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Angela Rippon

BBC veteran Rippon was the launch presenter of the show, back in 1977 when it was only broadcast in the Midlands from Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham (it even used the same music, Jessica, by the Allman Brothers Band). It went nationwide the following year, with features on police driver training, holiday driving, traffic jams and rust.

The Forgotten Presenters Of Top Gear

Clarkson, May and Hammond might have honed ‘Top Gear’ into its most iconic jeans-wearing, Mexican-baiting, bloke-bantz format, but what about those whose tenure has been less celebrated?

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