BBC announced last night that longstanding radio and TV personality, Chris Evans, is to replace Jeremy Clarkson as presenter of Top Gear. Evans will be the lead presenter of an 'all-new' line-up, although it has not yet been announced who will replace Richard Hammond and James May.
Evans has said he is "thrilled" about his new job - calling the automotive show his "favourite programme of all time" and stating, "I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward".
Evans, who is a well know car enthusiast, has signed a three-year contract with the hit BBC Two show. In recent months it was hugely speculated that he was tipped for the role to replace his good friend Jeremy Clarkson, but he insisted he was not interested.
Chris Evans practising for Top Gear job with Jeremy Clarkson on TFI Friday sketch
Shortly after the news broke yesterday evening Evans tweeted the following message: "First tweet as new Top Gear host. I would like to say Jeremy, Richard & James are the greatest. And NO I'm not leaving the R2 Breakfast Show."
Top Gear has been a hugely popular show in the past, watched by more than 350 million viewers worldwide. It has been reported that the overseas sales of the show nets the BBC a staggering £50 million a year - the question now remains... will Chris Evans be able to emulate the success of his predecessor? and of course, who will be joining him?
In 2010 Evans reportedly paid £12 million for one of only 36 ever to be made 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO - making it's 'Britain's most expensive car'.
In 2013 he auctioned off 'scenic rides' around the New Forest in several vhicled from his collection ncluding seven Ferraris; 1961 Ferrari TR61, 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spyder, 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder, 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, 2011 Ferrari SA Aperta and a 1990 Ferrari F40 raising £800,000 for Children In Need.
In 2014 Chris Evans paid a reported £2.27m for a classic Daytona Spyder
Chris Evans has revealed the 'Famous Five' of his collection includes a 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S, 1965 Aston Martin DB5, 1970 Jaguar E-Type, 1973 Lamborghini Muira and the 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta
Not bad, aye? ;)