Top Gear Releases Teaser for Season 24

After Jeremy Clarkson left the building with Richard Hammond and James May, a ginger man named Chris Evans tried to breathe new life into Top Gear. Unfortunately, he failed to do so, which is why Evans took his leave after only one season.
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This teaser for Top Gear Season 24 sheds some light onto what Top Gear has become. Now that Chris Evans returned to presenting the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, Top Gear’s de facto figurehead on the small screen is Joey from Friends. I mean Matt LeBlanc. His aides are, as expected, newcomer Rory Reid and auto journo Chris Harris. A pretty neat trio, if I may add.

The 20-second teaser also reveals that the boys are up to something big, in the middle of nowhere, at below-zero temperatures. The cars they drive are, in a way, as different in nature as the three presenters are in terms of background. LeBlanc went for a W210-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Reid opted for a hackney carriage (a.k.a. London black cab), whereas Harris appears to be driving an old Volvo station wagon from the early 2000s.

For some reason I don’t quite comprehend, the boys then proceed to do a handless drag race. Yup, the rule appears to be simple: don’t put your hands on the steering wheel, even if you hit another car. And that, in essence, is all there is to what the all-new season has in store for us: nothing new.

On the upside, three passionate men living in the shadows of what was once a great car show is better than no Top Gear at all. For the diehard fans, there’s The Grand Tour. The point is, Top Gear Season 24 will be marginally better than Season 23 now that Evans is gone, but there’s no denying the current hosts lack the chemistry Jeremy, Richard, and James have.

And on that bombshell, the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold will have to go. On that note, a rebranding of the show would be much appreciated.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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