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Matt LeBlanc Confirmed as Weekly Presenter


Chris Evans has revealed that while the new series of Top Gear has six presenters, only former Friends star Matt LeBlanc and himself will appear on the show every week.

“We’re the two co-hosts,” he said in an interview with the BBC. “We’re on it every week, and then other people come and go as and when required.”

The revelation came as a new picture was released showing five members of the team (Rory Reid, Evans, LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz andChris Harris) in the hangar where the studio segments of Top Gearhave long been filmed, with The Stig standing behind them. Only Eddie Jordan is missing.

Previously, Evans and LeBlanc have been seen driving three-wheeled Reliants, so the new show will clearly retain the mix of supercar tests and oddball challenges Top Gear fans have become used to.

With one car painted in Union Flag colours and the other in the Stars and Stripes, it’s thought the segment will pit Evans against LeBlanc in a Britain vs America battle in which they’ll have to drive the cars approximately 240 miles to Blackpool.

In the same BBC interview, Evans insisted that he wasn’t nervous about taking over from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, but respectful and mindful of the need to retain the show’s credibility among car fans.
LeBlanc added: “I think it’s the same as it always was. The car’s the star of the show. Presenters come and go.”
However, both LeBlanc and Evans agreed that it would be a mistake to try and mimic the style of the old presenters. “It would be like trying to be Paul McCartney,” Evans said. “There’s no point. There’s only one Paul McCartney.”

We are eagerly awaiting the first episode -0 are you? Remember if you need anything for your car, then we have everything you need at Autoworld in Bolton. Give us a call on 01204 53 43 33.

How To Claim For Pothole Damage


More and more drivers are seeking compensation for damage to their suspension and wheels from potholes. If you’ve hit one, here’s what to do.

Our roads are getting worse and worse, and potholes are wreaking more and more damage on our cars. That’s according to the latest news from the RAC, which has warned that it was called out to a quarter more pothole-related incidents in 2015 than in 2014.

Fortunately, motorists whose cars are damaged by potholes can attempt to claim for repairs from the council which owns the road. But just how do you go about doing this? Well, now’s the time to swot up with our handy guide, just in case you become one of the unlucky ones this winter.

What should you do if you hit a pothole?

The first thing you should always do is to report the pothole to the local roads authority. If the pothole was on an A-road or motorway, that’ll be Highways England, one of the two Trunk Road Agents in Wales, Transport Scotland, or TransportNI in Northern Ireland.

Taking a photo of the pothole is a good idea – you’ll need to report it later

If the pothole was on a minor road, however, it’ll be the responsibility of the county, city or borough council that manages the roads in the area of the pothole.

If you can safely take a photograph of the pothole, you should do so, as that will help the council to identify it. Alternatively, a sketch showing the pothole’s location relative to the kerb or centre line should suffice.

You should also give the council details of the pothole’s location, including the name of the town or village it’s in, the road name or number, the direction you were travelling in along the road, and the size of the pothole, including its depth (remember, only measure the pothole if it’s safe to do so).

Find out how much it will cost to repair the damage to your car by getting quotes from a few local garages. Make sure they inspect the car properly, as there may be damage where you can’t see it – such as broken suspension components. And make sure you get several quotes, so that you aren’t being ripped off.

If the damage causes the car to be dangerous to drive or unroadworthy, you should have it repaired at the earliest possible opportunity, and worry about claiming for it later on, rather than try and drive the car as it is.

However, if the damage is purely cosmetic – a kerbed alloy wheel, for example – it makes more sense to wait to see whether your claim is successful before spending money getting it fixed. That way, you’ll know how much you have to play with.

Write to the relevant authority, explaining your predicament. Make it detailed, but keep your language calm and collected. Becoming emotional or abusive is a no-no, and won’t help your case at all.

We hope this helps. And if you need any car parts or accessories then just give us a call on 01204 53 43 33