The tank has been topped up. The brakes have been checked. There's an empty space on the wall of the BBC production office (literally a portakabin next to the test track) that might once have held a picture of Clarkson and co.
Top Gear is set to return to BBC 2 on 29 May, lacking the familiar faces that propelled it from a pedestiran motoring programme into one of the must lucrative assets in the BBC’s arsenal. Ever since Chris Evans was announced as the man tasked with taking the wheel, his every move has been subject of exacting analysis: is he getting on with Matt LeBlanc? Will he be up to presenting whilst driving? Can he hold his busy schedule together?
Days before the new-look show takes to the air in more countries than we thought probable, ShortList.com visited the show's studios to see how Evans et al have been getting on.