Who is Rory Reid? He’s one of the six presenters of the new series of Top Gear, alongside the likes of Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Jordan. But he’s also the least known of the bunch, being picked out from the public thanks to the quality of his 30-second audition tape.
He’s not entirely new to it, however. He’s appeared on TV before, as a presenter on Sky1’s Gadget Geeks, and has fronted his own car-related videos in his job as Recombu’s editor-in-chief. We’ve discovered some of his best videos, to give you an indication of what to expect in the new Top Gear. Click on the animated GIFs to see the full video.
1: The time he reviewed a Rolls-Royce through the medium of rap
“Let’s start with the lines. It’s hard to define how sharp and refined… when all I can think of is the carpets inside.”
OK, maybe Reid isn’t going to be a professional rapper any time soon. But his rapping review of the Rolls-Royce Ghost makes a change from all the generic car views on YouTube – and no doubt helped to get him noticed by Chris Evans.
2: When he reviewed a bright yellow aeroplane
It’s a presenter’s worst nightmare: go to all the effort of taking a flight in a historic plane, giving expert commentary and pieces to camera along the way, only to discover when you land that the plane was so noisy the microphone could barely hear you. Fortunately, Reid’s helpful crew were able to provide subtitles… but they might not have been entirely accurate.
3: The time he kept his cool while hooning with a professional drifter
Talking to the camera while driving on track is something that Chris Evans has reportedly been struggling with during filming for the new series of Top Gear. But, judging by this video of Rory Reid professionally explaining the intricacies of an R32 Skyline as it’s being punted around by a pro drifter, we doubt he has any issue multi-tasking.
4: When he reviewed a bizarre mobility scooter and nearly fell off
To be a good Top Gear presenter, you shouldn’t need an exotic supercar to keep your audience entertained. As this clip of Rory Reid piloting a bizarre mobility scooter shows, he should be more than up to the job.
5: The time he co-presented with Batman
You’re in central London, filming a sensible, consumer video on the Hyundai i30. Suddenly, Batman appears, and tries to take over. Reid runs with it, allowing Batman to give his verdict on the Hyundai. The result? A video that’s topped more than 450,000 views. We doubt a Hyundai i30 video review would appeal to that many viewers without Batman. Sorry, Rory…
6: When he syphoned fuel out of cars in central London without anyone caring
When Rory left the house one day to find someone had been syphoning fuel out of his car, he used it as an opportunity to conduct an experiment. It takes guts to steal fuel out of vehicles in central London… but that’s what Reid did. Even in the crowded Covent Garden area, not one of the passing members of public stopped him to ask why he was underneath a Volkswagen Polo with an electric drill and a petrol can.
7: When he used a V8 engine to cook a steak (without punching a producer)
One thing Reid will soon learn while filming Top Gear… not every chef will wait for you to finish working before clocking off. If you want a cooked steak, sometimes you might have to do the deed yourself. As this video proves, you don’t even need a proper grill to cook a steak.