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Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond fronted Top Gear for so long, you’d be forgiven for forgetting who used to present the show in its more sedate days. Angela Rippon hosted the original Top Gear which aired on BBC Midlands in 1977.
Barrie Gill (seen here interviewing F1 legend James Hunt) was co-presenter on the weekly show when it moved to BBC2 in 1978 – but seven of the 10 programmes were still subtitled ‘Rippon On The Road’.
In 1979, Noel Edmonds took over from Rippon as presenter for two series. Famously, he criticised the “positively ugly” Fiat Strada, and the Italian manufacturer threatened to sue.
Motoring writer Sue Baker (not Barker) was a regular reporter on the show in the early 80s, along with Frank Page and Chris Goffey. She’s seen here with Formula 1 great John Surtees.
Many will remember William Woollard from Tomorrow’s World, but he also fronted Top Gear for a decade from 1981 (as well as spin-off show Rally Report).
Ex-racing pro Tiff Needell co-hosted Top Gear from 1987 all the way through to 2001, when it was briefly cancelled by the BBC. He jumped channel to launch Fifth Gear on Channel 5.
Motoring journalist Quentin Willson also jumped ship in 2002 after 10 years on Top Gear. In 2004 he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and received the lowest score ever (8 in total).
Former local news presenter Michele Newman (second left) appeared on Top Gear from 1993 to 1998. She later co-hosted the rather-less-well-known Pulling Power on ITV in the mid-2000s.
Julia Bradbury is best known for fronting Countryfile and outdoor life docs, but she appeared in the less environmentally conscious Top Gear in 1998 and 1999.
Brendan Coogan, brother of comedian Steve, briefly hosted Top Gear in the late 1990s but quit following a drink-driving conviction. He went on to co-host Better Cars on Men & Motors.
Naturalist Kate Humble (left) co-hosted two series at the turn of the millennium, while Vicki Butler-Henderson (right) appeared from 1997 to 2001 before moving to Channel 5.