Rival BBC Top Gear and The Grand Tour presenters including Paddy McGuinness and Richard Hammond were spotted over the weekend at a Midland hotspot for motor sports. They were taking part in a vintage car rally at Ross-on-Wye when McGuinness took inspiration from Peaky Blinders, donning a flat cap and dapper tweed three-piece suit.
He was filming with fellow Top Gear chums Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris during a Vintage Sport-Car Club event at How Caple Court. Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was also at the race meeting.
Hammond, who spent part of his childhood in Solihull, lives on the doorstep in £2million Bollitree Castle in Weston-under-Penyard, near the Herefordshire town. There was no sign of his colleagues Jeremy Clarkson or James May though.
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It looked to be another challenge for the Top Gear team, but a pleasant one as they photographed themselves in a chic open-top vintage car. Harris particularly enjoyed his time in the region, posting that he had enjoyed “sunshine, old cars and constant laughter” on his Instagram account.
“Final day’s filming for this run of @topgear with this pair of planks,” added Harris. Him and Flintoff took a back seat allowing McGuinness in the driving seat.
McGuinness looked pristine and chic in the suit and flatcap, with a white handkerchief popping out of his top jacket pocket. Fans were quick to respond including one who joked: “Is Paddy wearing a hat not to cover the baldness”.
Another added: “Oh seems like you‘ve got powerful friends from the peaky f**kin blinders.” The photo quickly earned 30,000 likes of the trio whistling through the Midlands countryside near Worcestershire.
Fans will have to wait for the new series of Top Gear to see whether McGuinness is recreating a Tommy Shelby moment on the orders of the Peaky Blinders or following the latest fashion set up the BBC show that is in its final series.
Other drivers at the VSCC Hereford Trail also enjoyed seeing the Top Gear team at the event including Lizzi Upton from Ross on Wye. Lizzi commented: “The most incredible weekend at the Vscc Hereford trial! Had the pleasure of filming with the Top Gear boys!”
The two-day event features Garfitt’s Gamble – an optional stop-restart – and started at lunchtime on Saturday(March 19 and finished during the mid-afternoon the next day.