time for any of that!" he replied, "Technically we'll be working.  We'll try and eke out some time for a bit of socialising."

Evans also mentioned visiting the neighbouring village of Killorglin and asked about driving further south along the coast.

"We don't want to go inland, we want to go on the coast road.  It's better for shots," he said.

Netflix confirmed that the new series will be streamed internationally and it will premiere on BBC One in May.

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