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Noel Edmonds

Long before the hilarity of Blobby and Crinkly Bottom, Edmonds tested out cars for the show, starting under Angela Rippon’s tenure as host. In one episode, the big show off got to wallop his own Ford GT40 around Silverstone. He took over from Rippon as presenter for two series in 1980. Fiat threatened to sue the BBC after Edmonds said its Strada was 'positively ugly’.

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